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We’re losing our beloved Brittany, Blaze, to bladder cancer. It’s so sad watching him decline and we’re told he has very little time left here with us. We’re heartbroken but we’re trying to make the best of our time with him. Thankfully he appears to be pain free and on most days it’s hard to remember he’s so ill.

The first thing I did when we got the diagnosis was take another look at the dog food we’ve been feeding him. Sadly, in his 12 years we’ve fallen victim to bad choices in dog food. For years we bought what we thought was a healthy brand. We didn’t know about byproducts and fillers then; but we discovered their perils a few years ago and we changed to an organic dry food. When we got the diagnosis we changed to a wet, organic food to encourage him to eat.

I have two other dogs that we’ve tried to switch to the new food; but they’re not interested.  In fact, they’re not really interested in dog food at all and we do tend to feed them “human” food quite often. The problem with that is they’re not getting the appropriate nutrients and vitamins a dog needs.

So I’ve been researching homemade dog food recipes – it seems like the perfect marriage between people food and dog food – but in researching recipes I found that they were usually complicated and required lots of different supplements. I put the idea on hold and kept feeding the organic wet food to the big guy and table scraps to the little ones.

Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipes Video

But now I’ve been introduced to a website with homemade dog food recipes that I can actually make!  I’m a huge freezer cooking fan (OAMC) and never thought about doing it for my dogs, but after watching the easy cooked dog food recipe video below, I’m definitely going to give it a try. Or course my first batch will be a small one to be sure my picky-eaters like it and I’ll use organic meat, rice, and eggs.

Jewel eatingThe site also provides raw dog food recipes for those ready to make the switch. As a vegetarian, it’s hard enough for me to handle meat occasionally and that’s the whole reason I do Once a Month Cooking (OAMC). I know I couldn’t handle it on a daily basis – while it’s prepared in bulk, it’s thawed and served raw daily – that’s a deal breaker for me.  So the homemade dog food recipes that are cooked are a nice compromise. The site also offers a vast amount of information on what not to and what to feed your pets for optimum health and the author appears to be very hands on in answering reader’s questions.

I can’t wait to get started and I’ll try to share some of the recipes I try out in the next few weeks.  I’m pretty excited about making food for my little girls and hope that it’ll prolong their lives and spare them the same fate our sweet Blaze is going through.