It is very important to research what to do when you decide that you want to give your puppy homemade food. There are many foods that can be harmful to your puppy and there are some that can lead to the death of your beloved pet. There are also some supplements that you need to add to the food to help ensure that your puppy is getting all of the nutrients it needs. It is also a good idea to consult your veterinarian prior to switching to homemade food. Your veterinarian will be able to help you with any special needs your puppy may have.

What Nutritional Information Do People Need to Know

There are many supplements that you will need to add to your homemade food. The most important supplement that your puppy will need is a calcium supplement which will help to balance the calcium to phosphorus levels in your puppy. Other supplements that your puppy will need include: a pancreatic derived enzyme supplement that contains probiotics which aids in digestion; a glandular and organ supplement; and a mineral supplement.

It is important to remember that your puppy is growing very quickly and will need multiple meals each day. The general guidelines for how many times the puppy will need to eat is based on how old they are and whether they are a small or a large breed. Small breeds: 1 to 3 months old should be fed four to six times per day, 3 to 6 months old should be fed three to four times per day, 6 to 12 months old should be fed twice a day, and 1 year or older should be fed just one time per day. Large breeds: 1 to 3 months old should be fed four to six times per day, 3 to 6 months old should be fed three to four times per day, 6 to 12 months old should be fed twice per day, 1 to 2 years old should be fed twice per day, and 2 years or older should be fed just one time per day.

There are some things that you should not feed your puppy including avocados, chocolate, fish and many more.

Recipes

An Easy Puppy Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  1. Whip the butter and the cheese together with a hand mixer.
  2. Stir in the garlic and the flour.
  3. Slowly add the milk a little at a time, stirring after each addition.
  4. Form mixture into a ball and refrigerate for a half hour.
  5. Roll out to a quarter inch thick and cut to desired shapes.
  6. Bake at 350 F until lightly browned, approximately 15 minutes.

Puppy Milk

Note: This recipe is meant for nursing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Feed through a syringe.

Dog Food with Ground Meat and Rice

Ingredients

  • ½ cup ground meat
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 cup finely minced vegetables such as potato, green beans, spinach or a mixture of these
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until rice is thoroughly cooked adding more water as needed.

Tips

Puppy Eating

  • You can make the food ahead of time and freeze it.
  • When preparing food in advance, keep meat and vegetables separate so that you can change what you give your puppy based on health needs.
  • A ratio of one part protein to two parts finely chopped vegetables and grains is ideal.

Conclusion

Making homemade puppy food can be very easy and quite rewarding. It gives you more control over your puppy’s diet so that you can make sure that your puppy is getting all of the nutrients they need. Always make sure that you do plenty of research prior to changing your puppy to a homemade diet. Remember there are plenty of supplements that you can add to the food to help keep your puppy healthy.

References

List of foods that are bad for your puppy: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1661&aid=1030

Making natural puppy food: http://www.pet-grub.com/part3/how_to_make_natural_homemade_puppy_food

Recipes: http://pets.iloveindia.com/dogs/homemade-dog-food.html

More recipes: http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html

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