I know, ya’ll are going to think I’m crazy. Hear me out.
I spend approximately 7.86% of my life complaining about how expensive it is to have a dog. Especially one that needs professionally groomed, and frequently, because she sheds minimally and her fur gets long, dirty, and tangled. Sigh. Ok, back on topic. Since adopting her, I noticed a little problem with diarrhea. This quickly resolved with higher quality dog foods and elimination of grains. I did my research and learned about what my dog needs in her diet and why. And along with that, I learned what she doesn’t need. She doesn’t need filler grains, weird gelatinous crap, and meat by-products. She also doesn’t need any preservative and suspicious gunk. Depending on the brand, a can of decent quality dog food can cost $1.50-$3 and, for my 20lb. dog, this lasts 2 days. I add dry grain-free blue buffalo to this and feed her twice daily. She gets about 1 cup of food a day.
A bag of dry dog food costs about $20 and lasts a month.
Her wet food costs $30 per month.
Each time I fed her, she always seemed like she was choking the food down, and when she wasn’t all that hungry, she preferred to just skip her meals together. I brushed it off “eh whatever, she’s a dog, what do I know about what she wants”. But, I pay a TON for this stuff. So, I did the human-like thing and blamed it on taste. She begs and begs for her treats. She must like these. I mix up her treats but they are usually some combo of chicken or other lean meat and sweet potato or carrot.
So, to cut costs, and provide her with completely healthy, all-natural food, I decided to make my own. Please consult your veterinarian to discuss what specific dietary and nutritional needs your dog has before changing his diet.
Slow Cooker Dog Food:
Ingredients: * This can be made using many many variations, this is what I chose for this specific recipe but I’ve also make it with pork and beef. I’ve added broccoli and spinach in different batches as well. You can check out one of my alternate recipes here. It makes 3 weeks of food for my 20lb dog, who gets fed twice a day, and together with her multivitamin and treats, she gets all her necessary protein, carbs, and fats.
– 2 1/2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts
– 1 sweet potato, cubed
– 2 carrots, sliced
– 2 c. frozen green beans
– 2 c. frozen peas
– 1 large or 2 med apples, cored and cubed (no seeds!!)
– 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
– 2 tbsp olive oil
1. Place meat in the crockpot and add water so that it just covers the chicken. Then, add potato, carrots, kidney beans, green beans, and apple.
2. Cook on low for 8-9 hours, when it is about finished, add the frozen peas and cook for another 30 minutes.
3. When finished, drain off excess liquid, add olive oil, and stir to mash (or place in a food processor).
4. When cooled, scoop daily servings into individual ziploc bags and freeze. Each night, remove one bag from the freezer and place in the fridge to defrost overnight.
This batch makes 3 weeks of food for my dog. I mix in a multivitamin as well, for some added calcium.
If your dog loves this recipe, check out an alternate version here!
Not only is it all-natural, healthy, and fresh, she LOVES it! She races to the bowl when I set it down and licks it CLEAN! Here she is after scarfing her first serving down and asking for more:
Again, always consult your veterinarian to discuss your dog’s specific needs before changing her diet.
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