A lot of filler, such as excessive grains, goes into many brands of dog food. That filler has little nutritional value for your Lhasa apso. Baking your own dry dog food enables you to know exactly what food your dog is eating and will probably save you a bit of money. If you're feeding your Lhasa apso homemade food only, you must get it tested to ensure it meets the minimum nutritional requirements to keep your dog healthy.
Regardless of what meat and vegetables you add to your dog's food, the basic ingredients remain the same. They consist of flour, eggs, powdered milk, oil and water. The amount of each ingredient depends upon how many cups of food you wish to make. To keep food fresh, make enough for about two weeks worth of feeding. According to DogTime.com, Lhasa apsos eat about one cup of food per day. To make 14 cups of dry food, use about 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2-cup powdered milk, 2 eggs, 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of oil. If you find the end mixture is too soupy, add either flour or cornstarch.
The American Feed Control Officials have set 18 percent as the minimum requirement of protein that adult Lhasa apso needs in their diet. If your Lhasa apso is a puppy, that number increases to 28 percent. Protein comes from milk, eggs and meat. To achieve 18 percent protein in 14 cups worth of food, add about two cups of meat, such as fish, chicken or beef. For a non-meat treat, add peanut butter as the protein. Find out what your dog likes best by incorporating a different meat each time you make the food. Always cook and puree the meat. To puree the meat, cook the meat in a slow cooker. Remove once it's cooked through and place it into a blender. Take the juices from the slow cooker and pour them into the blender and press the "puree" button until the end product appears finely chopped.
Most dry dog foods have 40 to 55 percent carbohydrates. To achieve a percentage about 40 percent carbohydrates, add 3 to 3 1/2 cups of vegetables, such as corn, peas and sweet potatoes. Cook all vegetables and puree them just as you would with the meat. To puree vegetables, cook them all the way through and add them to a blender. Add 2 teaspoons of water and hit the "puree" button. If your Lhasa apso is having difficulty digesting, substitute pumpkin for one of the vegetables.
Once you have all the ingredients ready, mix them together and pour them out onto a cookie sheet. Make sure the mixture is smooth throughout. Fourteen cups of food should cook thoroughly after 35 minutes at 300 degrees. As oven times can vary for different makes of ovens, check the food every 10 minutes to ensure it doesn't overcook. Once the food is done, you may break it into various sizes and shapes after it cools. The smaller sized kibble the better it is for your Lhasa apso. Because Lhasa apsos have long hair, it's sometimes difficult to maintain their shiny coats. Add about a tablespoon of flaxseed oil or fish oil to their food each day to prevent damage to their coats.
Without the minimum nutrients in their food, such as protein and carbohydrates, your Lhasa apso will not lead a healthy life and may develop medical complications. It's vital you have your food tested to get a guaranteed analysis if you wish to use the homemade dry food as your dog's primary source of nutrition. To receive a guaranteed analysis, send in a sample of your dog's food to a lab. Your state's department of agriculture can tell you which labs accept samples. A fee is required for each sample, the amount of which varies for each state and lab. The minimum amount of nutrition your dog food must contain is the following: 18 percent protein, 9 to 15 percent fat and 6 percent moisture. The guaranteed analysis will also include fiber, which should be no more than 4 to 5 percent. The carbohydrate percentage is not listed in the guaranteed analysis. As long as you add between 3 and 4 cups of vegetables you should easily reach 40 percent carbohydrates.
Ingredients to Avoid
Never add the following ingredients to your dog's food: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions and garlic. Those ingredients can be harmful and fatal even if eaten in small amounts.