How to Make High Protein Dog Food

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How to Make High Protein Dog Food
Keep your dog happy, with high protein dog food. (dog image by Ramona smiers from

For your dog to thrive, it needs protein. Meat, beans, nuts, eggs and even some types of grain provide protein, but not all of these ingredients are suitable for pets. You need the right types of proteins, combined with other ingredients, when making your dog food. Dogs that eat too much protein or have an all-protein diet, may become overweight or even suffer kidney problems. Make high protein dog food at home, by mixing meat with other ingredients.

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Things you need

  • 0.454kg. beef stew meat
  • Knife
  • Frying pan
  • 454gr. canned tomatoes
  • 473ml. water
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • Handful parsley
  • Stock pot
  • Strainer
  • 1 cup cooked whole grain rice

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  1. 1

    Lay 0.454kg. of stew meat onto a chopping board. Dogs like red meat, such as beef, but chicken or pork also works in this dog food recipe. Chop the stew meat into smaller pieces, with your knife. Smaller pieces cook faster and the fats in the meat also break down faster.

  2. 2

    Pour the stew meat into a frying pan and place on low heat. Gently cook the meat, just until the edges and sides brown; the meat should not be cooked all the way through yet. You want to remove the fat and grease from the meat, which may be harmful to your pet.

  3. 3

    Transfer the stew meat to a stock pot and place on low heat. Add 473ml. of canned tomatoes, 473ml. of water, two bouillon cubes and a handful of parsley. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes. You may need to cook the mixture longer, depending on the size of the meat pieces.

  4. 4

    Check the dog food, waiting until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Remove from the heat and let cool. Run the mixture through a strainer, reserving the liquid. Remove any bones left in the mixture and pour the meat back into the cooking liquid.

  5. 5

    Add 1 cup cooked whole grain rice into the meat mixture and stir until well combined. The whole grain rice, increases the amount of protein in the dog food. Feed your dog the mixture and serve any leftovers in the refrigerator, in a tightly covered container.

Tips and warnings

  • Try adding cooked vegetables to the mixture, depending on your dog's preferences. Carrots and leafy greens are good options. Add the vegetables to the mixture, when you begin cooking the meat and other ingredients and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through.

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