Want to feed your dogs but don’t have a big budget to get kibbles and expensive canned dog foods? There is the option of cheap homemade dog food you can prepare at home which your pet would love.
Table of Contents
- Making homemade dog food
- Processed foods
- Non-human grade protein
- Unhealthy addictives
- Nutrient Retention
- No preservatives
- Recipe for Cheap Homemade Dog Foods
- Raw food
Making homemade dog food
When it comes to homemade dog foods, vets and dog owners are often caught in an argument. Many people assume homemade dog foods lack the required nutrients or the wrong proportion of these nutrients when compared with store-bought dog food.
I couldn’t find my place on either side of the divide until I realized that homemade dog foods are healthy for lots of reasons, one of which is freshness.
If you are in a conflicted position when it comes to choosing the right food for your dog, let me share with you a few other reasons why you should opt for DIY dog food.
Store-bought dog foods are made using processed methods, and this destroys the nutrients in the ingredients. How do we know this?
During processing, the parts are exposed to extremely high heat with the aim of killing all the dangerous microorganisms and bacteria that might have nested in the raw foods.
Processing plants employ the use of industrial-grade heating equipment designed to eliminate even the tiniest of microorganisms present in food.
While it is a good thing to get rid of these harmful organisms, some nutrients in food are susceptible to very high temperatures.
Antioxidants, protein, and vitamin contents can be destroyed quickly or rendered biologically unavailable when they are exposed to excessively high heat.
Asides exposure to heat, boiling in a large quantity of water, exposure to some metals, and even light in the factories can rid these foods of their nutritional values.
Non-human grade protein
Commercial dog foods contain non-human grade protein source and other ingredients.
If you take your time to check through the ingredients written at the back of your commercial dog food pack or container, you will discover that animal parts which are not consumable by humans are used in the production of these foods.
Example of these unhealthy animal parts includes feathers, hooves, brains, beaks, and other parts you do not want to imagine in your own plate. Scarier still is the fact that parts from animals who died from unidentified causes or died from diseases are used and are allowed by the FDA.
While you may think because they are dogs anything you feed them is excellent, the health of your pet should be a priority to you. It has been discovered that the health of dogs feed with only commercial dog foods is not so encouraging.
Something else you might find in your dog food is the chemical called propylene glycol which is used in car anti-freeze.
Commercial dog foods contain unhealthy additives and preservatives to prolong their shelf-life.
The pet food companies tell us these additives only come in tiny quantities and are not harmful to your pet but the more of these foods your dog consumes, the faster the accumulation of these dangerous chemicals that can potentially damage your canine friend’s heart, liver, and kidney.
However, there are a few dog food brands out there that genuinely care about the health of your pet. Check out for organic food brands as they are a healthy option if you choose to stick to already made dog foods.
Homemade dog foods provide you with the following benefits
When you make your dog food at home, there is a guarantee that you are using only fresh ingredients and you are feeding your pet with the very best quality of these ingredients.
This way, you are confident that your pet isn’t consuming parts of other animals that may pose a health danger to it.
Homemade dog food retains its nutrient. This is so because you do not overcook them or expose them to temperatures that are not suitable.
Homemade dog food does not contain preservatives. Since you will be feeding your pet immediately you are done making the food, there is no need to add artificial preservatives. If there are any leftovers, you can wrap them up and keep them in the freezer till the next day.
Recipe for Cheap Homemade Dog Foods
These are recipes for a few delicious cheap homemade food you can feed your canine buddy with.
1. Dog beef stew
- 1 lb beef stew meat
- 1 tbsp canola or olive oil
- 1 small potato
- I small sweet potato
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of chopped carrots
- ½ cup of white flour
To prepare it, remove the skin of both potatoes and cut them in chunks. Bake the diced potatoes for about 8mins or until they are almost done.
Next, put your frying pan above the heat and pour some oil in it then sauté the beef till it is done. Remove the beef and slowly add water and flour to the pan.
Stairs gradually till the gravy gets a little thick then add the carrots, meat, and potatoes. Allow to cook for ten more minutes and get ready to serve.
2. Doggy meatloaf
- 3 cups of your preferred kind of meat
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup of grated or finely chopped vegetables
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- Two whole eggs
To cook, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Preheat your oven to 350F and place the mixture in a loaf pan and put the pan in the oven for around 35 to 40 minutes.
When it is done, cut them into whatever size you desire.
3. Chicken Casserole
If dogs could talk, they’d tell you how delicious this meal is (ask my puppy)
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup chopped vegetables
- Oil for frying
To cook this, start by cutting the chicken breasts into tiny bits and sauté them in the oil till cooked. Add the other ingredients into the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more.
You can feed your canine with raw vegetables and meat. This kind of food is great for dogs as they retain their nutrients in whole. All you have to do is wash the foods with clean water and feed it to your furry buddy.
Overall, cheap homemade dog food lets you feed your dog fresh, nutrient-rich and yummy meals. It’s definitely worth considering for your canine buddy.