The best homemade dog food recipes are those that provide your dog with all the nutrients the dog needs. A good recipe is judged by the quality of ingredients used and preparation rather than how much the dog likes it. However, palatability of the food is also an important consideration when choosing a good recipe for the dog since good food is of no value if the dog won’t eat it.
There are several sources with good recipes for making homemade food for the dog. When choosing a recipe it is important to look at the ingredients. Consider availability of ingredients and if you know how to prepare them. Do not go overboard looking for things you cannot afford, your kitchen pantry should serve as a guide. What ingredients do you have that you can use? Are there ingredients that you can source from your grocery store?
Dogs are different and will vary in their needs, for example an obese dog needs to cut down on calories. High fat ingredients such as peanut butter and eggs only add empty calories; the nutrients they provide can be obtained from other less fattening ingredients. Working dogs on the other hand will require high energy foods while a dog suffering from cancer will need a food high in protein. All these factors should be considered when choosing a recipe for homemade dog food. If you find a recipe you like with some unsuitable ingredients, you can always make adjustments to suit your preference.
The internet is a good source of recipes for homemade dog food. To start looking, just type the words “Best homemade dog food recipes” and this will get you a lot of hits. The first page is usually the best place to get your recipes from; it has the most reliable information. Go to the various websites and scroll through the recipes they have. If you are not sure about a certain ingredient or overall nutritional value of the food you can always ask the vet to show you how to calculate.
The reviews given at the bottom of the page will also give you an idea of how good the food is since most have already tried making it. Some pages also have discussions on various foods and ingredients used in preparing the dog food. Scroll through the comments paying attention to the negative comments…I find that these comments give you the real rating of a certain food. Critics will usually give credit where it’s due and indicate problems where they find them.
The best homemade dog food recipes are what work for your dog. If your dog is in good condition and does not suffer any deficiencies or excesses as a result of the food, then I believe you have a winner. It is up to you as the owner to decide which recipes are the best for your dog and which are not. Remember when switching your dog from one food to another it is best to do it gradually so that the stomach can adjust to the change.