Homemade dog food for a husky

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Homemade dog food for a husky
Huskies are large dogs that benefit from meat-based proteins in a homemade diet. (Husky image by jemey from Fotolia.com)

Making your own food for your husky is the only way to ensure that it will get all the necessary nutrients for complete health. Commercial dog foods have many loopholes that allow them to get away with adding fillers, toxic preservatives, and turned or mouldy meat and grains. Huskies are large dogs that require a lot of protein, as well as antioxidants and vitamins to be able to work hard like the breed is intended to do. Start with a basic recipe that yields about two meals worth for an average pet husky. Alter it by changing the meats and vegetables to add variety and overall balance of nutrients.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Fresh meats, such as chicken or fish, about 1/2 pound
  • Fresh or frozen vegetables, not including onions or grapes, about 1/4 cup
  • Brown rice and/or oatmeal, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 sardine
  • digestive enzymes and probiotics (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Boil or sauté meat. Use more if the meat is very lean. This can be ground meat like beef or turkey, or chicken thighs and giblets. De-bone and chop up small. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Boil fresh or frozen vegetables until tender. Do not include corn, soy, or onions, since these are not healthy for your husky. Good choices are carrots, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, yams, and garlic. Try to mix it up and use different colours.

  3. 3

    Add the cooked rice or oatmeal to the meat. Then fold in the vegetables and let cool.

  4. 4

    Add one sardine per day to a meal. This could be replaced with a fish oil capsule or flax seed if you prefer. Also, add any digestive enzymes or probiotics to the meal and serve.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to always have a two to one ratio of meat to vegetables, but you can increase or decrease the overall recipe as you see fit for the activity level of your husky.
  • A sedentary indoor husky needs about 1000 calories per day, while an active working dog requires around 5000.
  • Digestive enzymes break down plant material. Probiotics are especially useful for dogs who have had antibiotics recently or who have digestive issues. These often come together and can be purchased at health food stores. A small amount of yeast would help instead, though many dogs are allergic to it or don't like it.
  • Dogs should not eat onions, grapes, or chocolate.
  • Dogs can develop allergies to corn, wheat, soy, or yeast, so avoid using these products.
  • Check with your veterinarian if you are unsure of any foods you'd like to give your pet.

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