When I was growing up, my mother made her own homemade dog food. My mother prepared food for us, and the pets enjoyed some of it too. The dogs got the skin, and the raw organs such as liver, kidneys, heart, gizzards etc. as well as the raw meaty bones. Never any cooked bones though. Even my Mother knew that!
Organs such as kidneys, liver, hearts and lungs, offers a variety of protein sources. Variety is the spice of life. Your dog needs nutrients and protein from different animal sources. Another favorite treat would be some fish. Dogs love sardines. Or maybe a boiled egg, or a raw egg.
She would also throw them small pieces of fruit and vegetables, as she
was preparing our dinner. If my mother caught a fish while fishing at our summer cottage, guess who got the fish? Yup, the dog! Well actually, he shared a little with the cat.
What did dogs eat before there was commercial dry dog food, before kibble and canned food? Well, back in the day, my mother explained to me that dogs usually worked for their keep. They were farm dogs or hunting dogs, and they had a job to do.
But my mother's family had a dog for a pet, a little fox terrier called Bing ( from the days of Bing Crosby ). Bing lived to be 20 years of age according to my mother. My mother would tell me stories about Bing and what he ate.
The funniest story was about how Bing would go down to the cold cellar, and get himself an apple out of the big barrel of apples. He would lie down, hold it between his paws and simply enjoy it. Isn't that a cute story?
Anyway back to my story. My grandmother would get Bing extra stuff from the butcher when she
went there to buy meat. He got the leftovers from butchering, the offal
and viscera, which is the entrails, heads, brains, internal organs,
glands and green tripe. These things would be called by-products today.
Sounds yukky but trust me, dogs love that. More importantly, this is what dogs would be eating in the wild, if they were free to do so. This real whole food makes dogs healthy and is part of their natural canine ancestral diet. So my mother always made sure that she gave our dogs some of those foods too. The dogs never got commercial dog treats. These raw leftovers from supper preparation were the treats. They would get some of the cooked leftovers too.
My mother's home made dog food blend consisted most days, of meat and vegetables from our dinner. The dogs got the same food we were eating that day. Throw in a couple of raw meaty bones a few times a week and you will have a healthy happy dog.
If you are lucky enough to live close to a butcher shop or an abattoir you can easily get the raw dog food ingredients that I talk about on this page. An abattoir is a meat processing plant, by the way. If you don't have that kind of access, you can still get raw meaty bones, liver, chicken livers, hearts and gizzards and beef hearts and tongue at the grocery store.
Obviously the dogs from my mother's day lived a very long time. So did the dogs we had at home when I was growing up. Their homemade dog food consisted of these dog food ingredients.
On the next page you'll find two of my favourite, easy home made dog food recipes using cooked and raw dog food ingredients. Home made bone broth would be also included in this category.
That's what a good, healthy, homemade dog food diet consists of.
It's easy and very nutritious. My mother knew that!
So start feeding your dog fresh homemade dog food. You'll never look back and your dog will benefit from better dog nutrition.
If you intend to make your own dog food, be aware that it will be necessary to supplement because heat destroys nutrients and enzymes. This is not a problem though because you can make up the loss with easy nutritional health supplements. Your vet won't thank you though, because you will be making less visits to the office. Oh well, too bad, so sad!
While you're at it, consider giving your dog some DYI healthy dog treats.