Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Meeting the nutritional needs of your pooch is important, which is why you probably search for the best dog foods available when it comes to feeding your pup. Making sure there are enough nutrients, vitamins and minerals is crucial.

Unfortunately, most commercially made dog food is not great for your dog. Nutrition is hard to come by in something full of junk like meat byproducts and artificial fillers. These sorts of ingredients are no good for your dog or their health.

Pups can suffer from allergies just the same as humans can, and they can be left as miserable by these irritants as well. Allergies can manifest in several ways, most commonly they appear as skin rashes that cause your dog to be extremely itchy. A lot of times the symptoms your dog is experiencing can be a result from his food.

Dogs can also experience the same sorts of disease experienced by humans. Health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease, liver failure and obesity are prevalent in dogs. If your pup has health issues like these, they could greatly benefit from homemade dog food.

You might think making dog food yourself is a crazy idea, or that it sounds like too much work. We can assure you that it is not. Here are a few good reasons to make homemade dog food.

Variety – Can you imagine if you were expected to eat the same meal every single day? You can smell the delicious food everyone around you is eating, but you are stuck with your boring diet. Wouldn't that be awful? That's what our pooches live with. Sure, sometimes they get scraps from our plates, but that just teases them. Making your own dog food will give your dog more variety in their diet, enhancing their life.

Budget Friendly – You might think that it will be more expensive to feed Fido fresh foods, but that doesn't have to be the case. It can cost up to five dollars a day to feed your dog wet or dry processed dog food. When making homemade food it can be much cheaper, with some recipes costing only two dollars a day to make. That adds up over time!

Control – If your pooch has allergies or requires dietary restrictions, it can be extremely difficult (not to mention expensive) to find specially prepared food to meet their needs. By making homemade dog food, you have greater control of what they are getting in their bowl and you can ensure that their food is safe for them to eat while still being nutritious and yummy.

A Note Of Caution – Making homemade dog food is simpler than you think – however you need to be careful. When making your dog's food, you need to pay close attention to the nutritional content you are providing.

By making the most nutritious foods, you could be accidentally providing your dog with too many nutrients, and too much of a good thing can still cause problems. Over time these excess nutrients can build up and result in toxicity.

You could also be unintentionally starving your dog of needed nutrients. If your pooch doesn't get enough nutrients this will result in serious deficiencies which would also be no good for your pooch.

When you plan to switch from commercially made food to homemade dog food, be sure to speak with your vet about homemade dog food recipes vet approved. If your vet doesn't feel like homemade is the way to go with your pooch, as what vet recommended dog food you should go with to meet your pup's specific needs. Even the healthiest dog foods that can be made at home might not be the right choice for your pup.

We know that there are a lot of dog owners that feed their dogs a raw food diet. You should know though, that the American Veterinary Medical Association does not approve of raw dog food recipes. Their reasoning is because of the pathogens that can be contained in uncooked meats. These pathogens can make your dog sick, and they could even be transmitted to you.

To help give you a starting point, today we are bringing to you some homemade dog food recipes. To ensure safety for all, we won't be sharing any raw dog food recipes at all, purely cooked recipes.

Getting started

Many people panic when their dog gets some human food and rush to the internet, searching “can dogs eat peas”, “can dogs eat quinoa”, “can dogs eat pumpkin”, “can dogs eat black beans”, “can dogs eat oatmeal, brown rice, zucchini, spinach” …etc. You should be aware of the things your dog can and cannot safely eat, especially if you are going to be making homemade dog food for them.

Dog friendly vegetables include: carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, green beans, pumpkin, and Brussel sprouts

  • When it comes to fruits, Fido can safely enjoy: blueberries, apples and bananas
  • As for grains, dogs can have: oatmeal and brown rice
  • Now, for how to make dog food, keep reading!

Homemade dog food recipes

In this section you will find some of our favorite recipes for homemade dog food. There will be options for regular food, high fiber dog food and food suitable for a bland diet for dogs so consider what your pooch needs before making it.

1. Turkey and rice dog food

Ground turkey – One pound

Brown Rice – Two cups

Dried rosemary – one teaspoon

Mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, etc) – eight ounces

Water – six cups

  • On the stovetop in a large pot add the rice, water, turkey and rosemary.
  • Stir the mixture as the turkey cooks and bring the pot to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and allow the pot to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Now add in the vegetables and cook everything for five minutes more.
  • Take the pot off the heat and let the food cool.
  • Place the homemade dog food storage in the fridge until you are ready to feed your dog.

2. Doggie meatloaf

Ground beef – one pound

Rolled oats – one and a half cups

Eggs – two

Mixed vegetables – one and a half cups (grated)

Cottage cheese – half a cup

  • Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pour mixture into a pan and press it down firmly.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40 minutes.
  • Allow meatloaf to cool then slice it.
  • To prolong the dog food storage, freeze slices individually and thaw before feeding.

3. Doggie beef stew

Ground meat – one pound (can be beef, turkey or chicken)

Sweet potato – one large, diced

Carrot – one, diced

Green beans – one cup, chopped

Peas – half a cup (can be frozen)

Water

  • Cook the meat and don't drain the fat
  • Add the potato, carrot and green beans to the pot and pour in enough water to cover everything
  • Bring the pot to a boil
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add in the peas
  • Let the stew cool
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer

4. Salmon skillet

Cooked boneless, skinless salmon – three ounces

Spinach – half a cup, chopped

Eggs – two

Olive oil – one teaspoon

  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil
  • Once heated, add the spinach and salmon to the skillet and heat through
  • Crack the eggs into the skillet and stir, allowing them to cook
  • Mix everything together
  • Cool before serving to your pooch

5. Liver and beef

Ground beef – half a cup

Chopped liver – three ounces

Brown rice – four cups

Mixed vegetables – two cups, chopped

Rolled oats – quarter cup

Eggs – two, beaten

Milk – half a cup

Parsley – two tablespoons, chopped

Olive oil – three tablespoons

  • In a large pot, add the oats, rice and water and bring it to a boil
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and turn the heat down to low
  • Cook until the water has been absorbed
  • Allow to cool
  • Cut into servings and store until ready to serve

6. Doggie meatballs

Ground beef – one pound

Apples – half a cup, grated

Honey – quarter cup

Olive oil – two tablespoons

Parsley – one tablespoon, dried

  • Combine all of the ingredients
  • Separate into small chunks and roll into balls
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes
  • Allow the meatballs to cool
  • Store extras in the fridge or freezer

7. Doggie cottage pie

Ground beef – one pound

Potatoes, cooked and mashed – one and one third cups

Carrots – half a cup, peeled and chopped

Peas – half a cup

Parsley – one teaspoon, chopped

  • Mix all of the ingredients together
  • Separate mixture into the sections of a muffin tin
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done
  • Allow to cool
  • Refrigerate or freeze extra

8. Egg and tapioca dog food

Tapioca – two cups, cooked

Chicken fat – one tablespoon (leftover from cooking chicken)

Eggs – three

Broccoli – half a cup

  • In a large pot, hard boil the eggs
  • Allow the eggs to cool completely
  • Peel and dive the eggs
  • Add them to a pan with chicken fat, broccoli and tapioca
  • Cook until mixed and heated through
  • Allow to cool

9. Rice and beans

Ground beef – two and a half pounds

Brown rice – one and a half cups

Kidney beans – one can, drained and rinsed

Carrots – one and a half cups, diced

Butternut squash – one and a half cups, chopped

Peas – half a cup

Water – four cups

  • In a large pot, cook the ground beef
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until the water is absorbed
  • Allow to cool before serving
  • Store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer

10. Beef and rice dinner

Ground beef – one pound

Brown rice – half a cup, cooked

Boiled eggs – two, chopped

Cauliflower – one cup, steamed and chopped

Carrots – half a cup, chopped

Cottage cheese – two tablespoons

  • In a large pan, thoroughly cook the ground beef
  • Add in the rice, eggs, cottage cheese and vegetables and mix thoroughly
  • Allow to cool and then separate into portions
  • Store leftovers in the fridge

11. Rice, greens and turkey

Ground turkey- three pounds

Carrots – two, shredded

Spinach – three cups, chopped

Peas – half a cup

Zucchini – one, shredded

Brown rice – one and a half cups, cooked

Olive oil – one tablespoon

  • In a large pot, heat the oil and cook the ground turkey, breaking it up as you go
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients
  • Cook everything until it is heated and the spinach has wilted
  • Allow to cool before serving
  • Store leftovers

12) Chicken loaf

Ground chicken – two pounds

Brown rice – one cup, cooked

Apple – one, peeled and chopped

Peas – half a cup

Corn – half a cup

Carrots – half a cup

Egg – one

  • In a pot, cook the carrots, peas, apple and corn until soft
  • Add the egg
  • Mash the egg and vegetable mixture
  • Add in the ground chicken and stir together
  • Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes or until it is cooked through
  • Allow to cool before cutting into servings
  • Save extra in the fridge or freezer

13) Chicken in the crockpot

Chicken breasts – two, boneless and skinless

Brown rice – one cup

Carrots – three, sliced into rounds

Green beans – half a pound, cut in half

Sweet potato – one, cut into chunks

Water – two cups

  • Add everything to the crockpot
  • Cook on low for four to six hours
  • Remove chicken breasts and shred them
  • Mix chicken back into crockpot
  • Allow the food to cool before dividing into servings
  • Save leftovers

14) Veggies, beans and beef

Ground beef – two and a half pounds

Squash – one and a half cups, diced

Kidney beans – one can, drained and rinsed

Brown rice – one and a half cups

Peas – half a cup

Carrots – one and a half cups

  • In a large pan, cook the ground beef
  • Add the cooked beef and all of the other ingredients to your crockpot
  • Mix everything together and cover
  • Cook for six hours on low heat
  • Let the meal cool before serving
  • Store your extra servings

15. Super tasty dog food

Ground turkey – three pounds

Brown rice – one and a half cups, cooked

Baby spinach – three cups, chopped

Zucchini – one, shredded

Carrots – two, chopped

Peas – half a cup

Olive oil – one tablespoon

  • On the stovetop in a large pan, add the olive oil and the ground turkey
  • Add the vegetables and the cooked rice
  • Mix everything together thoroughly
  • Allow to cool before portioning
  • Save the leftovers for later

16. Taste of fall stew for dogs

Chicken thighs – two pounds, boneless and skinless

Apples – two, peeled, cored and diced

Kidney beans – one can, drained and rinsed

Sweet potato – one, cubed

Peas – two cups

Green beans – two cups

  • Cut the chicken thighs into chunks
  • Add everything except the peas to your slow cooker
  • Cook on low heat for six hours
  • Add in the peas and cook for another ten minutes
  • Allow to cool before separating into servings
  • Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer

17. Chicken and Liver Doggie Stew

Chicken thighs – three pounds, boneless and skinless

Chicken livers – quarter of a cup

Peas – one cup

Carrots – two, peeled and diced

Green beans – one cup

Apple – one, peeled, cored and chopped

Parsley – one handful, chopped

Olive oil – one tablespoon

Water – three cups

  • Cut the chicken livers and chicken thighs into bite sized chunks
  • Add everything but the peas to your slow cooker
  • For six hours, cook on low
  • Add the peas to everything else and cook for ten minutes more
  • Cool before portioning
  • Put the leftovers in the fridge to save

18. Broccoli and salmon

Salmon – six ounces, with skin

Potatoes – three, diced

Carrots – two, diced

Squash – one, diced

Broccoli – one head, chopped

Olive oil – two tablespoons

  • Place all your vegetables in a steamer and cook them
  • In a pan, add the olive oil and salmon and cook through
  • Mix salmon and vegetables together thoroughly
  • Allow the food to cool before separating into servings
  • If there are leftovers, save them for a later meal by storing in the fridge

19) Doggie thanksgiving dinner

Eggs – two

Green beans – quarter of a cup

Corn – quarter of a cup

Carrots – quarter of a cup

Mashed potatoes – half a cup, plain

Turkey – half a cup, cooked

  • Cook the carrots, green beans and corn
  • Mix the cooked turkey into the vegetables
  • Mix the eggs into the mashed potatoes
  • Add everything to a pan and heat until the eggs are cooked
  • Allow to cool before serving

20) Omelette for doggie

Eggs – two, whisked

Broccoli – half a cup, chopped

Salmon – half a cup, cooked and sliced

Olive oil – one teaspoon

  • In a pan, heat the olive oil
  • Add the eggs to the pan and allow them to cook just a bit
  • Add the salmon and broccoli to the eggs
  • Fold in half to make the doggie omelette
  • Allow to cool before serving

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many different types of homemade food you can make for your beloved dog.

Adding variety to your pup's diet is sure to please them plus it can save you money and make them even healthier!

If you want to make any of these recipes, be sure to talk to your vet about it so you can ensure your pooch is going to be getting adequate nutrition from them.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes
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