Discussing Questions And Answers About Homemade Dog Food Recipes Cheap

William asks…

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes?

my dogs eat lots of human food, but is there some sort of cheap alternative for treats? I know some people make their own dog treats, does anyone have a good, cheap recipe thats easy?

Jimmy answers:

Apple Cinnamon Drops

1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them.

Mandy asks…

Is it better to feed your dog homemade food or shop bought food?

I am planning on getting a Saint bernard, and was just wondering whether it is better to make the dog food myself, or just feed him the shop bought food? making it myself would be much cheaper i would assume…any pointers/dog recipes?
Thank you!

Jimmy answers:

This is a matter of personal choice. If you feed good quality, which of course you should feed the best quality you can afford, then neither option is going to be cheap! There are some very good quality foods out there and I would recommend a number of complete dog foods. If you buy from a shop then the best rule of thumb I can give you, without going into a lot of nutritional details, is that look at the ingredients list on the bag. If the first ingredient says Chicken or Lamb and gives a percentage and there are vegetables included and not too much cereal, then you are on the right track. If it says “meat and animal derivatives” then you are looking at any old bits and pieces that they chuck in to keep costs down and will be of poor nutritional value.

Protein levels are also important, you don’t state whether your saint bernard is an adult or puppy. If it is a puppy, look for a specific puppy food which are higher in protein (energy) and suit the needs of puppies up to at least 6 months, ideally to a year old. If adult, then protein should be around 18-20%.

Be careful of wet/canned foods, the protein levels are calculated on dry matter and so when a wet meat content is shown at 22%, it is actually more like 35%!

If you want to do homemade, never feed beef, stick to chicken or poultry and feed 60% rice, 20% meat and 20% vegetables and you’ll be on the right track. If you feed homemade, I can recommend a good book “The Dog’s Dinner” by Val Strong which will give some good tips.

Sorry it’s a long answer, but it is important to get diet right. A lot of behaviour problems are caused or worsened by bad diets. Good luck.

Sharon asks…

What ingredients do you use in your homemade dog food?

Hi.
What ingredients do you use in your homemade dog food? Please tell exact amount and ingredient because I would like to compare your recipe to mine. Do use raw meat or cooked meat? How much does this usually cost you? Is it expensive or cheap?
Thank you very much!

Jimmy answers:

Hi, I have several different recipes that I use. Just to be clear if I use any type of ground meat I always cook it just because of the level of bacteria that can be mixed into ground meat. If it’s chunks of meat or a steak I’m cutting up I just lightly sear it on the outside to kill any bacteria on the outside of the meat. Here are two of my recipes all of which I go from “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats” .
Quick Canine Oats and Eggs
-1 cup raw rolled oats (or 2 cups cooked)
- 3 eggs
-1 teaspoon bone meal or 600-700 mg calcium
-sprinkle “healthy powder” recipe below

Second recipe (book says and I have either served raw or baked like a meatloaf)
- 1/4 pound fairly lean beef heart
- 6 slices whole wheat bread crumbled, (about 3 cups) be sure no partially hydrogenated oilsor corn syrup
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup corn or other vegetables
- 1 tablespoon healthy powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1and 1/2 teaspoon bone meal or 1000 mg calcium
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or dash of iodized salt
- 1 small clove of garlic minced

Healthy Powder:
- 2 cups nutritional yeast
- 1 cup lecithin granules
- 1/4 cup kelp powder
- 1/4 cup bone meal or 9,000 mg calcium
- 1,000 mg of vitamin c ground up

The homemade food above costs about the same as premium dog food. The Honest Kitchen food below is more expensive due to convenience.

If I’m in a rush I keep dehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen on hand to make in a pinch http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/dog-food/

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