Tired of Recalls? Make Your Own Homemade Dog Food!

I used to feel pretty secure about feeding my dog until the 2007 and 2010 Pet Food Contamination Recalls showed me what a false sense of security that actually was. Since then, even though I love the convenience and price of grocery store kibble, I get this unsettled feeling nagging at the back of my mind whenever I feed it to my dog.  Am I doing the best I can for him? Or even second best?  I really doubt it and I’m guessing there has to be a better answer…

 

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!

If you Need More Information…

Here are two good sources of information that we feel are very credible and have stood the test of time:

1) Dog Food Secrets by Andrew Lewis –

Andrew’s book is an eye opener, believe me.  Once you find out what actually goes into most dog food, you will be horrified. Fortunately, there are viable alternatives to mass market dog food. And, according to Andrew, not only can you keep your dog from dying young, you can increase your dog’s lifespan up to 134% by simply following the advice he provides in “Dog Food Secrets.” This is definitely something every dog owner needs to know.

2) Healthy Food for Dogs:  Homemade Recipes– 

Imagine knowing, in just a few hours, exactly how to feed your dog to quickly get ASTONISHING results! John Miller, professional dog-fancier, shows you how to do exactly that as he reveals 245 Secret Recipes along with the reasons why he refused to sell them to multi-national dog food companies.  Their loss is our gain!

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