Homemade Dog Food – what to do in a pinch

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Good Monday morning to you,

I’ve found a few things that will work in a pinch if I haven’t made it to the grocery store, or I’m running behind and don’t have any homemade dog food prepared. Since Roxie and Gypsy are not fussy eaters, I will either prepare eggs, open a can of tuna or salmon, or their personal favorite, a tin of sardines.

Other than an emergency situation, they get sardines once a week. Sardines are a great source of omega-3 fats and protein, and because they are such a small fish, they don’t have much of a chance to absorb significant amounts of mercury. They are also really inexpensive, as I can buy a tin of sardines at our local grocery store for less than 60 cents. The sardines with a dollop of plain yogurt and some veggies becomes a meal for my dogs. The sardines also have enough calcium that I don’t have to add a calcium supplement.

I mentioned earlier that Roxie and Gypsy are not fussy, and they eat their homemade dog food with enthusiasm. We did find something they would not eat which took us by surprise. Our grocery store had fresh smelt on special for about $1.30 per pound. We thought this would make a terrific treat for Roxie and Gypsy. Well, with one whiff Roxie refused to go near them. Gypsy tried the smelt and immediately spit it out on the floor! So, smelt is permanently off the menu.

Give your dogs a hug for me,


Apr 13, 2009 | 3 | Homemade Dog Food