Are you looking to make delicious dog foods at home?
It is always an amazing experience for your dog to try new dishes. As they are food motivated it is the best way to say how much you love them…
But feeding your dog homemade foods could be dangerous as many of human foods are toxic to them.
So we spent a couple of weeks researching the ingredients in commercial and home-made dog foods.
And found out that these foods are safe for dogs to eat.
Although there is a lot of misconception about Peanut butter, it is perfectly safe to feed it to your dog as a treat.
Just make sure, not to overfeed them as it could result in obesity and will harm the dog’s pancreas.
Before giving a scoop of peanut butter to the dog, check out the ingredients for Xylitol (artificial sweetener) as it is toxic to them.
We all know that dogs love chicken!
Raw or cooked? It doesn’t matter.
Just don’t feed spicy chicken’s leftovers from your meal to those furry creatures as spices will irritate them.
Instead, boil the raw chicken and remove bones before feeding it.
Note: While some people prefer to feed raw chicken to their pets, it is a quite debated topic and hence we could not jump to any conclusion yet.
Cheese is the best source of calcium and proteins.
A small quantity of cheese could really make your home-made dish interesting.
Just make sure your dog isn’t allergic to lactose (dairy product allergy).
Being a great source of protein, many vegetarians seems OK with the option of boiled eggs as it doesn’t smell that awful.
But, if that’s not the problem, you could try making other dishes like scrambled eggs and add them to the rice bowl for your dog’s meal.
If you’ve read any dog food’s ingredients, you must have noticed that they include organ meat.
This is because; organ meats contain a dense pack of vitamins and minerals which is necessary for your healthy dog’s coat.
So it is always recommended to include organ meat when you are giving chicken to your dog.
Thinking of making dessert for your dog/s?
Well you’re in luck, as banana could be your primary ingredient to make it.
As banana contains potassium, fibers, Vitamins C & B6; it helps your dog with good digestion and stronger bones.
Though it contains fruit-sugar, it is completely safe for dogs in limited quantity.
Do you want to treat your dog for good behavior?
If your answer is yes then you could treat them with fruits which won’t make them obese (fat).
Yes, apples are one of the sweetest treats a dog could have. They contain fibers, Vitamin A & C.
Just remove those seeds before feeding, as it contains a minute part of cyanide in it. Though it is nothing in smaller quantities, regular ingestion could cause severe damages.
Yes, you heard it right!
Watermelons are the best treats for dogs during hot summer days. As this fruit consist of 92% water, they will keep your dog hydrated.
Watermelons consist of various important minerals & vitamins like Vitamin A, B1 & B6, C, and potassium.
Just like apples, make sure to remove any seeds which could cause tummy upset and indigestion.
Another treat for your dog to fight heat-stroke is cucumber.
Like watermelon, cucumber mostly contains water, which is best for hydration, and contains low calories.
To feed it, try cutting them in smaller & chew-able pieces.
A low-calorie green bean can be the treat for your obese dog.
As it is said, green beans are one of the best vegetables for dogs.
It contains proteins, iron, calcium, and vitamins like Vitamin B6, A, C.
It is even recommended by most veterinarians. Make sure that your green beans treats do not contain added salt or spice.
The best way to prepare is to just boil and serve them.
One of the favorite meal for all the fitness enthusiast out there, it is the best way to start a day for your dog as well.
The complex carbohydrates and fibers help to counter obesity & indigestion. Other contents of oats include protein which is needed for the dog’s healthy muscles.
Carrot is not only a good treat for your pup, but also it serves great importance for their dental health.
It is a great ingredient to add to your dog’s dish along with chicken or green beans.
For younger pups, large frozen carrots could use as a way to relieve teething discomfort (as a chew toy).
Or you could have some fun with your pooch like below.
Rich with omega-3, fish oil is one of the crucial supplements to add to a dog’s diet.
What with omega-3?
Dogs can easily obtain omega-6 from processed food and grains. But omega-3 could only be found in aquatic animals.
Omega-3 is good for improving the immune system, better skin, and coat quality.
So try adding it once a day in your dog’s meal for better health.
You probably have heard about good bacteria in yogurt which is too good for your gut.
That’s right! That same concept goes for the dogs.
These bacteria, which are also known as ‘Probiotic’, help to fight yeast infections which is common in dogs.
Make sure you check processed yogurts for Xylitol.
Pumpkins are well-liked by dogs when it comes to taste.
Pumpkins are pack with various vitamins & minerals, but the fibers are the major part of it.
Fibers help dogs with digestive problems and are effective solution eating disorders.
This makes it the best meal for obese dogs on diet. You can read on about pumpkin’s benefit here
Being the most common staple food of every household, rice are completely safe for dogs.
The carbohydrate in rice is a great source of the daily energy requirement.
You could boil chicken with rice along with some carrots/pumpkin slice and serve it to your dog.
Try to use brown rice rather than white, as it provides more complex carbohydrates and fibers.
So if you’re preparing dishes for your dog at home, feel free to use these ingredients.