A lot of people have asked about my Golden Retriever, loving how healthy his fur is! They get surprised when they find out I give homemade food for Golden Retriever puppy, which has helped with their health inside and out. Yes, home-cooking for your Golden Retriever is quite a controversial topic, but as long as it’s done right, it has a ton of benefits!
But what are good recipes you can try, and why should you even consider homemade dog food? I tackle the reasons why you should feed your Golden Retriever puppies homemade dog food and some sample recipes!
Benefits of Homemade Food For Golden Retriever Puppy
Dog owners have commented on how tedious making homemade dog food is. After all, even we don’t have time to make our food! But similar to how homemade food is for us, it has its excellent health benefits, such as:
Regulate Your Pet’s Food Quality
A lot of pet food brands have recalled their products because of chemicals or bad quality. With homemade dog food, you can ensure that your dog only consumes only healthy nutrients. You control what you put to their food and tweak it as needed.
There Aren’t Any Fillers or Chemicals
The usual dog food products contain a lot of chemicals and filler ingredients that don’t do any good for your dog. Instead of giving your dog filler ingredients, quality homemade food will fill them up with the right nutrients!
More Variations of Their Diet
When you feed your dog the same old commercial dog food, they end up feeling bored. As a result, they wouldn’t bother eating it or get frustrated! Homemade dog food gives them the variety since you can mix it up with different meats, veggies, and supplements.
Has Better Nutrition and Freshness
Sure, branded dog food advertises a lot of benefits, but they can be cryptic with specific ingredients. This can have you feeding your pup ingredients you don’t know about, which can either be artificial and/or dangerous!
Homemade dog food gives you the chance to incorporate better whole and healthier ingredients for better results.
Did you know that you can use any leftover veggies or raw meat for your dog? This reduces food waste, which is both eco-friendly AND affordable. If you already plan your family’s meals, you can also plan your puppy’s, saving time and money.
It Can Be Cheaper
Besides it being cheaper in terms of using leftover ingredients, it also gets more affordable compared to getting pricey prescription dog foods. As long as you choose your ingredients wisely, you get to save more.
Sample Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Now that you know the excellent health benefits of homemade food for a Golden Retriever puppy, what are recipes you can try for them? Here are five excellent and healthy dog food or treats you can try out:
What a Typical Day Looks Like
Beyond “special” recipes, I try to keep it simple and feed my Golden Retriever puppy the necessary protein and whole ingredients they need. You can modify the amount of food depending on their caloric needs and how they react to the food. Here’s what I feed my puppy throughout the day:
I give my puppy two eggs, a banana, and two of the best supplements for homemade dog food. These provide an excellent source of protein and healthy carbs, with the supplements providing vitamins and minerals dogs need.
Lunch is simple and protein-filled since this is what dogs need the most. I give my puppies a pound of ground meat, either turkey or beef, as this is leaner and healthier for dogs.
Dinner is a bit similar to breakfast, but this time, adding chicken, pork, or salmon with mixed vegetables. Sometimes, I add some sweet potato without its skin, though you don’t need to do this!
Peanut Butter Cookies
Dogs love peanut butter, so why not make sugar-free cookies they can enjoy as a treat
- Two cups of flour
- One cup of rolled oats
- 1/3 cup meant butter
- One tablespoon of honey
- Half a tablespoon of fish oil
- 1.5 cups of water
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix your flour and oats in a bowl, then pour one cup of water and blend it all until it’s smooth.
- Add the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil. Blend well and add the remaining half cup of water, mixing again until there’s a dough consistency
- Lightly flour your cooking surface with flour and roll the dough. Use a cookie cutter and cut the dough into shapes, then placing it on the baking sheet
- Bake for 40 minutes and allow it to cool for ten minutes. Let it cool before treating your puppy!
Rice and Veggies
If you want to have a slightly fancier meal for your dog, this one’s a great recipe to follow. You can feed this to your puppies once a day, adding supplements as needed.
- Two cups of brown rice
- One pound of ground turkey or beef
- Half a cup of carrots
- Half a cup of broccoli
- One cup of spinach
- One sweet potato
- Four cups of water (you can also do chicken or beef broth)
- Chop the vegetables to small cubes
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a pot, cooking it for about half an hour
- Serve to your puppies at the right amounts (one or two cups a day is good)
Wrapping It Up
High-quality dog food offers great health benefits, but it doesn’t beat homemade ones. Sure, it may be a bit of an effort to buy ingredients and cook, but in the end, it’s worth it for your puppy. Continue to use whole ingredients and modify their meals until you find out what works for your pup!
I hope this article on homemade food for Golden Retriever puppy gave you ideas on what to feed your little one. So start trying to cook for your puppy now.