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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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By 17 found this helpful
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.

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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By 14 found this helpful
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.

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 Leslie 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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By 5 found this helpful
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.


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

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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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By 2 found this helpful
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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By 7 found this helpful
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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By 2 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 1 found this helpful
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?


July 5, 20160 found this helpful

Dog food made at home, without a recipe from a trained vet or animal nutritionist, will not contain the needed amounts of required vitamins, minerals, etc. Dogs have specific nutrition requirements that are different from human requirements. Also, dogs are not able to eat the same foods as humans.

I strongly suggest that you seek your veterinarian's help in developing a dog food recipe that meets the nutrition requirements your dog needs. Your dog will develop nutrition problems and diseases if she does not receive the correct balance of nutrition she needs.

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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


January 9, 20120 found this helpful

I just put my dog on a grain free dry dog food because they "poop" less and I think grain free puts on less weight. Think I read that online or heard it somewhere. You may do some research on this. Also, one reason for the grain free diet is my dachshund had back surgery in October and still doesn't have complete control of his stools. Less poop and easier mess to clean up if he happens to not make it outside on time.

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June 9, 20080 found this helpful

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.



June 9, 20080 found this helpful

I have not heard of any homemade dog food that is breed specific. We have had amazing results with our diabetic basset since switching her to homemade cooked food. Last week, we were running late and I had some commercial food that someone had given me for one of our rescue bassets. I gave our girls a cup full of the commercial and her blood sugars skyrocketed. We had to give her double the insulin. We returned to the homemade cooked food and her blood sugars are normal again with half the insulin injects needed.

You must be careful with anything containing garlic, onions of any form, avocadoes, raisins, dates, coffee, tea, etc. I found out that even when using tomato paste or tomato sauce, you must check the label. Some brands have pure tomato puree while others add garlic, onions and preservatives.

About 2 months ago, I was making them turkey meatballs and I grabs the canister of bread crumbs from my pantry. Keep in mind that these are the same bread crumbs that my family eats. I happen to start reading the label and it was loaded with preservatives and even corn syrup. Why? Its bread crumbs. I started making my own bread crumbs for everyone. Now I have noticed that I look at ingredient labels more when shopping.

If you need some easy and quick, but very nutritional recipes - just let me know. I would love to share what I have learned over the past 2.5 years.

Picture is of our 2 bassets and son on vacation in a hotel room. They don't get to be on the bed at they were treated like queens on vacation.

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June 9, 20080 found this helpful

My dog has bad skin allergies so I thought I would switch to my home-made food. I found what seemed like a good healthy recipe, it was potatoes, carrots and ground turkey, I forget the proportions of vegeys to meat, but she contracted a bladder infection soon after starting the new diet, my vet said she was getting the wrong proportion of protein to carb and that caused the infection. My poor dog has been on cortisone for 3plus years now, I finally took her off, feed her "Eagle Pack" holistic select anchovy,sardine and sweet potato formula dry dog food, also I give her Benedryl twice daily, she hardly ever scratches now and her coat has grown back beautifully, I highly recommend this for those who have bad skin allergies, cuz that cortisone is bad news for the long term.

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By junebug_000 (Guest Post)
June 10, 20080 found this helpful

Just make sure they get the correct vitamins and nutrients they need and not too much fat. It can be difficult to get a balanced diet from a homemade diet if you don't know much about nutrition. Store bought dog foods are balanced for what a dog needs. Just remember about all the food recalls on human foods too. Just because you make your dog food doesn't make your dog safe :)

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By Robbynb (Guest Post)
June 10, 20080 found this helpful

Gourmet Dog Bakery:
I would be very interested in any recipes you have, I am considering making up treats to sell/and or give as gifts. Robbyn in Wisconsin

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By 0 found this helpful
April 30, 2016

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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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

Please assist me with a homemade vegetarian recipe for dog food to feed my 2 month old German Shepherd.

By Ash

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