Wow, no wonder people are learning how to make their own dog food! There has been another dog food recall recently and this time it’s for an organic product that might contain a chemical that’s used to euthanize animals. Now no one knows for sure if this is true yet and the cans of dog food in question are being tested. The dog food company did the right thing, too, by recalling all the cans from those two lots while the testing and investigating goes on.
But… it’s not the first time we’ve heard dog food recall stories.
And, as I said, it one of the reasons more people are making their own food.
Why is Making Your Own Dog Food Better?
One of the other reason is that homemade dog food is just better for your dog. Just for all the same reasons you want to eat good food. It’s healthier. But you don’t have to go crazy overboard with feeding Fido. That’s why I like the approach Whole Dog Journal takes.
Don’t bother trying to make every single one of your dog’s meal nutritionally complete; as long as he’s receiving what he needs over a week or two, he’ll be fine. This approach is similar to how we feed ourselves and our families.
I also like the simple DIY recipe they offer (plus a whole lot of other good info, too).
And when the dog food looks this yummy you just might be tempted to eat it yourself (BTW, you could). Chungah from Damn Delicious keeps her pup healthy with this simple recipe.
You Think it Cost Too Much, Right?
You would be wrong then. The Bark shares this Puppy Stew us and breaks down the price to about $2.25 per serving. Really, when you think about the costs of good dry dog food and maybe a can or so of wet food, then that not too expensive for your favorite dog.
Making and Storing Homemade Dog Food
I know, I know, some days it’s hard enough just to get dinner on the table for the family. Having to make another dinner just for your dog might drive you over the edge. Fortunately, you can make up a big batch of dog food every week or two (or even once a month) and freeze it in storage bags.
Dog, Allergies and the Food They Eat
According to WebMD, 10% of allergies in dogs are attributed to foods. Yeah, the things they eat can be they cause them all kinds of problems, from tummy ache, diarrhea to scratching up a storm.
The most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. And, most dogs are usually allergic to more than one thing.
Yikes. And a lot of those items are found in the commercial food we feed our dogs. Dr. Becker explains it this way and why she recommends a novel protein diet.
Is it Okay to Feed my Dog Raw Food?
Most people (and even vets) don’t recommend raw diets for the dog for the same reasons you and I don’t at certain raw foods: Salmonella and e.coli. Yup, that’s a good possibility. But there are some folks who believe it’s the best thing for their animals, essentially because… well, because a dog is an animal and in the wild, they eat everything raw. Here an explanation about it from Wikipedia.
Still Looking for More Ideas?
I like easy, don’t you? And nothing says easy like a slow cooker. And yes, you can make homemade dog food in a slower cooker. I love this recipe from food.com.
And this dog food in a slow cooker recipe builder that was shared on The Huffington Post…
Just go ahead and admit it: your do is your best friend. And really, don’t you want your best friend to have the best? Make your own homemade just make sense. For a healthier and happier best friend!
Do come back soon for more inspiration.