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
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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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October 29, 20160 found this helpful

About how many pounds of meat would you say you are using there. Looks like a great recipe. :)

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November 5, 20160 found this helpful

IMHO yes, you can use it for any dog, unless they have other issues. I have been cooking chicken for my elderly chihuahua until he passed. Then the brother of him. It seems one of my hound mix fur babies is needing to get away from the commercial stuff. I'm excited to start cooking for all of them. And the fewer poop piles, that would be enough to encourage me making their food.

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March 5, 2010 Flag
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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'.

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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.

Cheers

By Vicki K from Australia

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August 17, 20150 found this helpful

Thank you so much for posting this, I have a chihuahua x miniature daschund who is suffering from colitis, he won't eat any of the prescribed food and I was worried he wouldn't get everything he needed. I think he will LOVE this. 

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February 29, 20160 found this helpful

thanks vicki i think it maybe you i just let a message about foods etc, and realized it is your dry food recipe i was celebrating back to you oh well, i am sharing it everywhere, thanks for your help xoxo

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July 5, 2016 Flag
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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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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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April 20, 2011 Flag
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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.

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November 8, 2011 Flag
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This recipe was fed to my dog on occasion when he was at the veterinary hospital following back surgery.

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January 7, 2009 Flag
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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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March 22, 2012 Flag
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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.

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February 1, 2011 Flag
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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
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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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November 21, 2016 Flag
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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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October 31, 2004 Flag
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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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August 31, 2016 Flag
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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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September 1, 20161 found this helpful

Sounds like you've got him on a healthy diet now.

First of all, most dogs you are seeing and comparing him to are overweight, if you live in the US. Use this chart to figure out if your puppy is actually underweight or just slim. https://www.petcarerx.com/article/whats-your-dogs-ideal-weight/564

10 month Goldens vary quite a bit in weight, since the adult dogs vary in size so much. If your puppy is doing as much exercise as you say he is burning calories and gaining muscle mass. So you may need to feed more.

Keep in mind that the food you are feeding has more water, therefore less actual food. The kibble you were feeding before had less water. So you may need to feed more to make up for the percentage that is water. I'd suggest not feeding any more of the food that was making him sick, though. He is obviously allergic to an ingredient in it.

You can also try a non-allergenic, soy-free, grain-free food to supplement his diet.

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February 15, 2009 Flag
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This is for dogs. It's a liver cake they will love.

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Put liver in blender till it turns to liquid. Add garlic and blend some more. Put cornmeal into mixing bowl. Put liver mixture into the cornmeal, stir. Add flour and stir. Should be pourable, add water 1 Tbsp at a time. Pour liquid mixture on a greased cookie sheet and spread. Bake at 325 degrees F for 22 minutes. Should be slightly pink in the middle when done. Let cool then cut into squares.

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.

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August 2, 20130 found this helpful

Be warned - many dogs get really loose bowel motions from too much liver which can lead to blood in their movements as well.

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January 6, 20140 found this helpful

I've made something similar. It's a good smelly treat for dogs but have heard that bulbus foods, garlic, onions etc, aren't good for dogs.

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April 30, 2016 Flag
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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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August 12, 20161 found this helpful

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.

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March 20, 2005 Flag
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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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