5 Balanced DietRecipes For Labradors

A ‘complete and balanced’ diet is a popular commercial tag for human and dog foods. What do the two words imply? Complete diet ensures the inclusion of all the necessary minerals and nutrients in food, while balanced diet promises to contain all the required nutrients in a required proportion.

What if the dogs do not get balanced diet food?

Malnutrition will be the result of not getting a balanced diet food, which involves a vast range of health issues. Excess of nutrients or Lack of sufficient nutrients in foods can cause health issues like obesity, hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, and so on.

Can homemade recipes be included in balanced diets?

Yes, to a certain extent. The basic idea of a balanced diet is that the dog should eat balanced food over a specified period of time. Health problems and symptoms of malnutrition do not appear early on.

As it is necessary for humans to have a balanced intake of all the essential nutrients through a variety of foods, dog’s balanced diet has to be maintained over a certain period of time in total. Eating a balanced diet on a daily basis is not the solution.

The general rule of thumb is that the dogs eat commercial balanced dog food and homemade dog treats and food in a 40% to 60% ratio.

Homemade balanced diet recipes for Labradors:

Labradors are hyperactive and friendly dog breed that can keep obesity at bay. However, Labradors can flatter their owners into giving them extra food or treats. The lab-owners have to be prepared to say ‘No’ to the unnecessary pleads.

A homemade diet for labs should include all the important vitamins and minerals to promote healthy growth, thick coat, healthy joints and silky hair.

According to petcareX, ‘A healthy diet should include approximately 50 percent animal protein, 30 percent complex carbohydrates and 20 percent fruit and vegetables.’

Tip: Even if your dog suffers from digestion problems or intestine infections, consider giving your dog probiotics to ease the trouble. There is a wide range of benefits of giving probiotics to dogs. Proiotics are live bacteria that can help you resolve a lot of dog troubles beforehand.

Top 5 Balanced Diet Recipes:

Recipe#1: Rockey’s Salmon Recipe:

Labradors will love Rockey Kanaka's balanced dog food recipe. Kanaka is the founder of The Dog Bakery.

Ingredients:

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    2 tbsp olive oil
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    2 salmon pieces (unpeeled skin)-1 oz required per 10 pounds of lab
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    1 broccoli head (with stem)
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    3 potatoes
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    2 carrots
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    1 squash

Procedure:

Cut broccoli and squash, and peel the carrots. Steam them together in a rice cooker for few minutes. Bake potatoes in the oven after covering them with olive oil. Fry Salmon in a pan in olive oil. After flipping the Salmon for few times, remove the crisp salmon skin off of the fish and place it in the dog bowl. Mix in the other ingredients in the bowl after finely chopping up everything.

Let it cool for 15-20 minutes before you serve!

Recipe#2: Scooby’s Stew:

Melissa Heller, the author at happyandyummy.com suggests this balanced recipe for dogs.

Ingredients:

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    1 ½ cup brown rice
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    2 carrots
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    1 tbsp olive oil
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    1 zucchini
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    2 pounds turkey (grounded)
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    ½ cup peas
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    3 cup spinach

Procedure:

Firstly chop the spinach and shred the zucchini and carrots. Put the ingredients one after another in a cooker over a slow stove. Cook it for 5 hours on high stove fire and for 8 hours on a low stove fire. Remove the chicken from the cooker, shred the chicken and stir it into a vegetable plus rice mixture. 

It’s ready to be enjoyed by your Labrador.

You can store it in fridge for about 3 days.

Recipe#3 Turkey & Veggie Mash:

Skinny Ms. shared an amazing dog food recipe that’s prepared with purely human-grade ingredients, turkey, and the nutritious vegetables.

Ingredients:

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    2 pounds turkey (lean ground)
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    1 cup cauliflower (chopped)
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    2 tbsp raw chicken liver (pureed)
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    ½ zucchini (chopped)
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    2 carrots (chopped)
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    2 tbsp olive oil
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    1 cup broccoli (florets)

Procedure:

Steam the carrots in a steam basket placed over boiling water in a pot. When tender, lower down the stove heat. Along with the carrots, add broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower. After about 8 minutes, chop the vegetables in a food processor once they are cool.

Side by side, cook turkey and liver on medium heat. Cook it until the pink meat color is gone. Remove the fat.

Mix the chopped vegetables with turkey-liver combo. Stir well to mix them well. Add some olive oil to smooth out the mixture. Let it cool and then it’s ready to be served!

Recipe#4 Meat Cakes:

Shelly came up with this amazing recipe that can be consumed by humans as well!

Ingredients:

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    1 ½ cup brown rice
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    Market Pantry Beef (Ground)-1 lb
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    3 cups water
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    8 eggs
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    2 potatoes (grated)
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    1 salt
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    4 carrots (grated)
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    ¼ cup olive oil
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    2 celery stalks
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    1 ½ cups rolled oats

Procedure:

Preheat oven 400 oF. Oil the muffin tray.

In a saucepan, add rice to three cups of water. Cook it for 10 minutes. Simmer at low heat for 20 minutes. Let it cool afterwards. Take a fork to fluff up the rice and put them aside.

In a bowl, form a mixture of potatoes, celery, ground beef, carrots, and eggs. Add salt, oats, and olive oil. Mix well with your hands. Add boiled rice to the mixture as well.

Fill up the muffin cup of the baking tray with the rice-meat-vege mixture. Bake it for 45 minutes. Let it cool for a while. The meaty cakes are ready to be served.

For later use, you can freeze them in “safe” plastic bags

Recipe#5 Fish-Patty

Fish-patty is another amazing balanced out recipe for dogs.

Ingredients:

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    1 can Salmon
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    1 carrot (chopped)
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    1 potato (chopped)
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    1 egg
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    1 celery stalk (chopped)
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    3 tbsp flour
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    Oil for frying

Procedure:

Mix together the well-chopped vegetables. Fry the vegetables for some time with constant stirring for about 8 minutes.

Mix the salmon with egg and flour. Make small patties of salmon and fry in the oil till they are golden brown. Serve the patties with vegetables.

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