So, I'm going to share something a little different this time for my iHeartVeggie posts... DOG FOOD! So, you see, I've tried several dog foods under vet supervision - even prescription foods - for my little pup (ok grown young woman pup)- a morkie, Daisy. She has allergies - itchy eyes and scratching around her face. After so much time reading ingredients and researching dog allergens, I finally thought, well let me simplify the ingredients and do it homemade. The vet gave me the ok on this, instructing to stay away from that certain 'NO' list of food items for dogs -chocolate, onions, garlic, seeds, etc (this is by no means a complete list of 'no' foods here, so please don't use this as a comprehensive list). But the vet (and actually he is the second vet to tell me this) also said to always make sure that she is not getting any chicken as, surprisingly, this is the food that causes the most allergies for dogs. So... I don't want to pretend to be an expert in this, but I want to share my experience creating this recipe based on my research and professional advice, and finally, see how Daisy reacted! :)
Disclaimer: As I don't claim to be an expert on this myself, I just want to provide a link to this article on PETA that discusses dog and cat food needs: PETA They also suggest reading the book "Vegetarian Cats & Dogs". Obviously, please discuss your homemade dog or cat food with your vet for their specific dietary needs!
I learned that many dogs out there actually go vegetarian due to a variety of dietary restrictions or allergies. It is important to make sure that any homemade dog food recipe includes protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals. So, I created a recipe that checks that list off. Still working on the exact ratio...
This recipe is based off some tasty seasonal vegetables/fruits and I call it "Huevos Sweet Potatoes"!
1. 3/4 cup plain cooked rice
2. 1 small sweet potato boiled, peeled, and finely chopped
3. 1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach leaves (NO MORE THAN THIS AS SPINACH MAY BE TOXIC IN LARGE QUANTITIES)
4. 1/2 pealed and finely chopped apple (NO SEEDS INCLUDED AS THEY ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO DOGS)
5. 1 tbsp creamy plain peanut butter
6. 2 hard boiled eggs broken into small pieces
7. 2 tsp olive oil
I mixed all of these ingredients together and cooked on top of the stove on low for several minutes just to blend well and warm.
Then, I mixed about 1/3 cup of this new homemade food with the food she has been eating as the best way to change foods is to introduce by mixing a little more in each day. I save the rest in the refrigerator for the rest of the week!
Well, I have to say, she absolutely LOVED it! I'll mix in a bit more tomorrow and little by little see how it goes!