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HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE

Ground beef with sweet potato & peas

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Sweet Potatoes, cooked

7 ounces Beef, (raw weight), cooked

1 cup Peas, cooked

5 teaspoons Azestfor Vitamin Mix for Homemade Dog Food

1 Teaspoon Sunflower oil

 

Prep Time:     10 minutes

Cook Time:   45 minutes

Servings:         14 (enough for a 25lb. dog maintaining weight to have 2 meals / day for one week)

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Adding the Azestfor Vitamin Mineral Supplement powder ensures your dog is getting everything they need to thrive.


RECIPE PREPARATION :

Step 1: Cook the beef

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.

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

beef and peas

Step 2: Sweet Potatoes

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 10-20 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.

sweet potatoes

Add Sunflower Oil

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.

Note: If you substitute chicken as the source of protein instead of beef you do not need to add sunflower oil, as linoleic acid is naturally in chicken.

add vitamins and minerals before serving dog food

Step 3: Add Azestfor Vitamins & Minerals

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

Does My Dog NEED Vitamins?  

Yes. Canine bodies are different from ours and need an exact balance of vitamins and minerals (expecially calcium!) to thrive.

Our homemade dog food recipes were developed by animal scientists. When combined with our vitamin mineral powder, the homemade dog food becomes nutritionally balanced - providing your dog's body with the nourishment s/he craves.

At Azestfor, we care so much about the experience of our customers and the health of their fur babies, that we offer a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee.

Vitamin Mineral Powder

Azestfor's veggie flavored vitamin mineral powder ensures your homemade dog food is nutritionally complete and meets AFFCO's standards. Average 30 day supply.

Vitamin Mineral Powder

Azestfor's chicken flavored vitamin mineral powder ensures your homemade dog food is nutritionally complete and meets AFFCO's standards. Average 30 day supply.

Canine Joint
Supplement

Azestfor's anti-inflammatory joint supplement provides relief for canines struggling with arthritis, joint health, muscle inflammation and reduced mobility. Average 150 day supply.

Premium Dog Treats

Azestfor's treats contain no filler, no preservatives, are made from slow roasted USDA inspected beef with minimal processing. Treat sizes vary within each package and the crumbs make a great meal topper for picky eaters!

How Can I Make Homemade Dog Food?

All you need is a Protein, Carbohydrate, Fat & Vitamins!

Protein


Protein can come from a variety of sources including animal 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 to ensure 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.


Healthy Fat


Fish, Chicken and Eggs all have a natural source of linoleic acid so you do not need to add oil to those recipes. For the Beef, Bison, Lamb & Venison recipes we recommend sunflower oil as the source of linoleic acid as 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. Coconut oil is not recommended as it doesn't contain higher enough levels of linoleic acid the amount that would need to be added would significantly change the fat content of the recipe.

 



Vitamins & Minerals


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


Vitamin Mineral Powder

Azestfor's veggie flavored vitamin mineral powder ensures your homemade dog food is nutritionally complete and meets AFFCO's standards. Average 30 day supply.

Vitamin Mineral Powder

Azestfor's chicken flavored vitamin mineral powder ensures your homemade dog food is nutritionally complete and meets AFFCO's standards. Average 30 day supply.

Canine Joint Supplement

Azestfor's anti-inflammatory joint supplement provides relief for canines struggling with arthritis, joint health, muscle inflammation and reduced mobility. Average 150 day supply.

Premium Dog Treats

Azestfor's treats contain no filler, no preservatives, are made from slow roasted USDA inspected beef with minimal processing. Treat sizes vary within each package and the crumbs make a great meal topper for picky eaters!

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?

It's normal for a dog to self regulate and even skip a meal here or there. However, if this pattern continues for more than a meal or two, (or if you suspect something needs medical attention), contact your vet. In the meantime, try stimulating your dog’s appetite with the following tips.

  1. Feed your 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. Then remove the food bowl and store in the fridge. 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 about what their humans are eating and may become interested again.
  5. Ensure your dog has had stimulating exercise before the meal, like a long hike, or a game of fetch for about twenty minutes.
  6. Hand feed your 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 your dog does not eat during regular meal times, do not give it snacks, treats or chews throughout the day.

How To Make Homemade Dog Food For Older Dogs?

As dogs get older, they tend to become less active, and therefore should have their calories reduced. Studies have shown that a slimmer dog will live approximately one year longer than its overweight counterpart. In addition, slimmer dogs enjoy a higher quality of life.

Overweight dogs are at risk of developing weight related issues including obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. These health conditions will actually cost you more in medical expenses over time, than if you choose to make dietary changes as soon as you see your dog's weight beginning to increase. This is especially true for large dog breeds like labradors, golden retrievers, german shepherds, huskies and pitbulls. Small dog breeds like shih tzus, chihuahuas, yorkies, dachshunds, maltese, and pugs can also become overweight from overfeeding treats or meal portion sizes.

If your senior dog needs to slim down, choose a low calorie dog food recipe like Chicken and Rice with Carrots.

3 comments

Feb 26, 2019 • Posted by Lorene

Stan, I noticed my dog would also pass , peas, carrots and chickpeas whole. Dogs tend not to chew their food. I found if i mashed them beforehand they are easier to digest. Hope this helps

Oct 06, 2018 • Posted by Stan

I’ve been making a homemade dog food recipe with diced carrots and green peas but both my 3 year old German Shepherd and 9 year old Bassett Hound seem to be passing both the peas and carrots whole in their poop. Any suggestions for a better substitute since they don’t seem to be digesting them?

Aug 10, 2018 • Posted by MICHELLE BASAKER

How much would you feed a puppy? She is 39 lbs at 5 months

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