DIY Vet Approved Pet Food (1/3)

The Old Standard

There are a few ingredients which will appear a lot of times when we talk about homemade pet food. These are brown rice, turkey, and veggies. This recipe gives you the satisfaction of knowing what exactly you are serving to your dog, which is indeed a far bigger improvement as compared to all the canned food that you have been filling their food bowls with. The old standard recipe is called so because it has all the usual ingredients that you will see in many dog meals, and which are good for them. The best thing about this recipe is that it is highly customizable, which you will see more clearly a little later. Here is how you can make it at home –

Ingredients:

Brown Rice – 1½ cup

Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon

Turkey (Ground) – 3 pounds

Baby Spinach (Chopped) – 3 cups

Carrots (Shredded) – 2

Zucchini (Shredded) – 1

Peas (Canned or Frozen) – ½ cup

Recipe:

To make this, take a large saucepan and fill it with about 3 cups of water. In this water, cook the rice as per the instructions are given on its packet. Keep them aside. Next, take large stockpot or a Dutch oven, and heat the olive oil in it over some medium heat from the stove. To this, add the ground turkey and cook it for a good 3 to 5 minutes, until it turns entirely brown. Also, ensure that the turkey has been properly crumbled while you are cooking it.

Add this to the spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice. Cook this until the spinach has completely wilted, and the mixture has been wholly heated, for about 3 to 5 minutes. Let the food cool down completely before you go any further.

Why Choose this Recipe:

Another advantage of making this recipe comes into play now. You don’t have to force your pet to eat the entire bowl of prepared food. You can easily divide it up into servings and freeze them with the date mentioned on the container. Whenever you have to serve it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and heat it up for 15 to 30 seconds. The preparation is easy, and the recipe has many benefits too.

Also, the balance of this recipe is fascinating, with 50% of protein, and 25% each of veggies and grains. If you wish, you can alter this balance to suit the breed and need of your dog.

Peanut Butter Cookies

It is not us people who love peanut butter. Dogs also have unconditional love for peanut butter, and they do not forget to express it anytime. But since they do not eat it as we do, so there was a need to find a way of helping our pets find their love in the food. So people came up with pet-friendly peanut butter cookies. If you feel a little skeptical of this flavor, as there may be allergies that your dog has that you may or may not know about, so that should be the only caution in your head. If that is the case, you can replace peanut butter with other pet-favorite flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato. Here is how to make these peanut butter cookies for your dog –

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour – 2½ cups

Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon

Natural Peanut Butter – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Honey – 2 tablespoon

Egg – 1

Recipe:

You have to begin this process by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Take a large bowl and mix flour, baking powder, and the egg. To this, add the peanut butter, water, and honey. Stir this mixture until you have a firm and sticky cookie dough. You may even have to use your hands or the paddle attachment that comes with your mixer.

Take a flat surface and flour it. Roll the dough on this surface until it is about a half-inch in thickness. With the help of a cookie-cutter of the shape of your preference, cut out the shapes that you like. Since the cookies would not rise or expand much, you can let your creativity get the best out of you. Bake these in a pan for about 20 minutes, or till they turn golden.

Why Choose This Recipe:

You can keep them stored in an airtight container for your dog and give them to it at mealtime. Another brilliant thing about these cookies are, that they are an excellent gift idea for your fellow dog lovers. People will love these cookies, and they will adore you.

Some people have noted that dogs may be or can be allergic to flour or wheat. If that makes you unsure of this whole recipe, you can replace flour with rice or coconut flour. It works brilliantly, but you might end up with a little different consistency. Nonetheless, your dog will still love it immensely.

Mini Omelets for Dogs

Eggs are a delicacy that does not require a particular time of the day to enjoy. Be it a morning breakfast, afternoon brunch or a simple dinner, eggs are the easiest, tastiest and healthiest option to go for. And it’s not just us who love eggs. As it so happens, our dogs love cooked eggs too. And the best way to serve eggs to anyone, human or canine, is to make them into omelets. Eggs have the right amount of fatty acids and proteins and preparing omelet from eggs increase their taste exponentially, making it all a fun packaging with brilliant contents. They can be perfect for you and your dog, alike. Mini omelets can be prepared with as few as three ingredients. Here is what to do for preparing this mini treat for your dog –

Ingredients:

Eggs (Organic) – 2

Smoked Salmon (Thinly Sliced)

Green Pepper (Diced)

Oven Safe Ramekin – 1

Recipe:

For making mini omelets as a treat for your dog, start by lightly greasing the ramekin with a small amount of olive oil. Crack the eggs straight into the ramekin. Add the green pepper and salmon into the eggs, and stir the mixture until they get thoroughly combined. Stick this into the oven to bake at 350 degrees for a duration of 10 to 12 minutes. Or, you can check for the top to get brown and the omelet to be cooked thoroughly.

Why Choose This Recipe:

Let the food cool down before you serve it to your furry. You can make this real quick, and your dog(s) will love it. A whole batch of omelets can be prepared if you are having a party at your place on a Sunday afternoon and you expect a lot of dog owners to be there. There is no need to be tensed by thinking that this is a static recipe as you cannot replace the ingredients. If your pooch, or any other pet for that matter, doesn’t like green pepper, you can swap it with tomato, shaved smoked ham or broccoli whichever you think that the pets would be love to feast on.

One thing you will have to be a little cautious about is to ensure that the egg is thoroughly cooked. Uncooked eggs can cause problems with your dog’s system, rendering them with issues of the skin and coat. You can also make the omelet bite-sized if you wish. Just cut it into small pieces once it has cooled.

We have a few more recipes in store for your pet, which are not just healthy but are also yummy and lip smacking. Share your favorite recipes with us which you usually prepare for your furr baby and we will feature them in our next blog!

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