Bone Appetit: Recipes for a wholesome and contented canine
Consuming the same thing for each meal, day in and day out, is something that no one enjoys doing. Nor does your dog, according to Arden Moore, a fan of animals who lives in Oceanside, California. As a result, she compiled the recipes that her dog enjoyed the most into a cookbook with the intention of assisting others in the process of preparing their own healthy and appetizing meals and treats for their pets.
“I like to make sure that they’re eating the right chow,” says Moore, author of “Real Food for Dogs” (Storey Books, $12.95), which includes recipes for nutritious treats, rewards, and special-occasion meals that have been tested and approved by veterinarians. “Dogs are chowhounds,” Moore says, “and I like to make sure that they’re eating the right chow.”
There is a one-to-one correlation between the food bowls provided for dogs and the state of their health. And we take great pleasure in spoiling our canine companions with tasty morsels.
Moore is not suggesting that people stop feeding their dogs commercial food so that they can, as she puts it, “become chefs to their dogs at all times.” The recipes in the book, even though they are made with ingredients that are safe for human consumption, are not intended to take the place of your dog’s regular diet. However, she does recommend that her readers celebrate special occasions with delectable treats, many of which can be made for the entire family.
She explains that it “so, it’s actually a time-saver.” “Two-thirds of the recipes are actually edible,” it is stated in the book.
l Do not forget that your canine companion is an omnivore. Dogs like meat and vegetables. The very best foods start with meat as the very first ingredient, not grains like wheat or rice or anything else.
However, you should make it a point to ensure that a sizable portion of their meals consists of savory grains and vegetables that are high in nutrients. You could try eating things like rice, bagels, oatmeal, green beans, tortillas, peas, and broccoli and spinach.
- Some breeds of dogs, like Westies, poodles, and cocker spaniels, are more likely to suffer from food allergies than others. You should seek the advice of your trusted veterinarian to determine which foods are suitable for those dogs and which contain the highest quality ingredients.
- When you give your dog food, measure it out using a measuring cup to ensure that you are giving him the appropriate amount based on his age and the amount of exercise he gets.
- Weigh your dog monthly. A dog with excess body fat has a greater risk of developing health problems and a shorter expected lifespan. If your dog’s veterinarian has determined that your dog is overweight, gradually reduce the amount of food given to your dog by approximately 10 percent per day. Absolutely no quick fixes!
- When feeding your dog a homemade meal instead of his regular food, you should ensure that the portions are the same.
- It is important to provide suitable chew toys and dental chew treats in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Some dogs even enjoy ice cubes.
- Fidough Bakery in Springfield, Illinois, may have exactly what you’re looking for if you like the idea of homemade treats but need a shortcut to get the job done. Cathy Leslie and Donna Weller, who are also co-owners of the business, bake gourmet dog cookies in their own homes so that their customers don’t have to.
Although you can find some of Fidough Bakery’s sweets in a few retail stores, the majority of the company’s sales come from orders placed online and over the phone.
“We’re doing pretty good,” says Weller. “We’re doing pretty good.” “We’re keeping busy. I believe that we have successfully hooked a good number of dogs.
The Pawnut Butter crunchy treat and the Fidough Fave, which is a honey-flavored cookie-like treat, are the two primary varieties of treats that can be purchased from Fidough. Both are free of sugar, salt, additives, byproducts, and anything else that Weller refers to as “anything you couldn’t eat.” Only “people ingredients” are used in our products. You could easily grab one of these and eat it without encountering any difficulties. They have a flavor that suggests they could use some salt and sugar, but the house will smell amazing while they’re cooking, and the dogs will go crazy for them.
On its website, www.fidoughbakery.com, Fidough emphasizes both the premium quality of its ingredients and the care and attention with which each cookie is crafted.
Tips on making homemade dog food and treats, from Arden Moore, author of “Real Food for Dogs”:
- Wash your hands in warm, soapy water and rinse well before handling food.
- Clean all produce in cold water to wash away any pesticides, dirt and bugs.
- Keep the recipe simple.
- Select fresh ingredients.
- Opt for variety.
- Always cook meat, seafood, poultry and eggs.
- Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to four days, or in the freezer, where they will keep indefinitely.
Here are three of Moore’s favorite recipes, from “Real Food for Dogs.”
MARVELOUS MUTT MEATBALLS
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into mini meatballs. Place the meatballs on cookie sheet sprayed with nonfat cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and store in refrigerator in a container with a lid.
- “They’re bite-size, fun to make, taste great, and are excellent rewards when cut up as training treats. I love ‘em, actually,” says Moore.
- 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound ground chuck hamburger
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Cook rice in a steamer. Steam carrots and broccoli until tender. Warm vegetable oil in pan over medium heat. Add hamburger and garlic and saute until cooked through.
- Combine all ingredients. Allow to cool before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
- “A feel-good homemade meal for both you and your dog.”
LEAP FOR LIVER
- 1 pound sliced beef liver (save the juice)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 small box corn muffin mix
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In food processor, blend liver one slice at a time on high until liquefied. Add a little water and liver juice as you add each slice.
- Pour corn muffin mix into a large bowl. Add liver and mix thoroughly.
- Spray an 8 1/2-by-11-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Pour liver mix into pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the middle springs back at touch.
- Cool and cut into small cubes. Store the cubes in resealable plastic bags in the freezer.
“My top pick of the treats. It’s disgusting, really gross, but they’ll love it. So hold your nose and satisfy your dog’s belly.”
By DiAnne Crown
Copley News Service
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