I started making my own dog treats a couple of years ago because my dog, who's now 15, was having problems chewing his treats, but I'm by no means the only pet owner adopting this trend, and many dog owners even make their pets' daily meals from scratch. We gathered together how-tos on meals that owners are feeding their pets. These recipes are for dogs, but there are also recipes for cats online.
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I love this toss-and-go slow cooker dog food recipe from Cynthia Bowman for her dog Charli because it cooks while you're working on other things. It's great for older dogs with failing teeth or dogs with sensitive tummies. Bowman says the carrots in this recipe are great for avoiding loose stool.
Serves 4 medium dogs
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 4-8 hours | Total time: 4 hours, 10 minutes - 8 hours, 10 minutes
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Alyshia Kisor-Madlem started serving this to her dog Hoosier after two incidents involving a pet food recall and gastroenteritis. She says you can substitute chicken for the turkey or use sweet potatoes and pumpkin or other dog-safe fruits and veggies.
Serves 7 small dogs
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes
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Alexis Toriello, a dog behavior consultant, goes through a ton of treats... as you might imagine. But she doesn't want to fill her dog clients with "the dog version of Doritos," so she makes her own at home. She tells us they're very cost-effective and freeze well, but she warns us not to use beef livers as they don't purée well.
Yields 2 quarts
Prep time: 5-10 minutes | Cook time: 10-15 minutes | Total time: 15-25 minutes
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