Friday, 09 September 2016

Top healthy recipes for dogs

Keep your dog healthy and trim with these canine-friendly recipes!

Written by Lady Guest

Butternut & Blueberry Boost

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Delivering a wholesome hit of some of nature's healthiest fruit, veg and dairy, this nutritious mixer is a complementary food that can be added to any of Forthglade's just 90% products. Rich in potassium and vitamins D and C.

Seven portions: This recipe provides servings for one week for a 14kg dog

Ideal for: Healthy, active dogs

Nutrition: One serving provides 10% of the daily kcal intake of a healthy active, 14kg dog

INGREDIENTS:
(All weights noted are the cooked weights)
•200g goat or sheep's yogurt
•500g butternut squash, boiled
•10g blueberries, raw
•3 eggs, hard boiled, peeled
•40g broccoli, boiled
•¼ teaspoon ground eggshell

METHOD:
Mix all the ingredients together well, then divide into seven equal portions. Chop or mash ingredients depending on your dog's size and preference. Freeze four and defrost throughout the week as needed. This recipe will keep in the freezer for up to one month.

NOTE:
Eggshells should be dried in a slow oven (about 130 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes. Once the shells are dried and cooled, crush them well. The goal is to have fine powder. You can keep the powder in your fridge for about two weeks

HANDY HINT:
You can double or triple the amounts to make larger batches and freeze them in daily servings.
TIP: Mix it up and rotate broccoli between other brightly coloured vegetables, like brussel sprouts, spinach, cabbage or carrots.

DID YOU KNOW?
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which help protect your dog from cell damage and strengthen his immune system.

Oaty Flaxseed Bites 



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Wholesome homemade snacks are a great way to reward good behavior and these tasty biscuits have lots of health benefits, with fibrous oats, omega-rich flaxseeds and breath-freshening parsley.

Recipe makes approximately 60 – 70 biscuits when using a 1.5cm x 1.5cm square cutter – about two weeks of treats for a healthy dog

Ideal for: Healthy, active dogs

Nutrition: Treats should never make up more than 10% of your dog's diet

INGREDIENTS:
•30g milled flaxseed
•200 oat flour
•1 cup chopped fresh parsley
•1 egg
•125ml chicken stock

METHOD:
•Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
•Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
•Add the chicken stock and egg
•Kneed into a dough and roll it out to about 3-5mm thick (if the dough is a bit sticky add a little more flour)
•Cut individual bites with cookie cutter
•Place on baking paper and pop in the oven for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown
•Turn the oven off and allow the treats to cool completely inside the oven before removing

HINT:
Parsley is often used as a breath freshener or to soothe a dog's stomach.

DID YOU KNOW?
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, which can be specifically beneficial for older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity.

Omega-Rich Fruity Lamb

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Your dog will love this mouthwatering medley of nutrient-dense lamb, fish, fruit and veg. We've also added brown rice to this recipe – our recommendation for diets that include grain - as it is high in fibre, promotes weight loss and helps to stabilise blood sugar.

Seven portions: This recipe provides a week of meals for a 14kg dog
Ideal for: Healthy, active dogs
Nutrition: This recipe provides 770 kcal that breaks down as 33% from protein, 32% from carbohydrates, and 35% from fat

INGREDIENTS:
(All weights noted are the cooked weights)
•800g lamb, ground, boiled
•200g lamb heart, boiled
•80g lamb liver, boiled
•400g pollock fillets, grilled or baked
•150g salmon, canned, drained solids w/bone
•1200g potatoes, boiled w/o skin,
•800g brown rice, boiled
•300g carrots, boiled
•1/2 banana w/o skin, raw
•10g blueberries
•3 ½ teaspoon eggshell
•1200 mcg iodine
•14 mg iron citrate
•45 mg zinc citrate

In addition to the supplements to be added to the batch, please add the following fresh:
•1 capsule vitamin E (250 IU) - per week
•1/4 tablet vitamin B compound ("50") - 2 x weekly
•1 capsule 500 mg taurine - 3 x weekly

METHOD
Mix all the ingredients together well, then divide into seven equal portions. Chop or mash ingredients depending on your dog's size and preference. Freeze four and defrost through the week as needed. This recipe will keep in the freezer for up to one month.

NOTE
Eggshells should be dried in a slow oven (about 130 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes. Once the shells are dried and cooled, crush them well. The goal is to have fine powder. You can keep the powder in your fridge for about two weeks.

HINT
Lamb is a top quality protein source, high in iron, zinc, vitamin B12, niacin and omega-6 fatty acids.

TIP
The vitamins and minerals listed above can be found at mainstream health food shops and online.

Super Surf & Turf


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Packed with high quality protein and a plethora of health-boosting vitamins and minerals, this tasty complete recipe combines omega-rich oily fish and super nutritious beef liver with vibrant fruit and veg.

Seven portions: This recipe provides a week of meals for a 14kg dog

Ideal for: Healthy, active dogs

Nutrition: This diet provides 768 kcal that breaks down as 36% from protein, 33% from carbohydrates, and 31% from fat

INGREDIENTS:
(Other than quinoa, all weights noted are the cooked weights)
•900g turkey, ground, broiled,
•350g mackerel fillets, grilled or baked
•50g beef liver, broiled
•200g tinned salmon
•180g quinoa, (uncooked weight – please weigh and then cook)
•2000g sweet potatoes - peeled, boiled
•200g green beans - boiled
•1 apple - cored and grated
•10g raspberries
•3 ½ teaspoons eggshell
•1200 mcg iodine
•60 mg zinc citrate
•14 mg iron citrate
•400 mcg selenium

In addition to the supplements to be added to the batch, please add the following fresh:
•1 capsule vitamin E (250 IU) - per week
•1/4 tablet vitamin B compound ("50") - 2 x weekly
•1 capsule 500 mg taurine - 3 x weekly

METHOD
Mix all the ingredients together well, then divide into seven equal portions. Chop or mash ingredients depending on your dog's size and preference. Freeze four and defrost through the week as needed. This recipe will keep in the freezer for up to one month.

NOTE
Eggshells should be dried in a slow oven (about 130 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes. Once the shells are dried and cooled, crush them well. The goal is to have fine powder. You can keep the powder in your fridge for about two weeks

HINT
Fatty fish is very rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

DID YOU KNOW?
One teaspoon of crushed eggshell provides 1800mg of calcium. Correct calcium to phosphorus ratio in your dog's diet is extremely important, as they work together to perform many functions, such as cell growth, the formation and maintenance of bone, muscle contractions and heartbeat.

TIP
The vitamins and minerals listed above can be found at mainstream health food shops and online.



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