Before starting to make homemade dog food, it is important to consult with a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist to ensure that your dog's nutritional needs are being met. Here is a general recipe for making homemade dog food:
- Protein source (chicken, beef, turkey, fish, etc.)
- Carbohydrate source (brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, etc.)
- Vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas, spinach, etc.)
- Fats (olive oil, fish oil, coconut oil, etc.)
- Calcium source (bone meal or calcium supplement)
- Cook the protein source (chicken, beef, turkey, fish, etc.) and set aside.
- Cook the carbohydrate source (brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, etc.) according to package instructions.
- Steam or lightly cook the vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas, spinach, etc.) until tender.
- Combine the cooked protein source, cooked carbohydrate source, and cooked vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
- Add a small amount of fat (olive oil, fish oil, coconut oil, etc.) for flavor and to help with absorption of nutrients.
- Mix well and portion out into individual servings.
- If necessary, add a calcium source (bone meal or calcium supplement) to ensure your dog is getting enough calcium.
Note: It is important to store homemade dog food in the refrigerator and use within a few days. Always wash your hands and any utensils used to prepare the food thoroughly.