We are frequently asked about what we eat, so it just made sense for us to write a blog post about how we make our own dog food using grass-fed & free range meats and organic vegetables. (Note: The links in this article are affiliate links and we make a small percentage of any sales resulting in orders from these links).
As a disclaimer, we are in no way saying this is the only right way to eat, this is just the way we do it. Over the years, we have learned a lot, changed a lot and have comfortably settled into this routine. That doesn’t mean that we won’t learn more and change more, but for now, this works for us.
Not only do we love our food and meal time, but we are four healthy, little fluffies! Our blood work always comes back right in range, and our visits to see our favorite vet, Dr. Kelly are usually just for routine checkups, making sure everything is still on track. Even for 16 year old Joey…the doc never finds any major problems. He’s just aging, and things don’t always work as well as they used to work.
Whatever you choose to eat, we do believe 100% in feeding real food…appropriate for the species, of course. We eat a mixture of protein and veggies. We used to eat 100% raw, but due to Joey’s aging digestive system, and Benji’s preference for cooked, we have all converted to eating cooked meat and veggies.
However, we never, ever eat cooked bones. Cooked bones can splinter inside the digestive system and create really bad problems. If you’re going to eat bones, make sure they are raw! We get a special treat once a week of duck neck, or chicken neck or chicken feet to chew on. They are great for helping to knock any tarter off our teeth. We buy all our bones from U.S. Wellness Meats.
You can buy real food nuggets from a variety of companies, but we find it cheaper and we like the control of selecting our own ingredients, when we make them ourselves. Here’s how we do it:
Collect your veggie ingredients:
- 9-10 oz Starchy Greens (Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Green Beans)
- 10 oz Leafy Greens (Parsley, Cilantro, Romaine Lettuce, Dandelion Greens, Collard Greens, Chard, Green Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Beet Tops, Arugula, Kale)
DO NOT USE:
- Avocados, Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers), Onions or Garlic
We also suggest NOT using:
Place all these veggie ingredients in your food processor and puree. You’ll probably want to do it a few handfuls at a time.
Before you place all the ingredients in the food processor, be sure to look down. There’s probably a pup, or two, or four, who would like to help taste test.
Collect your meat ingredients:
- 2 lbs Ground Meat – Turkey, Chicken, Rabbit, Duck, Bison, Beef, Lamb (We get all our meat from U.S. Wellness Meats. Grass Fed and High Quality!)
Combine your pureed veggies with your ground meat in a large bowl.
And hand mix together.
Scoop 1/4 cup sized nuggets into muffin tins.
Place muffin tins in the freezer, until nuggets are frozen.
Once frozen, take out and store the nuggets in a zip lock bag in the freezer.
At this point, you can thaw the nuggets overnight and serve them up raw the next morning.
Or, like we do, you can cook the nuggets in the morning and serve cooked food.
To cook, fill a saucepan with about a 1/2 inch of water and add the nuggets.
Heat until they break apart and are cooked through.
Once a day, we cook up the number of nuggets that are needed for the day, divvy those up and store them in the fridge.
We eat 3-4 nuggets a day (FYI…we weigh between 8 & 9 lbs), depending on our activity level for the day. Some of us (umm…Joey), get 4 meals a day. Small meals work better for his aging digestive system. The rest of us eat 2 meals.
Last, but not least, are the add-ins for our morning meal! Just to ensure we are as super as we can be! (Again, this is based on our weight of 8-9 pounds.)
Now it’s time to chow down!!
Make sure you lick the bowl completely clean…don’t leave any of that precious goodness behind.
A lot of what we have learned about healthy eating has come from Dr. Dobias. He and his team are committed to helping us dogs live longer, healthier lives! His website is full of free information. You can either start with his Health & Longevity Healing Course, or use the search function to find exactly what you are looking for.