It comes in a bag, it's hard and dry, and it stinks…
Kinda sounds like processed breakfast cereal, right? 😉
Except it's what your dog is probably eating for breakfast — processed dog food.
It's cheaper, right?
Did you know processed dog food is doing the exact. same. things. in your dog's body?
Why We Switched To Homemade Dog Food…
I took her in to see the vet… and the results weren't good.
We had a flea-infested, overweight, balding dog with halitosis… great. 🙁
Carefully Choose Ingredients For Your Homemade Dog Food
Dogs Need Healthy Carbs
Dogs Need Fruits & Veggies, Too
- green beans
- diced apple (but not the seeds)
- fresh pineapple (with all spines and skin removed)
- mango (without the pit)
- watermelon (rind and seeds removed)
- peaches (pit removed)
Dogs Need Healthy Fat & Fat-Soluble Vitamins
I also add a few tablespoons of ground flax seed to our recipe for extra Omega 3s.
Most pet owners know that some foods should never be fed to dogs, but just in case…
Do NOT Add These Foods To Your Homemade Dog Food
- anything with chocolate or cacao
- onions or leeks
- anything with xylitol
- macadamia nuts
- garlic (unless directed by your vet) and other allums
- brewer's yeast
- raw bread dough
Are you ready for homemade dog food in the Instant Pot?!
Homemade Dog Food In The Instant Pot
- 3 cups white basmati rice
- 3 cups pure water
- 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar or whey
- 3 pounds ground meat beef, chicken, turkey, venison, or bison
- 1 pound pastured beef livers or chicken livers (optional, but preferred)
- 36 ounces veggies various fresh, can use frozen
- 1 1/2 cups bananas or blueberries (optional)
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6 tablespoons ground flax seed
Strain, measuring the amount of water left after soaking.
Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot.
Add the ground meat and break it up and the liver, if using.
Stir the meat, rice, and cooking water together.
Add the veggies on top, but do not mix in.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure it is locked and the vent is sealed.
Change the setting to Manual and adjust the time to 12 minutes.
Open the Instant Pot and add the fruit (if using) and the coconut oil.
Stir everything together, mixing completely.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
When Making The Switch…
The change in Betsy's health was radical.
Reducing Food Waste With Homemade Dog Food
Other foods you can add to your dog food that might normally go to waste?
- carrot tops
- beet greens
- Brussels sprout tops
- diced cabbage cores
- over-ripe bananas
- bruised or mushy fruit (as long as it's dog-safe)
What About The Cost?
I admit it: homemade dog food is more expensive than the cheap kibble from the store.
When Making The Switch…
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