Gluten Free Dog Food Recipes
Creating your own dog food recipes is far better than buying ready-made dog foods in the market. Commercial dog foods are controversial because they contain ingredients that have high levels of gluten, a type of protein that may cause ill effects in animals when taken in large amounts. Most dogs cannot digest gluten effectively, causing them to suffer from a variety of health conditions, including simple rectal problems, kidney malfunction, and even death. Even if your dog is not allergic to gluten, it may be best to give your pet a diet that is free from this type of protein to ensure its safety.
Ingredients to Avoid When Creating Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Gluten is a component of food ingredients such as wheat, barley, oats (except gluten-free oats), soy products, pickles, semolina, sausages, malts, flour-made gravy, food starches, pasta, wheat grass, rye, and many other grain-based food ingredients. You should avoid these ingredients when making your own gluten-free dog food recipes.
Protein-Rich, Gluten-Free Dog Treats
Homemade dog treats that do not contain any gluten are relatively easy to make. You don’t have to make extra efforts to feed your dog the right diet. Here is an example of how to make your own gluten-free dog treat:
Prepare one pound ground beef, chicken, or pork, two big sweet potatoes (boiled and mashed), two eggs, and one cup of water. Combine the eggs and mashed sweet potatoes in a bowl and add a little water. Mix them well and then add the meat. Mix them well again. Preheat the oven to about 350oF. While waiting, grease a baking sheet and spread the mixed ingredients on it. Cut the mixture into your desired square pieces. Put in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Turn the mixture over and then bake it for another 15 minutes. Remove the mixture from the oven and let it cool. This recipe should yield about 45 dog treats.
Sweet, Gluten-Free Dog Biscuit
Prepare ½ cup potato flakes, one teaspoon grated ginger, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, two tablespoons olive oil, and one beaten egg. Preheat the oven to about 300oF. Mix all the wet ingredients in a bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix both the wet and dry ingredients together to create dough. Knead the dough until all ingredients are well-blended. Roll it out to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut it to your desired shapes.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and put the biscuits on it. Bake the dog biscuits for about 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave them in there until they’re cool.
Some dogs may be allergic to some ingredients found in gluten-free dog food recipes. In such cases, you may want to use alternatives to these ingredients or avoid using them at all. For example, if your dog is allergic to eggs, you may instead use alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, or meat. Any dog food recipe will be gluten-free as long as you don’t use any of the known gluten-rich ingredients.