How to Cook Ground Meat for Dogs

by Betsy Gallup

Turn a package of ground beef into a dog's delight.

Concerns about commercial dog food recalls have increased some pet owners' interest in home-cooking delicious and nutritious meals for their precious canines. Cooking for dogs is a matter of combining healthy, fresh ingredients that are both good for your dog and good tasting. Remember to let the food cool thoroughly before letting your dog chow down.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2

Combine the rice and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool.

Step 3

Combine the ground beef, potatoes and carrots in a large bowl. Add the rice, oats, oil and eggs. Mix thoroughly. The mixture should remind you of a meatloaf in consistency.

Step 4

Have some fun. Measure out the meat mixture in about one-cup portions and mold the portions into dog-bone shapes on the baking sheet. Make sure to press the meat together firmly or your bones will fall apart when baked.

Step 5

Bake for 45 minutes or until done in the middle. Undercooked ground beef can transfer bacteria or parasites into your dog. The cooking time will vary with the size of your bones, so if you decide to make smaller bones for a smaller dog, reduce the cooking time.

Step 6

Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack. You can store these in the refrigerator or freezer until needed.

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