Cooking for your dog can be fun as well as nutritious!
* Please be aware when cooking for your dog some human foods are UNSAFE for dogs (e.g. onions). For more information, see Dangerous Foods For Dogs.
Healthier methods of cooking for dogs to maximize nutrition and minimize nutrient loss include:
If you have any doubts about your dog's diet, please consult a professional or do further research.
Canine Casserole by Daisie from Grundy, Virginia
1b any type meat (beef, venison, chicken)
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 small potato, finely chopped
1 stick celery
1/2 cups sliced green beans (stringless)
1 Tbsp Gravox or steak sauce
Place all ingredients into a large casserole dish that is microwave safe.
Cover with water and mix.
Place the lid on the casserole.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes, mix again and then microwave on medium for 10 minutes.
Remove from the microwave, put it on a hot plate to prevent burning your counter, and take off the lid.
This should be cooked at least an hour before feeding so that it's well cooled.
Editor's note: Looks like a good recipe, Daisy - thank you!
Num Nums for Dogs
This idea was submitted by Emily Schott of Boise, Idaho, to add organic, lean protein to your dog's diet - thanks Emily!
If you [or someone in your family] is a hunter, this is for you! When gutting your deer, elk, duck, etc., save the liver, bladder, kidneys, lungs. When you get home, cut up the pieces and cook them in water for about 1 hour on medium. Cool the broth and parts, then bag the pieces in small storage bags and supplement your dogs dry dog food with 5-6 pieces of this meat. They go nuts for it and it's good for them too. [And the broth is a delicious addition to dry dog food.]
Kibble Stew by Teresa
Ever want to make a fancy form of food for your fluffy friend? Here is how.
-Take your dogs food bowl and fill it with a little less food than you usually do.
-In a different bowl, fill with warm water and frozen vegetable (thawed) (you can even take those leftover vegetables no one ate the first time) (make sure they are dog safe, such as carrots and peas)*
-Combine the mixtures. The excess water will look like gravy after a while.
-Feed to hungry dogs!
You can use garlic or garlic powder if you want to, but some people think it is bad for dogs and others don't. If you believe it's bad, don't include it just to be safe.
Make sure the water isn't too hot, it could hurt the dog (especially if your dog scarfs food down fast).
If your dog eats too fast, it can cause problems. Try putting in a rubber chew toy in the bowl, but nothing too small that they could swallow it.
Proponents of canine raw food diets say that uncooked foods are best because the nutrients are not altered by cooking heat. And, of course, dogs’ digestive systems are still geared toward what they would eat in the wild; namely, freshly killed animals. The link offers additional information.
Others claim that raw foods can contain things such as salmonella that will make a dog sick. These claims seem to mostly originate from companies selling dry or canned dog foods.
However, despite many pet food recalls, commercial pet foods are apparently still not regulated as stringently as human foods and may contain parts of diseased animals, feces, rancid fats, antibiotics etc. They often also have unnecessary and/or harmful additives such as filler grains, salt, preservatives and sugars. Yuck!
We hope you've gotten some useful ideas about cooking for your dog. Remember that we welcome your input, so please submit your own cooked dog food recipe ideas on our Homemade Dog Stuff page...