DIY Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Dog Food feature

I never expected to be that dog mom that makes her own dog food for her animal. But we treat our dog exactly like what she is, a member of our family. We love her and, yes, we spoil her. And so does both set of grandparents. But there are two reasons it’s advantageous to give your dog human food: their health and your wallet.

Being an animal activist I research what animal food manufacturers I should buy from and I ensure that I’m not giving harsh ingredients (or support companies that are cruel to animals). So, obviously, we aren’t buying the super cheap food. In fact, I buy Blue Buffalo for all the animals. Then we supplement the dry dog food that we buy with human food. My father-in-law was a dairy and poultry farmer and my mom used to show dogs so they both are very helpful in our animals health, but so is the Internet now a days.

HUMAN FOODS YOU CAN GIVE DOGS

Here’s what I make for Shelby weekly:

  • Rice*
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes

Foods for dogs*white rice is great fiber keeping both humans and animals in great health by clearing out toxins. This also makes her more regular and more predictable for husband and I so we don’t ever worry about what is waiting for us to clean up when we get home if we happen to both be out for 6-8 hours.

I steam the cauliflower in the microwave, boil the sweet potatoes on the stove, and make the rice in the rice cooker. It is so brainless and done in conjunction with our dinner it’s not even funny how little time is involved. For less than $3 a week all that goes a long way (even less if you buy rice and vegetables in bulk and then freeze the vegetables and store the rice).

I will then add in any of the ingredients that I have on hand depending on what we’re cooking for the human dinners:

  • Bacon
  • Leftover meats that have been unseasoned (I’ll purposely unseason or put off to the side meat we’re having for her)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Any other vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, green beans, etc. All of these are so great for her.
  • Chicken broth (unsalted, unseasoned)

I can tell a big difference in her health and she has such a great coat of fur after adding these human foods to her diet. I mix it in all in a bowl with some dry food that that’s what I dish her food out of in the morning and the evening.

There are lots of other food that dogs can have, that I rotate in every so often depending on season and what we’re having ourselves but these aren’t as regular for her:

  • spinach
  • squash
  • pumpkin
  • brussel sprouts
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • lean meats
  • salmon
  • apples, berries; other fruits dogs can have include oranges, bananas, and watermelon (all seeded, stemless, etc)

Human foods to never give dogs

  • avocado
  • salt, onions and garlic (hence why I make sure everything I give her is unseasoned)
  • grapes and raisins
  • candy and gum
  • chocolate
  • most dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, and other cheese seems to be a popular dog treat but articles go back and forth)
  • many fruits like peaches (generally those with pits)
  • bread dough / yeast
  • baked sweets
  • nuts (particularly macadamia; the shells of other nuts like hazelnut, walnuts could be hurtful to their digestive tract lining so be careful with whole nuts)
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms

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