How To Make Homemade Dog Food

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How To Make Homemade Dog Food

We have simplified the process of how to make homemade dog food that is nutritionally complete and balanced. First choose a recipe from the twenty four homemade dog food recipes we have available on this website. It should match your dog’s nutritional needs, the ingredients should be readily available at your local market and the recipe should be simple for you to make. This Beef, Sweet Potato and Pea homemade dog food recipe is our most popular dog food recipe, as an added bonus it is grain free making it a great choice for pet parents who are looking to feed their dogs a grain free diet.

How Do You Make Dog Food?

To make homemade dog food that is complete and balanced its essential that the food contain

  1. Protein
  2. Carbohydrate
  3. Vitamins
  4. Minerals
  5. A source of fat

 

Protein - Protein can come from a variety of sources. Animal protein muscle or organ meat, Chicken and Fish is generally preferred. Cottage Cheese, Eggs and Tofu are also viable sources. Raw versus cooked protein. It is recommended that meat especially chicken and all organ meat is cooked. This is to ensure that the potential for E. Coli and salmonella is eliminated.

 

Carbohydrate – Vegetables, cereals, grains and beans should be cooked to help aid digestibility of the starches. Uncooked starches will ferment in the stomach leading to gas, excess mucus production and an upset stomach ie. diarrhea. Dogs are omnivores, meaning they derive their nutrients from both plant and animal sources. As dogs self-domesticated themselves from wolves by evolving alongside humans, one of the evolutionary results was code in their DNA for an enzyme that helps them digest starches.

 

Vitamins & Minerals – Azestfor provides the essential macro-minerals, trace elements and vitamins. To ensure there are no gaps in your dog’s diet.

 

Fat – Fish, Chicken and eggs all have a natural source of linoleic acid we recommend sunflower oil as the source of linoleic acid when there is not sufficient in the protein source. If you would like a substitute oil you can add Wheat germ, Walnut or Corn oil in the amount of 1.2 teaspoons per 1 teaspoon called for in the recipe.

What Should I feed My Dog To Keep Him Healthy?

Fresh whole foods lightly prepared provide the best nutrition for both humans and dogs alike. Whole food ingredients are more readily bioavailable, and more flavorful. When you eat better you feel better the same is true for our dogs.

 

Homemade dog food is free of preservatives and harsh chemical treatments. You can have confidence knowing exactly what is in your dog’s bowl.Homemade dog food provides unsurpassed nutrition. A higher quality food is the easiest way to improve their health. We can’t make our dogs live forever but we can ensure that the care we provide gives them the ability to enjoy each day to the fullest. Nutrition is critical in keeping them slim and free of diet related conditions like obesity and heart disease. Nutrition can directly affect their level of activity, mobility and conditions like arthritis.

What Can You Do When Your Dog Won’t Eat Their Food?

Its normal for a dog to self regulate and skip a meal. But to stimulate a dog’s appetite you can try these following tips.

 

  1. Feed the dog with other dogs. Studies have shown dogs will eat up to 85% more if another dog is around.
  2. Offer the food at normal feeding time for 15 minutes. Than remove the food bowl. Storing in the fridge to preserve the food. Do not present the food bowl again until the next scheduled meal time.
  3. Serve the food at room temperature. Having the food slightly warm (but not hot) will release aroma. Dogs smell their food more than taste it.
  4. Pretend to eat the food yourself. Dogs are very curious as to what we are eating.
  5. Ensure the dog has had stimulating exercise before the meal. A game of fetch for twenty minutes or a long hike.
  6. Hand feed the dog. Put a small amount of food in your hand and allow the dog to eat out of your hand.
  7. Do not offer a higher quality food as an alternative. If the dog does not eat its regular meal than do not give it snacks, treats or chews throughout the day.

How To Make Your Own Dog Food

DIY Dog Food to Improve Your Dogs Health

Choose a Recipe

Choose a Recipe

Each of the Azestfor Homemade Dog Food recipes has a healthy combination of protein and carbohydrates. They are easy for you to make and will also meet your dog’s dietary needs.

Cook Ingredients

Cook Ingredients

Cooking the protein eliminates the risk of pathogens such as E. Coli and salmonella. Cooking the carbohydrates allows the starches to be more easily digested.

Add Vitamins and Minerals

Add Vitamins & Minerals

To ensure that there are no gaps in your dog’s nutrition add the Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins.

How Do You Make Dog Food For Senior Dogs?

As a dog gets older you should reduce its caloric intake they generally need less to eat as they exercise less and have less stimulus. Studies have shown a slimmer dog will live approximately one year longer than its overweight counterpart. In addition the slimmer dog will enjoy a higher quality of life. If a dog is overweight it is at risk of developing weight related issues including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. Which will cost you more in medical related costs i.e. vet visits and drugs. If a dog is overweight they will lose mobility. A dog’s ability to move freely without joint pain is correlated to them not carrying excess weight.
If your senior dog needs to slim down choose a low calorie dog food recipe like Chicken rice and carrots. You can run the cooked food through a food processor to make it easier to digest.

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INGREDIENTS —

3 lbs (raw weight), beef, cooked

3 lbs sweet potato, cooked

2 1/3 lbs peas, cooked

7 teaspoons sunflower oil

1/2 cup Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

YIELD —

This recipe will yield approximately 8 1/2 lbs of food. Equating to 6,524 calories (Kcals) Approximately enough servings of food for one week for an 40 lb dog to maintain weight.

PREPARATION —

Step 1

In a large skillet place cubed or ground beef. Add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cover and gently simmer until beef is cooked.

Remove from heat. Drain excess liquid.

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Step 2

Add fresh or frozen peas to the cooked meat. The heat will lightly cook the peas.

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Step 3

Cook the sweet potatoes by boiling them in water.

They can be mashed or cubed into bite size – depending on the preference of your dog. Begin checking the sweet potatoes after around 5 minutes of boiling; most sweet potatoes will be done in 10 to 20 minutes.

Sweet potatoes are done when tender: The sweet potatoes are done when they are tender all the way through. You can test this by poking the sweet potato with a fork, paring knife, or skewer.

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Step 4

Sunflower oil is added as a source of linoleic acid.

If you would like a substitute oil you can add Wheat germ, Walnut or Corn oil in the amount of 1.2 teaspoons.

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Step 5

When the meat, sweet potatoes and peas are cool to touch you can add the Azestfor nutritional supplements.

If you are adding the Azestfor just before serving you would add 1 1/4 teaspoons Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins per 1 cup of homemade dog food.

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Storage —

The recipe can be prepared in large batches and frozen. It will keep for up to a year in the freezer, or one week in the fridge. Freezing vitamins preserves their potency. I would recommend portioning the food into meal size servings before freezing it. To defrost a frozen meal – put it in the fridge overnight.

FEEDING GUIDELINES —

We suggest dividing the daily amount into two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening. Every dog’s nutritional requirements are a little bit different due to age & amount of exercise. If your dog is losing weight, increase food by 1/4 cup a day, if they are gaining weight reduce accordingly.

  • Weight of Dog
  • 5 lbs to maintain weight 2/3 cup (4.4 oz) per day
  • 10 lbs to maintain weight 1 cups ( 7.5 oz) per day
  • 15 lbs to maintain weight 1 1/2 cups ( 10.5 oz) per day
  • 20 lbs to maintain weight 2 cups ( 13 oz) per day
  • 30 lbs to maintain weight 2 1/2 cups (17.5 oz) per day
  • 40 lbs to maintain weight 3 cups (20 oz) per day
  • 50 lbs to maintain weight 3 2/3 cups (25.5 oz) per day
  • 60 lbs to maintain weight 4 1/4 cups (29.5 oz) per day
  • 70 lbs to maintain weight 4 3/4 cups ( 33 oz) per day
  • 80 lbs to maintain weight 5 1/4 cups (36.5 oz) per day
  • 90 lbs to maintain weight 5 3/4 cups ( 40 oz) per day

SHOPPING CHECK LIST —

  1. Beef
  2. Sweet Potatoes
  3. Peas
  4. Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins
  5. Sunflower Oil
  6. Freezer bags or other storage containers

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO: How to make Homemade Dog Food?

How To Make Homemade Dog Food

Yield: 8 CUPS

Prep time: 10 MINUTES

Cook time: 45 MINUTES

Total time: 55 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs (raw weight), beef, cooked

3 lbs sweet potato, cooked

2 1/3 lbs peas, cooked

7 teaspoons sunflower oil

1/2 cup Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

FEEDING GUIDELINES

Weight of Dog

5 lbs to maintain weight 2/3 cup (4.4 oz) per day

10 lbs to maintain weight 1 cups ( 7.5 oz) per day

15 lbs to maintain weight 1 1/2 cups ( 10.5 oz) per day

20 lbs to maintain weight 2 cups ( 13 oz) per day

30 lbs to maintain weight 2 1/2 cups (17.5 oz) per day

40 lbs to maintain weight 3 cups (20 oz) per day

50 lbs to maintain weight 3 2/3 cups (25.5 oz) per day

60 lbs to maintain weight 4 1/4 cups (29.5 oz) per day

70 lbs to maintain weight 4 3/4 cups ( 33 oz) per day

80 lbs to maintain weight 5 1/4 cups (36.5 oz) per day

90 lbs to maintain weight 5 3/4 cups ( 40 oz) per day

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