"Why make dog food at home when you can just buy it at the store?"
The #1 reason is simply this: control. You have full control over every single ingredient with no surprises. Dog's with allergies, sensitives, or intolerance can live a happy life and you can live worry free.
The second reason is money savings! When it comes to healthy dog food the top brands are quite expensive, but you can simply use the same ingredients at home and save an absolute ton.
Of course, the next biggest concern is time investment. But surprisingly this isn't as bad as it looks, and with just an hour or less per week you can make enough food to last for several days. We recommend you make use of a some big ziplock bags or containers and freeze what you're not immediately using.
Each recipe allows for customization based on your dog's individual nutritional requirements and tastes. But, before you get started you must speak with a Vet to see what your dog should and should not eat, as each dog's diet will vary.
Finally, always check to see what dog's can and cannot eat before adding ingredients.
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Chungah proves that making dog food at home is not only cheaper, but healthier too. You have full control over the ingredients, and so your fur-baby will eat nothing but the best. If your looking to lean up the meal a bit, replace the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken to curb some of those extra calories and fat.
Looking to make something quick and easy? Try a simple 4-ingredient recipe of Turkey, Rice, Broccoli, and a pinch of Rosemary. We definitely recommend cutting up the brocolli into smaller bits to ensure there is no choking hazard, since we all know some dogs don't chew as much as they should.
Here's another healthy time saver for your pup, making a stew ahead of time and freezing the leftovers until needed. Making use of nutrient-rich ingredients and a slow cooker, SkinnyMs has created a really high quality food source that humans and dogs can appreciate.
Another awesome crockpot recipe, this time just using some simple ingredients such as: Chicken, Rice, Green beans, Sweet Potato, and Carrots - all good stuff that will keep your dog fueled and happy. The best part is this recipe comes with a how-to video so you can follow their exact process.
SkinnyMs is on our list twice, and for good reason - she makes awesome recipes! This is a fantastic blend of turkey, organs, and some nutrient rich veggies. Make sure you make enough for leftovers, using ziplock bags or containers so that you'll have enough for the whole week!
Yeah, you read that right - BEEFaloaf, and your dog will love it. It's exactly how it sounds too, just make some meatloaf with all your dog's favorites: beef, eggs, and veggies. Then just bake in the oven for 40 minutes and you're all set to spoil your fur baby.
Slow cooker recipes are especially good just for their time saving - since you may be making dog food each week. This is another simple recipe that you can create in just 20 minutes, using a combination of beef and anti-oxidants. If you want to lean things up a bit just swap the beef for chicken or turkey.
One more slow cooker recipe for the list, this time using more frozen veggies to save some extra time, and throwing in a few extras like sweet potatoes and carrots. Of course you can always be creative by adding in some extra veggies, just make sure you follow the What Foods are Safe For Dogs list.
No Crockpot? No problem - just make a potato beef stew with whatever pot you have around the kitchen, your dog will appreciate the effort all the same. Amanda even takes it a step further and supplements her dog food with extra dog vitamins, which is a great idea. Just make sure you talk to the Vet first so they can receive the optimal level of nutrients needed for your dog.
A really fantastic recipe using just some cooked rice and a dutch oven for everything else. Of course we have the usual healthy stuff like carrots, spinach, zucchini, and peas, and they have even included all the nutritional info on their site which is helpful for the pups on a diet.
This is a different type of recipe, in fact there's no real recipe here at all. This is more instruction on how to construct your own recipe using optimal ingredients for a properly nutrtionally balanced meal. They have sources several scientific studies and even vet endorsed sample diets in order to give you a better idea of what's suitable for your dog - a highly recommend you give this a read.
But wait - there's more! If you're looking to spoil your dog in the healthiest way possible, then check out our awesome list of grain-free dog treat recipes. If you're making homemade dog food - then why not make a few treats while you're at it?