Home Made Dog Food/Treats

There are many reasons you may be interested in feeding your dog home made dog food. Certainly, the recent scare of tainted dog food from China has motivated many to look for alternative dog food sources. Many dogs with food allergies benefit greatly from home made dog food diets. And many people simply find it rewarding to make the food their dogs eat.

I use the following formula to make dog food:

40 percent meat

30 percent vegetables

30 percent brown rice

Below is a simple, inexpensive recipe I use to make home made dog food. Before we begin, a couple of notes:

1. This recipe is provided for informational purposes. I make no claims concerning it.  Before putting your dog/puppy on any home made dog food diet, please be sure to check with your veterinarian. Some dogs may have special dietary needs. Give your vet a copy of this recipe and verify it meets the dietary needs of your dog before feeding.

2. Abruptly changing a dog’s diet may result in an upset stomach. Gradually introduce your dog to any new diet.

3. Chances are, your dog’s stools will be loser with this diet. This is typically normal. However, if your dog has very runny stools and continues more than two or three days, you may want to discontinue and consult your veterinarian.

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT attempt using a pressure cooker unless you are thoroughly familiar with it’s use. Follow ALL necessary safety precautions and NEVER open a pressure cooker until all pressure has been released. I am NOT responsible for any injuries or damage that may result from the use of a pressure cooker. This recipe provides only the ingredients and general guidance on using a pressure cooker to make this recipe. In no way is this recipe a lesson on using a pressure cooker. If you are not thoroughly familiar with the safe use of a pressure cooker, do NOT attempt this recipe.

Simple, Delicious Doggy Dinner (very easy)

1 whole chicken (4 – 5 pounds)

3 cups brown rice

1 package frozen vegetables or equivalent fresh vegetables (any vegetables your dog likes)

I find using a pressure cooker to cook the chicken (PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER ABOVE) to be the easiest method, and it will cook the bones to the point of being easy to mush – adding extra nutrition to this dish.

Instructions:

Place the whole chicken (including giblets) in the pressure cooker. Cover the chicken with water up to the 3/4 mark of your pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 2 hours.

If you do not have a pressure cooker, are unfamiliar with using one, or simply prefer not to use one, bake the chicken.

While the chicken is cooking, in a large pot combine 3 cups of brown rice and vegetables. Cover with 7 and 1/2 cups water. Place lid on pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cut the heat back and allow to simmer on low for 50 minutes to one hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pressure cooked chicken method: PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER ABOVE

Once the chicken has finished cooking, remove from heat and allow the pressure cooker to cool until all pressure is released – or quick cool by running the pressure cooker under cold water. DO NOT OPEN the pressure cooker until all pressure has released.

Remove the chicken from any remaining water/broth and place in a large container. Now you’ll need to mash it until all bones have been pulverized. I use a potato masher. It is important to remove any bones not soft enough to turn to mush. You want to ensure there are no shards of bones as this could be dangerous for your dog.

If you have broth left over, store it in the refrigerator and use it as part of the water for your next batch!

If using baked chicken:

Remove the chicken from the bone. DO NOT use the bones in the dog food if you have baked the chicken. The bones should only be used if you can mush them.

Now mix it all together.

In a large container you can cover and store in the refrigerator, combine the chicken and rice mixture and stir it all together. It will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Our dogs eat their food cold, straight from the refrigerator. It can be heated, if desired. Just be sure the food is cool before feeding your pup!

Variations:

You can substitute turkey, fried ground hamburger, deer, etc. for the chicken in this recipe. I personally do not use pork as it tends to be greasy and upset the dog’s stomach.

Once every couple of weeks, I scramble 18 eggs and add it to the food mixture for additional protein.

I wish I could remember where I got the following Dog Treat recipe so I could give the appropriate attribution. I think I got it out of a dog food recipe book I can no longer find. If you know the origins of this recipe, please let me know so that I may recognize it here.

Dogs love treats – but keep in mind, a treat is a treat! Feed sparingly.

Peanut Butter Doggie Biscuits

Ingredients:
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (you can use oatmeal – but NOT the instant type)
1 cup fine cornmeal

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Beat together peanut butter and eggs. Gradually beat in oil and water until well mixed.
3. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine flour, oats, and cornmeal.
4. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and blend well to form a dough.
5. Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes, or just slice them into squares if you don’t have cookie cutters.
6. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1/2 between biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes until browned. Turn off the oven, but leave the biscuits inside to “crisp”. (NOTE: If you are using a smaller cookie sheet and have several batches to cook, you can place the finished biscuits in a single layer on a plate and leave them on the counter to “crisp” as you bake the rest.) Once the biscuits have hardened, treat your dogs! Store the remaining biscuits in an airtight container.

This recipe makes a fair amount of doggie biscuits, so I keep a few in a cookie jar, and freeze the remaining in a freezer bag.

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