2 Delicious Dog Food Recipes for Small Dogs
People are becoming much more aware of the hidden dangers that come in store bought dog food these days. I am definitely one of them. How I started my journey into making my own dog food is because my new three-year-old Lhasa Poo would not eat anything. Well, she did fill up on the cat food when we were not looking. Like so many people, we have a small budget, and I always bought the best food that I could that was the cheapest price.
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One day I was visiting a friend who works with animals on a regular basis, and I asked her if the brand I was trying to feed my dog was ok. The ingredients did not seem like there was anything I should not be feeding her. My friend let me know that that kind of food was the worst food I could feed her. I felt so bad. She explained to me that it had red dyes in it, and ground chicken meal, as well as a lot of fillers. No wonder why my new little dog did not like it. She could probably smell all the bad ingredients in it.
So after that, I went shopping and bought a holistic brand that was a good price. I was very excited to get home and let her try out the new healthier food. She did not eat it! I was not about to go out and spend $50 on vet food (no offense). There was no way I could spend that much just to feed my dog, with a family and household to take care of, so I started researching how to make my own tasty dog food.
Meat Loaf for Dogs Recipe
The first recipe I tried was a meatloaf. There was a huge sale on ground meat at the grocery store that week. This recipe is very easy and consists of only meat and veggies.
- 3 quarter cups of grated veggies (sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, zucchini)
- 2 lbs of ground beef (the leaner the better)
- 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oatmeal
- 2 eggs
- Half cup of cottage cheese
- Ground flax seeds
Note: You do not have to use all the veggies that are mentioned. I only used what I already had at home, which was 1 sweet potato, half a carrot, and some broccoli.
- Preheat oven to 350 F°. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Lightly butter two meatloaf pans and place ingredients in the pans. Bake in the oven for 20 to 24 minutes. Note: Remember in the wild dogs eat raw meat. You don't have to fully cook the meat. I cooked it for 20 minutes and the meat was just slightly undercooked and the veggies were cooked, but a little crunchy still.
- I sectioned it out into 24 portioned size pieces. I placed wax paper in between each piece, stuck them into a large zip lock bag and placed in the freezer. I take out three or four days worth and put it in the fridge so it's ready for my little lady every morning. She loves it, and so do I because I know what's in it. This meal lasts for 24 days and only costs me $6.86!
Chicken and Veggies for Dogs
This one is as simple as the title. It is just chicken and veggies.
- Lean chicken breast
- Mixed veggies (broccoli, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini)
- Brown rice, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cook the chicken breast (do not add any salt or seasoning). Cut up veggies and steam until cooked, but still a little crunchy
- After chicken is cooked, chop up into bite-size pieces, mix in with the veggies, but make sure there is more meat then veggies) and feed the correct portion for your dog. Save the rest for another day.
What Is a Good Portion Size?
To find out what to feed your dog daily, follow this simple formula.
Weight of your dog x 16 oz = _______
Take that number and x by .02 to find out the minimum daily amount or x by .03 to find the maximum daily amount.
For example: If your dog's weight was 11 lbs, the formula would look like this:
11 x 16 oz = 176
176 x .02 = 3.52 oz min daily
176 x .03 = 5.28 oz max daily
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What You Need to Know About Feeding Your Furry Friend
While feeding your little buddy, these simple recipes there are a couple more nutrients they need to have throughout the day.
To give my dog more calcium and omega oils, I feed her one whole or half a sardine (depends on the size) a day.
Important: Make sure to get canned sardines that are in spring water—NO oils or spices.
When feeding your dog, please remember that they need all-natural food. No oils, spices, white flour, sugar, sodium or processes food of all kinds! These have been linked with cancer in dogs.
Foods that should be avoided are:
- grapes and raisins
- macadamia nuts
- fruit pits and seeds
- un-cooked spinach
- soy and cooking oils
My little Molly has been great eating the two recipes above. Just watch your dog. If bloating and gas occurs, usually it's the broccoli.
Consult Your Vet
Please always check with your vet if you are not sure about something. If your dog eats anything that is mentioned above in a very large quantity, it's always a good idea to call your vet right away.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.