Save by making your own dog food

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According to the information site surveysez.com, the average American spends about $1,490 a year feeding one dog. As a nation, says Wiki-Answers, Americans spent more than $16 billion on dog food in 2007. However, by making your own dog food you can save money and be sure your pet is getting the nutrition he or she needs.

Nutritious daily food

This dog food recipe comes from the aptly named website Homemade Dog Food. The recipe includes supplements that, according to the site, would require another 10 to 20 natural ingredients, making it too expensive and cumbersome to make without. Excluding the supplement, the site adds, could lead to a variety of nutritional deficiency diseases.

There are many companies that make these supplements. We have included links to the ones recommended by the site. An Internet search will quickly locate other brands available, however. We encourage shopping around.

Ingredients:

10 lbs. of raw ground beef
18 eggs with shells — The shells provide needed calcium
5 cups uncooked white rice
1 tube of LickOchops omega fatty acid supplement
Dinovite Liquid daily supplement — This comes in packets sized for small, medium, large and giant dogs.

Put the ground beef in a large dish with the cooked and cooled rice. Add the eggs, after pureeing them, shells and all, in a blender. Mix thoroughly with gloved hands. Form the entire batch into six or seven loaves. Bake about one hour at 350 degrees. This recipe yields about 48 cups of nutritious dog food. Put it in several freezer containers, keeping one thawed for your dog’s daily meals.

When you do feed your pet, though, be sure to add about a teaspoon of the omega fatty acid supplement and a packet of the liquid daily supplement when the food is cold, before serving.

See the video posted below for step-by-step instructions.

Homemade doggie treats

The following recipe for doggie “bacon bites” comes from Kerry Heffernan, executive chef at New York’s South Gate restaurant and author of “The Culinary Canine.” Hefferman claims that his Labradoodle Benny gets these as a special treats sometimes, “just for being adorable!”

Ingredients:

1/4 pound bacon
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 eggs
1 cup water

Cut the bacon into small, thin strips. Fry it up crispy, and put the pieces in a small bowl, setting the fat aside. Mix the flour, eggs and water with the bacon. Roll the pliable mixture out about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to make treat-sized pieces and place them on a greased cookie sheet, about a half inch apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush them with the re-heated bacon grease and refrigerate.

Look around

There are many sites devoted to making dog food. This article presents only two recipes of a multitude available.

‘Make your own dog food’

Sources

CBS
Homemade Dog Food
Surveysez.com

 

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