5 Best Vet-Approved Homemade Recipes You Can Make for Your Dogs

5 Best Vet-Approved Homemade Recipes You Can Make for Your Dogs
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As a loving fur parent, providing the right nutrition for your precious pups is something we should take seriously! Dogs need proper nutrition too and cannot depend on dry food all time. Although we might think that making homemade dog food seems like an unnecessary amount of work, isn't it? But there are actually lots of good reasons to cook your pup’s meals.

One benefit of homemade dog food is knowing what's on the food because you made it yourself. And since you make it yourself, you can even budget and save some money than buying pet food that could cost more. And don't worry, these recipes are actually not that hard and cooking for your precious would even feel so rewarding! But of course, be sure to consult the vet first to know whether this recipes are a perfect fit for your pup's diet at the moment. Remember that your pup's diet should have the right balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates for to be healthy in the long run!

Here's some vet-approved homemade dog food recipes that you can easily make at home for your pups:

1. Easy Crockpot Dog Food

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed.
  3. Let cool completely.

 

2. Fish and Veggie Omelet for Dogs

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup canned salmon
  • 1 tsp. olive oil 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the eggs to the pan and scramble. You can scramble before adding to the pan if you choose, but as I mention in my video guide above, it saves a dish and takes less time to just scramble them in the frying pan.
  • Add the fish and diced bell peppers to the eggs, break the fish into small pieces and continue to scramble. Allow the meal to cook for about 5 minutes, scrambling occasionally.
  • Allow the food to cool completely before serving to your dog.

 

3. DIY Homemade Veggie Dog Food 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  • Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely.

 

4. Homemade Strawberry Banana Dog Treats

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (All-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar is best for dogs)
  • 1 cup Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)
  • 5 ripe strawberries finely diced

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it's about an inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters or treat molds.
  • Place the cutouts or the mold sheets on a baking pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove them from the oven and let them cool completed before handling.

 

5. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

Image from @thecozycook.com

 INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter (All-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar is best for dogs)
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups flour (we recommend Almond flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
  • 4 strips cooked bacon roughly chopped

 

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a large spoon or spatula. Switch to a whisk to make sure no lumps remain. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto the counter and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and chopped bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes or insert into dog treat molds. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the
  • Refrigerator for up to 1 week. Treats freeze well, up to 2 months.

 

 

Conclusion

Your precious pups are different from the other pups in many ways that we can't count so remember that your pup has to have a special diet of their own adviced by the vet especially if they have medical issues. Also keep in mind that there are foods that your pup should never ever ingest like chocolate, grapes and raisins, avocado, onions, garlic and anything salty and/or seasoned for these foods can make your dog really ill.

It may be a time consuming to cook for your dog but it will ensure your precious pups will gets the optimal nutrients they need. And don't worry, this will surely pay off in the long run and isn't it rewarding to see your pup enjoying good health and a life free of illnesses?

Feel free to share this with your fellow pet owner friends who might need some of these recipes! You can also leave a comment down below about some recipes you'd like to recommend, we would also love to read them!

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Rose Hazel San Diego

Hazel loves pets & she has owned cats, dogs, & even hedgehogs! She also fosters cats & dogs in need around her area. With her social media & copywriting background, she gladly shares her knowledge of pets through these articles!

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