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May 31, 2014

Homemade Dog Food

More and more people are getting interested in making homemade food for their dog.  In the years I have been feeding my dog a well-rounded meal, she has remained healthy and active, with a soft coat and no dandruff.  Every vet we have been to has commented on the lack of tarter build up on her teeth, assuming that I must be brushing her teeth on a regular basis.  I have never stuck a toothbrush in a dog’s mouth.

It can also be much cheaper to be making your own dog food.  I spend an average of $10 or less on one batch of food that lasts about a week.

We experimented a bit with different variations of food before settling on this easy recipe.  Jaya used to get a combination of some kind of grain, with raw meat, a vegetable, and a form of dairy, either cottage cheese or yogurt.  She still gets to lick the yogurt containers clean in this household, an activity she looks forward to when she sees that I am finishing the last of the yogurt.

The best thing about this recipe is that it can also be a meal for humans.  I have been told many times by guests in my house that they might dip into the dog’s food as a midnight snack.

So try it!  And by try it, I mean, feed some to your dog and to yourself.  😉

However, you should consult with your vet if you are considering switching your dog’s food, especially if they are used to getting the same thing on a daily basis.  It will be best to start slow, as a mix of the two, to let the dog’s digestive system adjust to the change.

Please share any comments, concerns, or suggestions!

* We have also substituted bacon for a pound of hamburger or any other meat of choice. We often receive scraps from family members and friends that go towards Jaya’s food. We are all truly better and benefit greatly when we act as a community!

Homemade Dog Food
 
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Ask anybody who has met her; Jaya has the softest coat around, no dandruff problems at all, and none of that icky dog breath!! In addition, fleas and ticks stay away from her!
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Recipe type: Dog Food
Serves: 25 min
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups rice (any kind will do)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lb of meat of choice (hamburger, ground turkey, etc)
  • 1 lb package of frozen mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc)
  • ¾ cup nutritional yeast flakes
Directions
  1. Combine the first four items into a large pot on the stove. A rice cooker is ideal if you have one big enough!
  2. Start on high heat to bring to a boil, then lower the heat down to a simmer.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast in and stir it in. I usually stir half in at a time. You may use more or less than the intended amount, its up to you.
  4. When the rice is done, its done!
Notes
Jaya, who weighs 32 lbs, eats this food twice a day; once in the morning, about a cup worth, with an egg on top, and once at night, about 1½ - 2 cups. In that amount, it lasts about a week.

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