How to make your own dog food at home

The boom in pet ownership during the lockdown has led to an increased interest in pet nutrition. At times the pressures on supplies and issues with imports can create temporary shortages in packaging.

If this effects you, you can make your own dog food to fill the gap until your usual food is back in stock or try Poppy's Picnic raw dog food. We're glad to continue offering safe and contact-free next day delivery especially while social distancing restrictions are in place. 

Our dog food ranges are great for raw feeding, but we also have bone-free ranges (world's first!) which can be served raw or cooked. Find out more here.

Making your own dog food at home could also be a temporary option! The first important note to remember is sticking to the usual amount of dog food and how often you usually feed. The second is not to panic! Simply think as raw meat as the main part of the meal and you can add some herbs, berries and vegetables to the recipe. 

Our vet and canine nutritionist has developed a simple recipe for pet parents to try making at home:

  • 80% raw minced meat (chicken, beef, lamb or your dog's favourite protein)
  • 10% raw beef liver, kidney, heart 
  • 10% Vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower)
  • Berries (blueberries, raspberries)
  • Finely chopped parsley 

Raw or cooked meat

If your dog prefers cooked food, then you can always cook the meat to let cool before serving. Or you can try our bone-free ranges which can be served raw or cooked. NEVER feed cooked bones to your dog as the cooked bones may splinter and cause choking.

Vegetables, berries and herbs

Blueberries and raspberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins for your dogs which can help with bone health and immunity.

Parsley can help aid digestion and metabolism.

Raw meaty bones

Give a dog a bone! Raw bones contains nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E, K and iron aside from calcium which can help with your dog's dental hygiene.

You can feed raw bones as snack 1 to 3 times a week. Just keep an eye on them while they chew. Check out our Poppy's Picnic TASTY Beef Marrow Bones 

Other foods that are safe to feed your dog:

  • Tinned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines) 
  • Eggs, can be fed raw or cooked (no dairy)
  • Raw bones such as raw chicken drumsticks or raw beef marrow bones (NEVER feed uncooked bones!)

If you've never tried raw feeding for your dog, this period might be a good opportunity to try a nutritious raw diet like Poppy's Picnic. All of our ranges are complete and balanced to the highest FEDIAF standards, which means you do not need to supplement our food with anything else. Super convenient!

Our VIP (Very Important Paws) Team would love to hold your hand (and paw..!) in your fresh feeding journey. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by email or call us on woof@poppyspicnic.co.uk or 01380 716 599

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