Monday, July 17, 2017

Easy Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

When we talk about dog food, we usually think about canned food or food that comes in a bag.

But, did you know that homemade dog food is much more nutritious and good for your doggy friend? 

It’s true!

And making food for your dog is really easy. It’s also a healthier and a cheaper alternative to the store bought dog foods. The recipe that I’ll teach you today is freezer-friendly, so let’s start cooking! I’ll share my dog’s favorite crockpot chicken recipe with you today!

Let’s get started!

Chicken Noodle Soup Crockpot by Lesley Show, CC-BY 2.0

Ingredients: Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food

The things that I really like about homemade dog food is that all the ingredients that you use come from a trusted source. 

And a lot of trusted dog food brands have been recalled over the years for bad ingredients and what not. 

So, making your own dog food at home does have a lot of advantages. And dogs love it! And this recipe is a known high protein dog food for pitbulls! For this recipe, you’ll need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown rice
  • 2 1/2 pounds of ground chicken
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup of peas, frozen or canned
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped butternut squash
Make sure that all the ingredients are fresh and are fit for human consumption. 

There’s one more thing! If you’ve been feeding your dog strictly store-bought dog food, chances are that your doggy friend might not like the homemade dog food or may not even eat it at all! 

So, like every other new dog food brand, slowly introduce your puppy to the homemade dog food and I promise he’ll grow to love it!

Directions: Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food 
Orange Garlic Chicken by Joel Kramer, CC BY 2.0

I really love how crockpot recipes are simple! For dogs and humans alike. 

Aren’t they just perfect for lazy people (like myself!)? All you have to go is gather all the ingredients and the slow cooker does all the work for you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section…

Let’s look at the directions:
  1. Stir the ground chicken, carrots, kidney beans, brown rice, butternut squash, peas and also add 4 cups water to a 6 qt crockpot.
  2. Cover with the lid and cook the ingredients on low heat for about 5-6 hours. You can cook it on high heat for 2-3 hours depending upon the time you have. Stir the pot as much as needed.
  3. Let the dog food cool completely.
Macros and Calorie Count for this Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

As you may already know, you need to keep your dog’s calories and macros in check. And, for that, you need to make sure you feed them just the right amount of food which depends on the dog’s age, breed, and lifestyle. So, following are the nutritional facts for this recipe:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 
Servings Per Container: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 417.9
Calories from Fat: 217.8

% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 24.2g (37%)
Saturated Fat: 9.8g (49%)
Trans Fat: 0.6g
Cholesterol: 62.5mg (21%)
Sodium: 171.0mg (7%)
Total Carbohydrate: 28.9g (10%)
Dietary Fiber: 3.4g (14%)
Sugars: 1.8g
Protein: 20.5g (41%)

*The Percent Daily Values (PDV) are based on an average 2,000 calorie diet. Your dog’s PDV or daily values may be lower or higher depending on your dog’s calorie needs.

This recipe is higher in fat so keep in mind that this isn’t really the healthiest recipe for inactive/lazy dogs, or for older dogs. 

Make it a point to consult your vet before you make any big changes to your doggy friend’s diet!

Final Words!

I really hope that your doggy enjoys this easy crockpot chicken homemade dog food recipe! Mine just love it! 

But, there are a few thing you should keep in mind.

Let’s go over them, shall we?
  1. This recipe is not ideal for old, inactive, and lazy dogs as it’s high in fat and relatively lower in protein.
  2. Make sure that you slowly introduce your doggy friend to homemade food. Don’t make an abrupt change!
  3. Always consult your vet before making any major changes in your dog’s diet!
Let me know how you doggy liked the recipe in the comments section below! 

Author's Bio:

Hello, everyone, my name is Paula Hughes, Foundation of blog https://lovepetjournal.com. I know a lot about dogs from experience so I provide my readers with first-hand, helpful information on how they can take care of their pets. I have prepared a lot of free information just for you.
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