Make Your Own Dog Food

Gone are the days that saw every single dog owner feed his or her dog food directly from a can. Gone are the days when it was common to simply feed him or her dog food straight off the supermarket shelf. With a greater awareness of the health of our pets available through extensive research, many owners are now part of the make your own dog food movement, and it’s being met with serious approval!

Many veterinarians and animal health experts are espousing the virtues of homemade dog food because it is the perfect way to control the canine diet. Obesity is a problem in dogs as well as humans now and dog food from a can would do little to help that. It may have most of the elements of nutrition that a dog needs but it will also make them gain weight if they eat too much. However, a homemade dog food diet can provide balanced meals to ensure that your dog is getting optimum nutrition.

The following are B.A.R.F Breakfast and Dinner recipes you can try:

BARF Breakfast (med size dog)

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup vegetables — *see Note
250 mgs vitamin C — for dogs. Crushed
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kelp seaweed powder — *see Note
1 teaspoon alfalfa powder — *see Note
1 digestive enzyme — for dogs Optional
1 teaspoon flax seed oil — *see Note
1/4 cup kibble — optional
Soak rolled oats in yogurt overnight. Mix all ingredients and serve. Add
kibble if desired.
Note: shredded, lightly steamed or pureed. carrots, celery, spinach,
yams and/or broccoli, apples etc.
Note: items can be purchased at health food store or pet store.

BARF Dinner (med size dog)

3/4 pound Raw Meat — *see Note
1 egg — raw
1/2 clove garlic — chopped
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon flax seed oil — *see Note
1 teaspoon kelp seaweed powder — *see Note
1 teaspoon alfalfa powder — *see Note
250 mgs vitamin C — for dogs
1/4 cup kibble — optional
Mix together and serve.

*Note: raw beef chunks (not ground), raw chicken, mackerel, or lamb
etc. twice a week use liver or kidney.
Note: found in health food store or pet store

If you decide to make your own dog food, it may be a tad more expensive than canned dog food and that is what puts the majority of individual owners off, but it is not necessary to spend a fortune in order to make the meals. Your dog should not be eating steak every day, contrary to popular belief! However, that little extra cost is an investment in your dog’s health and is most definitely worth it!