There is something about eating pumpkin that makes me feel so organic….
No? just me?
Well if you don’t eat pumpkin, it will surely be beneficial for your dog to.
Pumpkin is great for both diarrhea and constipation (much like flaxseed), helping to find that happy medium of a healthy proper stool. Once in a while my dogs will run into the issue of not properly “emptying” at one time and I find when they are eating a pumpkin recipe, there is a clear difference. Pumpkin is also loaded with fiber which helps your dog feel fuller longer and a good source of Vitamin A. For more information on how pumpkin can help your pup, visit the AKC.org website here.
Make sure you get pure organic pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. The cost to buy organic is not much different. I use organic pure pumpkin made by Libby’s.
Pumpkin also has a good amount of antioxidants and since it has a high amount of moisture helps aid in digestion. So if you still feed traditional kibble, add some moisture rich pumpkin to help move things along.
Pork & Pumpkin Dog Food Recipe
A balanced homemade dog food recipe.
- 3.5 pds. Pork
- 2 Chicken Gizzards Iron/Zinc
- 8 oz. Beef Liver Vitamin A
- 4 oz. Beef Heart Amino Acids
- 12 oz. Sardines (in water) Vitamin D
- 1 cup Pumpkin 100% pure organic
- 2 Apples Fiber, raw
- 16 oz. Broccoli Vitamin E, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup Basil Manganese
- 2 inch Ginger Anti-inflammatory
- 2 Egg Shells Calcium (or substitute a chicken neck daily)
- 4 Tbsp. Hemp Seed Oil Omega 3 & 6
- 1 Serving Nupro Iodine, added to each meal prior to serving
In your Instant Pot, place the pork, chicken gizzards, heart and liver in a steamer and steam approximately 15 minutes.
Puree raw apples, broccoli, ginger, basil and egg shells. Set aside.
Once the meat is steamed and cooled, add to food processor and puree. Slowly add the hemp seed oil.
Add meat mixture, pumpkin, sardines and pureed veggies/fruit to a large bowl and hand mix.
Measure out portions and store in refrigerator and/or freezer.
Add the Nupro prior to serving at each meal. If you add water to the Nupro it will turn into a gravy like substance yours dogs will love!
<<-For information on where to buy Nupro and hemp seed oil, click here->>
To portion, I use Ziploc bags for each meal and I then divide into morning and night feedings. Since my dogs eat the same amount at every feeding, I split the portion into two and serve. This recipe will feed my dogs for approximately two weeks.
If you are interested in feeding chicken necks as opposed to egg shells or a calcium supplement, you can give your dog one chicken neck a day. I have a local store that orders them for me at $1 a piece but if you cannot find any around you, check out the link below for freeze dried necks
or you can pick up a box of fresh raw chicken necks at:
Since shipping at Raw Paws Pet Food is quite steep, buy in bulk and freeze!
For further information on feeding your dogs raw chicken necks, click on this link Vetbabble.com