Vegetables for Your Dog Food

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dog care expert Krista Heinz discusses what fruits and vegetables to include in your homemade dog food, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green beans, collard greens, apples, pears, bananas, and tomatoes.

    Krista Heinz: Hi! My name is Krista Heinz and I am the owner of Doggie Style Bakery Boutique and Pet Spa in Dupont Circle and today, we are talking about how to make your own dog food. Right now, we are going to discuss the vegetables that you want to use, the fruits and vegetables actually that you want to use to include in your dog's food. So today I have some potatoes, some sweet potatoes, some broccoli, green beans, collard greens. For fruits and vegetables, I have here some apples, some pears, some bananas, dogs love bananas generally, it's a big treat for dogs. Even some tomatoes, when you use tomatoes, you want to make sure that you use a right tomato; don't use the green top of it. There are some chemicals in green tomatoes and then in the greens from the tomato veins, that you are going to want to avoid for dogs; but with the rest of it, it will be fine. So we are just going to cut up those fruits and vegetables that we have here. Right now, we are going to include the collard greens into your dog's food. Collard greens are something that my dogs have always enjoyed eating in their food. They are really great, green, leafy greens; they are very inexpensive. You can buy organic collard greens at any health food store or organic market and even at your local grocery store. You get really high quality leafy greens for your dog's food. So I am just going to go ahead and cut these off. We will just cut down length wise and then we are just going to turn them and cut them across. You want to make sure that you are cutting to the size of the dog, which you have. My dog is a little bit larger. Your dog might be a little bit smaller. You want to make sure that the pieces, they are something that your dog can eat. So we'll just finish cutting this up. There are some basic rules to adding some vegetables to your dog's food. You want to make sure that you get a good variety of vegetables that are out there. Collard greens are great leafy green, like I said earlier; we are just going to serve this in a bowl here. The next thing you are going to want to do is a root vegetable of some sort. Sweet potatoes are great option; regular potatoes are another great option. Yucca is a really great ingredient for a dog's food. Yucca has actually a natural glucose, immune it, which is great for your dog's joint. So if you have any joint problems with your dog, yucca is a really good vegetable to checkout, a root vegetable. So we will just cut up the sweet potatoes; we can leave the skins on them. The skins have great nutrients in them. The dogs kind of like eating them. That's one thing that you will find when you are cooking your dog's food is that you want to leave a lot of the skins on there. The dogs don't really care about the textures much as much as we do. So it's a nice way to get all the nutrients into your dog's -- without having to do a whole bunch of work or whole bunch or prep work when you make your dog's food. All this is going to cook down to when we put it into the pot, so it's going to be really easy. So we are just going to cut these into nice small pieces. That way it will cook a lot faster when we put it into the pot to -- and one of the things we want to do is make sure that we don't overcook the food. So cutting the stuff into smaller pieces is going to help us cook the food a lot faster. We will go ahead and just put this in this bowl here. The next thing that we are going to include in your dog's food is just an apple. Apples are really nice; they are great fruit. Bananas, like I said earlier, are another good option for your dog. We are going to cut the core out of the apple. Again, you don't want to feed the core, the seeds to your dog. There are some chemicals in the cores that aren't good for your dogs. So when you use apples, you want to just make sure that you throw out, discard the seeds. Again we will just cut it into nice, small pieces. Another option for your dog's food would be to add some lagoons to it. We are actually not going to add any today, but lagoons would be green beans, any type of bean that you are going to find out there, it is going to be one of your lagoons. So they are really a good option for your dog's food also. We will go ahead and throw this in this bowl here. So that is about it for vegetables. Next up are the grains that we are going to be adding to your dog's food.