There are lots of reason why you would want your dog to eat homemade food. First, it’s daunting to hear horror stories about some byproducts embedded into commercial dog foods. Second, didn’t your little furball deserve something more than just mere processed goods? Learning how to make dog food is the first step in making your dog healthier.
DIY pet food is nutrient-rich and super healthy. Your dog will surely love these homemade recipes that will give them the impression they are eating human food – which makes them feel more special.
Table of Contents
- 1 Quick dog food recipes
- 2 What is good for my dog to eat?
- 3 What is bad for my dog to eat?
- 4 Summary
Quick dog food recipes
Here are some of the best dog food recipes that you wouldn’t want to miss! Often times, it’s good to spoil your little doggo with some home-cooked meals done with love. Don’t worry, these are easy to make so it won’t consume much of your time.
1. Raw patty goodness
This one will take you around 30 minutes to prepare. The output is raw dog food patties that will last for the entire week! Of course, you can double the ingredient amount if you wish to store for another week.
The recipe contains all essential ingredients from fruits & veggies to chicken liver & ground beef. For the cooking tools, you will only need your food processor, a large bowl, and some baking sheet.
- 4 ounces chicken livers
- 2 ½ lbs ground beef
- 1 small apple, cored
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 whole eggs, (you can include the shell)
- ½ cup baby spinach
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed, ground
- ½ cup yogurt, plain
How to do it:
- In your food processor, process the spinach, apple, and carrots until they are finely cut.
- With the exception of ground beef, add the rest of the ingredients into the same food processor.
- Process again to thoroughly combine and produce a certain mixture.
- Now pour the mixture into a large bowl.
- Add the ground beef and start mixing it using your own hands or with a spatula.
- Now get a certain portion (depending on your preference) and form them into patties. It’s advisable to make something like the size of your palm or simply like some other conventional patty you can see.
- Place each patty on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Transfer the patties to the freezer and wait for a few hours until they are solid.
- Now transfer the patties into a freezer storage container and freeze again.
Every night before going to bed, you can remove some patties (good for one day) from the freezer and thaw them in the refrigerator. The next morning you have fresh, homemade dog food that your doggy will surely like!
2. Rice-chicken combo
Who hates chicken? Even your beloved doggo will surely be delighted with something that gives him lots of protein along with a series of other nutrients one can find in this recipe.
The best part is the quick process – cooking time is only 25 minutes! The end result is delicious wild rice and chicken combo treat that look like mini muffins! Now your dog has something to look forward to every day!
- 1 cup chicken, shredded
- 1 cup wild rice, mashed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, diced
- 3 tbsp. rice flour
Note: You can substitute wild rice with any rice variety of your choice.
How to do it:
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Put all ingredients in medium-sized mixing bowl and combine.
- Stir all ingredients well until fully combined
- Now grab a spoon and scoop the mixtures into a brownie pan, filling each portion tight to the top.
- Now bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until they start to show golden brown.
- Let the treats cool first then transfer in a plastic container for pantry storage.
Get enough pieces and serve your dog when necessary. You can also teach your dog the skill to catch the food tossed to him.
3. Mash chicken
Now here’s something good and safe for your dog when he has diarrhea and gas. Well at some point you will have to deal with something like a stomach upset and your pet will need you by his side.
This is probably the easiest recipe you’ll ever encounter. The ingredients are already in the recipe name.
- ½ cup water, warm
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 slice chicken meat
How to do it:
- Boil a handful of chicken for a few minutes until tender.
- You can use the rice available on your table. If not, you have to cook some.
- After cooling for a few minutes, shred the chicken into strips.
- Now combine a cup of cooked rice and the chicken strips into a bowl.
- Pour in the half-cup of warm water and mix.
- Now transfer the food into your dog food bowl so your dog can eat.
When your dog suffers from stomach upset, the first step is to never serve him with his usual food for about 24 hours. Serve him this recipe instead.
Make sure to shred the chicken as fine as you can so your beloved doggo won’t have a hard time digesting. Moreover, easy-to-chew food is friendlier to their guts.
4. Bone-shaped healthy oat dog treat
Here’s your dog’s ultimate treat! You will only need four ingredients and the process is fairly simple.
- ½ cup chicken broth, unsalted
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- 2.5 cups rolled oats
Note: You can substitute chicken broth with a low-fat beef broth
How to do it:
- As with many recipes, start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix in a large mixing bowl the following – egg, chicken/beef broth, and 2 cups of oats. Note: You will use the remaining 1/2 cup of oat in the next steps.
- Combine the ingredients well.
- Now add the ½ cup of left oat and combine again.
- Pour the mixture into a wax paper.
- Now you can knead the dough for about 4 minutes.
- After kneading, wait for at least 3 minutes to give time for the dough to become firm.
- Now start pressing to make it a half-inch thick. This is to attain a better output after the oven.
- Cut the though with a bone-shaped cutter. Then yield as many pieces as you can.
- Transfer each piece onto a parchment paper lined with baking sheet.
- Start baking for 20 minutes.
- After which, transfer the output into someplace where it can cool down.
- Store the treat in a plastic container or a zip bag. The latter is more advisable.
- Freeze the treat.
Note: You can also use any biscuit or cookie cutter you want for various shapes and sizes. The bone-shaped cutter is used in the recipe to justify the title and to make it ideal for dogs.
To make sure you have ample supply when treat time comes, thaw a separate batch in the fridge the night before. You don’t want to serve your dog with something directly from the freezer.
What is good for my dog to eat?
Here are some good additions to your dog’s meal. If you want to know what food is safe for your dog, check this list:
It’s a seafood rich in antioxidants and multivitamins that will do well to your pet’s systems. Kelp contains manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, niacin, riboflavin, vitamins (A, B, C), and thiamin. This humble little marine plant has a lot in store that your dog can benefit.
2. Organ meats
Dogs are naturally carnivorous – purely undebatable. So don’t forget to include some organ meats that will help them grow well. The next time you serve him his meal, make sure to include spleen, green tripe, kidneys, and more.
3. Garlic cloves
You should serve garlic cloves that are raw and crushed. The ideal ratio is to add 1/3 clove per 25kg of your dog’s weight. Crushed raw garlic is a good weapon against parasites, making it a good ingredient if you want to cleanse your dog from the inside. But do NOT put too much for safety purposes (strictly follow the ratio).
Eggs are good for dogs as much as they are good to the human body. However, the trick here is to add a whole, raw egg directly into your dog food. Just break one into his meal. You can also include the shell if you want. It has been found out that shells can give some benefits too.
Sardines are not just your quick food when you’re hungry and nothing else is in the fridge. If you love your dog enough, you might be happy to add this food to his meal. When adding sardines, make sure it’s fresh and you have to freeze it first.
There are some guidelines too – if packed in a tin can, use only those in brine, not oil or vegetable. But you must not include the brine in serving – pour the excess first.
There are some oils that are healthy for your dog. Good examples include pumpkin seed and coconut oil. You might also want to add cod liver oil tablets – recommended dosage is 1000mg tablet per 30kg of dog weight.
Fish is good for everyone, even for animals. The next time you cook some fish recipe, you might want to set the heads aside for dog consumption. Important note: freeze the fish heads first for two (2) days before you serve it to your dog. Freezing can help kill some potentially living worms inside.
8. Probiotic yogurt
Share your love for yogurt by adding a single scoop to your dog’s meal every now and then. Yoghurts contain vitamins that promote a better well-being, which your dog deserves.
9. Bone broth
Often times, there are bone broths left after a good family meal. Instead of disposing of it, give the bone to your dog instead.
What is bad for my dog to eat?
A lot of people have made it a habit of giving human food or leftovers to their pet. While there are a lot of food we deem to be tasty and healthy, there are a lot of common food you see or eat every day that are actually dangerous for your beloved furball.
So if you’re wondering what not to feed your dog, here’s a list.
Caffeine contains a stimulant that is poisonous to dogs. These animals are actually more sensitive to caffeine than an average human. Your dog could be in danger if he happens to swallow at least a handful of tea bags or coffee beans.
Chocolates will forever be delectable to our tongue, but that’s not the case for dogs. This food contains a stimulant – like caffeine – which any dog must avoid.
3. Bread and nuts
It might be tempting but do not share the nuts you’re eating while watching late night movies. Food such as bread and nuts may contain some toxins that can make a dog ill.
Alcohol is already toxic to humans – and the effects can amplify to dogs. The possibility of your dog having diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, decreased coordination, and tremors are enough reason to keep alcohol away from your beloved doggo.
5. Grapes and raisins
This might be a surprise to you but grapes and raisins are also a NO. This food is not safe for dogs.
Learning how to make dog food is a good asset you can utilize to save on your dog expenses. And it puts a personal touch, making your bond deeper. Dogs are not as choosy as us when it comes to food – they can eat almost anything you serve them without a fuss.
You are free to experiment with making any homemade dog food with the available ingredients in your home. You already know what food is safe for your dog and what food is bad for your dog. Now it all boils down to creativity and doing the task heartily out of the love you have for your little furball.