Homemade Dog Food Recipes

One way to make sure your best friend is getting the best dog food, is to make it yourself. Homemade dog food is easy, as long as you know what nutrients your dog needs. This is page contains homemade dog food recipes.
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May 26, 2015 Flag

I just wanted to share a recipe that I use for my five month old Shih Tzu puppies, Cooper and Bentley.

In a large crock pot, I use a whole natural chicken along with beef stew meat, chicken livers and chicken gizzards with added water and olive oil. That cooks about 8 hours.

Then in a stock pot, I boil 3 large yellow squash, 3 large zucchini, and 3 large sweet potatoes. I use fresh carrots and green beans with peas added, I also use 9 boiled eggs. Then on hand, I have a can of all natural pumpkin to add to this. I use 6 cups brown or white rice. I debone the chicken, you don't want splinters in their food. After all is cooked, keep in mind that I don't throw away the broth from the meat. We don't want the food to be dry.

It all cools for a bit, then I use my food processor and blend it all together. I don't make it too soft, but it is blended quite well. After that, I add the rice and pumpkin, mix it really good with my hands, put it into containers and freeze. They also get their multi-vitamins.

Since they have been on this diet, they are extremely happy and very healthy puppies. I consulted with my vet and she loves this diet. I'm not sure if you have picky eaters, but I have found my dogs to be very picky. I was spending a small fortune to find a healthy food in the stores and they would lose interest so fast. I enjoy watching them go crazy while their food is cooking. The best is watching them gobble it down. I hope you enjoy.

Total Time: 1 1/2 hours to complete

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January 9, 2017 Flag

This page contains sodium free dog food recipes. Salt is not good in large quantities for our pets either and sometimes must be eliminated from their food altogether.

Cut meat and veggies in a dog food bowl.

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January 9, 2017 Flag

This is a guide about feeding a dog chicken and rice. There are a couple of reasons you may feed your dog rice and chicken, one is when they have an upset stomach. However, in lieu of pet food you may want to supplement this diet with a few other foods.

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April 20, 2011 Flag

Problem number one - I have two large dogs and they sure can consume a lot of dog food!

Problem number two - like any dog owner, I like to treat my dogs, but I don't want them to gain too much weight or start helping themselves when I'm not looking.

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How have I resolved these two issues? I have started to make some of my own dog food, well, adding to their food, actually. I frequently use my crock pot to make meals and that same crock pot leaves behind yummy smelling liquid. Sometimes, I use this to flavor rice or make a gravy for biscuits. Other times, I use some of this to add nutrition and flavor to my dog's meals. I'll add leftover rice or potato or some stale bread to this broth. By adding this to my dogs' bowls, along with their regular food, I am stretching the food, I reduce my food waste, increase the nutrition of their food, and give them a yummy treat that isn't being given off of our plates.

I have also been known to add leftover bits of pasta, broccoli, carrots, and apple. None of these bits would be usable for us humans, but are a nice bonus for my pets. I should add, it makes me very popular, too!

By firedogemb from CT

Editor's Note: Be sure to avoid foods that are toxic to dogs, like onions, garlic, grapes and chocolate.

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January 7, 2009 Flag

What is good enough for the queen's dog is good enough for my Pug. Our Pug was suffering from very bad skin allergies. It was so bad that there were raw patches in her skin. So we took her to the vet and they took care of the symptoms, but not the source.

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February 1, 2011 Flag

With money in short supply due to our economic times, the ones most likely to go without is our dogs. My tip is to buy a bag of cheap cornmeal and follow the directions for cornbread.

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August 3, 2012 Flag

My dog was out of his dog food so I fried up some ground beef and ground chicken. After washing and draining it in a colander to get some of the grease off, I put it back in the skillet and added turnip greens, cooked rice, and a squirt of Worcestershire sauce.

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October 31, 2004 Flag

When I peel my veggies, I microwave the skins and any good parts, in microwaveable bowl. Use just enough water to cook thoroughly.

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March 20, 2005 Flag

I love to cook for my 2 beautiful poochies. Here is 1 of their all time love dinner recipes! Use 1 cup cooked boneless salmon, 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked carrot, 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked broccoli...

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January 12, 2010 Flag

I freeze frozen dinners made out of oatmeal and hamburger patties cooked with olive oil, for the dogs. So I can supplement their food about twice or three times a week, depending on what meat sales are on.

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April 22, 2008 Flag

When cooking a full chicken, hen, or turkey, remove the insides and save. Later when you have time, boil and save in fridge as a treat for your pet. Not too many people eat the heart, liver, and kidneys anyway, but your pets will.

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July 5, 2016 Flag

I have been making my 19 month old Collie's meals using mince, rice, and veggies, including carrots, pumpkin, silver beets, spinach, kale, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans. I also add some garlic if I have it. This makes up enough for 8 - 10 days. Is this OK for her? She sure enjoys it. When I do a roast she loves the roast veggies and gravy, which is not made with an artificial mix. She really looks forward to her " roast" dinner. Is that OK?

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

That meal is not balanced at all. Please do some research at Dogaware.com

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November 21, 2016 Flag

I have a 9 yr old Pug and have started making her dog food. She's very picky about what she eats if it has vegetables in it she will not eat it. She has gone 3 days without eating it. I started her with chicken (whatever is on sale) with yellow and white rice. I have even used turkey breast and hamburger and I mix that with some dry food as her evening meal. In the mornings I give her wet dog food.

I'm moving in with my mother who has 2 kittens around 5 months old and when I feed my dog I take her to a room and shut the door for her to eat. I stay in there with her and we feed the cats up on a desk, that way they don't get each others foods as they all throw up and get diarrhea if they eat the others food.

So my questions are is there anything different I need to be giving my Pug and is there anything that I could add like fish and make enough for all 3 of the animals so they can be fed at the same time and in the same area without them getting sick?

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

Why are you making her food? Does she have allergies or are you trying to avoid chemicals and such that are in the commercial food? Often, people food is too rich for animals. Dogs are not supposed to be given a lot of fat. What kind of vegetables and how are you fixing them? Are you giving them whole or diced or pureed?

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August 31, 2016 Flag

We were feeding our, now 10 month old, Golden, Diamond puppy formula labeled as Tractor Supply brand. He liked it, but it effected his behavior - made him psycho, running around like a maniac 15 minutes after he ate, and he scratched himself constantly. At night he chewed raw hot spots on his back end, and licked the hair off his forelegs and back paws till he broke the skin. His BMs were loose, he had control problems causing accidents in the house, and we saw blood in his stools from time to time.

I called the 800# and spoke with a Diamond rep. They said he was just being a puppy and was probably eating things he shouldn't that caused the blood in the stools. I searched the Inet for reviews and saw the high numbers of people that had the same symptoms, and some much worse with their dogs - such as hair actually coming out in chunks, and bloody stools every time, and as they all did, I took him off the food. He grew fast and gained weight on the dry food, but the negative effects were worrying.
BTW, that same company makes Costco brand, with exact same problems sited in their reviews.

I'm now cooking him chicken, we get a 10 pound bag of leg quarters at the grocery for $ .79 a pound. I boil it, pull out all the bones, add oatmeal, rice, and blendered (I know, I just made that word up, it doesn't exist) mixed veggies (because they just pass through whole if I don't). I make servings for him: 1/3 cup of clean, no skin, chicken, same amount of cooked brown rice, two heaped Tbsp. of oatmeal, and 1/3 cup of the soupy veggies and the same of the chicken broth. I'm feeding him the same volume 4 times a day that the dry dog food called for, with the added moisture. All the negative symptoms of the Diamond puppy formula are gone. He loves his new food, BMs are normal, he loves his walks and is much more obedient. He is not acting all hyper and totally out of control. There is no more excessive scratching and chewing with hot spots, and he now has hairy legs and paws again. I also noticed he doesn't drink as much water as he did on the dry food. He was constantly taking many long drinks before. We were constantly refilling his water, and he wanted out every half hour to empty his bladder - 24 hours a day!

All the negatives are gone, and he is a "normal" bright, attentive, active puppy. But, he has lost weight, and his hair doesn't have that glossy sheen anymore. He's not bony, just not filled out like he was on the dry food. I tried adding 1/4 cup of the dry food we still have half a bag of, because I thought there might be nutrients in it that he might need, but I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Am I doing something wrong, or do I just need to add some kind of additional nutrient to help him maintain his weight, or is his increased exercise of 2 or three walks plus play time with tug-o-war and fetch daily keeping him trim? He loves sweet potatoes and all kinds of fruit, especially bananas, but those things are not a part of his daily meals, instead they are more like treats. Should I give him maybe the same recipe with canned Alaskan salmon a couple times a week?

He's my fifth dog. I never had these kinds of symptoms with any of the others, and he is such a good, loving boy that also loves his new food. I just want to make sure I'm not hurting him in the end. He gets regular vet care, he's on a health plan through that Smart Place, and he gets his regular exams and treatment for heart worm prevention, etc. He was just under 80 pounds at nine months in the picture, a multiple person lap dog taking up more than half the couch, much bigger than the little guy he started out as. He is now down in the low 70s after a month on his new diet.
Advice will be appreciated.

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

Losing so much weight! Dogs eat many of the same foods as humans, however, they have specific requirements that are different than required human nutrients. Your dog may not be getting enough of or the correct type of nutrients he needs. If you plan to continue making meals, please check with your vet ASAP regarding exactly what and how much you must include to meet the requirements for puppy to adult growth.

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April 30, 2016 Flag

I'm very limited on money right now. I have three dogs to feed. I can't afford dog food right now. I have tons of oatmeal, stuffing, rice, and ground beef. Can I mix all these together to feed my dogs?

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May 5, 20160 found this helpful

A mixture of cooked rice and ground beef is fine for your dogs. You can add plain cooked oatmeal to help them "go." If they already have loose stools or go many times per day, leave the oatmeal out as it has lots of fiber.

Stuffing is not good for dogs.

This may not contain all the nutrients dogs need long term, but it's surprisingly nutritious for dogs, in fact more so than those cheap grocery store foods like Ol' Roy, which contain a lot of by-products and indigestible fillers.

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January 7, 2012 Flag

I want to put my Chihuahuas (I have 3 of them) on homemade food. I am looking for a recipe for homemade dog food for a healthier, leaner dog. I had them at a doggie daycare and they are getting too heavy for my liking. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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July 1, 20130 found this helpful

Can you please let me know of some grain free dog food that I can buy here in Australia? Thanks, Vicki59

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June 9, 2008 Flag

I have heard that it is not good for Yorkies to eat homemade dog food, made with meat and veggies? Aren't they better for the dog than most dog food? Considering how they make dog food and what they put in it. What is right? Can you please tell me.

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

My little Westie, Nik, got a bad reaction from the contaminated dog food scare last year. I have now switched him over to mostly homecooked food like chicken , fresh veggies, some brown rice, sweet potatoes, as well as some vitamin suppliments. I still give him some organic kibble but have found that he is doing better on what I make. HTH

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June 29, 2012 Flag

Please assist me with a homemade vegetarian recipe for dog food to feed my 2 month old German Shepherd.

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July 3, 20121 found this helpful

Hello,

Your puppy needs protein (meat) in his diet as dogs are a carnivore. Your puppy will not be healthy eating that diet. Please call your veterinarian for advice on this diet.

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April 29, 2016 Flag

I have a 6.5lb Pomeranian who abruptly woke up on April 8th looking sick and symptoms manifested quickly. She is only 6 yrs old very high strung and full of anxiety and has separation anxiety. Now she is lethargic, doesn't want to play at all, sleeps almost all day, she squints her eyes especially the right one and often cocks her head to the right, she jumps on furniture, but is apprehensive about moving from one piece of furniture to the next and doesn't like to jump down, and she isn't very responsive when you call her. The only time she gets excited is when she thinks someone is coming home and she starts barking or when it is time to eat people food cuz she will not eat her hard Nutro dog food up to now.

Right now we've seen two vets and have taken her to a neurologist who gave her Gabapentin .5 2x daily and recommended an MRI of her brain and a spinal tap which we can't afford and he understands. The specialist says there is no guarantee if we do it that he will find something, so right now were using trial and error. The other vet prescribed Doxycycline for 2 weeks to see if it will treat whats going on if it is in the brain or spinal chord fluid. If it doesn't work then we will try steroids next.

Has anyone ever had a small dog with these symptoms? Next, I am needing help in knowing how much food and what kind of food to feed my Pom for her size. Currently, I have been feeding her 2x daily either tuna fish, boiled chicken, 1 egg with cheese, coconut oil, and green beans. I've been giving her approximately 1 oz of protein. She used to get 1/2 cup daily of venison Nutro dog food recommended by a vet. Thanks.

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October 6, 2014 Flag

I have started making dog food for my dogs- a Springer Spaniel and a Shih Tzu. The recipe calls for a large amount of water, hamburger, chicken liver, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. You boil all the ingredients, mash, cool well, and place in fridge - freezer in individual containers until time to use. The dogs love it and go to the bathroom (both kinds) regularly. Both dogs around the same time have stopped drinking water. Is something in the homemade dog food making them sick?

By Carla

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November 13, 20140 found this helpful

Your dog isn't getting sick. They are simply in need of less water as they are now getting more water in their food. Well done for giving your dogs what they need :)

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March 12, 2011 Flag

My mini Schnauzer had to have a kidney stone removed. My vet recommended "Hills Prescription diet C/D. She hates this food, plus we have 4 more mini Schnauzers that we would like to feed the same thing. I am thinking about cooking for them. I need simple recipes that would be good for her and also healthy for the rest of my babies. Also do I need supplements to add to this?

By Schnauzers R Us from McKee, KY

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July 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you all for your informative comments and recipes. My Bichon Frise appears to have skin allergies, continual ear infections for no apparent reason and behavioral issues. I have done a lot of research and feel as my vet does that the problems may be with the processed dog foods which she gets (even though they are veterinary purchase only and not supermarket brands). Both my vet and I want to put her on healthy home made foods as we believe this will help her. I was particularly interested Wendy Nan Rees site but whenever I go onto it all I get is a search page so would appreciate if Wendy reads this message, could you please email me at nigel.fiona@gmail.com as I would like more information on combating Pearls allergies and also great ways to prevent tartar buildup. Thanks everyone.

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June 5, 2012 Flag

I have a 3 month old Pit Bull. What type of food can my baby Pit eat if I run out of dog food?

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June 6, 20120 found this helpful

I have a 10 week puppy that I am feeding rice, chicken, cottage cheese, turkey, all meat and cook with no salt also vegetables like carrots, peas. No onions or garlic. Hope this helps.

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March 11, 2012 Flag

We are making our own recipes for our dog. Will rice be OK as his basic food mixed with finely diced chicken or beef with just a little gravy?

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