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What are some healthy dog food recipes?

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To make an easy, healthy homemade dog food, brown 3 pounds of lean ground turkey over medium heat. Once the turkey is cooked through, stir in 3 cups of chopped spinach, two shredded carrots, a shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup of peas. Cook the mixture until the spinach wilts.

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What are some healthy dog food recipes?
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In a separate saucepan, combine 3 cups of water with 1 1/2 cups of brown rice. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Stir the cooked brown rice into the turkey and vegetable mixture. Portion the food into individual servings or a large airtight container. Each cup contains approximately 413 calories.

Alternatively, make a salmon loaf by combining 2 cups of canned salmon (with the skin and bones removed) with 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of beef broth. Chill the mixture for one hour or longer before shaping it into a log. Roll it in chopped fresh parsley and chopped pecans. Slice it into eight slices. Store the salmon loaf in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Although each dog may have different needs, particularly if the dog has any medical conditions, general guidelines indicate that the recipe should be made of approximately 50 percent protein, 25 percent vegetables and 25 percent grains. Always check with a veterinarian before starting a dog on homemade dog food. Additionally, research the foods that are not safe for dogs, such as onions, raisins, garlic, chocolate and avocados, to avoid inadvertently harming the dog.

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