Homemade Dog Food Tips

As the COVID-19 continues to affect more and more areas, dog lovers are worrying about possible pet food shortage. What could be a nice, healthy alternative, then?
CityDog Magazine
You've probably stocked up on a lot of food as a preparation for the upcoming weeks. Then suddenly, you just realized that you forgot to put dog food on your checklist. Now, you're looking at your poor pooch waiting for her delectable meal.
If you've experienced this, know that you're not alone. We got you covered! As you spend more time at home due to the pandemic, now is the chance to prep a decent "in a pinch" meal for your lovely dog.

Here's a list of homemade dog food meals that you can prep in the meantime.

Straight from the Fridge

• Cooked chicken, beef, turkey and lamb lean meat
• Raw or cooked vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, corn and peas
• Fruits such as bananas, blueberries, pears, strawberries
• Scrambled eggs

• Mild cheeses such as American, Cheddar and Colby
• Low-fat yogurt
• Cooked potatoes

Fresh from the Pantry

• Grains such as brown rice, couscous, and farina
• Canned chicken and fish in water (don't forget to drain them before serving!)
Canned veggies such as carrots, corn and peas (drain them as well!)
• Low-sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth for flavor
• Plain, cooked pasta
• Plain, cooked oatmeal
• Multi-grain cereals
• Peanut butter (that has no xylitol)

Homemade Dog Food Cooking and Prep Tips

While it can be easy to cook or prep homemade kitchen staples for Fido, you might miss out on a few essential things. Here are a few reminders from us!

A balance of lean protein and complex carbohydrates is the key.

It's not great to feast on excessive lean protein or complex carbs alone—it should be both. Our furry pals need both of these essentials. You can get the former from different meats such as chicken, beef or turkey, while the latter can be found on veggies, whole grains and more.

Excessive sodium and fat are an absolute no-no.

Dogs, in general, don't need too much sodium and fat. They have less sensitive taste buds compared to us. So, you don't have to season a meal with salt, pepper or sugar to taste!
Aside from the fact that excessive sodium and fat are unnecessary, they can become dangerous too. The last thing you want to happen is to see your dog suffering from diarrhea or constipation.

Always take note of your dog's health condition.

If your dog has allergies, and other chronic conditions, always come up with special considerations. Unfortunately, dog food shortage can't be an excuse to prep any meal that comes available—especially if it will do more harm than good.
Food allergies among canines typically come from meat. Some dogs are allergic to chicken, so all you have to do is to look for an alternative. Meanwhile, for dogs with kidney or liver complications, a low-fat diet is required.

Since your dog is probably used to eating commercial dog food, it can take time for her to like and savor on a homemade meal. Some are even picky eaters, so make sure that you have a wide selection of meals to serve.

As you prep these meals, it's still best to look for available dog food and stock up on it as much as you can. Several pet stores still remain open in the country. Feel free to buy from local pet stores near you or online pet sites.

Related Content: Dog Care Tips for COVID-19 

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