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.
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
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?
Yes she gets spinach, also kale and silverbeet which I have growing in my garden
Have just become a member, great site, lots of useful stuff! I noticed someone asking about dog food recipes; and I make a dry food for my Border Collie, 2 Chihuahuas, and 1 Papillon.
Grate a range of veggies to make about 2 cups: potato, carrot, or pumpkin (don't use onion). Mix in 1 lb (1/2kg) of minced beef, chicken, turkey, 2 eggs, and about 1/2 cup good plain yoghurt. Blend thoroughly and add enough plain flour to make the mix 'rollable'.
Press into scone trays or similar, score the top with a knife into the size pieces you want (little pieces for small dogs, larger for your big guys) and bake in a slow oven until the biscuit is quite dry.
I find the dogs just love them, they contain all the goodies they need and are also very handy for traveling. I actually add a few capsules of fish oil and empty capsules of glucosamine into my mix as my Collie gets arthritis. It helps her tremendously and certainly does no harm to my other babies either! Just break up the pieces when cooked and cool and store in airtight containers. Get a few trays done and freeze some also.
By Vicki K from Australia
I frequently use my crock pot to make meals and that same crock pot leaves behind yummy smelling liquid. Sometimes, I use some of this to add nutrition and flavor to my dog's meals.
This recipe was fed to my dog on occasion when he was at the veterinary hospital following back surgery.
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.
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?
I think you need a veggie in there. I would add carrots and peas. they are cheap right now . You need to try and have 1/3 meat, 1/3 veggies and a carb such as rice.Oatmeal is the same family as the rice. Check out all the recipes on line and I think you will see that they all have lots of veggies. I wouldn't stay with just carrots as they can contribute to your pet getting kidney stones.
I learned a year or so ago that many overweight dogs will eat green beans. Substituting generous amounts of them in your dog's bowl for higher-calorie ingredients is a way to fill him/her up without adding fat.
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.
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.
When I peel my veggies, I microwave the skins and any good parts, in microwaveable bowl. Use just enough water to cook thoroughly.
This is for dogs. It's a liver cake they will love.
Source: came from a breeder friend of ours.
By Chandra from Greenwood, NS
Editor's Note: This recipe contains garlic, which can be left out at your preference. Most veterinarians recommend avoiding garlic for dogs. There is a vocal minority that supports the health benefits of garlic and recommend it in small amounts. Please consult with your vet or other pet professional regarding garlic to make your own opinion. Also note that many pets have corn allergies, so you may wish to use a substitute for the corn meal.
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
i also am now trying to make my own with chicken and rice (white), (always rinse rice in warm water till clear, this is a must for doggies),add with veges, not too much broccoli as it is only good for them in very very small amount occasionally, no garlic or onion of course and use only sweet potatoe, as white spuds are from the deadly nightshade family and are not good in big doses, can cause depression etc in us and animals... the magic ingredient is a Probiotic, this will fix everything long term, and she has a normal human one 25 billion strain 1/2 tablet sprinkled on her food in the morning, when i forgot it one day, well her body let me know, and a good multi vitamin and omegas ( if they need it for joints etc,), but a multi should be enough for now... i cook mine all together put in processor and blend, let cool first, then once blended add your vitamins etc.. i place mine in containers approx. i place aside some enough for two days meals, warm it up in the micro slightly and freeze the rest that will last for a week or more...she has Pancreatitis severe and IBD, and has been this way for years, we have tried all vet products and i found it caused her loose bowels and gurgly tummy, so it obviously was not working well... this homemade but simple food not only is she craving it, but she no longer has tummy issues etc. it has amazed us completely and i wish i had done this sooner, but was following vets instructions, and we seemed to be at their place way too often.. sometimes i process a little extra chicken i placed aside and sprinkle it on top so it looks like they are getting a treat, and am about to make some dry food for her, the recipe is the same just omit the rice and juice, blend up chicken and vege only add some yoghurt 1/2 cup or less and 2 eggs and enough flour to make it able to be rolled up in plastic wrap, same consistency as cookie dough really.. moderate oven till crunchy and dry... will let u know how that goes... it looks like by reading here we are all doing similar and it is working better than anything on the market for all pets who are having problems, so that tells me it is the best... trust me our girl Wittle (has FB page) of course, has never been so good ever... good luck... oh the multi vitamin that is the most popular is Digestavite. xoxo
My dog won't eat dog food. I cook her chicken and liver and rice is this OK?