Some of the most popular pet food brands are putting some seriously questionable ingredients in their dog food, like ethoxyquin (herbicide), propylene glycol (a chemical found in antifreeze), and Butylated-hydroxyanisole (BHA) (a chemical preservative). Such ingredients are known to cause some very serious health problems to dogs, like kidney and liver damage, stomach and skin problems, blindness, and more. Even though the FDA has recognized these ingredients are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), as a pet owner, you may not feel the same way.(2)
With all of this information in mind, you very well may be thinking about switching your dog’s food to something more healthy, such as Chef’s Best Pet Food. It’s the pre-prepared equivalent of homemade dog food, is one of the best ways to feed your dog. Chef’s Best contains real ingredients like those you would find on your own plate.
What Should I Feed My Dog?
If you want to try your hand at making your dog’s dinner, there are tons of recipes to look into. So, here is just one way to make homemade pet food with ingredients that you could serve any dinner guest (four-legged friends included!).
Homemade Doggie Dinner Ingredients:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 16 oz ground chicken
- 5tsp fatty fish (salmon, tuna, etc.)
- ⅓ cup long grain brown rice
- ⅓ cup mixed vegetables, washed (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach)
Start cooking one cup of rice according to the directions on the package. Then, on your stove top, heat a medium-sized skilled over medium-high heat.
Then, when it is hot, add in the olive oil, and ground chicken.
Allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes, before turning, and cooking the other side. After 5 minutes, you can add in the fish. Cook on both sides up to 3 minutes.
Then cut the meat into pieces so that it is easy to mix into the vegetables, and rice. Then, remove the meat, and vegetable mixture from the stove, and set it aside until the rice has finished cooking.
When the rice is finished, you will know because you can fluff it with a fork. Then you can add it into the pan with the meat and vegetables. WAIT FOR IT TO COOL before serving it to your pup. You can store the rest in a glass jar with a lid for later use.
The BEST Way to Make Homemade Dog Food
Today with our hectic schedules and fast-paced lifestyles, not everyone has the time to cook for themselves, let alone for their dog. At least not during the weekdays!
Even so, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare a hot-and-ready meal for your dog every day that contains the same wholesome ingredients you’d find in the “human” section of your grocery store, ingredients like eggs, chicken, turkey, duck, sweet potato, carrots, apples, and ginger.
You can feed all of these ingredients to your dog every day – and all without having to step foot into your kitchen! Just try freeze dried food from Chef’s Best Pet food Formulated with 100% natural ingredients just like you would find on your own dinner plate, Chef’s Best contains ingredients that you will recognize, and feel good about feeding your dog.
Here are just 5 of the most nutritious ingredients added to the Chef’s Best Pet Food formula, and how they work to boost the health of your best four-legged friend:
- Eggs: As you know, your dog is carnivore, and as such they need to eat a good amount of protein everyday in order to maintain their muscle mass. What you may NOT know is that not all proteins are created equal. In fact, there are 22 different amino acids (proteins) that exist in nature, and your dog needs them all. However, your dog is only able to produce 12 of them inside of their own bodies. That means that your dog needs to gain the additional 10 amino acids from a dietary source, and meat alone is not the best source of this vital nutrient for dogs.
Eggs are known as a perfect protein, because they contain all 22 of the essential, and nonessential proteins (amino acids) provided in nature. These include all 10 of the essential amino acids your dog cannot make including: arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
- Sweet Potato. Dogs LOVE to eat potatoes because they are sweet, (duh!) but they are also highly nutritious. Containing large amounts of antioxidant Vitamin A, along with Vitamin B, and minerals of potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, sweet potatoes also provide 4 grams of fiber, and about 27 grams of slow digesting carbohydrates per cup. These types of carbohydrates work to slowly release sugar into your bloodstream for energy. This results in a modest insulin release, which may help to control your dog’s food cravings, as well as any unwanted weight gain.
- Carrots. If your dog eats scraps from your table you may already know that furry, four-legged K9s usually like to eat carrots. That’s because they are naturally sweet, and crunchy … making them oh-so-delicious to your pup. That’s why every Chef’s Best Pet formula contains this highly nutritious vegetable. Loaded with vitamins, and minerals carrots offer your dog a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, and K, along with essential minerals of potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.
- Apples. Apples are a good source of fiber – an essential nutrient needed for the proper functioning of your dog’s gastrointestinal system. In addition to that, apples contain a rare antioxidant compound known as polyphenols that help protect your dog from the cellular damaging process of what’s known as “oxidation.” This same process affects all living things in nature, including the apple itself. If you have ever seen a sliced apple turn brown on the kitchen counter, it is the oxidative process at work.
NOTE: Apples are one of the most nutritious foods on Earth. After all, there is a reason that one a day helps to keep the doctor away, but if you are feeding your dog apple leftovers – STOP! Before you throw away the apple you may not realize it, but the cores contain seeds that are a natural source of cyanide – a deadly toxin to dogs.
- Ginger. This potent root herb is well-known to reduce travel sickness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms of gastrointestinal upset in humans. And today, while there is no clinical evidence of ginger’s efficacy in dogs, the ability of ginger to ease stomach upset in humans has been clinically validated numerous times.(3) Ginger is also a potent source of phytochemicals known to offer natural anti-inflammatory abilities, as well as antioxidants that can help boost the immunity of your dog.
Homemade dog food is the best source of whole, natural foods that provide the essential nutrients your pet needs to live a long, healthy life. However, not every pet owner has the time to cook a homemade meal for their dog every day. Let’s be honest … most people hardly have enough time to feed themselves a wholesome meal at the end of a workday. So, spare yourself the guilt, and the hard work in the kitchen over a hot stove, and offer your pet the next best thing to homemade: Chef’s Best freeze dried dog food. Containing all of the same REAL food ingredients you would make right in your own kitchen, Chef’s Best Pet Food is easy to make, and it’s ready in just minutes. Just add water to the dehydrated mix your dog will never know the difference. And we won’t tell either!
Chef’s Best Pet Food has a blog that’s updated regularly by various Chef’s Best Pet staff members. Stay up to date on the latest pet news and tips to keep your pup healthy and happy.
- Pesticide Residue Monitoring 1999 Report. United States Food and Drug Administration.
- Pet Food Labels – General. U.S Food & Drug Administration.
- E Ernst, M H Pittler. Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Br J Anaesth (2000) 84 (3): 367-371.