I have been doing some research on making home made dog food and it looks very doable plus I should save money compared to buying the caned dog food in the store. I bought some of the ‘fresh pet’ refrigerated dog food to see if my dogs would like/tolerate dog food not in a can. This week the dogs have been eating the fresh pet food and the pups seem to like it much better than the old canned dog food. Only one pup had an upset stomach during the change over to the new food. So for my first batch of home made dog food I’m going to replicate the basic chicken and brown rice recipe. The basic ingredients to start are:
Skinless chicken breast on sale
Low sodium chicken broth
Frozen peas and carrots until the garden starts producing vegetables. Other dog safe veggies in 6-8% total amounts. Green beans, broccoli, pumpkin, yams/sweet potato and berries.
Mineral supplements: until I get more bone broth made and can add some raw meaty bones to the dog’s diet.
No additional salt though I may add some dog safe herbs in the future for vitamins for the pups as I learn more about making dog food
That is the basic mix for the dog food but I will be adding a beef mix and bones as I find what works for my dogs and I learn more about dogie nutrition. I have learned that there are a lot things you should not feed a dog. Anything with garlic, onions or white flour is very bad for dogs. I’m steering clear of using whole wheat for any kind of doggie food grain/carbs. Dogs seem to have a gluten intolerance built in their DNA so easier to use other grains. From what I have research so far on dog safe grains is White or brown rice, steel cut oat meal, whole barley and some of the other gluten free grains like quinoa or a dry feed corn. All grains must be cooked before feeding it to your dog. If you have different data please let me know in the comments as I’m still a newbie at making dog food.
My goal is to feed my dogs better than just the average canned dog food. Make up a big batch of dog food and store it in the fridge or freezer and perhaps can the dog food for storage. While many people say they would feed pets scraps from the table. I would have no problem eating the Dog food I’m making other than adding spices, garlic or onions.
FIY: I stayed away from adding adding salt, pepper or herbs for this recipe but even I found the new mix tasty if a little bland. Adding a little salt and pepper after the food is done cooking should fix that bland taste.
Taste test: Brodie the big peke, loves the chicken and rice dog food! Tucker the peke is half the size of Brodie so 1 or 2 small meals a day fills him up. Tucker finished up the last of the “freshpet” food this morning so he might eat later.
I want to try out a beef & barley recipe, a modified beef stew and using some salmon/white rice recipes this spring. My plan is by using several types of protein, carb and veggie mixes I will get the pups all the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. Plus I will eliminate all the “fillers” and chemicals I read on the ingredient labels on ‘wet’ dog food cans.
I may grow a few pumpkins and make a better bed for Sweet potatoes as those are dog safe veggies/carbohydrates for the doggies to eat.
I know many preppers don’t store dog/cat food as they will feed via scraps, but I never cared for that idea as many table scraps are not good for my pekes. With some research I have made good tasting dog food that is darn tasty people food. I used bone-less chicken breasts (on sale) it seems that most home made dog food sites recommend using dark meat chicken and using ‘organ meats’ for the protein part of the recipe.
Overall I’m not sure this is a cheaper way to feed pets but I know the food is safe and I and the dogs like the food. I know I do not want to eat any type of canned pet food.
So get out your slow cooker/crock pot and start making your own pet food. Make some ‘bone broth’ buy cheap cuts of meat and slow cook the veggies and carbs for you and your pets.