Healthy Homemade High Protein Dog Food for Golden Retrievers

Roberto Manzotti

Did you know that homemade dog food is far more nutritious than dry kibble?

Some experts even consider kibble to be equivalent to junk food because it is highly processed at high temperatures which leads to the loss of most of the nutrients present in the food.

This is why cooking your dog’s food at home is an excellent idea.

Not only do you know that your dog’s food isn’t laden with chemicals and preservatives, you also know exactly what’s in your Golden Retriever’s food and where it came from.

However, before you decide to cook your dog’s food at home, there are some things that you need to know about his nutritional requirements. In this blog post, we’ll go over how to make homemade high protein dog food.

Let’s go!

 

High Protein Dog Food for Your Golden Retriever

The Nutritional Guidelines for Golden Retrievers

Homemade High Protein Dog Food Recipes for Golden Retrievers

Beef Stew

Turkey with Vegetables

Pumpkin Treats

Summing Up

 

High Protein Dog Food for Your Golden Retriever

Dogs are carnivores and they thrive on meat.

Golden Retrievers need food that’s high in protein to be healthy, active, and happy.

Did you know that kibble contains between 30-70% carbohydrates?

Not just that, even if the list of ingredients on the kibble’s packaging suggest that met is the number one ingredient, it’s not always the case because pet food companies are known to split the most-dominant ingredient to make it look like meat is the number one ingredient by weight!

And, most kibble contains protein from plant as well as animal sources.

This isn’t really a good thing for your Golden Retriever as he needs real meat in his diet. Pet food can also legally contain 4D meat which is meat from dying, diseases, disabled, and dead animal carcasses!

That’s bound to be unhealthy.

 

The Nutritional Guidelines for Golden Retrievers

It is always a good idea to contact your vet before making any changes or tweaks to your dog’s diet to ensure that all of his nutritional needs are looked after. You also should go to the vet to determine your dog’s daily recommended caloric intake.

As a rule of thumb, however, the dog food should contains:

  • 40-60% protein sourced from seafood, eggs, dairy, or animal meat
  • 20-30% carbohydrates sourced from fruits, grains, and vegetables
  • 10-20% fat sourced from fish, coconut oil, etc.

Dogs need amino acids from proteins to build and maintain their muscles as well as essential fatty acids from fats to have a shinier coat, stronger joints, etc.

 

Homemade High Protein Dog Food Recipes for Golden Retrievers

In this section of the blog, we will go through some of the best--and, doggy-approved---high protein homemade dog food recipes for Golden Retrievers.

All these recipes contain the right combination of macros for your doggy friend and are healthy.

Let’s begin.

 

Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 lb beef stew
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup diced green beans
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ organic vegetable oil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)

Description:

 

This recipe is a much healthier and better alternative to canned and wet dog food.

 

This stew can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Directions:

  1. Microwave the sweet potato for 5 - 8 minutes until it is firm but still tender. Set it aside.
     
  2. Next, try to slice the stew into small chunks---as small as a nickel.
     
  3. Cook these pieces of stew in of vegetable oil, preferably over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until done well.
     
  4. After that, you can remove the chunks of beef from the pan, and save its drippings.
     
  5. Dice sweet potato into small pieces.
     
  6. Over medium-burn heat the beef drippings and add the flour and water slowly into the dripping while you whisk the mixture to create a gravy.
     
  7. Add the sweet potato, meat, green beans, and carrots to the gravy and stir.
     
  8. Cook the food for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
     
  9. Serve it cool and you can store the stew in the refrigerator for up to five days.

 

Turkey with Vegetables

Ingredients:
 

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups of brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp of dried rosemary
  • ½  packet of:
    • Frozen carrots,
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower

Description:

 

A healthy meal for your dog that’ll also keep the extra weight off.

 

This meal contains healthy carbs, lean animal protein, and the goodness of veggies!

Directions:
 

  1. Put the ground turkey, rosemary, rice, and turkey into a Dutch oven.
     
  2. Stir ground turkey until it is broken up and is distributed evenly throughout.

 

  1. Bring the turkey to a boil over high heat and then reduce it.
     
  2. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes.
     
  3. After simmering you can go ahead and add frozen vegetables and cook it for 5 more minutes.
     
  4. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. You can refrigerate this recipe for five days. 

 

golden retriever kibbles

 

Pumpkin Treats

Ingredients:
 

  • 1/3 cup of cold water
  • 2/3 cup of canned or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 large egg (optional)
  • 2 ½  tblspn flaxseed oil

Description:

 

Why buy low-grade treats when you can make them at home!?

 

These biscuits don’t just make a yummy treat for your doggy but also help aid your pup’s digestion!

Directions:
 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and take the help of two baking papers as well as baking sheets to help avoid sticking.
     
  2. Mix the pumpkin and the beaten eggs in a container until the mixture is smooth.

    You can just smooth pumpkin puree if you don’t want to use eggs.
     

  3. In another bowl, combine the brown rice flour and the flaxseed oil. Add the pumpkin mixture whilst constantly stirring and also add water slowly.
     
  4. You have the option to leave some rice if you want to use it as toppings for the cookies.
     
  5. Mix the dough properly with your hands.
     
  6. Using waxed paper (or baking paper) try to roll dough to the thickness you desire and remove the top of the baking paper.
     
  7. Pour rice flour evenly on the top of the mixture and press it lightly to the waxed baking paper.
     
  8. Remove the top part of the paper and cut the biscuits to your desired size.
     
  9. Place the dough in the oven until the top is completely dry or for 35 minutes.
     
  10. Once the cookies are done cool them and then store in a glass container.

 

 

Summing Up

We hope that your dog loves the food that you cook for him!

Homemade dog food is excellent for your dog’s health because you know exactly what’s in the food and it doesn’t contain any unwanted additives that might be making your dog sick.

These recipes are nutritious and filled with goodness and love and are easy to make and store.

You can also use them in combination with kibble to mix things up a bit.

Which one of these recipes did your dog like the best? Let me know in the comments section!

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