DO YOU COOK FOR YOUR PET?
Have you noticed the trend of dog food manufacturer’s labeling ingredients as fresh and natural? Even though the first commercial dog biscuits were produced in the 1860’s, it was not until the 1960’s that The Pet Institute, lobbyists for the huge dog food conglomerates, began an ad campaign for dogs to only be fed packaged dog food. They produced radio spots about the dangers of feeding your dog “table scraps”, and published “reports” of the benefits of processed dog foods in popular magazines. The dog food industry was spending $50million per year on average on advertising at this time. It is true that you have to be aware of foods to avoid when feeding your dog but they can healthfully eat from the table. There are far more recalls of dog foods and treats than there are of the food we consume.
Nutritious recipes abound on the internet for your fur babies made with trusted ingredients. There are certain ingredients a dog must have in its daily diet for sound nutrition. Here are some basic guidelines:
- 40% Protein – animal meat, seafood, eggs or dairy
- 10% Carbohydrates – grains and beans
- 50% Vegetables
They also require fats (from oil or meat), Calcium, and fatty acids found in cooked egg yolks or plant oils. The serving size depends on Fido’s age, size, weight, and activity level.
A recipe that is easily digestible for your pouch is as follows:
Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables:
1 lb cubed chicken, raw
2 cups brown rice, uncooked
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
½ – 16 oz bag frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
1 t dried rosemary
Boil chicken and rice in low sodium chicken broth for about 20-30 minutes on medium high heat or until mixture is fully cooked. Reduce heat; stir in vegetables and rosemary. Allow to remain over heat for additional 10 minutes, stirring as needed. Remove from heat allowing to cool. Refrigerate.
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