DIY Dog Food With Ground Buffalo

by Susan Dorling

Nutrient-rich with less fat than beef, buffalo is a good choice for DIY dog food.

Buffalo meat or bison meat has less fat than beef, and another benefit: Game animals such as buffalo are usually organically raised and grass-fed, which makes their meat richer in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than other traditional meats. It's easy to incorporate nutritious ground buffalo into your dog's diet with a scrumptious DIY muttloaf.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and cube the carrots, cook until tender, then dice into coarse pieces. Finely chop the fresh parsley. Combine the ground buffalo, whole wheat bread, milk, eggs, cooked carrots, parsley, olive oil, vitamin E, eggshell powder and multivitamin or powder supplement in the mixing bowl. Mix together with your hands or a spoon until all the ingredients are well-incorporated.

Step 2

Spoon the meatloaf mixture into a parchment-paper-lined casserole dish. Form it into an oval loaf about 2 inches thick, then bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Check for doneness by inserting a clean butter knife into the center of the loaf -- the knife will come out dry when the loaf is ready. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.

Step 3

Slice the buffalo meatloaf, then cube it into smaller pieces. Place the pieces into a measuring cup to make accurate daily rations according to your dog's size and weight as follows: for dogs up to 15 pounds, feed 1 to 2 cups daily; dogs 15 to 30 pounds, about 4 cups; 30 to 60 pounds, 6 to 7 cups; 60 to 90 pounds, about 8 cups; and dogs over 90 pounds, 9 or more cups

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