How to Cook for Dogs

by Elle Di Jensen
Home cooking is a healthy alternative to kibble your dog will love.

Home cooking is a healthy alternative to kibble your dog will love.

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The way to a dog's heart is through his stomach, maybe even moreso than with a man. You see how excited your pooch gets when you feed him store-bought kibble, image how thrilled he'll be when you serve him up a plate of home-cooked goodness. It will be a treat for him in more ways than one. First, it's guaranteed to be healthy for him because you know each and every ingredient you put in it. Second, your dog will think he's getting some ever elusive "people food." It's such a small favor to do for your best friend.

Step 1

Include the five elements your dog needs for good nutrition in everything you make. Animal-based protein from lean meats like poultry, eggs, lamb or fish, carbohydrates in the form of rice, wheat, corn, barley or oats, fats including Omega-6 and Omega-3 found in fish, eggs and vegetable oil, and vitamins and minerals from liver, fruits, vegetables and mozzarella or cheddar cheese are the basic nutrients that will make your pup's taste buds happy and keep him healthy.

Step 2

Completely cook meat and eggs when you're feeding them to your dog. Illnesses that spread through undercooked foods, like salmonella, are as much a danger to your dog as they are to you.

Step 3

Keep chocolate, caffeine, grapes and raisins, mushrooms, onions, macadamia nuts and citrus oil extracts out of all foods that you feed your dog. All are toxic to him and should be avoided in any amount.

Items You Will Need

  • Poultry,liver, lamb or fish
  • Rice, wheat, corn, barley or oats
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Mozzarella or cheddar cheese

Tips

  • Always allow your dog's food to cool before you feed it to him. It can be a difficult wait, but you don't want to risk burning his mouth and throat.
  • Only make a few days' supply of food for your dog at a time and store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge. You're dog will appreciate the fresh food and you won't run the risk of wasting food that has gone bad.
  • Talk to your vet about possibly giving your dog a vitamin supplement with his homemade meals. You don't want to overdose your furry one on vitamins, but you want to make sure he's getting enough. Your vet will be the best one to determine whether your dog needs supplementation or not and can recommend a multivitamin if necessary as well as instruct you on how much to give him.

Photo Credits

  • Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.

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