With all the dog foods on the market, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine which one is best for your dog’s nutritional needs, especially when each one promises to be better than then next.
As dog owners, we want to give our doggos the best of everything, including a high-quality dog food.
While high-quality dog foods are great, they can also put a significant dent in your wallet. If you’ve ever read the ingredients on a high-quality dog food bag, you probably thought you could recreate it and at a fraction of the price.
Homemade diets, like the Egg and Potato Diet, are a great alternative to some of the more expensive dog foods on the market. By making a special diet in your kitchen, you are saving money and can hand pick all of the ingredients that go into your dog’s homemade kibble. Making your own dog food can also put your worries at rest when dog food is recalled.
Before you start your dog on a homemade diet, it’s a good idea to talk with your veterinarian to make sure that you will be meeting all of your dog’s nutritional needs. Even if you think you are giving your pup a balanced diet of food and probiotic powder, a homemade diet can fill any dietary voids.
Aside from saving money and lessening the worry of recalls, a homemade diet can benefit your dog in other ways. First off, just like us, some dogs get tired of their food. Constantly changing up your dog’s food can cause digestive problems.
Making a food you know your dog will enjoy, day after day will help keep any digestive issues at bay. Another common reason why dog owners decide to make food for their dog is that of food sensitivities or digestive issues. Maybe your dog got into the garbage, is suffering from diarrhea, and needs a little “diet reboot.”
Once you decide to make your own dog food, you will probably come across a lot of recipes. Consider the advice you got from the veterinarian during and choose your ingredients carefully.
Although many foods are completely safe for dogs, others may be “so-so” (not dangerous, but should be avoided or consumed sparingly).
If any particular diet seems odd or includes an ingredient that you are unsure of, talk to your veterinarian or try to find an alternate recipe.
The Benefits of an egg and potato diet. Sounds simple, right? It contains food that you would eat, and the ingredients are safe for your dog, too. Before you get right to making the diet, it’s important to learn more about the benefits of the diet and ensure that you will be offering your pup a well- balanced meal plan (dry food may still be necessary):
Eggs contain many essential amino and fatty acids, and when used with supplements formulated for dogs, they can greatly improve the overall health and wellness of your dog.
Although we enjoy our eggs in a variety of ways, keep it simple for your dog.
Skip the butter, salt, or oil. Always boil or thoroughly cook the eggs and don’t let your dog eat raw eggs. Uncooked eggs can put your dog at risk for Salmonella poisoning and lead to biotin deficiency. Although the chances are small, it’s not worth the potential harm.
Potatoes are an excellent source of iron and are safe for dogs to consume.
According to the American Kennel Club, it is important to note that potatoes should always be cooked before you feed them to your dog.
When selecting potatoes, try to purchase organic ones that are free from pesticides.
Like egg preparation, skip the butter, milk, and other products that you love.
The egg and potato diet also includes salmon. Like eggs, this favorite fish is high in protein and is packed full of amino and fatty acids.
Your dog would probably snatch up a raw fish if given a chance, but always make sure it’s fully cooked to prevent poisoning.
To prevent your pup from trying to snack on the discarded parts of the salmon, dispose of the trash immediately and make sure he or she can’t reach it; garbage, rotten fish, and a sick dog are the last things you need. This recipe conveniently calls for canned salmon.
Now that you know how the egg and potato diet will benefit your dog, why not give it a try? This recipe provides two meals for a 22-pound adult dog.
Remember, this diet alone is not intended to replace all of your dog’s dietary needs, but it can be a great addition or substitution.
A note about egg shells:
You may be wondering about the egg shells. While they are not a “must have” component of this recipe, they are an excellent source of calcium. If you’d rather not include the egg shells, replace them with a calcium supplement instead.