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.
Approximate Time: 1 1/2 hours to complete
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
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.
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.
Mix and place in 2 large or 3 small loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour or longer, depending on your oven. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes.
Turn out on cutting board and cool completely in order to slice well. Slice and put in containers to freeze.
It is easier to mix ingredients if you puree beans, stock, eggs, garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce and veggies before adding remaining ingredients
By Betty from Lubbock, TX
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.
Well, I heard that certain dog foods causes allergic reactions, and that is when I started making my own food for our Pug.
I buy a 5-lb bag of chicken legs with the thighs and drumsticks attached for about five dollars. I bone them, but then pressure cook the bones for about thirty minutes so that even if there are bones left, they are soft. I do leave the gristle and other chewable parts; she's a dog for heaven's sake! That does not mean I am careless and not pick out all the bones that I can find. I save the broth for soups and so forth.
I add 1 cup of cooked rice. I mix this with 1 cup of cooked cabbage and 1 cup of cooked carrots. I have used a can of mixed vegetables without trouble. If using the canned veggies, reserve the liquid to make everything easier to stir together. Otherwise, use 1 cup of the broth. I think this adds more protein for the animal.
The reason why I say that this is the food served to the royal dogs is because there was a TV special where the former chef to Queen Elisabeth II showed how he prepared the food for Her Majesty's Corgies. It was almost the same recipe with just livers substituted for the leftover meat on the bones. He actually added cabbage. Livers would probably be easier to use than boning the chicken; I just like making sure I have used everything to its fullest potential.
Our dog's allergies cleared up! Then we all remember about the tainted dog food from China.
Don't feed this to your dog while it is hot. My Pug is too comfort controlled to eat it hot, but my aunt gave in to her begging Boxer and then she had to clean up where he got sick. Her vet said it wasn't good to feed them homemade food. I think her doctor gets commission for every bag of canine products he sells.
I am not quitting. I save money and my dog is healthy. Healthy enough to run with royalty.
I think it is funny our Pug will even eat raw cabbage now. It is funny she doesn't like lettuce. And carrots have become one of her favorite snacks. They just need to be cut to the size of her mouth.
By Tim from Science Hill, KY
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.
I used canned green beans (whatever "cut" is cheaper). If I can get "no salt" green beans economically, I use them; otherwise, I just rinse whatever kind I have.
I prepare several days worth at a time, and I use a stick blender to puree them slightly. I have also used a potato masher successfully.
I started my mini Rat Terrier, Sarge, on a teaspoon a day, and gradually went up until he overcame his suspicion of them. He is now eating over 1/2 cup per day, and "loving" them. When I am opening the cans and pureeing his "gee-bees" (that's what we call them so the little brainiac won't know they're vegetables), he is begging for them.
I think Sarge would have lost some weight by now if I hadn't been sharing portions of my snacks with him. Unfortunately, we have both gained, but that's my fault.
By Jayni from Richmond, TX
When I peel my veggies, I microwave the skins and any good parts, in microwaveable bowl. Use just enough water to cook thoroughly.
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.
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.
February 10, 2009
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My dog is a picky eater and she loves homemade food. What should I do I have a yorkie. Sheila
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.
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.
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.
By mecole 1
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...
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
July 1, 2013
Can you please let me know of some grain free dog food that I can buy here in Australia? Thanks, Vicki59
I want to make meatloaf for my elderly toy Poodle who is in reasonably good health. I considered putting grated carrots and brown rice with the ground chuck. What about cheese and perhaps tomato sauce?
Do you have a healthy recipe or are any of the ingredients I listed detrimental for my little, tiny Peanut?
Thank you for any input.
By Nancy E.
January 9, 2012
I use a pound of deer meat, fry it in the skillet and drain the low content of grease before adding a drained can of vegetables either chopped green beans, carrots or peas along with 3/4 cup of rice and additional water. If I use the beans, I wash the brine off them to remove salt. Salt should not be in their diet, nor onions, or darker vegetables such as spinach or broccoli.
Any leftovers are placed in a container with lid and stored in the frig for later. Can also add the extra to a new batch later. If you choose to use chicken or turkey, make sure the skin is removed from the meat before preparing; this part is not good for dogs. Because there is natural fat in chicken, I boil it in water and remove the grease content as it can make a dog vomit as my dogs are sensitive to chicken fat. You can make this into a meat loaf or as a casserole type skillet dish.
Also, my dogs enjoy a meat pizza for their birthdays. I used a can of biscuits rolled flat, cooked and drained ground beef or deer, boiled hot dogs to remove salt and fat and a thin spreading of low calorie cottage cheese sprinkled with a garden tomato diced.
Place the biscuit dough in a pizza pan, generously sprinkle the meat and sliced hotdogs over it and add other ingredients and bake. Cut into bite size pieces and serve warm. Leftovers can be heated in microwave with a wet paper towel placed on top to keep the bread moist.
My dog won't eat dog food. I cook her chicken and liver and rice is this OK?
December 29, 2014
My dog also does not eat dog food. I boil chicken and hamburger for her. She likes green beans, sweet potato and carrots. She does well with this diet. I also give her a vitamin every day.
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
August 20, 2011
Please check out this website. The web link for your Mini Schnauzers is: http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/Miniature_Schnauzer This website is wonderful! You can click on the top "Food", then click on "How to Choose a Health Dog Food", then at the bottom under "Related Videos" click on the one that says "How to make Healthy food for dogs". This website has a lot of different information for all breeds too. Good luck and God Bless!
*For Fonja you can go to this website as well & this one for skin problems and allergies:
By Mary 1
I have a 13 1/2 year old black Lab with colitis. I can't afford the ID food from the vet anymore. What is a good home-made food for a 100 pound dog?
January 5, 2011
I/D food is the easy/more expensive alternative to hamburger and white rice. Cook up a big batch (do not fry), freeze it, and heat it up as needed. That way you aren't making it every night and you aren't spending a fortune on it in the store.
Malox can be used in dogs if he gets an upset belly. Try syringing 6 cc into his mouth when his tummy is a bit sour.
Vanilla yogurt is a great supplement and easy to digest. Maybe a cup before bedtime will help keep him on the right track. :)
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.
Is Guar gum safe for dogs? I've been thinking about using it in some dog recipes.
Does anyone know anything about this ingredient?
Please assist me with a homemade vegetarian recipe for dog food to feed my 2 month old German Shepherd.
July 3, 20121 found this helpful
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.
I have a 3 month old Pit Bull. What type of food can my baby Pit eat if I run out of dog food?
By da kidd
June 11, 2012
In a pinch what you eat or cornbread or biscuits or light bread from the store. It is your pet and as long as you care for it and it doesn't go hungry then you can't go too far wrong except for candy and choc. Those will kill him/her.
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?
March 14, 2012
Yes, it is okay to include rice in your dogs diet. I give my dog rice quite often and she loves it. If you look on dog food labels you will see they have added it to the food. Also it is very good for puppies a lot of puppy foods will say chicken and rice or some other meat but always include rice, brown or white I have only ever given white rice to my dogs, and they are thriving. Also my dog loves sweetcorn so when I open a can for my family I will pop some in my dogs meal she loves it.
I would like a homemade dog food recipe for my two dogs. Thanks.
February 20, 2012
I have been making my dog food like this:
I cook beef bones or chicken bones for a couple of hours in a large stock pot on low heat. When all bones have cooked down in the water it makes for a very nice broth, then I remove all the bones and add all the odds and ends of vegetables I've been cooking with all week (for ex. carrots, celery ends, potatoes with skins, green beans etc.)
I do not add any onions or garlic salt or pepper to this. I will also add a handful of lentils, quinoa, brown rice I may have leftover and a cup or 2 of rice to the broth and cook until all the veggies are soft. I have noticed that my dog doesn't take well any broth left on the "mush" so I try to leave it pretty dry.
I mix this with his regular dog food, I try to buy my dog a good dog food so he gets the necessary nutrition from the dog food that may be missing in the homemade food but I notice that I save a lot of dog food by supplementing with homemade food and my dog certainly likes it. I hope this helps.
It has certainly has helped me save some money on dog food, and I know what my dog is getting too. Oh and by the way I got this recipe from "the Hillbilly housewife"
I used the 2 ends of an onion in a large pot of chicken stock that I was making for my dog. Would that amount (strained) harm my dog?
December 28, 2013
I just returned home from the vet, and she specifically said never to feed dogs onions, garlic, grapes, or chocolate. The same was said to my sister who visited the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center with her pup. From online reading, I have also learned that even onion or garlic powder can cause problems.
By Darleen 1
I need homemade dog food recipes that contain no sodium.
By Darleen from Dolgeville, NY
September 21, 2010
Not sure if you are still looking, but I have some dog treat recipes you can check out. I use oatmeal, wheat flour and molasses, and a few spices. Had to buy a book. leekelly245 AT gmail.com
I have a very sick little Chihuahua, she has heart problems. I have been told to change her diet to a no salt diet, I have planned to start making her food. Could anyone please provide me with some recipes for dog food with no salt. Thank you.
By Pocomookie from Innisfil, ON
April 8, 2009
This recipe comes from Hill's Pet Products:
Canine Low Sodium Diet
1/4 lb. ground round or other lean meat
2 cups cooked white rice NO SALT added to water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons dicalcium phosphate [health food store/ or Bone Meal]
Cook beef in skillet, retaining fat, stirring til lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep covered in refrigerator. Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the canine MDR for all vitamins and trace minerals.
Protein: 6.3% Fat:5.5% Carbohydrates: 17.6%
Moisture: 68.5% Sodium: .01%
Body weight: Daily feeding
5 lbs - 1/3 lb.
10 lbs - 1/2 lb
20 lbs - -1 lb
40 lbs 1 3/4 lb
I have a 2 year old Chihuahua. Is she allowed to eat 5 grain oatmeal?
March 25, 2015
Yes, a dog can eat a small amount of oatmeal if prepared correctly and with no additives such as sugar, milk, etc. As a treat, provide it sparingly as oatmeal in any form is not a natural food for dogs. Dogs are carnivores and will not survive on human diets.
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?
Are there any recipes using deer meat for a Lab mix with bladder stones? I have a Lab mix that has bladder stones. The vet has her on Hill's Prescription Diet C/D and she does not like it and its ingredients do not seem to be very healthy for her. I also have 2 Pitbull mix, 4 beagles mix, and 1 other mixed breed. I would like to start making their food using deer meat instead of beef. Are there any recipes for bladder stone prevention using deer meat?
By Michel J. from Statesville, NC
December 13, 2013
My lab mix had a bladder stone that had to be removed, and we fed her salmon and sweet potatoes and anything that was by-product free and no grains, for the first year. She is absolutely healthy now, but I am still cautious though about what she eats.
I was watching your videos on how to make your own dog food, but unless I'm crazy, I didn't see anything about the types of vegetables to use in the dog food. Can you suggest what can be used? Thanks.
February 27, 2012
I use sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, pinto beans... avoid onions. I also add fruit: apples, bananas, whatever is in season. I also add oatmeal, barley, brown rice, & wheat germ. Make a stew. My dog loves it! Sometimes, make a fish stew... dog & cats like.
I am making dog food with chicken, organic brown rice, and veggies from the garden. Is it OK to put beaten eggs in while I am cooking the rice, like "egg drop soup"? I freeze the food in canning jars. My dogs are large breed, 6 years and 3 years old. Thanks.
When including potatoes in homemade dog food, should skin be on or off?
By Lizzie M.
February 8, 2012
I always soak the potatoes in a little vinegar water, then scrub them or even better is to scrub and then soak. Seems all growth mediums are being polluted by Monsanto poisons. I want as little poisons in my food as possible. My animals deserve the same.
There are certain nutrients in potato skins that are good for all of us, minus the poisons. Careful of your chicken ingredients. Latest chicken jerkey recall (Not all brands) for pets was a product of China and caused lots of dog deaths. Easy to Google dangers in dog foods like our own chicken is raised with arsenic to make them grow fat faster. Plant chemicals and poisons are nasty as well. Some can make you sick, some can make you and your pets fat faster, some can ruin your lands forever and your waters as well.
By Johann V. 1
I looked at recipes for my toy Poms, but many use corn flour and some fish. According to the breeders and vets corn and fish are bad for them. Where can I find proper recipes?
By trudy 1
I am looking for a homemade recipe for a dog that has pancreas problems. My dog is 15 years old and the food that the veterinarian gave me is not working for my dog. She is still sick some times. I would like to try a homemade recipe to see if I could make her feel better.
By Trudy from Nephi, UT
By Monte 1
Is white turkey meat OK for my little dog to eat?
By Monte from Fairfax, CA
Is there another cereal you can substitute for Total it's only available in the states and you need a binder besides oatmeal as well as flavor. I thought rolled Captain Crunch for calories, sugar, and flavor, but what do I know lol.
By Debbie T.
The pet food recalls are making me freak out! Does anyone know how to make home made dog food? I LOVE my Dog, and am going crazy as to what to feed him. He is 2 years old, and is a small dog. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Kevin from Big Bear City, CA
With the recent pet feed recall, a lot of pet owners are nervous about giving store bought food to their dogs. Some readers have expressed an interest in recipes for making their own pet food. Do you have any homemade dog food recipes to share? Feel free to post them below.
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I have a beautiful 3 month old yorkie and it makes me sick to give her store bought puppy food, although it is supposed to be the best. I prefer to give her food that I have made myself. I am at this moment baking turkey breast, which I am going to chop up and add cooked brown rice and carrots. Now what kind of supplement do I give her and do I have to give her any more store bought food anymore or will she do really well on the homemade? I'm not sure how much to give her, but the dry food is half cup daily. What do you suggest? I only want the best for "Willow".
There are tons of recipes at http://www.homemadehealthypetfood.com
My brother feeds his dog garlic. He gives the dog 4 cloves of garlic a day. This is fresh garlic and can be put in food you make. He also gives the dog some olive oil. Apparently olive oil is good for dogs. His dog is extremely healthy. He cooks chicken and cuts it up and cooks liver and also hamburger. He puts onions in it and dogs also like carrots and corn is used in there food. He also puts brown bread broken up into the mixture. You can also use cooked macaroni. He has also told me that oatmeal is good for the dog, I believe it is cooked and he says cinnamon is good for the dog as well, but that would go better with oatmeal. His dog likes alot of vegetables. The vet has never seen such a healthy dog and the dog is older and acts like a pup. The garlic is a big part of keeping the dog healthy and young. (11/29/2007)
NEVER EVER FEED ONIONS OR GARLIC TO A DOG... THEY ARE DEADLY! You might as well feed them a hershey bar while your at it. Onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Pets affected by onion toxicity will develop haemolytic anaemia, where the pet's red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. All forms of onion can be a problem including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps containing cooked onions and/or garlic
There are many items you can not feed a dog - Chocolate, Onions, Garlic, Macadamian Nuts, Grapes, or Raisins. (12/07/2007)
Most of these sound fantastic! However, if you make such large quantities, how would you store the unused portions and how long would they last? Most of these recipes sound like they would make A LOT! Do you warm it up first if it's kept in the freezer or bring it to room temp? I work full time and would need further detail on storage. I have a three year old Westie and a 9 1/2 year old Sheltie. Do you just cold turkey them from the store bought food and start them on the home made? Does it tear up their tummies to just change their diet so drastically? I too have given homemade food serious thought since the recall started. My babies are my babies ! I don't want to lose them! Thank you - lm (12/21/2007)
I feed my dogs Spots Stew recipe... chicken, lots of vegs, oats, etc. I combine all to make the stew. Then I refrigerate. After refrigeration, the chicken fat goes to the top, and I remove it. Should I discard it or be using it in the stew?
Editor's Note I'd remove the extra fat. Leaving a little is okay but most of it should be removed. (12/24/2007)
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My Jack Russell Terrier has had 2 surgeries to remove calcium oxylate stones from his bladder. When he got the second stone which required the second surgery, he had already been on the Hill Science U/D formula for 4 years.
On researching online, I came across the "Animal Advocate", William Cusick, who has many yrs experience researching dogfood and is an author on books regarding what foods certain breeds should be eating. He came up with a recipe specifically for my dog. I have been making this recipe for my Jack Russell and he has been on this for 4 years. His coat has never looked better and so far he has been stone free. I would recommend contacting Bill Cusick.
I hope this will be of help to you!
hello everyone I have just had a book come out called
Paws Above The Rest Homemade catfood and dogfood recipes. its is available on amazon.com barnesandnoble.com borders.com and also available in the uk and can also be found using the book title on google (01/18/2008)
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Hello my 13 yr Scottie "Heather" has been diagnosed with advanced renal failure. I had taken her in for a teeth cleaning and to get a few teeth pulled that were giving her trouble, although she hasn't shown any of the symptoms associated with kidney failure the blood work shows differently.
Heather has always been an enthusiastic eater but the vet gave me some canned dog food specifically for renal problems. Heather doesn't like it she looks at it and walks away. I'm looking for some homemade recipes for older dogs with kidney problems that she will enjoy. It's important to me that her last few years or however long she has is filled with enjoyable food, won't speed up the progression of the disease and food that's easy on her teeth. As they won't put her out to pulled them anymore because of the kidney failure. Any help would be appreciated (01/27/2008)
I need some dog food recipes. I just heard about the dog food that KILLS. Please tell me some recipes for my little doggie. (02/16/2008)
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Hello, can someone please help me? I have 3 wonderful pugs all with different dietary needs and I am looking for recipes that they can all benefit from. First, there is Chango (5 yrs.), he is currently on the Hill's c/d diet for prevention of struvite crystals. He has been on this diet since he was 1 yr. old. Then, there is Smash (5 yrs.), who has recently been through surgery to remove calcium oxalate stones from his bladder and has had 3 encounters with elevated liver enzymes and is currently taking a thyroid medication for hypothyroidism. This guy is the hardest to evaluate only due to everything going on with him. I just need him leveled out to find out what is causing all of the commotion. He is currently eating the Hill's l/d diet and advised to eat zero protein. But the more I investigate, this diet is all wrong for him. Then, there is Chopper, who has allergies. I was feeding him Solid Gold Hund n Flocken (lamb & rice), but now he seems to have a bit of a weight issue. I have recently switched him over to Blue Buffalo Weight Management. Can anyone help? I would greatly appreciate all of the advice I can get. Thank you.
Linda :o) (03/01/2008)
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I have a Chihuahua who is very picky. I make chicken, whole wheat pasta, and mixed vegetable and she eats 1/3 cup/day and loves it.
I read homemade dog food should have 1 part whole grains, 1 part vegetable, and 2 parts protein. (03/03/2008)
I have a 16 week old Norfork Terrier who I started cooking for a few weeks ago, and I have researched this subject relentlessly and have come up with some very good combinations and he loves it. Oly only weighs 8 lbs, and won't be more than 11 - 12 lbs. when fully grown, he eats 6 oz. a day. I cook up several meats. Very lean ground sirloin, ground chicken, ground turkey, hard boiled eggs, boneless chicken tenders, chicken giblets, hearts, eye round roast (cut into small cubes). At least half my recipes are protein. It is very important to make sure your puppy dog gets variety. The more, the better. The other half is a combination of veggies (peas, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash etc.) Note: I buy jar baby food. The only thing in it is veggies and water. I add in some applesauce (unsweetened), or banana, mixed berry, a little pure pumpkin, some lentils on occasion, a touch of honey, organic minced garlic is good, yogurt or cottage cheese, a little parsley or basil, sometimes a dash of no salt salt, either purified water or beef or chicken broth and freeze it in 6 oz. plastic freezer Ball containers. (Yogurt should not be frozen, but should be added just before serving to your pet) I also add in his supplements.
I also feed him liver once or twice a week, but only about 5 to 10% of the recipes should be liver, so I freeze it already cut up in a freezer baggie and take a few pieces out when I add it in. He gets different combinations and sardines or salmon added about once a week. I take one container out, thaw it, I mark it so I know if it has cottage cheese in it, if it doesn't, I add a little yogurt to it for probiotics, which they need. He's little so I add 1/8 tsp. calcium (ground eggshell - rinse and dry eggshells overnight, and grind in a clean coffee grinder) he also gets 1 probiotic (keep refrigerated, and use daily, I open it and pour it over his food) I also crush to powder 1 puppy vitamin and add.
Every 3 days he get 1 fish oil soft gel because it's 1000 ml and he doesn't need that much every day because of his body weight. He loves it, and I feel safer. Mix everything in really good and serve warm. Sometimes I give him some long grain brown rice, a little wheat germ etc. and I also make him homemade snacks. His coat is shiny and softer, his stools are firm and less frequent (not runny and 6 times a day, and not as foul) He's much happier, and when I spoke to the vet about what I was doing, they thought it was a great thing to do.
It doesn't take that much time out of week, and he's worth every second I spend making his food, and every cent I spend on it. It is a good idea to research your specific breed as well to find out if there are target foods that may not be advisable to feed your specific breed. I know mine for example has traits of contracting kidney problems, and therefore, white rice and any soy products are probably not good for my puppy. It never hurts to research and the more you do, the more you learn. I feed him warm food because cold is not good for the tummy, and I change his water often (stainless steel seems to be best - plastic brings in more bacteria I've read) I warm his water as well and add in either chicken or beef broth in his water, and I get lots and lots of kisses and waggly tails !!! PS. I also let him have RMB's. It helps with balancing out what he needs nutritionally. (03/03/2008)
Garlic is not "toxic" to dogs - and neither is broccoli. Fresh glove garlic is actually good for your pet, and so is broccoli. There are several good sites out there and what is toxic to dogs are chocolate, grapes (too many) raisins and onions are toxic as well, there are a couple others as well but garlic and broccoli are not two of them.
There is too much research available and if properly balanced, there is no reason that an otherwise healthy pup can live to be 25 or 30 years old, and I have found that the very best dry dog food available is Life's Abundance available on line through Dr. Jane Bicks. The Best food you can give your pet is home made with supplements. Lots of variety too ! How would you feel if you ate the same slop day after day? A dog feels the same way, mix it up and see how much your dog loves you! (03/03/2008)
I run my own toy breed site which advises on feeding your dog, I personally recommend a raw diet for toy breeds prone to allergies. We make our own vaccum packed meals called back 2 basics and it sells well . I am a qualified aromatherapist, and use much of what I was taught to supplement the food with herbs, each pack is made specifically for your dog if they have an illness.
I can state thus far , all dogs now using our diets have less tearstains, no illness, no allergies and hey they dont itch. (03/17/2008)
Fresh garlic most certainly IS toxic to dogs. Please do your homework before posting such an irresponsible thing.
Dogs living to 30 years of age? Get serious...just as people can live to 150 years of age?
My Wheaton/Westie Mix, Jackson, Loves peanut butter. He also loves fruit. His favorite home made treat goes like this.
Blend together and pat into cookies. bake at 350 for 15 min. (03/20/2008)
I've been raising dogs all my life and cooking for them almost as long. I started out feeding just table scraps and then switched over to regular diets.
Leafy greens are very good for dogs. Including broccoli. The only one I wouldn't feed is iceberg lettuce. Spinach can be used as long as it is in very small amounts and not everyday, and there is nothing wrong with feeding brocolli to your dog either. You need to lightly stem your veggies and then put them into a food processor with some purified water and process them up really fine.
There is a lot of controversy over whether garlic is "toxic" to dogs or not. Garlic can cause anemia to an animal if you feed an over abundance of it. Onions on the other hand are toxic. But Garlic is okay if you don't overdue it. It actually helps with fleas.
The last thing I would like to say is this; if Garlic is toxic and you can't feed it to your dog and broccoli is toxic too and you can't feed that to your dog either then I must be doing something wrong here. Maybe I need to ask my dogs who eat everything and look for more!
I've been feeding both of these things to my dogs for years and years, and my late dog, god bless her -- lived to be the ripe old age of 24 and she was still wagging her tail right up to the time she died. (03/27/2008)
I am currently making homemade dog food for my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - Holly and Teddy.
I am mixing 40% meat (two of the following - organic or free-range ground chicken (dark), turkey (dark), duck, lamb, venison or bison/buffalo), 40% veg (red or yellow potatoes plus at least 3 of the following - sweet potato, yam, turnip, cauliflower, carrot, broccoli, peas, beans, beet, rutabaga, parsnip, spinach, cabbage - if canned no salt added). 10% fruit (different varieties of apples or apple sauce, pear, berries especially blueberries, pumpkin).
Sometime I add yogurt and occasionally substitute the potatoes, for oatmeal or rice. I make up about 4-5 days of food at a time and since rice can cause bacillus cereus food poisoning if kept over 24-48 hours in the frig, I seldom use it. But, I am thinking about substituting barley or some other grain for the potatoes from time to time.
To prepare, I add all the ingredients into a large pot with water and simmer slowly for an hour or so until everything is soft. Then I drain much of the water off and mash it up finally a squirt or two of grizzly salmon oil and Im done.
To serve, I mix in a small amount of quality dry food right before I feed them for crunch and just in case. I also give them a doggy vitamin every couple of days. When I was feeding them store bought food they got diarrhea all the time, now they seldom get it. They look healthy and have loads of energy.
What do you think?? Am I missing something.
Thanks for the post about William Cusik. I checked out his site and ordered the book specifically for my 2 golden retrievers. Can't wait for it to arrive. (04/23/2008)
This has been such a helpful site. I've used info gleaned here and from a few other sites and have made my 10 year old Yorkie (who recently had a pancreatitis attack - boy was he sick!) homemade food. He's been eating it for 2 weeks and he absolutely loves it. He is waiting for me in the kitchen first thing in the morning and we always give him a second feeding just before we eat dinner. My son (who picks up the dog patch every week) can hardly believe the difference in his poop. He's had no more symptoms of any kind. I'm making another BIG batch of 30 one cup containers which I will freeze. I thaw it through the night in the fridge, and warm it slightly before serving it to him. He would do back flips for it!
I steam deboned chicken breasts in a little water, salmon or another fish and extra lean ground beef. I save the chicken water.
I food process the chicken, mash up the ground beef really fine, and flake the fish. I have these proteins in seperate bowls. In a large bowl I mix a big pot of cooked oats (no salt) and brown rice (no salt). In another bowl I combine food processed cooked veggies - last time I did sweet potato, carrots (lots), celery and green beans. I bought 30 Ziploc freezer bowls (1 1/2 cup size) and I measure 40% protein, 30% veggies and 30% rice/oats mixture into the container (just over a cup total). I mix it, pop on the lid and throw all these in the freezer. I take them out as I need them, warm them a little and add a spoonful of plain, organic yogurt. He loves it, and a couple of hours of work on a Saturday afternoon will give me enough food to feed him for a month. I'm so relieved that he is feeling so well. His energy is great, his elimination problems are over and he seems like a youngster again. A month ago we wondered if he was going to make it! (04/24/2008)
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I have a 12 yr. old Pekingese who has congestive heart trouble. Any ideas on what I can make for her that's low in sodium?
I am just starting a homemade food diet for my 9 yr old border collie mix. She has to have a lower protein higher fiber diet for kidney and pancreas issues. Right now I am giving boiled ground white meat turkey and organic white rice. I tried to add a one a day vitamin but it did not agree. Has anyone had good luck without giving a supplement? (05/10/2008)
For those with Canine Kidney Disease there are some recipes at the following site:
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Homemade food recipe for my 7yrs old small yorkie dog? Who had surgery because of oxalate calculi stone and does not want to eat any of the dog food his vet doctor suggested to make homemade meals.
Jackie from stamford ct
With the recent pet feed recall, a lot of pet owners are nervous about giving store bought food to their dogs. Some readers have expressed an interest in recipes for making their own pet food. Do you have any homemade dog food recipes to share? Feel free to post them below.
This is a recipe I came up with for my dogs: Doggone Delicious Pumpkin Protein Shake
1. Stir the yogurt / kefir and pumpkin together in your dogs food bowl, until well blended.
2. Add your peanut butter and fruit / vegetables, stirring until they are evenly distributed throughout the mix.
Makes: 1 serving for a 5 - 20 pound dog.
I feed this to my toy and miniature poodles every 2 days, especially in the spring when they are most active.
Note: I freeze the canned pumpkin and kefir into serving sized cubes, and pull out the morning I intend to make this for my dogs.
Cori who was searching for homemade food for her older dog with renal failure should look at http://www.vetprof.com and search for kidney disease in dogs. Our 13 y/o Bassett has been on the homemade protein restricted diet which is similar to Hills k/d which he also refused. He loves it and it's not too difficult to make. Of course you should make sure it's OK with your vet. There are several recipes at this site. Good luck. (05/24/2008)
I feed my dog Homemade Doggy Dinners. They a local Southern California company that makes all natural homemade dog food and treats, using 100% "people food". I used to make my own homemade dog food, but with work and kids it became too hard and to time consuming. Homemade Doggy Dinners is so easy I order off their web site at http://www.HomemadeDoggyDinners.com and they deliver the frozen dog food to my house, all I have to do is defrost a serving and my dog has a healthy gourmet meal that I know is great for him. (05/25/2008)
<a href="">http://www.hillspet.com/hillspet/search/searchResults.hjsp?d-49653-p=2 is the site for Hill's pet food - homemade recipes. I have used these for the past 25+ years for the dogs I've adopted with serious health problems. They also put the name they use [a/d, z/d, etc] so you'll know which one to make. I make up a batch and put it into the refrigerator till all used. Found that my Shh Tzus liked it better than the canned Hill's. (06/05/2008)
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I changed my dogs over to the raw meaty diet about 4 years ago. Their health has improved. They have more energy, teeth are clean, coat is nice and shiny. I do give the raw veggies. (07/01/2008)
To Lynn: my dog to was scratching his face and licking his paws. It turns out he was allergic to the wheat in his dog food which i later found out was quite common in dogs.
I now feed him science diet dry food which has been doing wonders for him I also give him homemade meals. For something quick and easy I usually use some sort of canned meat (chicken, fish or beef) and I mix it with rice or potatoes and baby food vegetables (carrot or green beans). When I'm up for it I make more elaborate meals which can be found anywhere on the internet. The dry food keeps his teeth clean and the homemade food keeps his tummy happy.
My cat also suffered from allergies from commercial food which were life threating. She now is on prescription diet. Which is awful since that is the only thing she can eat and can not enjoy the same variety my dog does. Commercial food has proven to be very dangerous in my home and I try to stray away from it. (08/01/2008)
Simmer a large (family pack) of chicken thighs with just enough water to cover. Cool. Remove chicken and clean meat off the bones. Save stock and chill.
I am looking for yummy recipes for my dog who has little interest in food right now. She's been put on Prozac recently and she's underweight already.
I'm looking for a homemade dog food recipe.
By Heather from Grand Rapids, MI
I lost my job awhile back and money is very tight. I have 5 dogs all over 45 pounds (46, 47, 55, 59, and 65 lbs.). Out of necessity, I switched them to a cheaper brand of dog food, but I'm not happy with the result.
Is there any way I can make my own dog food without going broke? Right now, they are eating an inexpensive kibble with a little canned food mixed in. I supplement a little with dog-friendly table scraps (for instance, we all had split pea soup the other night). Thanks in advance for any help.
By Happy Dale from Austin, TX
Dogs are omnivores and scavengers, so I think variety is important in their diet. I also like having a basic raw recipe that I can alter according to what ingredients I have, or whatever is in season, or on sale. I use roughly half protein, 25% veggies, and 25% grain. Some claim dogs don't need grain, but if your dog is pregnant/lactating, or very athletic, you must give them carbs of some kind, and oats are the best carb for this purpose. Nothing in this recipe requires cooking, you only use one pot, and it is pretty quick, easy, and cheap. All ingredients can be found in your average grocery store.
In a huge pot or baking pan, combine the wet ingredients (pumpkin, yogurt, green beans, eggs, yogurt, liver, and if you are using them, molasses and/or cider vinegar, these just provide trace minerals). Stir in the eggshell powder and the oats. The oats will absorb the liquid and create a mush. Then mix that mush with the ground beef. Done! Keep it in the freezer, and thaw the portions out before you feed them to your dog.
I feel raw is the best, but you could bake this meatloaf style, or make a stew out of it, and it will still be better and cheaper than the finest commercial kibble. If you have a coffee grinder, that makes crushing the eggshells simple and quick. Calcium is essential, so even if you don't want to grind eggshells (I just use them cause they're free) you must find another source of calcium, and add it at a half tsp per pound of food.
For the sake of variety, it's good to substitute the ground beef with different ground meats, the green beans and pumpkin with other green and orange veggies, and you can certainly use rice instead of oats, but the rice would need cooking.
Here is my dog Penny, she's about 11. If she had her way she'd live off a diet of roadkill and cat turds, but she will have to settle for my homemade food. (06/08/2010)
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I need to make homemade dry and wet food for my Shih Tzu who I think is allergic to wheat or something in commercial food. Can anyone help with some recipes? I have lots of canned salmon and vegetables, but need to know how to bake it and recipes.
He looks so sad scratching and he does not have fleas. The vet says it is from contact dermatitis, but the shot did not help and the holistic food is so expensive.
By Susan from Hamilton, Ontario
I am looking for recipes for home cooked food for my Yorkie puppy?
Here is a great recipe for Doggie Tuna Casserole that my little Shih Tzu goes crazy for.
Doggie Tuna Casserole Ingredients:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Blend everything together well in your casserole dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs or crushed kibble on top. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling. Cool and serve.
Will keep in the refrigerator for three days. (01/11/2011)