Happy Cook For Your Pet Day!
Have you heard the news? November 1st is “Cook for Your Pet Day,” and we think it’s definitely one to celebrate! Who doesn’t love spoiling their fur babies a little extra from time to time?
If you’ve never cooked for your pets before, you might be wondering how to do it. Fortunately, it’s very easy to do! Because our pets can’t have all the spices and foods that people can, pet food recipes typically contain a small list of ingredients. It really just depends on how fancy you want to get!
In many cases, you might already cook food that is safe for your pets. Grilled chicken, lean ground beef, steak, kale, sweet potatoes, and carrots are just some of the examples of foods that are great for dogs, cats, and humans alike! So, on this “Cook for Your Pet Day,” why not make something extra special for your four-legged companion? Cooking for your pets is easy with these tips!
What Are the Benefits of Feeding Your Dog or Cat Homemade Pet Food?
Before we get into how to find quality pet food recipes, let’s first go over some on the health benefits of feeding your pet homemade pet food.
As a general statement, homemade dog and cat food isn’t processed like traditional kibble and wet food recipes and that makes it much healthier for them to eat.
But what does that mean? What are the actual health benefits associated with making homemade pet food?
Eight Benefits of Making Homemade Pet Food
Here is a list of the most notable health benefits that come from feeding unprocessed pet food to your fur baby:
- Improved quality of life – Just like humans, when our pets eat healthier, they start to feel better. An added bonus is the happiness they get when you put delicious foods into their bowl!
- Longer lifespan – When we eliminate processed foods and incorporate fresh foods in our pet’s diet, we are lessening their risk for allergies, cancer, and many other illnesses and ailments.
- More energy – Processed food is harder for animals to break down. Fresh food is more easily digested which allows your pet’s body to absorb more nutrients; this translates into increased energy!
- Healthier skin – Foods dense in nutrients like B vitamins, fatty acids, and zinc help relieve and treat many skin conditions in pets. If you have a dog or cat that suffers with dry, itchy skin or allergies, a change in diet could nip the problem in the bud.
- Shinier coat – Just like everything else, when your pooch or kitty is taking in more vitamins and healthy oils, their coats become healthier and thus, shinier.
- Less frequent bowel movements and firmer stools – Because your pet is absorbing more of what’s going into their body, they’ll have fewer stools that will be healthier and firmer.
- Improved eye health – When you incorporate more vitamin A-rich foods into your pet’s diet, it’s not just improving their eye health. You’ll also likely notice brighter eyes—really, it’s true. It sounds odd, we know, but brighter eyes are a commonly reported side effect of fresh homemade dog food diets.
- Fewer trips to the vet – It stands to reason that if your pet is healthy, they won’t need to see their veterinarian outside of routine check-ups and vaccines.
Browse Recipes for Pets Online
There are so many wonderful recipes for dogs and cats online!
From vegetable soup to dog biscuits, you can find something your pet will love. Some recipes are very simple, such as combining a few ingredients for a quick and easy dish. Other recipes are surprisingly complicated, involving a lot of sourcing specialty ingredients, such as carob. (Carob is a safe alternative for chocolate for pets and is often found in gourmet dog treats for dogs).
Once you see how much your pet loves their new treats, it’s easy to feel motivated to keep making them the foods they love.
Know Your Pet’s Preferences
Some pets are pickier than others. If you know your pet’s favorite foods, it will be much easier to cook for them. A dog might prefer beef over lamb. Experiment with new things to see what your pet’s favorite meals are.
Once you know their favorites, it’s easier to prepare meals for them. Some treats and meals keep well in the fridge or freezer, so you can always have some on hand.
Know What’s Toxic to Dogs and Cats
Know what things are toxic for your pet beforehand so you don’t accidentally hurt them when cooking.
This includes onions, garlic, chocolate, and grapes.
Remember to always read the labels on products like cans, boxes, and bottles to make sure they don’t contain any ingredients that are poisonous for your pet.
Simple Dog Treat Recipes
Here are some quick and easy recipes to try:
Peanut Butter Treats
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- Mix 2 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 2 eggs. Roll out as a dough and cut out cookies with a cookie cutter.
- Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven at 350 °F for 20 minutes.
- Let cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving it to your dog.
These simple treats are sure to become one of your dog’s favorites!
Sweet Potato “Fries”
- 1 large, sweet potato
- Coconut oil spray
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground turmeric
- Chop a sweet potato into long “fries.”
- Toss on a baking sheet with coconut oil, cinnamon, and turmeric.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 425 °F, or until fries are soft and cooked through.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving to your dog.
Pro Tip: You may want to make two sweet potatoes because once you smell them, we’re sure you’ll want to eat some too! A tasty fall treat for you and your pup!
Apple Yogurt Frozen Treat
- 2 apples of your choice
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Ice cube tray
- Slice two apples into small pieces. Remove the core and any seeds.
- Blend one cup of Greek yogurt with the apple pieces until smooth.
- Freeze in ice cube trays.
Give one of these to your favorite dog as a nice cool treat on a warm South Florida day!
Pro Tip: Place the treat on a paper plate or bowl to avoid making a big mess.
Remember to feed these treats on occasion, and not in place of a regular meal.
Ask Your Vet for Guidance on How to Cook for Your Pet
Cooking for your pet is fun and easy! Once you get the hang of it and you see how much they enjoy it, you may find that you want to cook for them more regularly. Cook a tasty meal with a few simple ingredients and you’ll have everything that you need to celebrate this Cook for Your Pet Day!
Do you have any questions about what’s safe for your pet to eat? Contact All Aboard Animal Hospital to speak with a member of our friendly vet team at (954) 785-7780 or request a veterinarian appointment, today!