As we are in the last lesson of this Canine Nutrition course, you should have a good understanding of what your dog needs.
Nutrition is a very complex subject and it goes way beyond what you learned throughout this course. Therefore, I can not stress enough on the importance of feeding high quality food.
It should contain the right amount of nutrition and energy for your dog. Remember, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to feeding.
The purpose of this lesson and the following recipes is to teach you how you can make a delicious meal for your dog. This is ONLY in addition to his normal diet. The recipes are not meant to replace the main diet of your dog, but rather to give them as a treat on a beautiful Sunday evening.
If you ONLY want to feed home made food to your pet, I highly recommend that you ask guidance from a specialized veterinary nutritionist. I’m sure your local veterinarian can forward you to a qualified person.
With that being said, let’s head further.
If you’re like me, you’ve already put on your apron. You cleaned your kitchen countertop and collected the leftovers from fridge.
But wait, not so fast! You’re probably not a dog food star-chef, let alone the MasterChef of canine nutrition.
Making dog food is not as simple as you might think, because you need to understand what you can – and especially what you can’t prepare for your dog. You’ll want to include products which:
Contain fatty acids. Especially fish
Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Have a good source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are commonly found in pasta and vegetables.
Have a lot of calcium, such as broccoli and very small fish with bones (for example sardines)
Contain natural fat. You’ll find this in fish oil and red meat.
Are high in protein. Animal meat, fish, eggs and cottage cheese are good candidates.
You might want to add food supplements to the mix in order to make it better. But keep in mind, don’t add too much. Too little, as well as too many supplements can harm your dog’s health.
If you are not sure, it’s better to leave the supplements out of the picture. Especially if you’re feeding home made food only on occasion. Like we recommend.
Animal products, especially chicken, eggs and pork meat, should be cooked properly. This is simply to avoid a salmonella contamination.
Asparagus for example, are tough to break down when given raw. However, when they are cooked they lose their nutritional value. As you might understand, there is no point in adding it to the diet.
There are hundreds types of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and it is impossible to compile a complete list of them and their benefits for your dog. I do recommend that you do some research before you give a certain product to your dog.
A quick Google search can avoid many problems!
6 cups cooked organic brown rice
2 pounds ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced small
3 carrots, shredded or thinly sliced
1/4–1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons of olive or safflower oil
Mix the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl and let it cool down. Place in the fridge for storage!
6 cups of water
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups rice
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
½ package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination
Cut the turkey into small pieces and bake it in the pan and add the rosemary. Boil the rice and put the vegetable mix into the oven until it’s cooked. Let all the ingredients cool down and mix them together.
You can use a blender to make it into a mush.
200 grams baked salmon
200 grams of boiled macaroni pasta
250 grams of steamed Broccoli (cut into small pieces)
3 boiled eggs
Mix everything together and we’re good to go!
150g baked chicken, chopped into small pieces
50g bacon, baked
FRESH pineapple, chopped (avoid canned pineapple because the syrup contains a lot of sugar)
4 big leaves of cabbage
1 boiled egg, peeled and cut in small pieces
1 boiled potato, chopped
Mix everything well and storage in a cool, dry place.
I hope you’ll try these delicious recipes. Make sure to let me know how your dog liked it! We are considering on a full “doggy-cookbook” which we may release later on. We will notify you for sure!
Hopefully you enjoyed this Canine Nutrition course, and you have a better understanding of the impact of food on your dog’s health.
Make sure you check out our other courses!
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