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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

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.

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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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February 20, 20170 found this helpful

My little guy is 14.9 pounds of love... I'm told he should have about 500 calories per day... So, how many ounces of this recipe do you feed - per pound of Shih Tzu?

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April 20, 2011

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.

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.

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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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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

Commercial dog food has not been around forever as far I know. I feed my dog people food quiet often and the types of food I feed him are probably much better for him that some of the dog foods. I have no idea what some of the ingredients are. Boiled chicken, boiled beef, liver, carrots, broccoli, rice, pasta, eggs, green beans, apple, oats. I don't see how anyone could say this is bad for a dog. Moderation like anything else.

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January 7, 2009

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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January 31, 20170 found this helpful

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Colitis is an inflammation of the colon. Special diets high in fiber or that are hypoallergenic are good choices to help alleviate the symptoms. This is a guide about homemade food for a dog with colitis.

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August 3, 2012

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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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

A spoon full of rolled oats or oatmeal.

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Oatmeal is a good source of fiber and can be fed to dogs with issues such as gas, diarrhea, or constipation. It is also beneficial for pets allergic to wheat or corn. This is a guide about feeding a dog oatmeal.

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Making a meatloaf for your pet is a good way to incorporate veggies and grains such as oats or brown rice into their diet. This is a guide about meat loaf for dogs.

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January 22, 20170 found this helpful

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Adding green beans to your pet's diet, replacing higher calorie foods or snacks, is healthy and can result in weight loss for dogs that are too heavy. This is a guide about feeding dogs green beans.

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February 1, 2011

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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Boneless and skinless turkey is a good lean source of protein for dogs. Check out this guide and learn more about feeding turkey to dogs.

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This is a guide about homemade liver cake as dog food. In moderation liver is a good protein source to add to homemade dog food recipes.

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The best dry dog food is homemade. Ensure that your dog is eating high quality ingredients by learning how to make your own dog food. Check out these healthy dry dog food recipes in this guide.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

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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.

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October 31, 20043 found this helpful

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

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

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

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

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

It's fine, Joyce.

I know a lot of puppies are on Iams, do you know what's in it? The second ingredient by weight is corn meal. Like the same corn meal you get at the store, just ground up dried corn. What in the world do they need that for? The fourth and fifth ingredients by weight are sorghum and beet pulp. This is fodder for cattle, but they have multiple stomachs to help them digest it. Dogs don't. There are NO probiotics.

The Eukanuba adult kibble you get at Petco: Third ingredient by weight is, again, cornmeal. Fourth and sixth ingredients sorghum and beet pulp. NO probiotics. Both brands contain "by-products" which can be anything from cartilage to feathers.

All these brands will claim to be complete nutrition for dogs. Those standards were set by large corporations that provide low-quality products for animals because it uses cheap ingredients they have in large supply.

By the way, I clicked on your link and it says dogs do not require carbohydrates which is false. Dogs are omnivores like humans. Dogs were domesticated about 10,000 years ago, about when humans started farming, and they are adapted to eating farmed food like we do. Dogs have more copies of the genes that allow them to digest starch than wolves do.

Dogs cannot digest fiber, but then again, neither can we. Fiber within reason provides bulk to help with bowel movements and weight control.

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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, 20121 found this helpful

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.

By J. Matheson

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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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