Has anyone got a recipe for making healthy dry food for dogs and cats, something like Lucky Dog and Whiskers? Thank you in advance from Charli, Regina, and Bert.
By emser from Adelaide, Australia
for the dog:
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
5-6 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (After we finish baking all batches of biscuits, we turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier and crunchier.)
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Does anyone have any recipes for every day pet food? I have a 2 year old cat and 13 year old dog and am looking for recipes for dog and cat food that I can feed them every day in place of the commercial brands.
Terry Lynn from Toronto, Ontario
I buy chicken thighs on sale, simmer them until they are falling off the bone. Remove fat and chop in food processor. Cook up a mess of brown rice, add the chopped chicken, carrots and green beans that have also been chopped in the processor. While the mixture is still warm I form it into meal size balls (about 1/2 cup ) and freeze on a cookie sheet. Bag when frozen and I feed one a day and then kibble in the evening. Microwave for 2 minutes before serving. Keeps my Cocker healthy and trim and he loves his rice balls. (10/27/2005)
I have a Weimerarner that has a very sensitive stomach. I cook food for her and my Shepherd/Collie mix. Boil chicken until tender, or fry up hamburger and drain well. To each of the meats, I add carrots, celery, peas, and garlic powder. I keep the chicken broth in the fridge overnight, then take off the layer of fat. Then I cook up white and brown rice together, and add it all together. Garlic powder does 2 things. It enhances a picky dog's appetite and also gives off an aroma that pleases a dog's sense of smell. Its a good substitute for commercial dog food. I also use supplements for my pets. (10/28/2005)
I save all potato, carrot, butternut, etc. skins when peeling vegetables. Keep in freezer until enough has been saved, or add vegetables to get required amount, rice could also be added, get some meaty bones from the butcher and put everything in pressure cooker overnight (very low heat or turn stove off before going to bed.). In the morning, remove bones, season, mash everything up or put in food processor. Divide into containers and keep in freezer. Remember to remove from freezer in advance, as required. Serve over dried dog food. No more vegetable waste and they love it! (10/31/2005)
I love this book. He has great complete recipes for dogs and cats. (11/01/2005)
I boil chicken thighs with parsley and garlic powder in the water. Then I add chopped up broccoli, carrots, peas, or potatoes into a baggie with the meat and put in the freezer. After I thaw the baggie out I add some cottage cheese in her bowl, too. I use steak, pork, and elk meat, as well. I add a hard boiled or scrambled egg as well. They love this.
Editor's Note: Make sure you remove the chicken bones. (01/12/2006)
Visit flip195.wordpress.com, this is a blog primarily about making food for your critters.
Lots of useful info there, and the great news is "it is free", recipes, ideas, and hints are all free. (06/26/2007)
Never feed a cat any kind of pork, it's bad for them. (12/30/2007)
A bit shocked to read people adding potatoes and garlic powder to their pets food (especially garlic, is known to be poisonous for dogs!)
I buy bags of chopped frozen veggies, frozen white fish, and minced beef and cook a portion of each with either white or brown rice, whole meal pasta or mixed. My dog loves it. I don't even puree it or mash it. He eats it as it is.
Someone mentioned saving potato skins,
Obviously you are unaware of the dangers involved in that,
both potato skins and sprouts are deadly poisonous to any creature, I know it for a fact. I grew up on a big farm. A neighbor started feeding them to all his animals, The nut! We tried to warn him. He lost a bunch of animals because of it. Just don't do it. The heavier the peeling/skin the worse it is and being sunburnt (green tint) adds to the danger even more.
DO NOT use potato peelings or sprouts, you're messing with a killer! (02/07/2008)
Potato sprouts and green potato skins can poison both dogs and people. Solanum alkaloids can be found in green sprouts and green potato skins, which occurs when the tubers are exposed to sunlight during growth or after harvest. The relatively rare occurrence of actual poisoning is due to several factors: solanine is poorly absorbed; it is mostly hydrolyzed into less toxic solanidinel; and the metabolites are quickly eliminated. Note that cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for dogs, actually quite nutritious and digestible.
Check out my blog. Lots of pet information and recipes there.
Garlic is not poisonous to dogs when fed in moderation. Never feed garlic to cats and never feed onion, either.
For facts about garlic for this link, http://flip195.wordpress.com/cat-recipes/ (10/14/2008)
Pork in itself is as harmless to dogs as chicken, beef, or any other meat. However, there is a slight risk of your dog being infected with trichinosis by eating pork. Trichinosis, also known as trichinellosis, is a worldwide, food borne disease caused by an intestinal roundworm, uncommon in the United States. Both humans and pets who eat raw or undercooked meat of infected animals can develop the disease. Undercooked or raw meat of infected animals contains the roundworm. The disease can lead to muscle soreness and pain together with swelling of the upper eyelids in mild cases, but can lead to more severe symptoms.
If you would like to feed pork, but want to take all necessary precautions, it is recommended that the pork be frozen for 3 weeks to kill the parasite. The most important precaution is to make sure that all fresh pork and pork products are properly cooked.