If dogs are our best friends, then we should treat them as such, right? Maybe that means an extra-long run on that beach, or an unsolicited belly scratch, or even a delicious, home cooked healthy meal. That’s right. You don’t have to always buy your dog food pre-made from a pet store. There are plenty of recipes that offer the same nutrition and taste your pup will love, with the added ingredient of your TLC. And if you’re concerned about the source of ingredients in regular dog food, this is a great way to take control of your dog’s whole-food nutrition, just as you would do for yourself.
Remember though, that unlike when you cook for yourself or your family, it’s important not to stray from homemade dog food recipes. Your pooch has specific nutritional needs that require their recipes are cooked exactly as instructed. This means no substitutes or ingredient swaps. All animal product ingredients should be cooked thoroughly to kill any harmful bacteria, and grains, beans, and starchy veggies should be cooked completely so that your canine can digest them easier. Basically, just stick to the recipe plan and your pup will thank you for it!
Get your doggie’s digestive system on track with these homemade biscuits. We all know how uncomfortable bloating and constipation can be. Spare your pup the unpleasantness with this all-natural digestive aid. The pumpkin acts as a mild ingredient that will help relieve your best friend’s troublesome tummy issues. Plus, they taste great too (or so we’ve been told!).
A healthy pup is a happy pup and in order to make that happen, your dog needs the right fuel to stay active—specifically protein. The most beneficial source of protein for your dog is whole meat sources, like the fresh chicken used in this recipe. Combined with beans (also a great source of protein) and vegetables, this chili is a hearty, healthy meal for your dog that will definitely earn you some slobbery bonus kisses as a thank you.
Canine Cooking Tip: If you want to give your pup that extra dose of health, you can add a 1/2 Tbsp. of fish oil to this chili recipe. Because its filled with some many other flavorful ingredients, even picky pets aren’t likely to notice the added oil.
We know how expensive pet treats can be, especially if you’re buying organic. When you want the best ingredients for your dog, but don’t have the budget, skip the pet shop and DIY. These fruit and veggie strips are easy to make and much cheaper than the organic chewy treats in stores. Suitable as a snack or as training treats (broken into smaller pieces), they’ll give your furry friend a generous helping of vitamin C, which will work to strengthen his or her immune system.
Canine Cooking Tip: Don’t worry about overcooking the sweet potato. We doubt your dog will judge you even if you did, but it turns out that softer potatoes are easier to mash so it’s actually not the worst thing to overcook them in this case.
Okay, so these may not sound that appealing to you, but we bet your pooch won’t have any problem gobbling this ‘dessert’ right down. The simple, clean recipe is a perfect way to incorporate more protein and essential fatty acids into your doggie’s diet, and it’s a great option if you’re trying to balance your pet’s nutritional intake with more raw foods.
We totally get that. Cooking is time consuming enough, even when you’re just cooking for yourself; when you add in meals for your family and a pet, it can really start to take over your schedule. While you’ll probably still have to keep up the cooking for your family, we can offer you a healthy alternative to home cooking for your pet that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
Our friends at Solid Gold offer a full line of nutritious, natural, and holistic foods, treats and supplements for your dogs and cats. Made by health-conscious animal lovers, you can be confident your dog (or cat) is getting quality, well-sourced nutrition when he’s eating Solid Gold for breakfast, lunch or dinner.