So many brands that promise us a healthy diet for our pets. Nutritional food easy and cheap… Well, it’s not always that simple. Much like human food, with pet food, you get what you pay for. Cheap brands mean that pet food are made with what the industry calls “feed-grade”(feed grade is nothing more than whatever cannot be used for human food). Whatever can’t be used for human food ends up in pet food. You would be surprised what goes there.
Not everybody can afford to spend a lot of money for their pets but making food from scratch can many times be a cheaper and healthier option.
I, personally, make Yuna's food from scratch. A couple of times a month I make a huge batch and freeze half, so her food is always fresh. While living in Scotland I used to see a dog nutritionist and learned a lot. I’m in no way a professional so always check with your vet about making your dog food from scratch and make sure you are giving your furry kid all the nutrients they required.
Make sure you are including everything your dog need when making their food at home:
Good quality protein: Chicken, turkey, beef, fish
Carbohydrates: Veggies and/or grain
Essential fatty acids: egg yolk, certain plant oils, oatmeal
Calcium: egg shell, dairy
Remember to tell your vet that you are giving your furry one homemade food and when in doubt your vet can point you in the right direction of a dog nutritionist.
Here are some of Yuna's favorite recipes:
4 lbs ground beef (chicken or turkey works great too)
2 cups cooked brown rice( you can substitute the rice for equal amount of sweet potatoes)
4 cups Spinach
2 tbsp coconut oil( or olive oil)
4 carrots diced/shredded
2 zucchinis diced/shredded
1 can of peas
1 can of green beans
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 cups water
Optional: diced chicken gizzards
Add ingredients to a pan, mix well and slow cook for about an hour. Stir from time to time and add more water, if needed so it won't stick to the bottom of the pan.
Main food ingredients to be mixed together:
Protein source: Chicken, dark meat cooked 130gr. 4.5 wt-oz
Carbohydrate source: Rice, white, cooked 320gr 2 cups
Fiber source: Mixed vegetables 25gr 1 ½ Tbsp
Fat source: Vegetable oil 10 to 15gr 2 to 3 tsp
Supplements to be mixed in the food:
Balance IT Canine 10 2.5 black scoops
These are cooked weights and amounts of each food ingredient per day for a 30 lb (ideal weight) adult dog. Final cooked weights do vary in water content and cooking times; however, weighing these ingredients is more accurate than measuring by volume.
Source: MSPCA Angell
I hope your puppies like it and let me know what you think;-)