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12 Helpful Products For People Who Cook For Their Dogs

Making food for your pup doesn't have to be ruff.

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If you opt for homemade food over the bagged variety for your dog (or cat!) due to allergies, food sensitivities, or simply because you want to know exactly what their diet is made of, here are a few products it may be helpful to have on hand while you're cheffin' it up for your pet:

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1. First off, the food itself: Whatever protein you decide to use, and whether you've got your furry pal on a raw or cooked diet, you can find plenty of antibiotic-, hormone- and grain-free options online.

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Raw Paws is a site that sells meat specifically for pet consumption — from chicken to duck to fish — in forms including ground, patties, bones, and more.

Promising review: "Vet recommended that we change to a raw diet. I found Raw Paws during a search of companies with high ratings that shipped raw products. I am very happy with the food, quality, shipping and customer service that Raw Paws has provided. Our dog loves all the food that we have tried and ordered from the site!" —Kelly Stevenson

Get ground chicken, turkey, beef, and more from Raw Paws, starting at $5.99/pound.

2. A food scale, to ensure your pupper is getting the correct portions for their weight and activity level. (As an added bonus, it's apparently also great for weighing your pocket pets.)

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Promising review: "Precision accuracy, verified through calibrated weights. For the price, a fantastic little food scale." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.27+ (available in seven colors), Walmart for $11+ (available in four colors), or Jet for $14.29.

3. A big ol' nonstick pot so you can cook up their favorite meals in bulk (and, y'know, meals for yourself too) and not have to worry about a mess comparable in size.

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Promising review: "I use this pot to make at least a week's worth of soup that I then freeze and store. As a total klutz in the kitchen, I have set off quite a few smoke alarms in my time from not using enough oil and cooking things for too long. With this pot, however, I find I can sauté onions before adding other ingredients without creating a burnt mess and annoying my neighbors. This pot is nice and thick and is still nonstick after a few months of using it weekly. I totally recommend this for batch cooking or if you are cooking for a crowd. I really am pleasantly surprised with the quality for the price." —L. Mika

Get an 8-quart pot from Amazon for $24.99 or a 12-quart pot from Amazon or Walmart for $33.99.

4. Or a two-in-one rice cooker and steamer, to multitask if your doggo's meals incorporate rice — because face it, you've been thinking about getting one of these for yourself anyway...

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Promising review: "I can't begin to say enough about this. It is a total cooking machine. I make an all-in-one meal with this — I steam chicken (I know that sounds like it wouldn't taste good but the chicken breasts come out so tender and juicy, I won't cook them any other way). I cook quinoa in the rice cooker on the bottom and it comes out perfect, and while that is cooking up will steam some salmon and broccoli on the top and in 25-30 minutes I have a wonderful meal. It is super convenient. The cleanup is easy. It has totally changed my cooking experience. If you are on the fence about getting this, for the price and the capabilities it is totally worth it. Gonna try to make some oatmeal in it this weekend!" —yanez

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in black, white, and red) or Walmart for $16.43.

5. Measuring cups for precise amounts of all ingredients, to make sure carb, veggie, and protein proportions are consistent. If you don't currently have any or could use an upgrade, may we suggest perhaps what may be the most adorable stackable set in the world?

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Promising review: "These measuring cups are very well made and attractive. Easy to use and clean up with ease." —Speedy1

Get it from World Market for $12.99.

6. If you're adding eggs into their meal and cooking a big batch, an egg cooker, so you can hard-boil a handful at a time.

Promising review: "Cooks just like pricey models, and has a knob on top so no burned hands. As to the one distinguishing characteristic of the Dash that makes it the best, in my opinion: The handle on the Dash is a knob on the top of the dome. All you have to do is lift it off, and the handle you are using to do that lifting is as far away from the outflow of steam (coming out from around the rim when you open the unit) as it can possibly be on one of these units. I found that the knob on the top was adequate to protect my hands from the steam, all by itself." —RaeGet it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in black, red, and yellow) or Target for $29.99 (available in black).
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Promising review: "Cooks just like pricey models, and has a knob on top so no burned hands. As to the one distinguishing characteristic of the Dash that makes it the best, in my opinion: The handle on the Dash is a knob on the top of the dome. All you have to do is lift it off, and the handle you are using to do that lifting is as far away from the outflow of steam (coming out from around the rim when you open the unit) as it can possibly be on one of these units. I found that the knob on the top was adequate to protect my hands from the steam, all by itself." —Rae

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in black, red, and yellow) or Target for $29.99 (available in black).

7. Additional supplements, like probiotics or fish oil, that you might want to consider — dependent on their lifestyle and needs. (Consult your vet before starting your pupper on any new supplements, though.)

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Promising review (probiotics): "My dog has occasional bouts of digestive issues even though he gets the best of everything. He doesn't get table food. He is grain-free. It is a mystery, albeit an expensive mystery. The past episodes of mucus-covered stool and diarrhea usually ended up costing a tidy sum at the Vcterinarian. They always had a probiotic called FortiFlora. Frankly, not impressed! It's pricey and never achieved the results I have gotten from Pet Ultimates. I certainly don't mind paying if you get results. The Pet Ultimates Probiotic is doing the trick. When my buddy feels good I feel good. The company even checks in with you to see how your pet is doing on their product." —Pepsi

Promising review (fish oil): "My dog began suffering from very dry skin, flakes, and nothing I had tried helped, including shampoos, sprays and conditioners. I had to change her wet food to the food my vet sells for allergies. Nothing helped. My dog wound up seeing a different doctor when I took her in and that vet recommended I try a fish oil supplement. I was shocked that after about ten or so days her coat had improved so much. I was shocked even more that she loves the taste of this and it has helped when feeding her and using this as a topper/mixer with half a pump." —Larkhall

Get the probiotics from Amazon for $35.95 and the fish oil from Amazon for $19.95.

8. A multiuse rack to make filling ziplock baggies (to freeze or transport) easy as pie.

Promising review: "The heavy weight of this makes it stay upright and in place even when dripping out 12 oz. glass bottles. I have used it to hold bags open and fill for the vac sealer as well. It requires very little real estate on my sink drain board so that makes it all the better." —C. WustRead a full review of the product here.Get it from Amazon for $17.
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Promising review: "The heavy weight of this makes it stay upright and in place even when dripping out 12 oz. glass bottles. I have used it to hold bags open and fill for the vac sealer as well. It requires very little real estate on my sink drain board so that makes it all the better." —C. Wust

Read a full review of the product here.

Get it from Amazon for $17.

9. A storage bin for your fridge or freezer to separate doggo food from human food — so it's easy to access all the ingredients when you need 'em and so no one in the house accidentally eats Fido's grub.

Promising review: "I have many of these organizers in different sizes in my refrigerator. They help to keep small things from moving and hiding at the back of shelves. They help to keep the fridge clean, too. I use one larger one for defrosting frozen meat in, so if one develops a leak, it is quick and easy cleanup." —Desu PGet it from Amazon for $9.33+ (available in three sizes) or Walmart for $10.74.
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Promising review: "I have many of these organizers in different sizes in my refrigerator. They help to keep small things from moving and hiding at the back of shelves. They help to keep the fridge clean, too. I use one larger one for defrosting frozen meat in, so if one develops a leak, it is quick and easy cleanup." —Desu P

Get it from Amazon for $9.33+ (available in three sizes) or Walmart for $10.74.

10. A set of Pyrex glass containers you can use to store your pupperino's meals in your fridge or freezer.

The dishwasher-safe set includes one 3-cup, one 6-cup, and one 11-cup rectangular dish, each with a red plastic lid.Promising review: "We really like these rectangular glass storage containers. We have several sets and these were a nice addition. The covers fit snugly and they nestle together for storage when not being used. Rectangular containers take up less space than round ones and are more stable to stack. We really like these." —DabuckGet the three-piece set from Amazon for $14.99 or get a 6-cup container from Walmart for $5.88.
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The dishwasher-safe set includes one 3-cup, one 6-cup, and one 11-cup rectangular dish, each with a red plastic lid.

Promising review: "We really like these rectangular glass storage containers. We have several sets and these were a nice addition. The covers fit snugly and they nestle together for storage when not being used. Rectangular containers take up less space than round ones and are more stable to stack. We really like these." —Dabuck

Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $14.99 or get a 6-cup container from Walmart for $5.88.

11. A chilled dog bowl to keep their homemade food fresh and reduce bacteria growth if they don't gobble it down right away.

Promising review: "This is a great product. Easy to use, and does a great job of keeping moist cat food cold for hours! It has a no-slip base, which is a bonus. I purchased a second frosty insert, to have a cold frosty core available at all times." —Marlene11Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.
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Promising review: "This is a great product. Easy to use, and does a great job of keeping moist cat food cold for hours! It has a no-slip base, which is a bonus. I purchased a second frosty insert, to have a cold frosty core available at all times." —Marlene11

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

12. And for those weeks when you're just too damn busy to fit a chef session into your schedule, try The Farmer's Dog, a meal service that delivers fresh and pre-portioned homemade dog food (made with human-grade USDA ingredients) straight to your door.

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Choose from beef, turkey, or pork meals that can be shipped every 2 to 12 weeks.

Promising review: “We started feeding Sophie The Farmer’s Dog and noticed an immediate improvement in her GI issues. First time in seven years.” —Rachel

Get it from The Farmer's Dog starting at $3/day; prices vary based on dog's size and lifestyle.

Happy cooking!

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