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How to Prepare a Healthy Meal for Your Pet Dog

Three Parts:

There are many reasons to prepare your dog's food. He might be a fussy eater, you may want to avoid giving him additives found in commercial dog food, or maybe you just want to show your dog some love. If you only occasionally make a homemade healthy meal, don't worry too much about balancing the nutrition. However, if you plan to regularly feed your dog homemade meals, you'll need to consult with a veterinary nutritionist to create a balanced diet specific for your pet.

Steps

Creating Nutritional Balance

  1. Work with a veterinary nutritionist.Ideally, your dog should have a meal plan that's tailored to his or her specific dietary needs. What is nutritionally appropriate for one dog may not be what's best for your dog. This is especially true if you're feeding a growing puppy, instead of an adult dog. Work with a veterinary nutritionist to develop a meal plan for your dog.
    • While your veterinarian may be able to suggest some healthy options for meals, a study that analyzed veterinarian-created recipes found that the majority of recipes lacked at least one key area of nutrition.
  2. Recognize the importance of a balanced diet.It's easy to fall into a routine if you regularly prepare food for your dog. If the meal you usually make is missing a certain nutrient, your dog could develop a nutritional deficiency over time. To prevent this, feed your dog a variety of meals over the span of several days.
    • For example, you may feed your dog a mixture of chicken, rice, and vegetables for three or four days. Then, you may feed a meal of grains and seafood for another three or four days. Your dog will get a variety of nutrients over the course of the week.
  3. Know what foods to avoid feeding your dog.Some foods we humans safely eat are actually toxic to dogs. In many cases, your dog would need to eat a large quantity or small amounts regularly before developing health problems, but it's not worth the risk. Monitor your dog for several weeks if you fear he's eaten something he shouldn't. If you are not sure if a food is safe, speak to your veterinarian. You should avoid feeding your dog:
    • Garlic: The more concentrated the garlic is, the more dangerous it is to your dog. Make sure any chicken or vegetable broths you cook with don't contain dried garlic.
    • Onions in any form (fried, baked, raw, or dried)
    • Grapes, raisins or sultanas: These cause kidney failure.
    • Avocado: This has contains persin which dogs can't tolerate. Persin toxicity causes a range of problems, from mild stomach upset to fluid in the chest and breathing difficulties.
    • Chocolate
    • Bread dough
    • Xylitol (artificial sweetener found in low sugar cookies, cakes, and sweets)
    • Alcohol
    • Macadamia nuts
  4. Supplement the calcium and vitamins in your dog's diet.If you're just feeding one homemade meal for your dog, you can skip the supplement. However, if you're planning to regularly feed your dog homemade meals, you'll need to give him a dietary supplement. A supplement will ensure that your dog gets enough calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, and other essential minerals. You can find calcium supplements at your pet store. Choose one that will give your dog 800 to 1,000 mg of calcium for each pound of food feed.
    • Ask your veterinarian to recommend a vitamin and mineral supplement specific for your dog's needs.

Making the Meal

  1. Include protein.Meat should make up the majority of your dog's meal. However, meat should not make up more than half of the meal. Choose a lean meat that has the bones and fat removed. Most dogs don't need the extra energy or calories that come from fatty meat. Instead, fatty meat could cause your dog to gain weight (unless he's very active).
    • For example, your dog's meal could be 50% chicken, 25% rice, and 25% vegetables.
  2. Include a mix of carbohydrates and vegetables.Since half of your dog's meal will come from meat, the other half should be made up of equal parts carbohydrates and vegetables.Carbohydrates can come from cooked rice, pasta, or boiled potato. Good vegetables include cooked:
    • Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale, spring greens, brussel sprouts, Bok choy, and chard)
    • Butternut squash
    • Turnip
    • Parsnip
    • French beans
    • Okra
  3. Consider feeding your dog fish.Fish is a great way to add protein to your dog's meals. It also has high levels of omega fatty acids which are essential for a healthy coat. Fish is also rich in vitamin D which helps your dog convert calcium into strong bones. You can offer your dog a small amount of fish every day or a fish meal twice a week. Add about one ounce of fish for every pound of other meat. Good fish choices include tinned:
    • Tuna
    • Mackerel
    • Sardines (packed in water, not oil)
    • Pink salmon
  4. Add eggs and dairy in small amounts.Eggs and dairy can provide a variety of nutrients your dog needs such as protein and calcium. Take care not overfeed your dog though. You should typically only feed one egg for every 20 pounds your dog weighs. If your dog weighs less, you'll need to scale this down appropriately. If you decide to give your dog dairy, consider offering cottage cheese or goat's milk.
    • Since not all dogs can digest the lactose in most dairy, watch for upset stomach.

Cooking a Sample Meal

  1. Prepare the rice or carbohydrates.Depending on how many meals you're making, cook a small amount of rice (for one meal) or a pot of rice that you can use for several meals. Once the rice is completely cooked, set it aside while you prepare the rest of the meal. If using other vegetables as the source of carbohydrates, be sure to cook them well. Good carbohydrates include:
    • Sweet potato
    • Lima beans
    • Apples
    • Peas
    • Lentils
    • Garbanzo beans
  2. Prepare the meat.Wash your hands and trim the meat of any fat, tendons, skin, or bones. Chop the meat into bites that your dog can manage (larger bites for larger dogs and smaller bites for smaller dogs). Cook the meat in a little bit of oil over medium heat until it's completely cooked.
  3. Cook the vegetables.Wash your vegetables and chop them into bites that your dog can manage. Saute the vegetables in a pan with oil until they're soft enough for your dog to easily eat. Good sources of vegetables include:
    • Broccoli
    • Zucchini
    • Carrots
    • Green beans
    • Celery
    • Spinach
    • Summer or winter squash
  4. Balance and combine the meal.Once the components of the meal are prepared, combine the appropriate balance. You'll need to mix half of the meat with one-quarter vegetables and one-quarter carbohydrates. Stir the mixture well and portion out enough for your dog's meal. Store the rest in the refrigerator.
    • For example, mix 1 cup of cooked chicken with 1/2 cup of zucchini and 1/2 cup of cooked rice.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    What can I feed my dog if I have run out of dog food?

    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Dr. Elliott is a Veterinarian who specializes in Companion Animal Medicine in England. She registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987.
    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Expert Answer
    In the short term, any bland human food such as chicken or white fish with rice or pasta is just fine. This will tide the dog over until you can get to the store, but isn't nutritionally balanced for long term feeding.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How much homemade dog food do you feed your dog?

    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Dr. Elliott is a Veterinarian who specializes in Companion Animal Medicine in England. She registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987.
    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Expert Answer
    Great question because it highlights one of the problems of feeding home prepared foods. Each food contains a different number of calories, so you need to feed different amounts depending on the individual recipe and there's no one-size-fits-all answer.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What should I not feed my dog?

    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Dr. Elliott is a Veterinarian who specializes in Companion Animal Medicine in England. She registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987.
    Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Expert Answer
    There are many human foods that are toxic to dogs. Top of the list of foods NOT to give are grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, and garlic. Also dangerous to dogs is any product containing xylitol. In short, if you aren't sure, always check if a new food is safe before giving it to a dog.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is oatmeal safe for dogs?
    Nadine Rich
    Community Answer
    Yes! Oatmeal is safe for dogs and is a great alternative grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. Be sure to cook the oatmeal first and don't add any sugars or other additives.
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  • Question
    What other veggies can dogs eat?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    My dog likes carrots: I recommend cutting them into small pieces if you feed them to your dog. He also likes green beans, peas, and other basic vegetables.
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  • Question
    Can a little salt be added while preparing the meal?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You shouldn't add salt like you would to your own food; dogs' taste buds are different than humans.
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  • Question
    What about canned chicken?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Occasionally. Canned chicken is generally high in sodium so it is not as healthy as fresh chicken.
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  • Question
    How long can I refrigerate the food?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    What type of food? Meals you cooked for the dog from scratch like meat and vegetables should be okay for 3-4 days.
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  • Question
    What if I am unable to feed my dog meat or other non-vegetables?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If for health reasons, your dog can't eat protein work with the vet that decided this. If you are a vegetarian do not try to make your dog a vegetarian, you will harm them. Buy store bought dog food. All dog food is formulated for dog's nutrition; some better than others, but any is better than vegetables.
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  • Question
    What is the ratio of serving size to weight?
    Community Answer
    Most adult dogs should eat two meals a day (puppies often require three or more feedings), so you'll need to divide the amount in the table by the number of meals you are offering.
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  • Give your dog treats only after he's eaten his daily meals. This way, he'll fill up on nutritious food.
  • Always offer your dog clean fresh water throughout the day.

Warnings

  • Gradually introduce homemade meals to your dog's diet. Sudden changes in diet can cause diarrhea.

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Sources and Citations

  1. Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, a technical report issued by the National Research Council as part of its Animal Nutrition Series. (Relied upon by the FDA to assess pet food standards)
  2. Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, a technical report issued by the National Research Council as part of its Animal Nutrition Series. (Relied upon by the FDA to assess pet food standards)
  3. Small Animal Nutrition. Agar. Heinemann-Butterworth
  4. Small Animal Nutrition. Agar. Heinemann-Butterworth
  5. Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, a technical report issued by the National Research Council as part of its Animal Nutrition Series.




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