FDA Recall and 33 Recipes

Recently, unhealthy dog food has been in the news again. A massive recall of dog food due to excess vitamin D levels was making dogs across the nation very sick. Click here to see the FDA recall.
Of course members of the If My Dog Could Cook Community know that there is a better way of preparing food for their beloved pets. We have been researching and sharing recipes for some time now and have come across this interesting article containing 33 recipes that claim to be veterinarian approved. What is important to note is that home-made dog food requires certain nutrients to be healthy- they are all spelled out here - everything from nutritious treats to savory slow cooked meals – click here to read the entire article.
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A New Recipe from the Dog Lover Community

You know If My Dog Could Cook and the great work that we’ve done to bring you the best home-made dog food recipes, tips and information on how to keep your dog happy and healthy. Occasionally we come across recipes that are from other dog lovers like us that we need to share. This classic from Emily's Homestead may not be a full meal replacement but it’s fun to make and like our other recipes it is dog tested and dog approved. 


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2 lbs Ground pork

2-2 1/2 lbs Ground beef

1 large Sweet potato

1 large Apple, cored

2 Carrots (or 8 baby carrots)

1 Cup of Kale

1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 Cup Rice

1 1/2 Cup Water


Put the ground meats in a 4-6 quart crock pot. You can really use any ground meat that you would like. (Some dogs like the beef and pork best for taste).

Peel and chop the potato, apple and carrots into 1″ pieces. Chop the kale.

Add all of the fruits and veggies to the crock pot and mix with the meat.

When the meat mixture is close to being done, cook up the rice with the water on the stovetop. We use long-cooking rice (bring the rice and water to a boil, then turn heat to low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes).  When the rice is done, mix into the meat mixture.

Voila! Dog food.

Separate the food into 1/2 cup -1cup portions in small baggies or Tupperware. We keep most of them in the freezer and pull out about 4-5 servings at a time and store them in the fridge. When meal time comes, we squeeze a bag down the middle to split the serving in half, microwave the meal serving for about 30-40 seconds and then mix into her regular dog food. (We cut down on the kibble to save money and avoid over-feeding.)

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How Do You Relate To Your Dog? These Dog Facts Will Totally Surprise You

​Most dog owners probably consider themselves experts on the subject. Yet, the more that researchers study dogs, the more they uncover truths about them that that will surprise even the biggest dog lover. We came across this list by Clayton Lunch at Honest to Paws – click here to read the whole post. See how many of these 20 fascinating dog facts you already know.  They may just change the way you look at your best friends forever!

  1. Dogs aren’t just cute, they’re scientifically cute: If you’ve ever wondered why we find dogs so irresistibly adorable, it’s partly because they exhibit something called “neoteny.” That’s the retention of their baby-like characteristics, such as their big eyes and jovial demeanors, into adulthood.
  2. Dogs have an incredible sense of direction: A dog’s ability to see UV light and to “feel” the Earth’s magnetic fields means they have a great sense of direction. Some researchers have found they utilize the same ultrasound waves as bats too!
  3. A dog’s sense of smell is super powerful: It’s certainly no secret that dogs use their noses to guide them, but did you know they’re capable of sensing a spoonful of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool? No wonder they can always find the treats in your house!
  4. Dogs’ noses are wet for a reason: Have you ever noticed your dog’s nose always seems wet? That’s because it secretes a layer of mucus to help them absorb incoming scents. Once absorbed, they lick their noses to sample or taste the scent.
  5. Dogs are capable of smelling human diseases: A study conducted at the Schillerhohe Hospital in Germany helped researchers learn that dogs can recognize certain organic compounds in the human body through their sense of smell. They can sniff out cancer and diabetes, for instance.
  6. Dogs have dreams: While sleeping dogs all exhibit brainwave patterns similar to those of humans, not all are created equal. In fact, research found that small dogs dream more frequently than large ones, having one every 10 minutes compared to one every hour.
  7. Dogs are smart.  But you knew that already - It’s easy to write off dogs in the intelligence department, but the American Psychological Association would beg to differ. It found dogs can be about as smart as two year olds, with the ability to perform math equations and understand up to 250 words!
  8. Dogs are incapable of feeling guilt: While it’s believed dogs can experience a range of emotions, “guilt” is not one of them. When they do something wrong, they’re not really ashamed; researchers believe we’re simply projecting the way they’re supposed to feel onto them.
  9. Dogs run hot: Not only do dogs have a higher regular body temperature—100.4 degrees Fahrenheit to our 98.6—but they also only have sweat glands on their paws. So it’s important to be careful with them out there in the summer heat!
  10. Dogs can fall in love: Claremont Graduate University professor Paul Zak conducted a study that found a dog’s brain releases oxytocin—the “love” chemical—when it interacts with both dogs and humans. It works the same way as humans when we kiss or hug someone!
Want to read the rest of the list?  click here to read the whole post Clayton Lunch at Honest to Paws.

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