Making home made dog food for your pet has become a big business as people are moving towards a more nutritious approach in feeding their lovable dogs. There are a couple of different ways you can make your own dog food, either in a moist, refrigerated food or in a dry kibble. Many people who make their own dog food prefer to make it as a dry kibble since this will help prevent tartar build up on their dog’s teeth and help prevent gum disease. Unless you have spent some time researching the various recipes available to make homemade dry dog food, then it may seem like a daunting undertaking in the beginning since it is quite possibly outside your realm of experiences. If it is, then have no worries, making dry home made dog food is easier than it may appear.
To begin, you will need to gather your ingredients from the store. You want to decide which protein source you feel is going to have the most benefit for your dog. When choosing this, take in to consideration if your dog has any allergies or what is going to be the most digestible and decide from there. The most common protein sources are chicken, turkey, beef and lamb — or you could try a combination of flavors. You will also need 1 teaspoon yeast, 1 cup of wheat germ, 3 eggs, 2 cups of powdered milk, 4 cups of flour and 2 cups of your protein source — many people also opt for adding fruits or veggies to their dog’s food and the simplest way to do this is by using a 4 ounce jar of stage 2 [organic] baby foods in flavors such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, peas, rice, or oatmeal.
Initially in your preparation for making dry home made dog food, you will need to dissolve a teaspoon of yeast in warm water then combine all the ingredients for your dog food together. Make sure the meat has been cooked and any excess fat has been drained, then set the mixture aside for approximately 30 minutes to allow the yeast to do its job. After your 30 minutes is over, roll the mixture out on a floured surface, cut in to small squares and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The end result is healthy dinner for your pooch and big lick on the face for you.
So many people today have chosen to make home made dog food for their four-legged family members that there are many recipes for dry dog food online for a person to choose from. In addition to making their dogs regular dog food from scratch, most of the people who make home made dog food also have a tendency to make their dogs treats from scratch as well. Among some of the most popular home made dog treats that people make for their beloved furry family members is the home made frozen dog treat.
To get started making your frozen home made dog food treats — which, by the way, your dog is simply going to love, especially on those hot, dog days of summer — you will need to gather the ingredients. You will actually be surprised at how easy it is to make a sweet summer treat your dog will love after a day out in the heat playing Frisbee or just going for a walk in the park with their favorite human.
One of the simplest recipes for making frozen home made dog food treats contains ingredients you probably already have in your pantry: the frozen peanut butter banana treat. Basically, mash a banana and add it to a few tablespoons of peanut butter, mix in a small amount of honey and some water (to aid in freezing) then shape in to small balls, toss in the freezer and, well, freeze. [You will have to be careful, this is also a goodie for the kids, too and you don’t want to come home to discover all the dogs treats have been eaten by the wee ones].
Other recipes to try when making frozen home made dog food treats involve mixing and matching different items of fruit with juices or plain yogurt. For instance, using an ice cube tray, you might fill it with apple juice then in each slot add a piece of an apple, pear, or perhaps a peach. The possibilities are endless with creating just the perfect frozen treat for your pooch. Too, you can add variety by mixing it up and making the frozen cubes with beef or chicken broth, or unsalted beef gravy, and adding a cube of cheese or a chunk of meat (baby food works best) to the cube before freezing. You are sure to be a hit with your pooch this summer if you try one of the ideas on listed here.