Homemade Dog Food
Like a lot of other concerned dog owners, I started looking around for a healthy and safe alternative to grocery store kibble. I finally decided that going the homemade route might be the answer, as long as I could figure out what the right ingredients were. Doing a little research turned up lots of suggestions and a simple, workable recipe for homemade dog food:
|Ideally, you want to feed your dog a diet that is rich in high quality protein, but protein is not the only type of food your dog should be eating. About 1/2 of your dog’s diet should consist of meat, about 1/4 should be grains like oats, barley or brown rice, and the last 1/4 should be vegetables and fruits. Now there are lots of fruits and vegetables you can incorporate into your dog’s food but you should avoid cooked bones, onions, avocado, potato, nuts, fat trimmings, grapes, raisins, citrus fruits, mushrooms, sugary and salty foods and any of the foods on this list.|
Which Vegetables? Which Fruits?
The recipe above is a really good guide but it may leave you wondering which meats, fruits and vegetables are best to feed your dog. Sojourner Farms Pet Food Company, maker of the excellent Sojos brand of homemade dog food pre-mixes, has these suggestions:
“We recommend USDA beef, chicken or turkey (ground or whole from the grocery store or butcher, or frozen meat patties sold in your local pet store). Always use safe handling methods when dealing with raw meat.”
“In addition, we encourage people to get creative and feed their pet a variety of healthy foods like shredded carrots, beets, blueberries, apples, broccoli, zucchini, peas, green beans, sprouts, bananas, melon, pears, brown rice, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Veggies should be raw or steamed. Avoid junk food, fried foods, citrus fruits, grapes/raisins, onions and spicy foods.”
How Much to Feed?
How much should you feed your dog? I went by the suggestions Sojos gave for their pre-mixed foods here and it worked well for my dog. My suggestion is to go by that and then watch and see if your dog is staying at the right weight. If not, just adjust the food quantities accordingly. Bone appetite!