When using a slow cooker or crock pot, the goal is obviously to make a big meal Make food for the whole family with little effort. You simply put in your ingredients, put them in, and go about your day. But there is one clan member who misses a roasting pan, stew, stew, or chili that happens to be boiling on the kitchen table: your pet. Don’t leave your dog outside because you now have another use for this slow cooker, making pet food.
Why choose homemade pet food? We will give you some reasons.
Imagine eating the same meal two or three times a day, every day, for months — or even years. Boring, isn’t it? Also consider each of the Pet Food Recalls We had just over last year, from the most recent Pig’s ear treats to me Call Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Back in March when more than 30 of its products were reported affected. Now, more than ever, pet owners are eager to have more control over what their dog or cat eats. Making pet food is a lot easier than it sounds, especially when using a slow cooker or croquette pot. Plus, you can save money by making a month’s worth of dog food for an expensive bag of dry kibble that can run you anywhere around $50.
Before we get to the recipes, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing from scratch. Dogs, like humans, are Healthier when eating minimally processed foods. So when shopping for ingredients, choose fresh veggies and protein.
What to feed dogs
According to the Canine Journal, Six essential nutrients Dogs are required to maintain a balanced diet water, protein, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. These nutrients aid in the growth and maintenance of cells, tissues, and organs, maintain a healthy gut, and promote healthy skin and hair growth, among other benefits.
Many recipes contain the same ingredients—beans, peas, carrots, rice, squash nuts or sweet potatoes—and protein—and for good reason. Beans and sweet potatoes are rich in proteins and carbohydrates, and peas and carrots are full of vitamins like Vitamin A and C. And rice contains fiber, manganese and magnesium.
Once you have made the decision to make adjustments to your dog’s diet, be sure to slowly incorporate the new diet into your pet’s life because your dog’s digestive system needs time to adapt. The Canine Journal recommends spending four to 10 days transitioning to the new diet.
Daily rations vary, so it is recommended to see your vet.
Are you ready to make some pet food? Here are some of the best dog food recipes available.
Ground chicken dog food
Put the ground chicken, beans, carrots, squash, peas, green beans, and white rice in the slow cooker for four hours, and you’ll have 14 servings of dog food ready to serve and/or freeze for later.
Minced beef dog food
Similar to A Fork’s Tale, this Damn Delicious slow cooker recipe also calls for butternut squash, carrots, peas, and beans. But instead of chicken and white rice, Damn Delicious uses ground beef and brown rice.
Chicken and turkey thigh recipe
Skip the ground chicken for the BarkPost recipe. Mix 2 pounds of chicken thighs or chicken thighs—yes, with skin and bones intact—with ground turkey, shredded sweet potatoes, fermented potatoes, squash and carrots, shredded green beans, brown rice and water. After eight hours, remove all the bones from the chicken and serve.
Chicken breast dog food
As mentioned earlier, many dog food recipes use the same vegetables, including sweet potatoes, green beans, and carrots. They also use either brown or white rice. But in terms of protein, you can be creative. The bark recipe uses two pieces of boneless chicken breast.