Monday, April 23, 2012

Homemade Dog Food

Sometimes it is nice to make your family dog food from scratch. Of course, when the family dog is a Great Dane the sheer quantity needed for sustenance can be overwhelming.

To supplement the bag of food I bought (and by bought, I mean put on my account) a couple months ago from the vet clinic I work at that my dog seems to snub her nose at, I decided to make her some wet food to mix in with it to make it more palatable for her finicky tastes. Basing it off of ingredients I know she likes, and stuff in the dog food I get at the feed store she loves, I decided to go ahead and make some. She is currently on a fish and potato diet, and while the vet food pretty much only has those two ingredients (boring) her similar diet from the feed store is made with sweet potatoes and smoked salmon (exciting!). This can be altered according to your dogs diet, but is perfect for a grain free diet or dog with food allergies such as we have. Lucy loves it.

Lucy’s Fish and Potato Dog Food

8 oz cod or whitefish filet, roughly diced
4 medium potatoes, roughly diced
1 lb carrots, baby or roughly diced
¼ cup water
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon rosemary, chopped
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen peas

In a large lidded pan over medium heat, place the first 7 ingredients in and stir to combine. Put the lid on and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. When the potatoes are done and the carrots are almost done, add the blueberries and peas and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Replace lid and remove from heat, allowing the carrots to finish cooking, about 15 minutes. Using a potato masher, smash everything together into what looks like a slightly overcooked potato salad. If your pet has texture issues then by all means continue mashing until you get a uniform consistency, or use a food processor. Use like canned wet food.

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