You won't find your dog lining up at the buffet to get variety, but occasionally she might get bored with the food you place in her dish every day. She may walk away from her bowl without giving eating a second thought. Changing her food is always an option, but with a little ingenuity and a few ingredients, you can put a little gravy on her food and turn that ordinary kibble into something fabulous.
How To Make Your Own Dog Gravy for Dog Food
In a pinch, a store-bought gravy or a little bit of what you've prepared for a fine meal will do, but your dog doesn't need a lot of sodium or extra fat, so your store-bought gravies and those you make from chicken or turkey drippings, may not be healthy for your dog. Consider fresh ingredients, such as liver or chicken, and vegetables such as green beans and carrots. For a healthy broth to pour over your dog's food, cook fresh veggies until you are left with a healthy broth, but avoid using mushrooms, onion or garlic, as these may be toxic to your dog. Cool the broth and pour it over your dog's food. This will provide your dog with the healthy nutrients contained in veggies, which may be absent from your dog's commercial kibble.
A Vitamin Boost
Consider a liver gravy, as the organ meat provides a boost of vitamin E for your hungry pooch. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 pound of ground turkey and 4 ounces of liver. Once the meat is browned, add 1/4 cup each of carrots and green beans and 3 cups of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and remove from heat. Cool the mixture slightly and blend in a food processor or with a handheld mixer until creamy. Cool the gravy to room temperature before serving to your dog.
If a veggie broth doesn't do it for your finicky canine, consider an onion-free gravy. Despite missing a meat ingredient, this gravy cooks up to a thick consistency, where veggie broth can be a bit runny. Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add 4 cups of water, 4 teaspoons parsley, 1 teaspoon each of rosemary and thyme. You can omit these if you don't have them on hand. To this mixture, add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. Add one large carrot, diced into small pieces, and 1 small white potato, peeled and diced. Once the vegetables are tender, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. You can serve this gravy with the small chunks of veggies or blend until smooth.
For Future Use
To keep things interesting for your dog, consider making gravy ahead, and making more than one to add variety to your dog's diet. Once fully cooled, pour your gravy into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, store in freezer bags, and mark each bag to identify the type of gravy it contains. Your gravy should keep frozen for two months. Thaw the cubes to room temperate or use a small saucepan or microwave to heat. The aroma of a warmed gravy may bring a reluctant pooch to the dinner bowl.