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First, I would like to point out that commercial pet food is much less regulated than you think. The FDA and AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) have rules in place but they are not as strict or scrutinized as hard as human food.


Homemade pet food typically has more nutrients, less preservatives, can be tailored specifically to your furry friend, and actually costs less than store bought food!

That’s right, you can save money while providing your pup a healthier food option.

And if your canine companion has health issues like irritable bowel syndrome or allergies, DIY dog food can make a huge difference.




Cental Park Paws

DIY HOMEMADE DOG FOOD


Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!
 
Now the best part about making homemade dog food – just like making anything at home – is that you know exactly what is going into the dog bowl, and not any of that questionable gelatinous gunk from the canned food.

But it’s important to note that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:

High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
Fat (meat or oil)
Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
Calcium (dairy)
Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)

Now this recipe here has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.

Once you’ve made your batch, you can divide them up into single servings, note the date, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and nuke it for 15-30 seconds. That’s it! Now who knew that making dog food would be this easy?

DIY HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

yield: 8 CUPS

 prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 45 MINUTES

total time: 55 MINUTES

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

 
INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups brown rice ( Grain Free - Use Quinoa )
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 pounds ground turkey 


  • (Canned salmon is perfectly safe for dogs to eat and is, in fact, a great way to add omega 3's and protein to the diet. Most canned products do tend to be high in sodium although high sodium isn't a huge concern for healthy dogs so feeding it on occasion shouldn't be an issue) 


3 cups baby spinach, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

DIRECTIONS:

In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
Let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412.3Calories from Fat 135.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.1g23%
Saturated Fat 4.2g21%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 148.3mg49%
Sodium 152.2mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 31.0g10%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugars 2.1g
Protein 36.1g72%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PET’S VETERINARIAN AND USE PERSONAL JUDGMENT WHEN APPLYING THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR OWN DOG’S DIET
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