DIY Vet Approved Pet Food (3/3)

DIY Slow Cooker Dog Food

Depending on the diet of your pet, dog food can cost a lot. And it still is not the best thing they can eat. Just like us humans, no two dogs are the same. Every dog needs special care and attention in matters of diet and food. If taken lightly, it can have hazardous effects. A little thorough research yourself, and a trip to the vet will help you a lot in understanding what your dog cannot directly tell you in words. Maybe the packaged dog food that you serve is not complete, and the dog does not like the way it tastes. These are things that your pet would not be able to tell, but you will have to figure out on your own.

So, to save yourself the waste of money, and to give your dog the best food experience, you have the option of making your own natural and healthy dog food. Here is how you can prepare the slow cooker dog food in your kitchen –

Ingredients:

Chicken Thighs and Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – 2½ to 3 pounds

Sweet Potato (Cubed) – 1

Carrots (Sliced) – 2

Green Beans (Frozen) – 2 cups

Peas (Frozen) – 2 cups

Apples (Cored and Cubed with No Seeds) – 1 large-sized or 2 medium-sized

Kidney Beans (Drained and Rinsed) – 1 can

Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons

Recipe:

Take a crockpot and put the chicken in it. Now, pour just enough water in the crockpot that it just covers the meat. Follow it by adding the rest of the ingredients – potato, carrots, kidney beans, green beans, and apple. Cook the mixture on a lower setting for about 8 to 9 hours. When it is done, add the frozen peas in the pot and cook for 30 minutes more.

Drain off the excess water in the pot and add some olive oil. Stir using a spatula to mash them together using a food processor. When the preparation has cooled, measure the amount that will make for one serving for your pet and store it in the freezer, packed in separate Ziploc bags. Every night, place a container in the refrigerator so it can thaw overnight and be ready in the morning.

Why Choose This Recipe:

If your pet needs supplements for calcium needs, you can also throw in a multivitamin. This will be a particularly helpful factor for both – growing and aging dogs.

Homemade Chicken Jerky

Chicken Jerky is a lot of people’s favorite snack. You just put a few strips in your pocket and quickly leave for long walks in the city without worrying about the hunger that bothers you every hour. And it will be really thoughtful of you to carry around a healthy and tasty snack that can be enjoyed by both you and your dog. These bite-sized snacks are the best for long walks and travel when you both don’t know how to keep your hunger at bay. And you don’t have to go around and search for dog-friendly chicken jerky strips. You can easily make it at your own home and keep a stock of them. Here is how to make them –

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts (Skinless and Boneless) – 1 pound

Smooth Peanut Butter – 1 tablespoon

Soy Sauce – ¼ teaspoon

Recipe:

The whole recipe is about just three products. That is all the ingredients that you require for making chicken jerky strips. Firstly, preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Take away any extra fat and bone bits that you see on the chicken and dry it by patting. Mix the soy sauce and peanut butter in a separate bowl to prepare the marinade for the jerky. Stir it with a tablespoon of water, so the marinade acquires the consistency of a smooth paste.

Coat the chicken with this mixture thoroughly, and keep it in the freezer for about an hour. We have to do this because a slightly frozen chicken becomes easier to slice. After an hour, take the chicken out and cut it into slices (as thin as you can). Take a sheet covered with parchment paper and line the jerky strips over it in a single layer. Bake it in the oven, with the timer set for 2 hours. After this duration, your jerky will be ready to eat. After it has cooled down, you can choose to break them into smaller pieces or keep them as it is for bigger bites.

Why Choose This Recipe:

You can even store them in containers with seals, and they will be usable until 30 days if not finished before that time. What is even better is that you can also enjoy these with your dog. These are low in fat and have a high protein content, too.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Your dog would love to munch on a couple of them every now and then. Some of the manufacturers even go to the length of making these cookies in the generic shapes of bones to make our pets love them even more. But food from the market cannot really be trusted, and so you can make these biscuits on your own. You can also give them the flavors that you know your dog would love. Mixed with that is the satisfaction that you know what your dog is eating. These biscuits are made with pumpkin and can be prepared quickly. Here is how to make these dog biscuits –

Ingredients:

Pureed Pumpkin (Canned or Homemade) – ½ cup

Eggs – 2

Whole Wheat Flour – 2½ cups

Salt – 1/8

Teaspoon milk – ½ cup

Recipe:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a large bowl, put in the pumpkin puree and the eggs. Mix these two together with the help of a fork. Add the flour, milk, and salt mixing them well into dough. You might notice that the dough is a little stiff, so you can add a small amount of water in it so you can work with it easily.

On the surface, you are to work, sprinkle some flour and roll the dough on it until it acquires a thickness of about a quarter to half of an inch. If you wish to avoid any kind of sticking, sprinkle more flour. Cut them out in whatever shapes you prefer (like the bone shape) and set these about a half-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes in the oven, before turning them over to the other side and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a while before you serve them.

Homemade Chevon Stew for Dogs

Chevon (Goat Meat) stew is a people’s favorite when it comes to Chevon delicacies made with slow cooking. If you are a proud pet parent, you already know the love he/she shares for meat. You would surely love them to enjoy what you surely have been enjoying for so long in your life, but also make it in a manner that is perfect for their bodies. This homemade Chevon stew for dogs is something they will come running for. What is better is that it does not have those horrifying list of ingredients that many dog food providers put in their products when they shouldn’t even be using those ingredients, generally speaking. So, preparing the food at home ensures you that there is nothing extra in the recipe which you should be avoiding. To make this stew for a dog that weighs roughly 11 pounds, here is what you will have to do –

Ingredients:

Chevon (Goat Meat), Chicken or Turkey (Ground) – 1 pound

Potato or Sweet Potato – 1 large-sized

Carrot (Diced) – 1 medium sized

Peas (Frozen) – ½ cup water

Recipe:

To make this Chevon (Goat Meat) stew, begin by sautéing it in a large pot to the point it is no longer pink. Do not take out the fat from the meat as it is the right kind of fat for your dog. If you wish to use a little leaner meat, you can add about two tablespoons of coconut oil, so your pet gets some fat. After that, add potatoes and carrots to the meat.

Add water in amounts just enough to cover the vegetables in the stew and let it boil before letting it simmer for around 20 minutes. Or you can make it simmer till the veggies are cooked. In this, add the frozen peas. If you want, you can also add a small amount of sea salt, so the food does not remain entirely bland. Don’t forget to let the preparation to cool down before serving. It takes up a total of or lesser than 35 minutes to make.

Why Choose This Recipe:

The reason that this recipe has options like using turkey or chicken as alternatives to Chevon is that it is good to have a little bit of change. Plus, if Chevon is not available or if you feel that the product is not fresh, you can replace it with any other meat item which suits you.

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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