How To Make Homemade High Protein Dog Food
Did you know that homemade dog food is far more nutritious than dry kibble or canned food?
And you should always try to keep your dog’s best interest in mind. After all, you want your little pooch to always stay healthy and happy, right?
The best thing about homemade dog food is that you can make it however you like, and curate it, especially for your dog’s needs.
All dogs have different diet restrictions.
And, not all major dog food brands carry a lot of alternatives.
In today’s blog, I’ll go over how to make homemade high protein dog food.
So, are you ready?
Making High Protein Dog Food
I’ve already shared some high protein dog food for Pitbulls with you and this is something along those lines…
But, a little different as well.
So, I’d suggest you check that article out as well if you’re looking to try a few high protein dog food recipes.
We all know that the meat and protein sources used in wet, canned food, or kibble is not human grade.
It is really bad for your doggy to be consuming that.
The best things about making your dog food at home is that you’re in charge of whatever you put into your dog’s meal and you know how well-sourced all the material is.
The Nutritional Guidelines That You Should Be Following
Ever looked at the macros on the dog food?
Most brands have:
- Maximum amount of carbs
- Moderate fat
- Moderate to minimum protein
No wonder your dog was looking weak!
So, following are the nutritional guidelines you must keep in mind:
- The food should be 40% protein sourced from seafood, eggs, dairy, or animal meat
- 10% of the food should be carbohydrates which provide your dog with energy
- The rest 50% of the food should have veggies—lots of them!
Other than that…
- Fat from oil or meat is necessary
- And, don’t forget calcium and fatty acids!
Why am I telling you this?
Well, it’s because I don’t want to give you just another ‘cookie cutter’ recipe. After all, you should be free to experiment, right?
How To Make Homemade High Protein Dog Food: Top Recipes
I’d like to share with you three of my top recipes.
They’re a hit with my dog! I’m sure yours will love these recipes as well. Do let me know in the comments section how your furry friend liked the recipes.
Let’s take a look!
Doggy Special Beef Stew
List of Ingredients:
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 lb beef stew
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup diced green beans
- ½ cup diced carrots
- ½ cup of water
- ½ organic vegetable oil (optional)
- 1 tbs vegetable oil (for frying)
This recipe is a much healthier and better alternative to canned and wet dog food.
This stew can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Microwave the sweet potato for 5 – 8 minutes until it is firm but still tender. Set it aside.
- Next, try to slice the stew into small chunks—as small as a nickel.
- Cook these pieces of stew in of vegetable oil, preferably over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until done well.
- After that, you can remove the chunks of beef from the pan, and save its drippings.
- Dice sweet potato into small pieces.
- Over medium-burn heat the beef drippings and add the flour and water slowly into the dripping while you whisk the mixture to create a gravy.
- Add the sweet potato, meat, green beans, and carrots to the gravy and stir.
- Cook the food for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
- Serve it cool and you can store the stew in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Let’s look at another one of my dog’s favorite recipes!
Turkey And Veggies
List of Ingredients:
- 1 lb of ground turkey
- 6 cups of water
- 2 cups of brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 tsp of dried rosemary
- ½ packet of:
- Frozen carrots,
A healthy meal for your dog that’ll also keep the extra weight off.
This meal contains healthy carbs, lean animal protein, and the goodness of veggies!
- Put the ground turkey, rosemary, rice, and turkey into a Dutch oven.
- Stir ground turkey until it is broken up and is distributed evenly throughout.
- Bring the turkey to a boil over high heat and then reduce it.
- Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes.
- After simmering you can go ahead and add frozen vegetables and cook it for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow it to cool. You can refrigerate this recipe for five days.
And, now on to the final recipe!
Pumpkin Treat Biscuits For Your Dog
List of Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup of cold water
- 2/3 cup of canned or homemade pumpkin puree
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 large egg (optional)
- 2 ½ TBL spn flaxseed oil
Why buy low-grade treats when you can make them at home!?
These biscuits don’t just make a yummy treat for your doggy but also help aid your pup’s digestion!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and take the help of two baking papers as well as baking sheets to help avoid sticking.
- Mix the pumpkin and the beaten eggs in a container until the mixture is smooth.
You can just smooth pumpkin puree if you don’t want to use eggs.
- In another bowl, combine the brown rice flour and the flaxseed oil. Add the pumpkin mixture whilst constantly stirring and also add water slowly.
- You have the option to leave some rice if you want to use it as toppings for the cookies.
- Mix the dough properly with your hands.
- Using waxed paper (or baking paper) try to roll dough to the thickness you desire and remove the top of the baking paper.
- Pour rice flour evenly on the top of the mixture and press it lightly to the waxed baking paper.
- Remove the top part of the paper and cut the biscuits to your desired size.
- Place the dough in the oven until the top is completely dry or for 35 minutes.
- Once the cookies are done cool them and then store in a glass container.
I hope your doggy friend enjoys these three high protein dog food recipes!
But, there’s one thing.
Always, and I mean ALWAYS, consult your vet before you feed your doggy friend something new.
After all, prevention is always better than cure.
Which one of these recipes did your dog like the best? Let me know in the comments section