Ground beef is often used as the protein source in homemade dog food recipes. It is affordable and very easy to find in any grocery store. It’s also simple to prepare, and most dogs find it appetizing. This healthiest homemade dog food with ground beef recipe is formulated for adult dogs.
Keep in mind that most homemade dog food diets will not be nutritionally balanced for your dog. Your dog’s nutritional needs are unique to him, and they will vary throughout his life based on his age, weight, activity level and overall health condition.
Only your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist can tell you if this healthiest homemade dog food with ground beef will make an appropriate diet for your dog. They will likely recommend adding additional supplements to the recipe to ensure that it meets all of your pup’s nutritional needs.
You don’t need to use this recipe as your dog’s main source of nutrients. You could use it as a food topper to entice a picky eater or to add more nutrients to your pet’s commercial kibble.
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Healthiest Homemade Dog Food with Ground Beef Recipe
- 8-ounces lean ground beef
- 3-ounces liver (chopped)
- 4 cups brown rice (uncooked)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/2 cup green beans
- 1 cup peas
- 9 cups water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
I know that looks like a lot of ingredients, but this recipe is actually very easy to prepare. The first step is to put the water in a large pot and place it on the stove on medium heat. Add the rice and oats and bring to a boil.
Stir in all of the other ingredients and reduce the heat to low. I used carrots, green beans and peas in this recipe, but you can substitute any other dog-friendly vegetables of your choosing. You can also substitute 2 tablespoons of of fresh parsley if you have it on hand.
Allow this healthiest homemade dog food with ground beef to simmer for about 20 minutes. You’ll need to stir it occasionally. You will know when it is finished, because all of the water will be absorbed.
When the food has cooled, you can feed it to your pet. The recommended serving size is 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. Not only should you check with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist about possible supplements to ad to this food, you should also ask them about the appropriate serving size for your canine companion.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 5-7 days. You can also make this recipe in bulk and store the leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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