I would like to share some homemade dog food recipes that my dogs, Clover Poppy and Skye, adore.
Remember as well as protecting your pet from any contamination issues by feeding him homemade foods, you are also preventing any risk of contaminating your own gluten free diet. A win-win situation wouldn't you agree?
One of Clover's favourites is Doggie Meatballs. This recipe will make enough for two to three meals depending on the size of your dog and his appetite.
Whizz the carrots and cheese in a food processor or blender to chop it up. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in the meat and breadcrumbs. Add the peas, tomato puree and egg, then mix with your hands. Form into mini meatballs and bake in a medium oven (about 350 degrees F) for about 15-20 mins.
Be sure to cool the meatballs before feeding them to your dog!
If this is the first time you are feeding your dog with these homemade dog food recipes you may wish to reduce the quantity served and mix in some of his regular dry meal to help him adjust.
Time for a treat! These crisp little drops are bound to get your dog begging for more.
Whizz all ingredients together in the food processor or blender. Drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) or until they are lightly browned. Cool.
These treats can be kept for up to 3 days in the fridge or you could keep some for now and freeze the rest. Make sure they are fully defrosted before feeding them to your dog.
Vegetable Choices: You can use up any vegetables remaining after your own meal for these treats. Who said homemade dog food recipes were expensive to cook?
Consider carrots, cauliflower (my dog's favourite vegetable), broccoli, peas, potatoes, swede or even courgettes (zucchini)!
The easiest way to cook home cooked dog food recipes is to make use of your own leftovers. When you are cooking a meal, add a little extra and put aside for your pet.
Layer the rice and vegetables in an ovenproof dish. Beat the egg and milk together and pour over. Sprinkle top with grated cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes (350 degrees F) until the cheese melts and the egg/milk mixture sets. Cool and serve. Good enough to eat yourself!
If you have some you could also add some cottage cheese or leftover roast meat to this meal for extra protein.
Sauté 4oz beef or lambs liver in a tsp oil until coloured. Stir in 1/2 cup of water then add 4oz leftover, cooked gluten free pasta and 4oz cooked peas.
I hope you have enjoyed cooking these homemade dog food recipes. Why not let me know how your pets enjoyed them?