Jake and I currently feed our little, five pound, purebred Yorkshire Terrier, Fluffie, an anti-inflammatory diet using food made according to the recipe below because she has the beginning stages of arthritis, and I want to keep the inflammation in her joints as minimal as possible. After researching pet nutrition, specifically for Yorkies and other little dogs, I designed the food myself and have been feeding Fluffie this food for nine months! Check the recipe below to see what I feed Fluffie daily that has improved her digestion, arthritis, fur and skin quality, and mood!
What makes homemade food better?
Why feed Fluffie my homemade anti-inflammatory food instead of a store-bought and possibly veterinarian recommended brand?
Pet food is becoming a hot topic in the eco-friendly, natural lifestyle, and this is mostly because many commercial pet foods have poor quality control, inappropriate nutrition for pets, and are tied to multiple, alarming cases of pet illnesses and deaths. Jake and I first became aware of the dangers of pet food after watching the documentary called “Pet Fooled,” and I am ashamed to say that, before watching this documentary, I had never even considered the quality of the food we were feeding our pets.
Pet food from the superstore is the right thing to be feeding pets, right? No, in fact, the standard brands can be some of the worst options, even the brands with “good” ingredients and labels!
In addition, pet food production has very few regulations concerning packaging claims and hardly any quality control, and this is concerning because many diseases, parasites, toxins, and by-products easily make it into the pet food, which means our pets are consuming these contaminated foods. It is no wonder that many pets suffer from various diseases and parasites when they should not have otherwise been exposed!
Another issue with the pet food industry is the lack of actual nutritional benefit from the food. Many of the ingredients are fillers, grains, sugars, very poor quality meat– none of which are beneficial or healthy for our pets to be eating! Cats and dogs need quality, high fat meat, good omega 3’s, lot of vitamins, and certain proteins like, taurine, that are missing from many commercial pet food. Although dogs will not benefit from standard per food because of the low quality, cats, in particular, suffer from the standard kibble because standard cat kibble is mostly made from carbohydrates. Shockingly, cats do not have the enzyme, amylase, that digests carbohydrates! The standard kibble most cats are eating is nutritionally useless to a poor kitty.
When Jake and I learned all this information about the pet food industry, I immediately began researching how to feed my pets good, healthy, nutritious food, and this anti-inflammatory dog food recipe was created! It is no wonder that so many pets are ill and live short lives if they are eating such unhealthy, toxic foods.
However, I do not blame the pet owners! How can I when I was doing exactly the same thing less than a year ago? People need to be made more aware of the hazards of the pet food industry and they need to be instructed about raw, homemade pet food. It is super easy to make, and you can customize the food specifically for your pet, just like I did in the anti-inflammatory food for Fluffie!
If you are interested in more information on this topic, please check out the documentary I mentioned above and keep looking into more information– it will greatly benefit your pet!
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- 2 lbs beef chuck, high fat, ground
- 4 cups or 2 (15oz) cans of sweet potato puree, unsweetened
- ½ cup oat flour
- 6 oz. frozen chopped spinach
- 6 oz. frozen broccoli, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger root
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tbsp wild caught salmon oil
- 4 capsules 400mg vitamin E
- 5 B-Complex 50mg capsules
- 1 tsp iodized low sodium salt
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- 4 Tbsp bonemeal
- 2 tsp hemp oil
- If the beef chuck is not ground, grind the beef before mixing with the other ingredients.
- Next, in a small skillet, cook the chopped spinach and broccoli, freshly grated ginger, and water until the water cooks out of the skillet. The greens should be soft and fragrant.
- After the greens are done, set aside the skillet to cool. The greens should be room temperature before they are mixed into the other ingredients because the heat could damage the vitamin powders being added to the food.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix very well. There should not be any clumps of meat, green, vitamins, etc.
- Once the dog food is completely mixed, carefully spoon the food into 1 oz. per cube ice cube trays until all the food is in the ice cube trays, about sixty 1 oz. cubes.
- Freeze the food overnight or until it is completely frozen, remove from the ice cube trays, and store in the freezer.