Homemade dog food is a trend that has exploded in popularity, as more people are developing ways to ensure that their dog receives the proper amount of nutrition. Because of the potentially harmful ingredients in many commercial dog food formulas, many pet owners are opting to take their dog’s nutrition into their own hands. If you want to make your own dog food, there are several different recipes that you can follow in order to make your dog food at home. Here are some general instructions that will allow you to make your own dog food.

1.    PURCHASE YOUR INGREDIENTS

The quality of the ingredients that you add to your homemade dog food formula is extremely important. Try to use organic, non-processed ingredients that do not have any steroids, growth hormones, preservatives or pesticides. As a general rule, you will need to choose one type of protein (per formula), two vegetables and one carbohyd rate. Depending on the recipe you are following, you can adjust your formula to include many different ingredients.

2.    MIX YOUR INGREDIENTS

The mixing process for the ingredients in your homemade dog food formula is fairly straightforward. Chop the type of meat you are using (pork, beef, chicken, lamb, etc) into small bite-sized pieces, and add them to the bowl. Some people prefer to lightly cook the meat, but feeding your dog raw food is fine as long as you are certain that it contains no harmful bacteria. It’s essential that you do not use any seasoning ingredients, since there are some ingredients (garlic, onions) that are potentially toxic to your dog! If you decide to cook the meat, try to use a cooking oil that is high in omega 3 fatty acids, since this is the healthiest option for your dog. Vegetables do not need to be cooked and should be added to the food in raw form. If you decide to add grains to your homemade dog food, consider using high quality nutrient dense grains only, such as quinoa, millet or brown rice. Any grains should be cooked before they are fed to your dog.

3.    BLEND YOUR INGREDIENTS

Once all of your ingredients are properly prepared, you can make your dog food formula! You can either opt to mix all of the ingredients together to make a single formula, or you can keep them all separate, and add them together as-needed to feed to your dog. Since your formula needs to be refrigerated after it’s prepared, it’s important that you have enough space in your refrigerator for your dog’s finished formula.

4.    SUPPLEMENTAL INGREDIENTS

If you wish, you can also add supplemental ingredients to make your homemade dog food formula more nutritious. This includes flax seed oil, cod liver oil, or ground vitamins. It’s important not to overuse these ingredients, however, since they can be detrimental to your dog’s health if given in large amounts. For example, if you use too many vitamin supplements in your homemade dog food formula, you run the risk of your dog overdosing on certain vitamins that are only designed to be given to your dog in small quantities. It’s best to carefully monitor the amount of any supplement you add to your homemade dog food formula, so that you are able to provide a diet that is properly balanced in nutrition for your dog.

Home-made dog food takes some time and effort to prepare, but you will sleep well at night knowing that your dog is not eating potentially harmful ingredients.

Have you ever tried making dog food at home?  Do you have any recipes that you would like to share?