Most dog foods contain by-products that dogs don’t digest well, like corn or wheat. Meat additives are usually far down the list of ingredients and are usually just ground chicken or lamb or beef, or a by-product of the same. While there are healthier dog foods out there, they are usually costly and hard to come by. If you are concerned about what you are feeding your dog, or if your dog is expressing allergies to their dog food (itching, biting, irritability, bloat, poor digestion etc), try making healthy meals for your dog that they can eat daily for a well-balanced, happier diet.
Excellent foods to give your dog are meat and rice. Rice is easily digestible by dogs and allows them to stay fuller longer. Since rice doesn’t go straight through your dog (have you ever seen the little corn kernels in your dog’s poo? Doesn’t digest), your dog is getting all their nutrients with very few ingredients. To make doggy dinners that you can freeze in the freezer and store in the fridge, simply take rice and meat and a few healthy veggies to create a full-on healthy dinner that your dog will love.
Take lean meat (hamburger or turkey burger) or chopped liver and boil about 2/3 meat in a cup of water with a pinch of vinegar for digestion. Boil the meat and add chopped potato, frozen spinach, and chopped carrots and add 1/2 cup rice. Simmer until the rice is cooked. You can add all sorts of veggies your dog should like. My dog loves cranberries and apples, and I cook them into her meals (she has a sweet tooth). Dogs typically are not picky about carrots and potatoes, and some of them won’t eat around spinach.
You can alter this recipe however you like. The point is to make meat and rice the main focus, and add in veggies for health. Don’t add salt or pepper or other spices. Throw in a teaspoon of olive oil if you like (great for dogs with itchy skin) and pour this cooled dish over your dog’s preexisting food or feed this alone to your dog. All the nutrition they need.
Since this is a “soft” meal, be sure to keep your dog’s teeth healthy by giving them crunchy snacks, like carrots or apples. These are my dog’s favorites, and to get your dog used to them add a bit of olive oil to the raw food or a dab of peanut butter and they will be sure to come back for more!
You can freeze remaining dog food in the freezer or keep in baggies in the fridge for daily meals. Make a huge batch in advance for a healthy happy dog.
I often add eggs to my dog’s food, tossing them in the boiling water and mixing them with the rice. For a light breakfast I do an egg mixed with 1/2 cup rice and 1/4 cup spinach, boiled in a cup of water. She loves it in the morning. Watch out for gas, though, as some dogs emit a lot of gas on eggs.
Sometimes even just adding a raw egg or cooked turkey or liver meat to your dog’s dry food can amp up their diet without costing a lot of money. Just be careful about spices, and keep the foods you give your dog as plain as possible.
I mix in dried cranberries and apples and carrots with olive oil and pour over my dog’s food and she completely chows down. Try for yourself to see what your dog will eat, and even their regular old dog food can become a real treat to them!