All dogs need healthy food, but nutritious food is even more essential for active dogs. Feeding your furry friend a good commercial dog food is important, but a homemade meal is extra special and your dog will LOVE it.
First, understand what your dog needs in its diet.
Do Dogs Need Carbohydrates?
Humans use training, racing an event, or doing a big hike as a good reason to eat a lot of carbohydrates. But for dogs, carbohydrates are not the same. Dogs have differences in cardiovascular physiology and metabolism. They absorb and digest food and nutrients in a different way. Added carbohydrates don't help their performance or their waistline. The only thing extra carbs, which turn to sugar, are going to do for your dog is prompt them to store the carbs as fat.
Protein in Healthy Dog Food Recipes
Dogs thrive on high-protein recipes with lots of meat. They are able to tolerate high-protein diets with levels of 30 percent or more. That being said, many dog treat recipes are made up largely of carbohydrates. To avoid high-carb treats or meals, try these two recipes for dogs that will keep them smiling and wagging for years.
- 1 cup ground pork
- 1/2 cup pork or beef liver
- 1 egg scrambled or boiled
- 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
- 1/2 cup summer squash
- 1/2 cup whole-milk yogurt
Cook all meat and then cut it in small pieces. Cook the summer squash and steam broccoli. Then put the squash and broccoli in a food processor to finely chop. Scramble or boil egg. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients with the whole-milk yogurt and mix together. Once mixed, feed the appropriate amount to your dog according to the following chart.
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