Friday, March 11, 2011

Home made dog food recipe





prettiest thing I know in the whole wide world


My best friend, and the jewel of my life is my dog, Maru. Unfortunately she is getting old... inevitably. She started to be hesitant of eating her dry food that she's been eating for the last 11 yrs. We tried many things, but finally, we started to make her food ourselves. Yes, it's work, but kind of fun too :) Jason helped me once and that makes it a lot better (making 100s of mini meatballs by yourself can be tiring). Maru was having a difficult time "licking" her mushy canned food, so I decided to make little meatballs for her. After her first meal of my meatballs, she has never been more eager for her meal time.

I'm no Doctor, but I make these meatballs from watching many professional's commentaries about home made dog food. In this meal, she gets LOTS of protein, some veggie, and fiber! give these a try if you are considering making your own dog food.

ingredients
you need a real big bowl for this. or make a smaller batch

10 lbs ground beef (lean)
2 cups of oat bran
3 cans pumpkin puree
4 carrots, boiled/steamed and mashed
leaves of 4 kale stalk chopped finely
3 slices of bread, cubed small
4 eggs
some salt. (not too much, probably about 1-2 tbs for this much meat)
some flour to dredge the meat balls

1. Put all ingredients in a LARGE bowl. Mix them all together and form them into any size of balls you'd like.

2. Dredge the balls lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess.

3. put them in 400 degree oven until it is done. bake time will depend on the size of your balls; usually mine only take about 25 min. (mine are about the size of a muscadine or those donut holes)




before it goes in the oven. spraying it with some olive oil will make them caramelize more.

I bag them about 15 oz each into freezer bags. I freeze all but a couple of days worth.

ps. you can easily make a much smaller batch. These meatballs will feed mine (a golden retriever) for two weeks. I freeze them in a bag portioned out by daily amount. The measurement and proportion doesn't have to be exactly what I did. Just consider that your dog needs good nutrients, like you do. You can substitute the vegies with other vegies... some ppl use English peas or sweet potatoes. I add pumpkin because that is nature's stool softner, and when your dog gets old, they need that. I add oat bran as well for fiber so she will have a healthy digestive system.


showing her stick who's boss

31 comments:

  1. Hi Love the way you love your dog. I'll try your receipe but I'll be making a smaller batch. My dog, Sheba, is 16 yrs. old (a bishon frisa...sp?) and I want to keep her healthy as long as I can. She's the best!
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. I make dog food for my 5 including an old golden.I give grain free kibble to keep it balanced.Use lots o sweet potato + pumpkin .buying lots of pumpkin Wal-Mart has the best price because you can't always find it.Use ground turkey.Love the meat ball idea .Going to try it with turkey +sweet potato + blueberriesThanks ��

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  2. Oh my goodness. I wish I saw this sooner. My dog is no longer with us. :*( But I am darn sure that she loved me and loved her meatballs!!
    I hope you try this recipe and charish your Sheba for years to come!!

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  3. How many meatballs do you feed her a day? My 70-lb dog is now 13 and just started having a difficult time with her hard food. I ended up finding some mini-bites made for smaller dogs but I'm concerned about the quality of the food. With home made foods I never know how much to give her. I know she would love this recipe!

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  4. I gave her about 6 oz per day. later, I started to make meat patties. about 3.5 oz each. but my golden was (was, because she passed away:( ) barely 60lbs. So I would go up to 8 oz, especially your baby gets good exercise. home made always beats store bought! good luck!

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  5. Oh my, I am sorry to hear of your loss, I just found this pin. I admire the love you share with your best friend... may god be with you and may Maru continue to RIP and look over you.

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  6. I am so sorry that you lost your best friend. It's devastating to lose our loyal dogs. I lost my best of all 7 years ago and miss him. I now have three potlickers (wheaton's) which will love your meatballs. Thanks for sharing

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  7. With my 3 dogs I leave food out all day, do you have any ideas how I would fed them with this receipe?

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  8. Thanks for the recipe I could not find the Kale at my local store so just did without it (or the carrots this time) my very fussy 13 year old gold lab retriever loved it and was really jealous of me taking a little nibble of one of the meatballs in front of him. He hasn't been eating good in the last few weeks (cause I was gone on holidays & left him with dad lol jk) but he just gobbled this all up! Made a large batch today & making more tomorrow for him!

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  9. The salt probably isn't needed, especially for an older dog.

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  10. Thanks so much for this recipe!.. My english bulldog loved it!!!!!!!!.. Im excited because she is such a picky eater...but the meatballs hit the spot for her!!😀

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  11. This is a wonderful recipe!!! My dog Bentley is just in love with it!

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  12. I use to be a breeder, but I do not do that anymore. I have 5 standard schnauzers and 2 mini schnauzers. I would never think of feeding my babies anything out of can. I have always cooked for my dogs. I also would tell prospective buyers that I was starting their puppies on real food and they would have to change that if they wanted later. All my dogs eat homemade food. I make chicken, beef, veggies, rice, pasta, potatoes, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, Pumpkin, You name it my dogs eat it. They love fruit, and raw veggies. They think carrot's are chew toys. If you love your furry kids this is the way to go. If I could do it anyone can. I always look out for creative new recipes. Thank you for your recipe.

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    1. It's just common sense cooking, avoid onion and garlic, use very small amount of canola oil, just enough to prevent sticking, and you can saute' chicken liver or beef liver on a low burner until it's done, and then mix and match any of the ingredients suggested by Maggieschnauzer. Easy Peasy.

      Also, you can also cook for your parrots. They love scrambled eggs with hot sauce (birds can eat chili peppers with no problem). But BEWARE, birds can be killed instantly by the gases emitted from NON-STICK pans and ovens. Just FYI.

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    2. Also, check online about foods that should NOT be eaten by dogs, cats, birds, etc.

      Dogs should not eat chocolate, grapes and raisins, etc. Avocado is poison to birds.

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  13. I was always told not to give dogs bread because of the yeast I think. I don't remember exactly. I think it was something that could cause bloat????? IDK I don't remember.

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    1. My dogs eat bread and butter and sometimes cream cheese.

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    2. Thats raw bread dough it swells in their stomach like well rising bread

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  14. How much does this recipe yield? I'm sorry if I missed it before in the article. I have three dogs to feed & trying to find a healthy & affordable way to do it. This recipe looks delicious & I know they'd love it, I just don't know if I can afford to do it on a monthly basis.

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    1. Look for the sales. I look for chicken and ground beef and ground turkey on sale. You can do it. It takes planning.

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  15. I think we have to be careful when feeding our dogs. Kibble is no good in my opinion and has only been around for 40 years or so. Before kibble, dogs ate raw food they either hunted themselves or were given by their owners. If you think about what a dog eats when they hunt for themselves, they are eating not only muscle meat, but UNCOOKED bones and organs too. I feed my dog on a raw diet. She is the second dog I've fed raw. Both dogs health dramatically improved (including their teeth). Basically, whether you cook the food or feed raw, almost anything is better than kibble. Just PLEASE do your research first to make sure you are not feeding an unbalanced diet. Chicken, salad and bread is a great meal for people, but if that is all a person ever eats, they are going to have some pretty major nutritional imbalances. .

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  16. I agree. What I see missing from this recipe is organ meat and an offering of Uncooked bones (always uncooked bones). Coconut and fish oil would also be beneficial.

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  17. Right here is the right webpage for anyone who hopes to understand this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic which has been discussed for decades. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

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  18. Can you start a 8 week old straight on the cooked diet if they are eating kibble or can I mix it ?

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  19. It's lacking calcium from egg shell. I'd also leave out the oats and bread and just leave it raw and serve at 2 1/2% of your adult dogs body weight. The veggies if you use them should still be steamed lightly and pureed so the dog can digest them and you should add 10% organ meat such as liver.

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  20. Bread & oats feed yeast, as in yeast infections, not the yeast in the bread. Potato is inflammatory.

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  21. Bread & oats feed yeast, as in yeast infections, not the yeast in the bread. Potato is inflammatory.

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  22. Dogs arent suppose to eat bread

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  23. I used a similar recipe for my elderly lab mix. She was close to 15 and we didn't have cash for dog food but plenty of groceries in the house so I made her food for a while. We eventually had enough money to buy dog food again but she was doing so well on what I made I just kept going. Beef, rice, mixed veggies, sometimes canned pumpkin, or peaches of it seemed she was having trouble pottying. I sure do miss her.

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  24. I used a similar recipe for my elderly lab mix. She was close to 15 and we didn't have cash for dog food but plenty of groceries in the house so I made her food for a while. We eventually had enough money to buy dog food again but she was doing so well on what I made I just kept going. Beef, rice, mixed veggies, sometimes canned pumpkin, or peaches of it seemed she was having trouble pottying. I sure do miss her.

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  25. Raw meat and bones (human consumption quality) and some veggies. Dogs need some fat - their digestive system is different to humans. Dogs Digestive tract is a lot smaller. This means the dogs have less time to absorb nutrients from their food. This is why dogs do better on foods that are easily broken down such as meats bones and organs, but can struggle on complex foods such as plants and grains. This also means that bacteria have less time to multiply and cause problems. Couple of biscuits for supper.

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