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Cook Healthy for your Fur Child

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Madison Kneupper

If you are like most dog owners, your fur child is a vital part of your family and what better way to repay them for their undivided affection than with their very own home cooked meal. This enlivening new method of preparing you fur child’s food can extend and improve their over all health and good nature.

Here at HHN, we love our pets, and want to share ways to help you return all the endless amounts of friendship and affection they bring to you on a daily basis. What better way to do this than through ensuring the best quality diet based on their individual wants and needs, while free of the preservatives and harmful chemicals that inhabit most of the top shelf dog food brands today. Preparing your pet’s food at home is the only way to know that your pup is receiving the highest quality food and nutrition.

First things first, it is extremely important to test your dog’s blood levels in their natural state before designing a meal or supplement plan that favors them. There are a vast amount of breeds with various characteristics and imbalances that may require certain types of vitamins and minerals in addition to the veggies they are consuming. Like us humans, too many supplements can be very harmful, while just the right type and amount could add years to life. An ideal diet is one that has been made especially for your pet’s needs, if it is not designed in a way that benefits your dog, it could end up worse than keeping them on a commercial diet.

Introduce your home cooked meals to your tail-wagger slowly instead of switching immediately. Your dog may not like the same things as your neighbor’s, so it is crucial to pay close attention so that you can make adjustments until you have found what is right for your loved one. A great way to monitor any changes or reactions to your recipe is to keep a journal, this way you can change their diet accordingly.

Here is a very simple example recipe for dogs that can be easily adjusted based on your pet’s needs:

Protein is essential in the form of meat which in this recipe calls for your choice of ground beef, lamb, or even turkey.

1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup broccoli, frozen chopped (substitute if gassy)
1/2 celery stalk finely chopped
1/4 cup carrot, frozen, chopped
1 cups brown rice
1 tbsp greek yogurt

1. Precook a large amount of brown rice to use throughout your week
2. Cook ground up beef in a large skillet with no use of oils
3. Steam celery and carrots, this can be done by putting them in a small amount of water and cooking in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes
4. After meat is almost thouroughly cooked, add in veggies and brown rice
5. Top with one tablespoon of yogurt

The veggies provide vitamins and minerals and can include romaine lettuce, celery, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, or kelp. Yogurt can be substituted with egg shells for calcium while eggs as a whole can be very beneficial to your dogs diet, even as a snack. If your pup could stand to lose a few pounds and does not get much exercise, use lean meat.

Depending on what types of meats and vegetables you feed your dogs, you should pay attention to what they’re not getting, and include certain supplements and oils to keep them balanced and content. Fish oil is a very beneficial additive for dogs eating from home. Be sure that if you buy fish oil, it provides EPA as well as DHA. Coconut oil is a great source of vitamin E and K, and improves vitality, skin conditions and heart health, but should not be taken daily along with fish oil. Adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your pet’s water has been said to have countless benefits such as anti bacterial functions, digestion improvements, as well as being an all around preventative for sickness. Once again, it is important to make slow changes and pay attention to your dogs reactions before making anything a habit. With close care and patience, you can help your fur child live the best possible life they deserve, and you will see how rewarding a little extra time in the kitchen is for both you and your dog!

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