When shopping, do you pay attention to the food you buy? Do you find yourself looking at labels and choosing organic products over others? So why don't you do the same with your dog's food? Read on and discover how to make sustainable dog food at home.
The reality is that we are becoming more and more aware of the importance of our diet not only to look good but, and more importantly, to be healthy. It is no longer worth "eat anything". We want and demand quality. We look for healthier options, without preservatives, we prioritize local and seasonal products, and we are concerned about the amount of plastic with which the food is packaged (we still cannot understand why lettuce needs a plastic bag around it, do you?).
When it comes to buying your dog's food, it would also be interesting that you carry out an investigation to choose the healthiest for him.
The importance of sustainable dog food
Choosing sustainable dog food is a real challenge because there are not many companies that respond to that market need (at least today).
However, we are confident that little by little, more companies will begin to worry about the quality of the ingredients in dog food and the impact that its preparation has on the environment.
Taking into account that some scientific studies have compared the environmental impact of having a dog with that of having a large SUV,companies must take action on the matter. And so are you. How? By choosing eco-friendly products, like compostable dog poop bags or bamboo collars, and also paying attention to the ingredients in dog food.
Did you know that the production of "cheap meat" for use in pet food releases up to 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year? Therefore, by switching your dog to homemade eco-food or an eco-friendly dog food brand, you are betting on a more sustainable world.
How to know if the dog food I buy is sustainable
First, you need to look at the label and see if the dog food has been legally and sustainably produced; that is if the ingredients have been sourced responsibly.
Moreover, read all the ingredients and try to choose brands that buy the ingredients from organic farms and that prepare low to middle-meat diets.
Those foods that come from certified organic farms will not contain growth hormones or any other chemicals. Therefore, it is the best way to take care of your pet and, at the same time, protect the planet. You will be opting for producers who avoid the use of pesticides that ultimately pollute waterways.Another piece of advice that we can give you is to purchase food that is organic, and even better: USDA-certified organic pet food.
Of course, you can buy the ingredients and prepare your own sustainable dog food at home.
Sustainable dog food at home: 3 easy recipes
As you know, each dog has its own nutritional needs depending on its breed, caloric expenditure, and its age.
Generally speaking, dogs need:
- High-quality protein, which can be found in meat, eggs, or fish.
- Fat, present for example in oil.
- Essential fatty acids
- Vitamins and minerals, present in vegetables.
Before starting to prepare dog food at home, talk with your thrust vet.
Salmon with vegetables
The best thing about this recipe is that you can prepare it for yourself and your dog.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 salmon portions SKIN ON (1 oz per 10 pounds of dog more or less
- 1 squash
- 1 head of broccoli (with stem)
- 3 potatoes
- 2 carrots
- Peel the carrots and cut them together with the squash into small pieces. If you don't like broccoli stems, separate the flowers for yourself and give the stems to your dog. If you are like us who eat everything, separate a part for yourself and another for your furry friend.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces.
- Place the vegetables in a baking dish and cook until tender.
- Cook the salmon in the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. First, cook on the skin side and then turns around. When turning the salmon, remove the skin and reserve it.
- Cut the salmon and mix it with the vegetables.
Note: with the reserved skin from the previous recipe, you can prepare some delicious treats for your dog. Just cover the salmon skin with coconut oil and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven heats up, roll up the salmon skin and place it in a baking dish. Cook it for 20 minutes, let it cool down, and you will have a tasty and crunchy treat for your dog.
Beef with rice and veggies
You won't be able to resist this recipe, and you will want to try it yourself.
- 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 15-ounce can kidney beans
- 1/2 cup peas
- Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a slow cooker.
- Cook everything for about 3 hours on high heat, stirring if necessary.
- Let cool completely and let your dog taste this delicacy.
Homemade dry food
Making food that is dry and easy to store is much easier than you might think, although it does take time and patience.
- 6 cups of oat
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1/3 cup baking oil
- 2 mixing bowls
- 2 and 1/2 cups of milk (can be replaced by water)
- Veggies (or fruits)
- Meat (if you want)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remember to place a cookie sheet to prevent the food from sticking to the dish.
- While the oven is heating up, mix the oat with the powdered milk.
- In another bowl, add the eggs together with the baking oil and milk.
- Incorporate the dry ingredients in this bowl and mix well.
- Add the ingredients you have chosen: veggies, fruits, meat ... About six cups of these ingredients will be perfect. Of course, vegetables, and meat must be previously cooked and in very small pieces or pureed. Consult with your vet about the best nutritional mix for your dog.
- Once the mixture is integrated as a dough, stretch it over the oven dish and cook it for 45 minutes, or until it looks tan.
- Remove from the oven, let cool and cut into small pieces.
Did you see? It is possible to prepare sustainable dog food at home! A delicacy that you can share with your furry friend.