How to Up Your Homemade Dog Food Skills

How do you provide a healthy, medically-sound diet to your pet? Many pet parents are turning away from grain-based kibbles in favor of healthy homemade dog food. We’re here to help you do just that - with your dog’s nutrition in mind.

Here are a few ways to enhance your homemade dog foods.

1) Cut Out Freeze-Dried Meats

Many make-at-home dog food products on the market just add water to a base mix and call it “homemade dog food.” However, reconstituted freeze-dried meat is exactly the most nutritional option for your pet. Freeze-dried meat product is made primarily for use as emergency food storage with a 10 – 15 year shelf life. Just as we don’t live on this product on a daily basis, neither should your pets.

2) Weigh Out Nutrition

There are also make at home dry dog food mixes that are formulated to make it easy for you to add in your own real fresh meat actually purchased in its real form from your local grocery store or butcher shop. THere are a few key factors to watch for:

  • Before adding any meat or fish of your choice, you must properly balance calcium to phosphorous ratios contained in different meat fleshes. Skipping this process could create an unbalanced dog food may cause harm to your pets teeth and bones longterm.

  • Check for enough sunflower or vegetable oil to deliver the proper amounts of the essential Linoleic Acid Omega-6 fatty acid.

  • Supply the proper amount of fresh fish oils, which excellent at helping to maintain a shiny coat and reduce dry itchy skin. Fresh fish oils also support normal brain, nerve and eye health as well as helping to reduce joint pain in older dogs.

  • Don’t serve vegetables that are too big for your dog’s digestive system. Veggies that are too big to break down in dogs’ short digestive track end up as whole pieces in the dog’s feces. Worst of all, your pet isn’t getting any nutritional benefits in this case.

Make Your Own Complete Nutri-Balanced Homemade Dog Food

WellyChef makes it easier for you to make a properly balanced meal using you own REAL FRESH MEAT that you yourself do eat as it comes from the local butcher shop or grocery store. You know the freshness and the quality of it so you can confidently feed it to your furry friend!

There are actually 3 different formulations that are made to be used with individual kinds of meat or fish

WellyChef Veggie & Fruits + Chia  Canine Blend  for Lean Ground Beef

WellyChef Veggie & Fruits + Chia  Canine Blend for Ground Chicken or Turkey Meat

WellyChef Veggie & Fruits + Chia  Canine Blend for Salmon and Tilapia Fillets 

It is easy to make your very own properly Nutri-Balanced dog food at home using your own REAL FRESH meat – either raw or cooked.

Preparation Instructions

 MEAT weight used in recipes are FOR FRESH RAW MEAT. Use your own sourced and trusted fresh meat as either raw or gently cooked, ie. simmered in water or pan cooked until just cooked through – avoid browning meats. Simmer the meat in the required amount of water as per the recipe and then when cooled use the cooked meat, the added cooking water and the meat juices to make up the recipe.

NOTE 1: If there are young children, elderly seniors or people with a compromised immune system in the household it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that all meats be thoroughly cooked to help avoid potentially harmful human infections,

NOTE 2: Some dogs transitioning to a RAW meat diet have difficulty digesting raw meats, some dogs never acclimatize fully to a raw meat diet, cook the meat for them.

NOTE 3: It is critically important to make any homemade dog food with added required amounts of  Vitamins & Minerals to make sure the recipe is properly balanced to meet AAFCO dog food standards. A properly balanced diet ensures that your furry friend will have strong healthy teeth and bones and live a long healthy natural life. This WellyChef™   Veggie & Fruits + Chia  Canine Blend has ENSURE Canine Multi Vitamins & Cheleted Minerals already blended in.

  1. In a large mixing bowl place in WellyChef Veggie & Fruit + Chia Canine Blend for your specific FRESH MEAT CHOICE

  2. Add warm water + and thoroughly mix together. Let soak for 15 – 20 minutes.

  3. 3. If making a puppy formula; add in YOGURT and 1 large sized EGG cooked chopped and stir in together

  4. Add FRESH SUNFLOWER OR VEGETABLE OIL (do not substitute with olive or coconut oil)

  5. Add FRESH FISH OIL WellyTails Fortified Wild Ocean Fish Oil Blend or fish oil soft gel capsules and thoroughly mix all together.

  6. If using Carbohydrate Add In Option: If so desired you can add any 1 (one only) of the optional permitted formulated carbohydrate sources and mix together thoroughly.

  7. Add your own FRESH MEAT – LEAN GROUND BEEF 15% Fat Content and thoroughly mix together with all of the ingredients.

+Total amount of water used in a recipe can be adjusted to change the consistency to make it more or less wet. The amount of food fed will need to be adjusted so that the dog receives the same amount of calories and essential nutrients daily.  Feed more of a wet food and less of a dryer less wet food.

If feeding FRESH REAL MEAT as either raw or slightly gently simmer cooked that results in a food that is complete and nutri-balanced them check out WellyChef.  Link to WellyChef landing Page

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