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Dec 22

Making Food for Your Dog With a Pressure Cooker

If you are like many dog owners you really love your dog and want the best for them. So have you considered taking control of your dog’s nutrition by making food for them yourself? As a vet I highly recommend it. It is easier than you think and entirely possible to do fairly quickly with a good pressure cooker. I use a large Indian-style pressure cooker I bought from Rice Cooker Goodness but any safe pressure cooker will do. Pressure cookers are recommended rather than regular pots for a couple of reasons. One, if you use chicken as your meat you do not need to debone! Chicken bones will turn into a chalky mush when cooked long enough making them perfectly safe for your dog. Two, pressure cookers have a way of locking the nutrition into the food rather than letting it evaporate like regular cookers or slow cookers do. So, if you are using chickens, this is how you make dog food with a pressure cooker…

1. Throw a completely plucked chicken into a pressure cooker partly filled with water and get it boiling and keep cooking for about 50 to 60 minutes. Cooking at around 10 pounds of pressure will give good results regarding making the bones safe to eat. Don’t throw out the water after the cooking’s done. You’ll want to save it to cook the grains portion of the dog food.

2. Using the broth you’ve saved and adding as much more water as you need to add an equal amount (approximately the same volume as the chicken or chickens you used) of oatmeal, wheat grains, corn – whatever’s cheap and easy for you. Oatmeal and rice are inexpensive, but grain prices can depend on your location and the time of year. Potatoes are a possibility too though there is some controversy about them as dog food.

3. Next cook up some vegetables — again approximately equal in volume to the chicken meat and bones. You can add huge cans of green beans, peas, carrots or if you have a garden that’s producing veggies, add in your produce!

4. Finally, mix it all up and package it. You can use plastic lunch bags and store in your freezer. If you have a deep freeze you can make really big batches once a month or so. If you have room in your regular refrigerator you should be able to make a week’s supply at a time.

Dog’s absolutely love food you make specifically for them. You will, too, knowing that there are no additives to worry about. Don’t be too shy about feeding dogs other things too. Obviously only as treats or on occasion, but just like us dogs like variety. A little bit of milk or cheese is okay, bone scraps (not chicken!) are fine too and they give the teeth a good workout and cleaning. Nut butters are nice too, especially when mixed with miso — try it; my dogs love it and I bet yours will too.