First may I say that before giving your dog anything new always make sure your dog doesn’t have known allergies, and please be sure to check with your vet, some dogs can get stomach upset when new foods are introduced.
Secondly I do not claim any credit for these recipes, some were given to me by friends and others I have accumulated over years. I am sorry I don’t know who created them.
Lastly always get a list of toxic foods for dogs from a vet or pet nutritionist, I have a blog about fitness for you and your dog that has a list inserted in it if you would like to check it out. A couple of examples are, onions can give upset stomach, and raw or spoiled garlic can be highly toxic to dogs.
Home Made Dog Food: The breakdown for nutritional guidelines is 40% meat 30% starches/carbs and 30% vegetables for a well-balanced diet.
step 1) Make a list of vegetables your dog likes. If you’ve never fed your dog vegetables before, now is your chance to experiment and see which ones he does like. Be sure and exclude onions and mushrooms because these are not good for your dog.
step 2) Make a list of the starches your dog likes. Again if you’ve never fed your dog brown rice, pasta or oatmeal, you will have to experiment to see what he likes.
step 3) Choose one meat your dog likes, one or two vegetables and one starch. Think about what would taste good to you mixed together and then try one of those combinations.
step 4) Cook your meat, vegetable and starch separately. Mix them together. Once the mixture cools and is just warm, have your dog do a taste test.
Avoid white rice and pastas as it is not good for your dog for the same reason they are not good for you. Do not feed hot food to your dog wait until it is warm or room temperature before serving. Don’t add salt, pepper or other seasonings to your dog’s food. He doesn’t need them, and they may not be good for him.
Chicken Dogggie Gravy
Step 1) Boil 1-2 chicken breasts in a saucepan with 4 cups of water for about half an hour. Remove the breasts from the water and save the water. Put the chicken breasts aside and allow them to cool.
Step 2) Add a small amount of flour to the water and whisk or beat with an electric mixer until no lumps remain, adding more flour a little a time as required it will take a few minutes to thicken
Step 3) Mix 2 large beaten eggs into the gravy mixture and cook it on low heat until it’s thickened.
Step 4) Blend the cooled chicken breasts in a food processor and add them to the gravy mixture. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
Step 5) Drizzle your doggie chicken gravy over your dogs dry food. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator and use it within three days. It may have to be warmed slightly in small amounts at each meal time.
Remember there are a lot of interesting new food and treat ideas you can safely make at home for you or dog, but always follow your Vet’s advice first, they know your dog and will give you the very best advice on what would be right for him/her, and should the Vet advise against it than please follow what they say, they only have his/her best interests at heart.