Dogs have very different requirements compared to humans. This is why as a dog owner, we always try to make sure that they get exactly what their body needs. We look after their walking routine, get them regular vaccinations and give them all the love and attention they need. But most importantly, to ensure that our dogs have a healthy life, we very carefully observe what they eat. Their diet is very important because there is a long list of foods that can be toxic or cause an allergic reaction in your dog.
So in addition to feeding them their vet approved pet food, I have a list of 5 healthy recipes that you can make at home to make sure that your beloved pet gets all the right nutrition. Just make sure to consult your veterinarian before feeding them the following recipes as all dogs are different.
A Standard Turkey Bowl
Dogs help us with so many thing especially if its an emotional support dog, they keep our routine in check and always uplift our moods. So thank them for their care with a delicious bowl of turkey. It’s a healthy recipe rich in fiber and protein. Turkey itself is very beneficial for dogs as it helps in digestion and also improves the immune system.
To make a standard turkey bowl you need:
- 2 pounds of lean ground turkey
- 1 cup of brown rice
- 2 cup of chopped spinach
- 2 shredded baby carrots
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- ½ cup peas
The first step is to cook the brown rice without any salt. Now take a pan, heat some olive oil and cook the turkey until brown. Add all the other ingredients and mix for a few minutes. Let the mixture cool down completely. Serve it to your dog as per the portion suggested by your vet.
Healthy Crockpot Recipe
Dogs should have some veggies in their diet once a while. Vegetables are a rich source of all the essential nutrients that will help you have a healthy and a happy dog. So make this crockpot recipe for your dog when it’s vegetables day.
Here’s what you need:
- A bunch of chopped kale.
- 2 chopped baby carrots
- 2 lbs of beef/pork
- 1 cup of brown rice
- 1 chopped sweet potato
It’s a very simple recipe. All you have to do is add all the veggies, cooked pork/beef and some water in a crockpot and cook at high heat for 3-4 hours. Then let it cool down and feed it to your pet. You can freeze the excess and serve it as a meal for some other day.
Goodness Of Lentils
Lentils are packed with protein and fiber. And just as they are healthy for humans, lentils are beneficial for dogs too. Also throw in some spinach as it is a will boost your dog’s immunity just as it does yours. So get into the kitchen and prepare a meal of lentils and spinach for your dog. Just remember lentils can have different effects on different dogs. So feed this recipe to your dog only after consulting with your vet.
- ½ cup lentils
- 2 cups of white rice
- 1 diced sweet potato
- A bunch of chopped spinach
Begin by boiling the lentils, rice and sweet potato for 15 minutes. Once they are cooked, add the spinach to the mixture and let it cook until all the water is absorbed. Feed it to your dog once the mixture has cooled down.
Nutritious Egg Mix
Eggs are a storehouse of nutrients. They are rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids which is one of the many nutrients that help have a healthy coat. So if your vet allows, make this simple egg recipe for your dog once a while.
- 1 hard boiled egg
- 2 cups of white rice
- 1 cup of broccoli
Just three ingredients and you have a healthy meal for your dog. Begin by cooking the rice and boiling the broccoli. Now mix the three ingredients in a bowl and let it cool before feeding it to your dog. You can even add some bread and replace white rice with pasta if you like.
Loaf of Health
On a clear sunny day when you make yourself some delicious appetizers, treat your dog with a loaf of health. It’s a bundle of wholesome goodness and taste. Here’s what you’ll need.
- 1 pound of lean ground turkey
- ½ cup of peas
- ½ cup of diced carrots
- ½ cup of oats
- 2 eggs
- 3 hard boiled eggs
First, preheat your oven to 350℉. Now add all the veggies, turkey and uncooked eggs in a bowl and mix. Now grease a pan and pour half of the mixture in it. Place the three boiled eggs in the centre and pour the rest of the mixture on top of it. Now place the pan in the oven and cook for 45 minutes. When the loaf cools, cut a slice and treat your happy dog.
All the effort is worth a happy face and a non-stop wagging tail. Now choose a recipe and get into the kitchen to feed your furry friend a meal he’ll love.