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Monday, October 17, 2011

Feeding your cat or dog homemade vegetarian food

My dog also eats yogurt, some cheese and dried fruit as a snack/treat (banana chips are his favorite!) Getting your lentils, rice and beans in the bulk and on sale and keeping them in an air tight container will help on cost. I also use what vegetables are in season at the time. Good luck and I am sure the dogs and cats will love it.

 ***Cats have to have meat or they get kidney and eye issues so they should always have at least eggs and fish in the homemade food you give them or you will have to get some supplements online, but that can get very expensive :)***

Feeding your dog a vegetarian diet is perfectly healthy and can be accomplished as long as the recipe you use has adequate nutrients. The dog food recipe should be 1/3 protein, 1/3 vegetables, and 1/3 grains. There are some foods that are dangerous or deadly to dogs.
Some really good vegetarian protein sources are eggs (which are the most complete protein), lentils, yogurt, tofu, and cottage cheese.

Dogs can eat just about any vegetable. They should not eat onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts or garlic. Some vegetables that are good to use are beans, cabbage, peas, potatoes, and carrots.

Some good grain choices for dog food are brown rice and oatmeal.

Following is one of many recipe combinations:

Fill a large pot with water. Add a bag of lentils and several eggs. Some good supplements to add are brewers yeast for b vitamins, and kelp for nutrients such as iodine. Add uncooked vegetables now as well. Canned vegetables can be added when grain is added.

When lentils are getting tender, add rice or oatmeal. Cook for about 15 minutes, then turn off and let sit until cooled down, as the grain will continue to cook and expand until dish is cool.

Add some unsulfured molasses for extra iron and sweetness.

Once the dogfood is a safe temperature, your dog can eat some.

Refrigerate the remainder for later use.

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