I have two dogs, Einstein and Macey, and they both hate dog food. We have tried everything, but it doesn't matter, mixing wet and dry, adding a topper, even going as far as allowing them to eat table food. The topper worked the best, but it was a temporary solution to a long term problem because they would just eat the "good stuff" off the top and leave behind what was actually good for them. When dinner time came, it literally took us five minutes to get Macey to even look at her food, let alone eat it. We exhausted every option, and they where not eating what their nutritional requirements called for. I had considered starting to cook them dog food, and was on the fence about it until one night I came home and found that my Macey, had thrown up. The next morning I called the vet and they said it was probably because she hadn't eaten, which, for the record, was true. It was in that exact moment that I was like, "Okay, this is ridiculous! we are going to the grocery and buying them ingredients to make homemade food." I was hoping and praying it would work, who knew it would change our lives!
The Truth About Dog Food
Something else that should seriously be considered is that, what is packed into these dog foods, are terrible for pups. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, in some states, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), are charge of approving dog foods, but just because its approved doesn't mean their aren't bad ingredients in it. Recently their was a recall on "Sportmix" dog food after finding deadly mold, it made eight dogs sick and killed twenty-eight! The things that go undetected... That is when the question is asked, "If you wouldn't eat it, why let your dog?" Making everything from scratch, you and your fluffy friend, could literally be eating the same thing, at the same time (its actually pretty good!).
Now look, I am a total advocate for "make your own dog food", but if you do decide to stick with the kibble, make sure that you know what's in it. The ingredients should be easily identifiable, and do your research, make sure that everything in it is good for them. Ingredients like corn, are hard for dogs to digest, don't have any nutritional value, and are simply in their as a filler. It is considered junk food, and why would you want to give your best friend something that's makes them feel junkie?
"The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison"
— Ann Wigmore
Ground Beef: Beef is a great source of protein sustaining energy. It provides minerals, vitamins, and omega-6, that provide a healthy coat, skin, joints, and builds muscle.
Ground Turkey: Full of iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and niacin, turkey is easily digestible and its protein helps build muscle in dogs.
Boiled Eggs: Boiled eggs are high in protein and amino and fatty acids. When boiled or cooked, they are great for dogs full of nutrition and able to settle upset tummies.
Brown Rice: Not all rice is the same, brown, compared to white, is a lot less refined and all natural. It is also high in carbohydrates and an improper source of fat and protein.
Carrots: Carrots provide an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and B6. They are also a great source of potassium, and biotin.
Peas: Peas are chock full of great vitamins for your pooch. Vitamins A, B, C, and K, are a great source of fiber and protein. Fresh or frozen, they are great for dogs and full of essential nutrients.
*The reason I don't have ground chicken on my list is because Einstein suffered an allergic reaction to it, but if your pups okay with it I say go for it. Macey love's the chicken
Because this isn't a step by step recipe, their isn't exactly "prep time", the way I do it, is all at one. I start by cooking my rice and boiling the water for my eggs. Once the water for my rice is boiling, I set my 45 min timer and everything else gets done in that time, boil and peel my eggs, grate my carrots, cook my meat etc.
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- 2 pounds ground lean beef or turkey, cook and drain fat
- 4 eggs boiled, peeled and diced
- 2 cups (uncooked) 4 cups (cooked) brown rice
- 3 nicely sized carrots, grated thin
- 2 cups peas, (you can use peas or carrots)
Combine in large bowl or container, store in fridge in between feedings.
*I have found that using bowls with lids makes everything a whole lot easier! (See below)