Why are proteins so important and why should we always take them into consideration in our dog biscuit recipes? … Protein is a very important part of any diet as it allows the continued growth and development of several key systems such as the immune system. Amino acids are ingested as protein and they are the key element of this nutrient. A deficiency in any of the amino acids can result in serious illness.
Dogs need up to 22 amino acids, 12 of which they are able to produce on their own. It is up to the owner to provide, through a healthy diet and with the proper food, the remaining amino acids. These essential amino acids are necessary to the health of your pet.
It is not enough that the dog food you buy has some protein source. A protein diet for dogs must consider the quality of the proteins in order to ensure that the dog is receiving the amount needed and that those proteins can be used by the animal. The quality of protein is referred to as the biological value, with an egg as the highest at 100. To put this in perspective, beef has a 78 in biological value with meat and bone meal at 50.
With this in mind, it is safe to say that food with beef as opposed to the vague meat and bone meal is better in protein quality and will be able to provide more amino acids that the dog needs and can use.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to prepackaged dog food, and you want to be 100% sure of what your dog is eating, here you can find a broad collection of homemade dog food and dog biscuit recipes for dogs with different requirements (i.e. low-fat dog food, high-protein dog food, low-calorie dog food and many others).
Below you can find a unique, high-protein dog biscuit recipe selected for the most exigent dogs. Depending on how much your dog eats, this recipe will last for a few days.
Protein Special Meal
- 5 pounds of ground beef or chicken
- 3/4 cup of canola oil
- 32 cups of water
- 8-10 cups of processed vegetables (various: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, bean sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, red peppers, spinach, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.). No onions!
- 2 cans of kidney beans
- 42 oz of oatmeal
- 2 eggs can be added to boost protein
- Take a large 24 quart pot.
- Combine the ground meat with the canola oil. When well cooked (about 20 minutes), add water.
- Bring to boil, then add the processed vegetables.
- While cooking the meat have the beans in another pot cooking them (about 20-25 minutes)
- Once cooked, they are added to the above mixture.
- Next, the oatmeal is added (you can substitute oatmeal with brown rice)
- Frequent stirring is necessary at this point as the mixture will stick.
- Remove from the heat, cool and put into containers.
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