Cooking your Cocker Spaniel's meals
using nutritious homemade dog food recipes can be so satisfying and because you've made it yourself you know exactly what goes into his food. Try some of our some of our tasty recipes below and watch that little tail wag!
If you enjoy cooking for your Spaniel (and who doesn't?) you're in for a treat!
You'll find a tasty selection of healthy dog food recipes just waiting for you to try, and if you need any convincing about why home cooked is best, follow this link to learn more.
This first recipe below is one of Max's favourites...Savoury Minced Chicken!
We've had lots of great feedback from it so if you only try one recipe, this is the one to try. I just know your dog is going to love it!
Not only is it a healthy organic alternative to shop-bought dog food, it can work out cheaper. It's also very easy to make.
Organic chicken is best, but good quality minced chicken works well too.
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This is Max's favourite meal and I'm sure if he could make it himself, he would!
I hope you enjoy it.
Place meal-sized portions in foil containers or zip-lock bags and refrigerate or freeze until you're ready to use it. If the food is frozen, it's best to allow it to defrost overnight in the fridge.
Try this one for yourself and you'll see why it's one of our visitor's favourite homemade dog food recipes!
This is another of Max's favourite recipes for homemade dog food.
He hovers very closely when I'm in the kitchen cooking up a batch and I'm often in danger of tripping over him!
I don't know how he does it, but he always seems to know when I'm cooking for him and not the family.
Anyway, here's the recipe.
Most of our homemade dog food recipes on this page will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
If you prefer, you can divide this mixture into single portions and put them in the freezer. Simply defrost a portion overnight for the next day.
Not only is this recipe healthy and nutritious, I'm sure your dog will agree it's tasty too!
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We all love mince and 'tatties', don't we? Well, this is a simple version for your dog. Why should he miss out on something as tasty as this?
Our recipes for homemade dog food contain natural, healthy, ingredients and are much fresher than some of the commercial dog foods available...and that's got to be better for your pooch!
Each of our homemade dog food recipes above can be prepared and cooked in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Alternatively, they can be packed in foil containers and frozen in single portions and defrosted when needed.
This is one of our best every homemade dog food recipes! And so healthy too!
This homemade dog food recipe is yours, so don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients a little and use alternative veggies!
If you prefer your dog's meal to be less 'wet' you can reduce the liquid while it's in the pan by turning up the heat and boiling it off. Alternatively, you can add an extra potato and mash into the dish to thicken up the gravy.
Max loves this dish and can always tell when I'm cooking it for him!
It smells delicious and out of all the homemade dog food recipes he's tasted, I believe this is probably his other favourite (yes, he has 2 recipes that he really loves - this one and savoury minced chicken!)
I have deliberately left the amounts of offal and rice blank because it often depends on how much offal I can get from our local butcher and how much I'm making.
I often make a few meals at a time because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days. I tend to use a ratio of 6 parts offal and 4 parts rice.
Cooking for your dog can be fun and it's good to know exactly what goes into his meals.
However, these healthy recipes for homemade dog food are meant as suggested variations to your dog's diet and should only be used occasionally; there isn't enough variation in them to fully sustain your pet's health long-term.
Before making any changes to your dog's diet, please have a chat with your vet to make sure you're feeding your Cocker Spaniel a well-balanced, nutritional diet.
If you've enjoyed preparing these recipes for your dog, I also have some homemade dog biscuit recipes if you'd like to try your hand at those - I'm sure your furry friend will love you for it!
Our homemade dog food recipes don't come with a recommended portion size because it very much depends on your dog's lifestyle, age, and physical make-up.
So please take care, it's very easy to overfeed your pet when you don't have recommended guidelines. Max is almost 12 years old and he gets at least 1 hour's exercise every day (running free in the vineyards - lucky dog!) so his lifestyle isn't sedentary.
When I cook his meals, I usually give him 6 or 7 tablespoons of food (twice a day). If I notice he's getting a little 'porky' I cut back on the treats (the least nutritional).
I recommend you use your own judgement. You know your own dog best, but if you're in any doubt about your pet's nutritional needs, have a chat with your vet who will be able to advice you accordingly.
By: Sadhana Poyekar
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cocker Spaniels will love this recipe, mine certainly does!
One cup of rice, well cooked
One cup of fresh curd
Handful of freshly chopped coriander
Pinch of chat Marsala
Add curd into rice and gently fold.
Add a pinch of chat Marsala and sprinkle with fresh coriander to serve.
Dogs love to eat this dish as they love milk products but I recommend you only give it to your dog as an occasional treat.
By: Sadhana Poyekar
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Good Enough To Eat!
Wow! That looks good enough to eat!
Well, you know what I mean. If that was served up as an accompaniment to a curry in a restaurant, I'd be very happy!
Lucky Cocker Spaniel!
Is Milk Bad For Dogs?
I'd heard that milk was bad for dogs. Is this true?
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Is Milk Bad For My Dog?
Generally, yes, too much milk can trigger lactose problems and can be very fattening for them. However, dogs can drink milk and eat milk based products, especially if it's only eaten as occasional treats.
In some case, I guess it depends on the dog as some dogs' digestive system can process lactose quite easily, other's cannot.
Lactose is a type of sugar found in most dairy products. For those who can't easily process lactose, it can make them sick and give them diarrhoea.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance is wind, loose stools, and he may also throw up.
If this happens, you're either feeding him too much milk or he's developed a lactose intolerance. The best thing to do is to stop the dairy products and monitor him. You'll probably see a big difference within a week or so.
Your dog should be okay with cheese and yoghurt as these contain fairly low levels of lactose but take it easy as dairy products can be fattening and we all know our Cockers are prone to put on weight!
Delicious Curd Rice Recipe
Never mind my dogs enjoying it - I enjoyed it too! It's really tasty.
I agree with you, it is very fattening, so only dish it up as an occasional treat!
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