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As lovers of four-legged friends, we’re always looking for new foods to give our dogs. Supermarket bought dog food sometimes just doesn’t cut it, and giving this to your furry friend may even be denying him the nutrients he needs to be healthy and happy. It is a common misconception that dogs only need protein, when they do, in fact, need a whole host of nutrients, including vegetables and carbs. Whilst you should be careful what ingredients you use when it comes to making dog food, trying out these things will make your dog one happy chappy!

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There are many people that make their own dog food. You can find recipes online or even purchase cookbooks on making homemade dog food. Krypto eats store-bought dog food. I haven't ventured into making his food from scratch yet.

Squash

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Believe it or not, vegetables are key to making dog food that is both nutritious for your dog, and delicious, too. You can make a whole host of food with squash (for humans) and keep the peel for a yummy doggy meal so that you and your furry friend can eat (almost) the same meal. Fry the squash skin with carrot peel and other off-cuts of vegetables that you’d eat yourself (and throw in some meat if you’re feeling generous) and you’ll have a lovely meal for your pet. Make sure not to use too much oil when frying, and wait for the food to cool down for a while before you give it to your dog.

Cheese

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We all know that dogs are drawn into the smell of any human food, and cheese is no exception. You can make pumpkin cheese cups for your dog using softened cream cheese, which is definitely fancy, but as all dog lovers will tell you, nothing is too good for our four-legged friends. They look like high-end treats but make sure that you don’t give your dog too much of the good stuff, or they will pile on the pounds. This is the same with any recipe that you make, to ensure that you work out how much is good for them before handing over the treats.

Parsley

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Whatever you’re thinking of cooking up for your dog, adding parsley is a great idea. Making your own dog food, in general, can help to improve your dog’s health, but parsley kills the bad bacteria in your dog’s mouth, so has added health benefits, too. You can put this in pretty much any snack, as it’s one of those things that you just can’t go wrong with. There are many of these little tricks that can help with doggy health, such as CBD oil. If you’re wondering, ‘how much CBD oil should I give my dog?’ then have a look into it before you purchase or cook any treats.

In general, there are many things that you have to be careful of when you cook for your dog, and you should be certain that you’ve avoided foods like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and some sweeteners that can be found in sweet snacks. If you’re not sure, look into it before you start cooking, as you could harm your furry friend unintentionally. However, squash, parsley and (a bit of) cheese will spice up his diet, and he’ll love these tasty snacks. Yum!

Do you make your own dog food? I've thought about it, but we stick with the traditional store-bought dog food.

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