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What is The Best Dog Food?

By Ryan Lawrence
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The loudest voices in animal welfare haven't been able to make significant changes to the pet food manufacturing process in the United States, which consists of sketchy practices and the marked use of carcinogenic ingredients. If you care about the welfare of your dog or cat, your best option is to make his or her meals yourself. Even if you can't afford to prepare all of your pet's meals or you just lack the time to do it frequently, you can still supplement his or her diet by creating homemade pet food. The process is not nearly as complicated as you may think; the following sample recipe provides the basics to help you make the best dog food for your pet.

Sample Recipe

Base Ingredients

  • 3 pounds minced or ground chicken meat
  • 2 1/2 cups minced frozen vegetable blend (no garlic, onions or seasonings)
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups rice
  • Cooking Directions

    Place the rice, chicken and vegetables inside a large saucepan. Slowly stir in the water until the mixture appears smooth. Place the sauce pan over medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Let the mixture simmer for about 25 minutes or until the rice is very tender, and all of the liquid is absorbed. Allow the food to cool completely before serving; store leftovers in the refrigerator.

    Key Considerations

    The best dog food centers on variety, which is the fundamental key to creating homemade meals that consistently meet your pet's nutritional needs. Rotate the types of meat you use in your dog food recipe. Try alternating between chicken, beef, fish and turkey. Bear in mind that most of the ground meats you find in supermarkets contain only muscle and fat. To provide your pet with essential minerals, supplement ordinary meats with organs at least once per week. You can purchase organs for relatively little at your local butcher shop. Though you may not enjoy the taste or smell, your pet will love it, and his or her body will show the benefits in no time.

    Be sure to rotate your whole grains, too, to promote balance. Switch between rolled oats, enriched white rice, long grain rice and medium grain brown rice. Add fresh vegetables, such as mashed boiled carrots, squash, peas, yams, sweet potato and even apples every once in a while. Be sure to thoroughly cook each ingredient, so it will be tender and moist enough for the pet to chew.

    To ensure that your pet is getting enough calcium and fat, add cottage cheese or plain yogurt to each meal. This will promote healthy bones and good bowel health. Alfalfa powder and leafy green vegetables can help cleanse the blood and promote a strong immune system. Remember that pets need adequate levels of essential nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorous and other minerals. To ensure optimal health, sporadically add natural vitamins, enzymes and probiotics.