When making homemade rice for your dog, how to cut the ingredients is an important point.
In this article, we will introduce how to cut ingredients and the recommended tools so that your dog can digest and absorb them properly.
Size of ingredients that your dog can easily eat
- The grain size of dog food is a guide 🐶
For the size of ingredients that your dog can easily eat, use the size of the dog food grains that you always give as a guide.
Dogs have good teeth, but they swallow food with almost no chewing. Therefore, if the ingredients are too large, there is a risk that they will get stuck in the throat.
In addition, root vegetables such as carrot and burdock and chewy ingredients cannot be digested if they are too large, and may come out as poop if they are.
This is not a disease because the ingredients are too big, but if you are worried about it, cut it into smaller pieces.
Introducing tips on how to cut ingredients
Food chopping will require kitchen knives or kitchen shears but any tool that is easy to use will do.
There is no particular specification regarding how to cut. It doesn’t matter if it’s about the size of dog food, such as chopped, sliced, or striped.
Methods other than cutting ingredients
Other than cutting
- Stew softly
- Use a food processor
Of course, there are also ways to make the ingredients finer without using kitchen knives or tools to cook them so that they can be easily digested and absorbed.
If it’s food like boiled chicken and soft boiled vegetables, there is no problem if you loosen them with your hands or chopsticks and make them fine. Especially when the fish is boiled, it crumbles into pieces, so you can easily loosen it by hand.
When loosening by hand, make sure to cool the ingredients to a temperature that you can touch.
By simmering softly, the bulk of the ingredients will be reduced without cutting. In particular, the bulk of vegetables is easy to reduce, and because it contains a lot of water, they are easy to swallow.
Ojiya and pot-au-feu are typical dishes for softly stewing ingredients. 😎🐶
However, when boiling, please be careful about the temperature when your dog eats. If it is too hot, they will get burned.
Use a food processor
You can use the food processor to quickly refine the ingredients. Food processors are recommended when you want to cook in a short time because you just put the ingredients you want to make fine and press the switch.
Why dogs can digest grains and vegetables
It is a mistake to say that dogs cannot digest vegetables.
This is because the body of dogs has evolved so that they can digest and absorb cereals and vegetables other than meat.
In fact, the ancestor of dogs, the wolf, took about 10,000 years to digest and absorb the grains and vegetables that humans eat as nutrients in the history of living with humans, from carnivorous animals to omnivorous animals. It’s evolving. 🐶
Not indigestible but difficult to digest compared to meat
Since dogs are the same omnivorous animals as humans, they can be supplemented with nutrients from grains and vegetables without any problems. However, the food that is most easily digested and absorbed is meat.
To summarize the facts, the dog can digest grains and vegetables, but not compared to the meat. It is more difficult to digest vegetables than it is to digest meat.
In fact, some dogs live well on a bowl of cereal- and vegetable-based diet without eating any meat.
However, we do not recommend a biased diet such as only meat, only grains, or only vegetables. Please raise it so that you can get a good balance of nutrients from various ingredients.
If there are still hurdles in handmade rice
If you suddenly feel the hurdle to make your own handmade rice, it is recommended that you purchase the finished product made by a professional once or consult a veterinarian before making it yourself.
The farmer’s dog is a service to purchase a finished recipe that has already been cooked with a pouch, and the dish is completed just by warming it. 🐕
There are two reasons for chopping food into small pieces: easy to swallow and easy to digest and absorb. The owner should use the method that is easiest for the owner to cut.
It is an animal habit that dogs swallow without chewing food. Please prevent unexpected accidents by chopping the ingredients into small pieces.