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Turkey, Rice and Vegetables: Dog Food Recipe

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Turkey rice homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueA great healthy dog food recipe is Turkey, rice and vegetables. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it! This is a great recipe for a doggie on a diet. It uses lean animal proteins, with healthy carbs and vegetables to keep your pup healthy and trim. This recipe makes about 12 cups of food.

Before making any homemade dog food, please refer to our homemade dog food nutrition guide.

Shopping List

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (preferably organic)
  • 2 cups of rice (preferably brown)
  • 1 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 package of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. If you prefer fresh, then chop and precook the broccoli, carrots and cauliflower until they are cooked but still firm (about 4 minutes). Cook enough for about 2 cups worth of mixed vegetables.
  1. Add 6 cups of water, ground turkey, rice and the rosemary into a large cooking pot or dutch oven.
  2. Stir until the turkey is broken up and the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to low heat.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the frozen (or fresh mixed) vegetables. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and cool.

Serve cool.  This recipe can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen.

What Does Skin and Fur Say About My Pet’s Health

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new puppy albuquerqueDid you know that your pet’s fur could tell you a lot about your pet’s health?

Generally speaking, healthy skin and a shiny coat is a sign of good overall health.

Here are some things to look for on your pet’s skin or fur:

  • Scratching: Excessive scratching is most often due to an allergy, infection or skin parasite. These are usually easily treatable by your Albuquerque veterinarian or by regular home treatments like Frontline Flea and Tick.
  • Crusting or splitting of the footpads: This can indicate an internal disease. It can also indicate that your dog has liver or pancreas disease.
  • Bald spots: This is most commonly caused by allergies. Skin irritation due to allergies, fleas or some form of contact dermatitis causes your pet to lick and scratch that area. This leads to their hair falling out.
  • Poor Coat: If your dog’s coat is lacking its luster, is dry and brittle or patchy, this can be caused by poor diet, hypothyroidism or diabetes.

Any time you see your pet with really dry skin, red dots, patches of hair missing, excessive scratching, really dry coat, hair falling out, you need to take them to the vet.  Their hair is a great way to gauge their overall health. A healthy coat means a healthy pet. If their fur is not healthy, get to the vet and find out what is going on.


Recipe: Beef Stew for Dogs

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homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueEveryone loves stew in the winter, including your dog! Here is another recipe for homemade dog food, which can be a good alternative to canned dog food. This is an easy recipe and makes about 4 cups of dog food.

Please read our post and nutrition guide about cooking for your pet before you start making any homemade dog food recipe.

Shopping list

  • 1 lb of beef stew meat
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, diced
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water or organic vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying

You do not need to peel your carrots or potatoes unless you want to. The skins are good for you dog. I would recommend trimming the ends of your green beans if your are using fresh. The stems don’t cook very well.

  1. Dice the sweet potato. Boil the sweet potato for about 2-4 minutes. You want it to be firm but tender.
  2. Chop the stew meat so the pieces are about the size of a nickel.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan. Add the stew meat and cook for 10-15 minutes until fully cooked (well-done). Save the drippings.
  4. Put your meat drippings over medium heat. Add the flour and water to the meat drippings to create a thick gravy.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients to the gravy pan and stir to coat all the ingredients.
  6. Cook until your carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve cool

You can store this in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this recipe.

Always check with your Albuquerque veterinarian about your pet’s dietary needs before making your own dog food.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.