If you are a dog owner trying to make that big switch from commercial dog foods to healthy homemade gourmet dog food recipes, you can actually find a lot of recipes online or from your veterinarian.
Of course, you may have heard the term gourmet from classy restaurants but you can actually let your dog experience similar quality foods that also promote good health for your pets. With the many issues surfacing now about commercial dog foods having allergens and possible contamination, many dog owners opt for gourmet dog food recipes that they can prepare themselves.
If you are still starting to learn some gourmet dog food recipes, you can research on some mixes and ingredients that are best for your dog or visit your vet for suggestions. With the many ingredients and food available in the market these days, it is also important that you choose the right mix of ingredients that will provide your dog with the right nutrition.
Meat and poultry is one thing you can add to your gourmet dog food recipes. Beef and turkey are great for your dogs. Although liver can also be added in your recipe, set a limit on this one. Once a week would be enough for a liver recipe.
Eggs are also healthy ingredients for your gourmet recipe. Vegetables, potatoes and pasta can also make great recipes for your dogs. Raw bones are also great for your dog but you don’t have to cook them though. Cooked bones especially those of poultry can produce splinters that can tear your dog’s internal organs.
A mix of vegetables and meat are good for your dog but it is wise for any dog owner who wish to cook for their dog to remember the foods that you should not feed your dogs. Some of these foods are toxic to dogs and others may cause health problems and allergies.
Among these foods and fruits that you should avoid in preparing your gourmet dog food recipes are garlic, onions, pepper, chocolate and cocoa products, nutmeg, grapes and raisins, coffee and other caffeine-containing products, macadamia nuts, walnuts and tomatoes, which can be too acidic for your dog.
Other foods should also be limited as well. Too much salt in their diet can cause health problems and can even be fatal to other breeds. Too much liver may also cause problems with dogs, thus you have to limit this to one serving per week. Limit grains in your pet’s diet as well.
With a dog food recipe book on hand, you can actually make healthy treats for your dogs such as gourmet dog biscuits, chicken casserole and other bone recipes, cookie recipes, peanut butter recipes – yes, dogs love peanut butter, and you can even have vegetarian recipes for your pets and many other special recipes you can make. In getting your ingredients, it is also helpful to go for organic and natural ingredients so you can really be sure you are getting something healthy for your dog.