Many of our readers have expressed interest in moving toward a homemade dog food diet, but have said that they feel overwhelmed by all of the information out there.
We hear you…
What at first may seem like a daunting task can actually be quite simple! Today we are going to share what we believe to be the easiest way to make homemade dog food.
It starts with a good base…
Introducing Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl
Veg-to-Bowl is a dehydrated dog food premix consisting of 8 different vegetables and a mix of healthy herbs. While it may look simple on the surface (which is not a bad thing when it comes to food!), it serves as the foundation of a complete homemade diet. All you need to do is add a protein and oil and you are in business!
Comprised entirely of whole foods, you won’f find any chemicals, preservatives or dyes inside Veg-to-Bowl. It is also free of wheat, corn, soy or other grain and it is made right here in America!
Check out this quick video to see just how easy Veg-to-Bowl makes homemade dog food preparation, and why it saves us SO much time!
It should be no surprise that this amazing product comes from our friends and longtime sponsors, Dr. Harvey’s. We have been using it ourselves for nearly 2 years now, and can’t recommend it highly enough.
The original Veg-to-Bowl comes in 1, 3, and 5 pound bags. It is also now available in a fine ground version designed to be more palatable for small dogs or picky eaters. This variety is available in 1, 3 and 7 lb quantities. Don’t let those numbers fool you – since this is a dehydrated food, it makes a TON of portions. For example the 7 lb bag alone can be used for 66-1 lb meals!
What’s Inside? Taking a Closer Look at Veg-to-Bowl Ingredients
You don’t even actually need to open the bag to find out! Just flip over the bag and peek through the window for a look at the whole food pieces inside!
The primary ingredients are as follows:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green Beans
What else? Assorted herbs, vitamins and minerals.
Original Veg-to-Bowl vs. Fine Ground Veg-to-Bowl
These extra additions help to make sure that your dog is getting everything he or she needs for a balanced diet. Something that is SO important if you are taking on the responsibility of preparing your dogs meals.
Making Simple Homemade Dog Food
You only need 4 things for this homemade dog food:
- Veg-to-Bowl Pre-Mix
- Protein of your choosing
Since Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl comes dehydrated, it must first be re-hydrated before serving. All you need to do is add hot water (in a roughly 1-1 ratio) and wait 10-12 minutes for it to be reconstituted. Once it looks and feels like cooked vegetables, it is ready to go!
Don’t feel like you need to prepare your Veg-to-Bowl each and every meal! We like to go ahead and prepare several days worth at a time in a large container and store it in the refrigerator.
Choosing a Protein
Utilizing Veg-to-Bowl gives you complete control over the protein that you serve your dog. This is great if you decide to give raw feeding a try, are catering to a dog with allergies, or if you prefer to support local and organic farmers.
You can have your pick of chicken, turkey, beef, fish, eggs, lentils and more – or even rotate between them! We most commonly opt for a mixture of ground turkey and lentils for a protein source.
TIP: You can prepare very large quantities with ease in the crock pot!
Choosing an Oil
One of the most common mistakes made by homemade feeders is forgetting to add fat to your dogs diet.
Just like humans, DOGS NEED FAT! Whether you choose flax, olive, hemp, sesame, or fish oil, it doesn’t matter – just make sure to add a bit onto each meal!
We most commonly use olive oil or capsules of Dr. Harvey’s Health and Shine Fish Oil.
Thats It! Take a Look at the Finished Product!
Below is a photo of our homemade dog food recipe – made simple with the help of Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl!
We typically sprinkle on a multi-vitamin and joint supplement for good measure, but you can also add things like greek yogurt or an egg to spruce things up a bit!
Trust us, your dogs will go crazy for this recipe!
Old packaging – Same Amazing Ingredients!
Why MyDogLikes Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl
While it may not sound like a big deal, trust us, the majority of time spent in making homemade dog food lies in the vegetable prep. Cleaning and chopping 10+ pounds per week is harder than you would think! Plus, it is difficult to make room for all of that in your refrigerator. Having a mix of chopped veggies that can be re-hydrated in a matter of minutes is a lifesaver.
Convenience aside, we love the peace of mind that we get from using Veg-to-Bowl as the base of our homemade meals. It is a big responsibility to make sure that your pet is getting adequate nutrition when you decide to prep their meals. Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl has herbs, vitamins and minerals that (when paired with a fat and protein) form a complete and balanced diet. We are trying to do something good for our dogs and would hate for our ignorance to get in the way.
We highly recommend that you try it yourself and see the difference that real food makes!