Homemade Dog Food Recipes

I just wanted to share a recipe that I use for my five month old Shih Tzu puppies, Cooper and Bentley.


In a large crock pot, I use a whole natural chicken along with beef stew meat, chicken livers and chicken gizzards with added water and olive oil. That cooks about 8 hours.

Then in a stock pot, I boil 3 large yellow squash, 3 large zucchini, and 3 large sweet potatoes. I use fresh carrots and green beans with peas added, I also use 9 boiled eggs. Then on hand, I have a can of all natural pumpkin to add to this. I use 6 cups brown or white rice. I debone the chicken, you don't want splinters in their food. After all is cooked, keep in mind that I don't throw away the broth from the meat. We don't want the food to be dry.

It all cools for a bit, then I use my food processor and blend it all together. I don't make it too soft, but it is blended quite well. After that, I add the rice and pumpkin, mix it really good with my hands, put it into containers and freeze. They also get their multi-vitamins.

Since they have been on this diet, they are extremely happy and very healthy puppies. I consulted with my vet and she loves this diet. I'm not sure if you have picky eaters, but I have found my dogs to be very picky. I was spending a small fortune to find a healthy food in the stores and they would lose interest so fast. I enjoy watching them go crazy while their food is cooking. The best is watching them gobble it down. I hope you enjoy.

Total Time: 1 1/2 hours to complete

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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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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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October 31, 2004

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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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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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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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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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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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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June 9, 2008

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
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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
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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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June 10, 20080 found this helpful
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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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January 6, 20090 found this helpful
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My little Westie, Nik, got a bad reaction from the contaminated dog food scare last year. I have now switched him over to mostly homecooked food like chicken , fresh veggies, some brown rice, sweet potatoes, as well as some vitamin suppliments. I still give him some organic kibble but have found that he is doing better on what I make. HTH

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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?

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September 11, 2020

I make my dogs food at home, the recipe calls for 2 1/2 lbs of dry, tiny, whole wheat macaroni. To replace it with white rice how many cups of dry rice I need?

The recipe makes 13lbs of dog food


September 11, 20200 found this helpful
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I know you love your dog and you make his own dog food for him to eat. But adding uncooked rice to the dog food is not a good idea at all. Any vet will tell you the truth if you want to feed the dog rice, which I do myself all the time, it has to be cooked. You can't just give the dog dry uncooked rice in his dog food.

It has been years and years since they outlawed throwing rice at a wedding because it was killing birds. If you can't feed birds dry rice then it is the same with your dog. Before you decide to add the rice to the dog food instead of the pasta you are using right now I would consult your vet first. This is not a good idea for me and I have been feeding rice to my dogs for over 20 years now. Plus on top of this, I always cook my pasta before I feed it to my dogs. I have never given my dogs uncooked pasta to eat. I know uncooked pasta isn't bad because when we were kids in school and they gave us a project with pasta to make most of us ate it. Please before you feed your dog uncooked rice ask your vet. This isn't good for him at all.

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August 31, 2016

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.


September 1, 20160 found this helpful
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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
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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.

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 14, 2008

Is Guar gum safe for dogs? I've been thinking about using it in some dog recipes.
Does anyone know anything about this ingredient?


February 14, 20080 found this helpful
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Guar gum is classified as:GRAS(generally recognized as safe). It's a common ingredient in dog food.

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January 7, 2012

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.

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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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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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