Did your dog just have a birthday? Did he just graduate — with honors — from the puppy kindergarten class. or wow the crowd by garnering blue ribbons at the local agility event? Its time to celebrate these feats, and what better way than with some of these fantastic feasts! Never overlook the opportunity to share a joyful occasion with your dog.
He may not understand the words, you were the valedictorian of your dog obedience class. But he will certainly read your body language and your upbeat voice to know something great just happened.
Save these recipes for special occasions so that your dog will recognize their supreme importance. You will forever reign as the champion of the kitchen in his mind and heart.
Homemade Dog Food Recipe on Special Occasions:
1. Pup Cakes:
Your pooch looks forward to her birthday each year. That’s because of her owner. You would usher on a special day with this cupcake recipe. Your dog is very good about eating her commercial dog food, but her whole body starts wiggling with delight when you pull these cupcakes out of the oven.
You, too. can celebrate your dog’s big day. Invite a few of his four-legged friends over to help him gulp down these goodies.
- 3 cups water
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 ripe bananas. mashed
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Take a large mixing bowl, stir the following mixture: water, carrots, egg, vanilla, and honey. Then add the mashed bananas to this mixture.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Pour the flour mixture into the mixture we prepared in step-2 and mix thoroughly.
- Spay a 12-cupcake pan with non-stick spray.
- Fill each cup about three-quarters full.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
- Cool before serving.
2. Thanksgiving Feast:
It’s time to allow your dog to participate in the Thanksgiving festivities with this special dish.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil cup mashed potatoes
- 1 egg cup diced cooked turkey meat
- ½ cup chopped broccoli cup grated cheddar cheese
- Take a medium-sized pan and warm the olive oil over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the potatoes and egg.
- Pour the potato and egg mix into the pan. Add the turkey and broccoli.
- Cover the pan. reduce heat to low. and simmer until the egg is cooked.
- Now, sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the cooked and allow it to cook for a few minutes longer so as to melt the cheese.
- Let cool before serving.
3. Birthday Breakfast:
Here’s a speedy dish that adds a festive tone to your dog’s Big Day. You might even want to make a portion for yourself to share in the celebration.
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 3 eggs
- 2 ham slices, diced
- 2 cheddar cheese slices
- Heat the margarine in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add the eggs and scramble until they are fluffy.
- Add the ham and cheese slices and stir until well mixed.
- Remove from heat and cool before serving.
Select food and water bowls that are easy to clean and resistant to chewing or breaking. If you have a dog with long ears and a long nose. select a food bowl with high sides so that his ears will not get caught inside the bowl and get covered with food If you have more than one dog. give each his own food bowl.
4. Beans & Bacon Fry:
Beans and bacon. Your first reaction may be “ugh”, but your dog will bark out, “Bring on the B&B!” In special occasions like birthdays, use this dish to make the special occasion more special or a return home from a stay at the vet, and so on.
- 3 strips bacon
- 1 16-ounce can kidney beans
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 garlic cloves. minced
- 1 teaspoon apple vinegar
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh or 3 teaspoons dried parsley
- Pinch of black pepper
- Cook the bacon strips in a large skillet. Do not drain the grease. Break up the bacon into little pieces.
- Warm the kidney beans in a separate pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir often.
- Add the carrots. garlic, and celery to the skillet with the bacon. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the beans. parsley. apple vinegar. and pepper to the mix.
- Cool before serving.
5. Paprika Lamb Stew:
Your dog may never tire of retrieving that beloved tennis ball — at least not before you do — and he won’t get tired of eating this tasty dish. either.
- 1 apple, peeled. cored. and diced
- 3 pounds lamb (remove the fat and cut into 1-inch cubes)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cinnamon stick teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6-ounce Can tomato paste
- 1½ cups water
- 1/4 cup apple vinegar
- You need a large nonstick skillet. Pour oil and heat it over medium flame/heat. Add the lamb and brown on all sides.
- Then, remove the lamb from the pan and add the paprika, apple, allspice, Cinnamon stick, and cinnamon. Stir slowly over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
- After the lamb has cooked to brown in color, put it bank into the pan and add tomato paste and water. Bring it to a simmer.
- Reduce to low heat, cover the pan, and let the ingredients simmer for 1 hour. Then add the simmer and apple vinegar for more 15 minutes.
- Cool before serving.
How to Test whether your Dog’s having Ideal Weight at Home?
Ralston Purina developed this fit and trim rib test:
#Test 1: Place your thumbs on your dog’s backbone and spread your hands across his rib cage. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs.
#Test 2: Look at your dog’s profile while he is standing. He should have a clearly defined abdomen slightly tucked up behind his rib cage.
#Test 3: Stand over your standing dog. Most dogs have an hourglass shape, and you should be able to see his waist.
5 Simple Tips to Control Your Dog’s Weight:
Your pampered pooch might be getting a few too many treats and not quite enough exercise. These tips can help you to adjust his diet and keep him fit and trim.
1. Sneaky Snacks add Calories:
Snacks quickly add up in calories and are often overlooked factors behind your dog’s walk turning into a waddle. Best advice: Factor in your dog’s treats with his regular meals when you count calories. Limit your dog’s treats to no more than 10 percent of his total daily food portions.
2. Prefer veggies over Fatty Meats:
One healthy weight-loss strategy calls for adding more steamed vegetables to your dog’s chow and reducing amounts of fatty meats. The vegetables are low in calories but help satisfy your appetite so that he leaves the bowl feeling full.
3. Control Sauce & Oils in Food Preparation:
One teaspoon of vegetable oil equals about SO calories. For a small dog that needs only 300 calories a day to maintain its weight, that one teaspoon equals one-sixth of its total calories. Go easy on the sauces and oils in food preparation.
4. Feed Boil, not Fry:
Minimize the amount of unhealthy fat in your dog’s dinner by boiling. broiling. baking. or steaming meats and fish — don’t ever fry foods, Avoid cooking with lard or coconut oil (both are loaded with saturated fats).
5. Try Healthy Treats Low in Calories:
If you have trouble resisting your dog’s begging, switch to these healthy treats, which are low in calories and high in nutritional value:
- Air-popped popcorn
- Apple slices