How to make chicken and rice dog food

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How to make chicken and rice dog food
Make a healthy dog's dinner. (Laura Heilman)

Chicken and rice is a popular combination for dog food because it is high in protein and low in fat. According to the Partnership for Animal Welfare, excessive animal-based fats in a dog's diet can lead to digestive disorders and even pancreatitis. Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, brown rice and green beans for a healthy alternative to store-bought dog food. Commercial dog foods contain by-products and chemicals that are often devoid of the nutrients dogs need to thrive.

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Things you need

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 190 g (1 cup) brown rice, cooked
  • 250 g (1 cup) frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

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  1. 1

    Boil chicken breasts in water until cooked and no longer pink.

  2. 2

    Remove the chicken from the pot and reserve the chicken broth.

  3. 3

    Chop the chicken into small pieces or process in a food processor for a finer texture.

  4. 4

    Boil the green beans in the chicken broth until heated through.

  5. 5

    Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl with the olive oil and stir until blended. Add some of the chicken broth for a softer texture.

  6. 6

    Let cool and serve to your dog.

Tips and warnings

  • Homemade dog food will last up to three days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Discard or freeze any unused portions.
  • If you freeze the chicken-and-rice dog food, separate daily portions out into freezer bags so that you can defrost a bag of food each day.
  • Senior dogs or dogs with teeth problems will benefit from having the chicken and rice pureed in a food processor.
  • When you make changes to your dog's diet, mix a little of the old food in with the new over a couple of days so that the change is gradual.
  • If your dog suffers from colitis or other digestive disorders, consider feeding her basmati rice rather than brown rice because it is more easily digested.
  • Always consult with your veterinarian concerning dietary changes, particularly if your dog has allergies.
  • Learn about the different foods that are toxic for dogs so that you can avoid them when making homemade dog food.

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