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
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
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.
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 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'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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
I have a 2 year old Chihuahua. Is she allowed to eat 5 grain oatmeal?
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 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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My dog is a picky eater and she loves homemade food. What should I do I have a yorkie. Sheila
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.
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.