For dog owners, their pups are more than just pets——they are family. We spend most of our time with them, and they often give us the same joy that we get from meeting a loved one. Our bodies release oxytocin, “the love hormone”, every time we play with them. Our pups are our snuggle buddies, and they also love to comfort us and seek our kindness and love. Therefore, we should take care of their food and health in the same way we do for our kids. Making food at home is the best way to fulfill the dietary requirements of your pup. You can add dog treats and customize it according to your pup’s needs and preferences.
Benefits of making food for your dog
There are several benefits to making food for your dog. People usually view it as a fun activity, but it is more than that: it is a way of understanding your pup on a deeper level. Here are some of the major benefits of home-made dog food:
- You can serve leftover human food to dogs if you have used pup-friendly ingredients.
- You can make it highly nutritious.
- You can easily control what you feed to your dogs, which is particularly helpful if your dog has a health condition or dietary restrictions.
- It is highly cost-effective.
- It is more reliable than dog food.
- Your dog cannot get a disease or reaction from the food. Everything is prepared at home and is cleaner.
Serving human pizza to dogs
Most people serve their leftovers to pets, but this may be dangerous as dogs cannot digest all human foods. Blindly feeding your pup leftovers can cause huge problems in their tiny bodies. For example, pizza contains copious amounts of salt and saturated fat, two hazardous ingredients for dogs. But dogs always beg for pizza, don’t they? The best way to fulfill their hunger and craving is to provide them with a customized pizza. Don’t add anything that could harm your dog. You can make a tasty, dog-friendly pizza by ensuring that all ingredients used are digestible by dogs.
Considerations before making a dog-friendly pizza
There are several points that you should note before making a dog-friendly pizza. Here’s our advice on what to keep in mind before making a dog-friendly pizza:
Smaller in size
Dogs have tiny stomachs, and they can only digest food up to a specific serving. Feeding them large pizzas may result in obesity, so make the pizza according to the size of your pooch. Or you can try making a larger pizza and serving it to your dog slice-by-slice.
Full of meat
Dogs love meat more than anything else. Therefore, don’t think twice before adding extra meat. Human pizzas may not overflow with meat, but dog pizza can. Try experimenting with several types of meat in one pizza. You can add chicken, beef, ground beef, bacon, turkey, or a combination of these. If you have leftover meat from snacks, add that too!
Human pizzas come with a variety of toppings, from simple fajitas to pineapples. But toppings for dog pizza should be chosen wisely as many ingredients can be harmful. For example, onions and garlic can cause severe health issues in dogs. Tomatoes are also considered potential health risks for dogs. So why include all of this in their pizza? Simply remove all harmful ingredients. You can make the pizza sauce with any other vegetable. Just make sure to do your research beforehand.
Pizzas are meant to be cheesy, aren’t they? Not for dogs! Cheese may be harmful to your pup since a majority of dogs are lactose intolerant. It can cause digestive issues, such as diarrhea, in a healthy dog. Therefore, we recommend that you only add a tiny quantity of cheese.
Salt is another threat to dogs as they cannot digest large amounts of sodium or salt. Therefore, add only a small amount of salt to your pup’s pizza.
Note: You can make the pizza very healthy by adding low-fat and unsaturated ingredients.
Making the crust
You cannot use the crust of a human pizza for dog pizza. Human crusts are often overflowing with calories, which can be dangerous for your dog. Additionally, some dogs have gluten allergies, so consuming gluten can even lead to death. Therefore, make sure that your pizza crust isn’t just a bunch of unhealthy calories. The size of the pizza won’t matter if the crust is healthy and low-calorie. It all comes down to the quantity and type of flour you use for your pup’s pizza.
Ingredients for a dog-friendly crust:
- Rice flour (half cup)
- Coconut flour (half cup)
- Tapioca flour (half cup)
- Flaxseed meal (one tablespoon)
- Gluten-free baking powder (one tablespoon)
- Dried oregano (one tablespoon)
- Dried basil (one tablespoon)
- Unsalted chicken broth (one cup)
- Egg (one)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Brush or spray the pizza pan with cooking oil.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients.
- Add the egg to the chicken broth.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Thoroughly mix them.
- Roll out the dough on the pizza pan.
- Bake it for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Add the toppings, cheese, and meat to it.
- Bake it again for a few minutes.
- Add more cheese and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes.
The above instructions are mainly oriented around the crust. For the toppings, go with whatever ingredients your dog prefers, as long as they are safe for him. We are leaving the canvas open for you. Make sure that you add everything in moderate quantities.
Dogs can be food-lovers as well. Making a dog-friendly pizza allows you to indulge in their tastes and gives you a lot of room to experiment. It could be a fun activity for your kids to do during the lockdown, under your supervision. Perhaps, it will even allow your kids to bond with your dog on a deeper level. It will help them to learn more about your pup’s dietary preferences and restrictions, and understand the responsibility that comes with having a pet.
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