How Do You Make Your Own Dog Food?


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Make your own dog food by using a formula that combines 1/3 proteins with 2/3 grains and vegetables. Proteins are contained in ingredients such as meat, eggs and dairy. Recipes can include various kinds of meat and vegetables, with rice generally chosen as a grain.

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One recipe for homemade dog food includes chicken, vegetables and rice. To make 12 servings of this food, place 2 pounds of minced chicken meat, 2 1/2 cups of minced frozen vegetables and 4 cups of rice in a pan, avoiding onions and garlic. Stir in 6 1/2 cups of water and mix until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer over medium low heat for about 25 minutes or until the rice is thoroughly cooked and the liquid has evaporated.

A more protein-filled option is ground beef meatloaf. To make 40 cups of dog food, cook 5 cups of white rice, which yields 10 to 15 cups after cooking. In a large pan, combine 10 pounds ground beef, cooked rice and 18 eggs with shells that were previously blended in a blender. Mix well, make 6 or 7 loafs and bake at 350 F for about an hour. When serving, add 1 tablespoon per cup of dog supplements such as Dinovite and LickOchops.

Egg shells can be baked for 5 to 7 minutes prior to blending. Once they are blended into a powder, without sharp edges, they provide the necessary calcium.

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