DIY Homemade Dog Food

DIY Homemade Dog Food

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

 

I never thought I would be one of those dog owners who made homemade human food for their pups. Not in a million years.

 

But when Butters recently fell sick with an upset stomach, our vet advised us to feed him a bland diet – chicken and rice without any kind of seasoning. So that’s what we did – we poached a chicken, shredded it in a food processor, and mixed in some white rice and fed him this bland diet for 3 days.

I never thought I would be one of those dog owners who made homemade human food for their pups. Not in a million years.

 

But when Butters recently fell sick with an upset stomach, our vet advised us to feed him a bland diet – chicken and rice without any kind of seasoning. So that’s what we did – we poached a chicken, shredded it in a food processor, and mixed in some white rice and fed him this bland diet for 3 days.

That’s when I started to do some research on homemade dog food, and I have been so amazed as to how many different kinds of vegetables dogs can have. And with the help of Balance IT, you can create so many different recipes for your pup!

Now the best part about making homemade dog food – just like making anything at home – is that you know exactly what is going into the dog bowl, and not any of that questionable gelatinous gunk from the canned food.

But it’s important to note that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:

  1. High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
  2. Fat (meat or oil)
  3. Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
  4. Calcium (dairy)
  5. Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)

Now this recipe here has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.

Once you’ve made your batch, you can divide them up into single servings, note the date, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and nuke it for 15-30 seconds. That’s it! Now who knew that making dog food would be this easy?

 

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

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.

 

PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PET’S VETERINARIAN AND USE PERSONAL JUDGMENT WHEN APPLYING THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR OWN DOG’S DIET.

 

 

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Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.

As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.

Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!

Ingredients

1 cup water

8 strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

Rinse strawberries and blueberries.
Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries.
Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture.
Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!


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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Thanksgiving is next week!  With so much to do to get ready for the holiday we sometimes forget our furry friends.  But they’re part of the family and deserve a special holiday treat too!  This year why not make your fur babies some Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes?

Yes I said Pupcakes, not cupcakes, although I use human friendly ingredients so if someone mistakenly eats one it’s all good; they may not like it like my Siberian Husky Cannoli does, but it won’t kill them! These Pumkin Spice Pupcakes are the perfect doggie treats for Thanksgiving!  Believe me your pup will love them.  Best of all they are super easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are perfect for fall birthday celebrations too!  I know you can buy doggie cakes and cookies from pet stores and gourmet pet bakeries that are springing up all over town, but why spend big bucks when you can whip up a batch in about an hour?

Seriously these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are easy and inexpensive.  All you need are basically flour, egg. baking soda, and pumpkin puree.  I like to use coconut water too, but if you don’t have any plain old water will do.  And of course a dash of cinnamon; but you pretty much have all these in the kitchen specially this time of year!

My recipe makes 20 regular size cupcakes but you can use mini cupcake pans and get a whole lot more.  The size of your pupcake will pretty much depend on the size of your pooch.  Since we have a medium sized dog the regular size cakes work best, she just inhales the minis!

I frost my Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes with cream cheese but dogs love them without frosting too, so no need to take the extra step if you don’t have too much time.  These Pupcakes freeze very well.  I usually freeze them and thaw them out as needed.  I also frost them just before feeding them to the pooch.

Now these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are dense so don’t expect anything light and airy.  They’re quite heavy too!  They don’t rise much during baking so whatever level you fill each cupcake wrap will be the same after they’re baked.

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Ingredients:

3 Cups Flour – white or wheat whichever you have on hand

1 Large Can Pumpkin Puree – be sure it’s the puree and not the pumpkin pie mix that’s already seasoned.

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water – regular water works too

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well –  be sure the flour is all blending in.

Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.

Scoop batter into each cupcake liner filling at least 3/4.

Smooth tops of batter.so pupcakes look neat.

Bake in oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool before frosting.

Store in airtight containers or freeze.

Frost with peanut butter if you like.

Very Berry Pupcakes

Very Berry Pupcakes

Pupcakes are treats we love to make for our dogs, and of course the pooches just love them.  They’re ideal for pet birthdays, which of course we celebrate for each pet!

We make pupcakes in a variety of flavors using fresh ingredients.  I like to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and since it’s summer and berries are in season and are reasonably priced I make the Very Berry Pupcakes using fresh blueberries and strawberries.  I know the dogs just love them and they’re good for the dogs too!

The only thing about berries is that they don’t have a very long shelf life.  The best way to keep them is in Ziplock freezer bags in the freezer.  I thaw them out as needed that way they don’t spoil or mold.

For birthdays and special occasions I frost them with softened cream cheese.  Honestly they look good enough to eat!

Here’s my recipe for Very Berry Pupcakes!  Hope your fur babies love them as much as ours do!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Egg

I 1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1/2 Cup Strawberries diced

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg and coconut water together

Slowly mix in dry flour mixture and stir until well combined

Stir in Berries to distribute evenly in the batter

Line cupcake tins with paper liners

Fill each cup about 3/4 full – they don’t rise much so you can pretty much fill them to the top if you want, but these pupcakes are dense and heavy if you fill the cups too much it might be too big a portion for one serving

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool

Place cooled pupcakes in freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.

Thaw out as needed and remember to remove liner before giving them to your pet.

Frozen pupcakes should last about 2 months.

 

 

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

 

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

I’m always trying new treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli.  This summer to keep her cool I’ve been making her frozen dog treats which I call Pup Pops.   I use fruits, veggies, juices, and other ingredients I have on hand.

A friend recently dropped off  a big sack of fresh mangoes.  I found my kitchen filled with quickly ripening mango.  I decided to use some of them to make these frozen pup pops.

Mango is said to be the “king of fruit”.  It’s loved not only for its sweet taste, but also for its healthy benefits. Mangoes are filled with vitamins and minerals that promote good health for both humans
and their pets!*

I chopped up this sweet juicy fruit, mixed it with plain Greek yogurt, and came up with a really yummy treat.  They were so good I couldn’t resist snacking on them too.  This is truly a treat that you can share with your favorite fur ball.  My Cannoli loves them!

I use styrofoam cups to freeze the pops in.  It makes storing and  unmolding them easy and neat.  Just tear off the foam before you give it to your pup.  I fill the cups about halfway but you can make whatever size you want.  You can also use ice cube trays or any other plastic container to freeze them in.

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango
1 pint plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.

Stir mango into yogurt.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Spoon mixture into molds.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.

*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not.  Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous.  When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the “meat” of the fruit and don’t cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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6 Hours
Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
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Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.
  2. Stir mango into yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into molds.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
  5. *Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the "meat" of the fruit and don't cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
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Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

It’s gonna be a hot summer and I’ve been busy making frozen treats to keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool.  I make a variety of frozen treats that I call Pup Pops and Cannoli loves them all.

My newest treat are these Cranberry Mint Pup Pops.  These treats don’t only keep her cool they are also good for her.  Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health.  (To read more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs click here for the article from Raising Healthy Dogs).  Mint such as peppermint, spearmint, and other varieties in the Mentha* family, EXCEPT PENNYROYAL (Mentha Pulegium), can help freshen your pup’s breath and is also good for easing stomach upsets.  (To read more about herbs that are good for dogs click here for the article from Modern Dog Magazine).

This frozen treat is so easy to make, you just need 2 ingredients!  They are perfect for the dog days of summer!

I freeze them in styrofoam coffee cups, when I’m ready to give her a treat I just peel away the foam and throw it away, but you can use ice cube trays or other freezer safe plastic containers.  I fill up the cups and make 6 oz. treats, I find it lasts longer than smaller portions, but really you can make any size portion you want.

You can use any brand of cranberry juice, but you should check the label for the sugar content.  I prefer to use organic juice as it doesn’t have much sugar added.

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh mint
1 bottle organic cranberry juice

Directions:

1.  Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.

2.  Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers.  About half way full.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

3.  Pour cranberry juice over mint leave.  The leaves will float.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

4.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

5.  Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them.  It’s poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden.  Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

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12 Pops 15 Minutes
Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.
  2. Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
  3. Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  5. Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
Recipe Notes

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It's poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

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