Kiss Kibble Goodbye: Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Bowl of homemade dog food veggetablesImagine if you had to eat the same food every meal, every day of your life. Beyond being painfully dull, wouldn’t you question whether you’re getting a nutritionally balanced diet? Welcome to a dog’s life.

Long ago before commercially produced dog food, dogs ate a lot of the same foods as humans. There’s a reason our dogs beg for our food – they’re meant to eat a variety. Table scraps anyone?

Homemade dog food can benefit your canine companion in a number of ways — especially if you have a pet who suffers from allergies, gastrointestinal sensitivity or skin problems. It’s also a good idea to have these recipes handy in case you happen to run out of dog food. Treat your dog as you would any of your other family members by preparing nutritious food from trusted ingredients.

Here, we’ll give you some tips on how to make dog food, nutrition guidelines and our favorite homemade dog food recipes. We guarantee your pup will benefit from your efforts and could even improve behavioral problems that stem from dietary deficiencies.

What Nutrition Guidelines Should You Follow?

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Before embarking on a homemade diet, consult with your veterinarian to make sure you’re not barking up the wrong tree with your dog’s basic nutritional needs. Here are some daily must-haves with general balance guidelines. Serving sizes depend on your pup’s weight, size and activity level. Learn more about how much food you should feed your puppy.

  • 40% Protein – animal meat, seafood, eggs or dairy
  • 10% Carbohydrates – grains and beans
  • 50% Vegetables
  • Fat – from oil or meat
  • Calcium – crushed or powdered eggshells; a supplement
  • Fatty acids – cooked egg yolks, oatmeal, plant oils and other foods

Low-Calorie Dog Food Recipes

A note about calories: all the recipes listed below are better for your dogs than canned dog food or kibble because they are made from all natural products with no additives or preservatives. That being said, they are relatively lower in calories as a result but should be consumed in moderation (service side similar to what they currently eat). See serving size recommendations above.

Don’t Feel Like Cooking?

Today we are lucky enough to have the option to purchase fresh, natural dog food that can be delivered to your doorstep. PetPlate ships frozen so you can keep it for when you want to treat your pup or serve it every day as a part of regular meal time. No dog will complain about this tasty meal made with fresh and easy to pronounce human-grade ingredients and you can spend your time on more important things, like belly rubs and walks!

Our Favorite Homemade Dog Food Recipes

We’ve written up some of our favorite dog food recipes to share with you. To jump to a recipe you’re interested in, click on the link below. We also have some yummy organic dog treat recipes and treats made with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Note: Serving size is not included because portion sizes vary depending on a number of factors including breed, activity level, age, and health of your dog. We recommend feeding your dog a comparable amount of ounces/cups that you would usually feed your dog.

Beef Stew, Doggie Style | Turkey, Rice and Veggie Mix | Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal | Pumpkin Dog Biscuits | Grain-Free Chicken Jerky Strips | Frozen Banana Treats

Beef Stew, Doggie Style

Diced carrots

A much healthier alternative to canned dog food, this recipe is loaded with fresh protein and vitamins and can be stored in your fridge for most of the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of beef stew meat
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, diced
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water or organic vegetable oil, plus 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying

Total: Makes approx 4 cups (or 32 fluid ounces)

Directions

  1. Cook the sweet potato in a microwave for 5 to 8 minutes until firm but tender. Set aside.
  2. Slice the stew pieces into smaller chunks, about the size of a nickel.
  3. Cook the stew pieces in a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until well-done.
  4. Remove the beef chunks from the pan, reserving the drippings.
  5. Dice the sweet potato.
  6. Heat the drippings over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour and water into the dripping while whisking to create a thick gravy.
  7. Add the meat, sweet potato, carrots and green beans into the gravy and stir to coat.
  8. Cook until the carrots are tender – about 10 minutes.
  9. Serve cool.
  10. Store remaining stew in the fridge for up to five days.

Turkey, Rice and Veggie Mix

Brown rice in jar

This is an excellent recipe for pooches who may need to keep the pounds off. With a good balance of lean animal protein, healthy carbs and veggies, it yields 10 cups of dog food and can be refrigerated for up to five days.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 (16 ounces) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower

Total: Makes approx 12 cups (or 96 fluid ounces)

Directions

  1. Place the water, ground turkey, rice and rosemary into a large Dutch oven.
  2. Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and cool.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal

Kidney beans

We love this recipe for its nutritional value, its quick prep time (10 minutes) and the easy crockpot cooking. It yields 12 cups and can be frozen for future feedings.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 ½ cups diced carrots
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 4 cups of water

Total: Makes approx 11 cups (or 88 fluid ounces)

Directions

  1. Stir in all ingredients with 4 cups of water in a crockpot.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or high heat for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Stir as needed and cool to room temperature.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Textured pumpkin puree

Are you looking for a doggie digestive aid? Pumpkin is easy on sour stomachs and can help alleviate your dog’s digestive issues. These homemade dog biscuits are a great way to introduce an all-natural tummy aid into your pup’s diet.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extremely cold water
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 2 cups whole grain brown rice flour
  • 1 large egg (you can omit this if your dog is allergic to eggs)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil or olive oil

Total: Makes approx 24 1 oz balls (or 24 fluid ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 320 – 350 degrees.
  2. Use two baking sheets and baking paper to avoid sticking.
  3. Mix lightly beaten egg and pumpkin in a separate container until smooth. (If you don’t want to use egg then smooth out the pumpkin puree separately and proceed to the next step.)
  4. In a larger bowl, combine flax-seed oil and brown rice flour.
  5. With constant stirring, add the pumpkin mixture to the rice mixture and slowly add water. Be sure to leave some of the rice to be used as some sort of toppings.
  6. Hand mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  7. Using two pieces of baking or waxed paper, roll dough out to desired thickness.
  8. Remove the top baking paper.
  9. Evenly pour rice flour onto the top of the dough and lightly press it to the waxed baking paper.
  10. Remove the paper and cut to desired sizes.
  11. Place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is completely dry.
  12. Cool and store in a dry plastic or glass container until ready to be served.

Grain-Free Dog Food Recipe: Chicken Jerky StripsRaw chicken breast in slices

Don’t trust store-bought rawhides, which often have a ton of additives and preservatives? Homemade chicken jerky strips are a perfect replacement. This grain-free recipe is a much healthier alternative and very easy to make. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks (if they last that long!).

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Total: Makes approx 10-20 strips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Trim all excess fat off the chicken breasts
  3. Cut into 1/8 inch thick strips using a paring knife
  4. Bake for 2 hours on a baking sheet until the strips are dry and hard
  5. Cool completely before presenting to your pooch.

Frozen Banana Treats

Creamy peanut butter

After a long walk in the hot sun, what pooch wouldn’t want a refreshing treat? We absolutely love this simple recipe – yogurt, banana and peanut butter. It’s a frozen smoothie for your dog. Need we say more?

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 bananas, ripe, peeled & mashed

Total: Makes approx 8 1 oz treats

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients into a puree.
  2. Pour into 4-ounce plastic cups (ice trays or toddler popsicle trays work well).
  3. Freeze until firm.
  4. Can be kept in the freezer for up to two weeks.

How To Make Dog Food

It’s important not to stray from homemade dog food recipes or substitute ingredients as you might for yourself and your family. Dogs have different nutritional needs that require cooking recipes exactly as instructed. Be sure to cook all animal products thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria and cook all grains, beans and starchy vegetables to make them easier for your pooch to digest.

When in doubt, an excellent resource is Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, Ph.D., a long-time expert in veterinary medicine. First published in 1999, the book is now free online and is considered by many pet nutritionists to be the Bible of healthy homemade pet nutrition.

For even more cooking options, be sure to check out Home Cooking for Your Dog: 75 Holistic Recipes for a Healthier Dog.

What About BARF?

No, we’re not implying your new canine culinary skills will cause your pet harm; we’re referring to the raw diet, more affectionately known as BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), which has gained a lot of popularity among dog owners over the last few years. The basic idea is to feed your dog raw meats, grains and veggies just as his canine ancestors did millions of years ago.

While you can find a lot of raw dog food recipes online and some veterinarians may recommend it, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is not on board with BARF. Citing a number of studies, the AVMA discourages feeding raw or undercooked animal proteins as they contain potentially deadly pathogens that not only can sicken your pet but also can be secondarily transmitted to humans. Yikes!

Video Cooking For Canines: Online Help

There’s no shortage of homemade dog food recipes you can find online. We stumbled upon this fun and informative video series that gives you weekly recipe tutorials, tips and more. Check it out in case you want to subscribe through YouTube.

Most of all, have fun with your new status as your pup’s chef. We hope we’ve given you some good places to start and tasty recipes for your pooch to appreciate. Even if you’re not a master in the kitchen, homemade dog food sure beats every day of kibble!

What Foods Should Your Dog Never Eat?

As a dog owner, you’ve likely come across this essential list before, but it’s always good to have it on hand as a reminder, especially if you’re cooking dog food from scratch. The principal toxic foods include:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocados
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw bread dough
  • Alcohol

For a more extensive list, check out this article.

Tired Of Cooking?

If you want your pup to experience homemade food, but you don’t have time, give PetPlate a shot. With this service, you can have natural, fresh dog food sent right to your house! Or read our article on other dog food delivery options to have healthy fresh meals, kibble or other dog food arrive at your doorstep when you need it.

Do you have any homemade dog food recipes to recommend?

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Sally grew up in a feline-only home, but cat allergies in her early 20’s made it an easy transition to dog ownership. And she couldn’t be happier with her canine shadow, who’s been at her side (literally) for years. No longer a cat person for obvious reasons, Sally is now a true bone-ified dog lover.

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Kathy
Are there any specific recommended recipes for dogs that are susceptible to yeast eat infections?
Kathy
What are the recommended portions of food from these recipes for the various size dogs?
Kay
Hi Kathy! I believe there was a link toward the beginning of the article but, for a puppy, the general rule (from what I understand) is 1/2 a cup for every 5 pounds of weight. So, if your pup weighs 15 pounds, you’d feed it 1 1/2 cups a day, ideally splitting it into three servings (most commonly 7am, 12pm, and 5pm) of 1/2 a cup. I hope I helped you out a bit!
Joyce
My Yorker has been diagnosed with lymphgiectasia she is not eating her dry food from the vet ear these recipes shown okay or give her has to be low fat
Maria
I love both my dog and my 4 cats. However, my dog is kind of a gourmet eater and she loves some vegetables like carrot, broccoli and cauliflower. I would not give her something I would not eat but I want to make sure to give her the right nutrition because she is dog.
Anne
I tried to make the Beef Stew and the recipe had me confused (easy to do ). In the listing of ingredients, it says 1/2 cup of flour, and “ 1/2 cup water or organic vegetable oil, plus 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil for frying.” So is that correct? 1/2 cup of water OR 1/2 cup of oil?? Isn’t that kind of a lot of oil? Anyway, I tried the 1/2 cup of water and with 1/2 cup of flour, this became a big ball of yuck. What did I do wrong??
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Correct, you can use a 1/2 cup of water or oil for that recipe. I’m not sure why yours turned into a ball of yuck. I’m sorry it did that. Perhaps your stove was on too high and it didn’t allow for a gravy to form properly?
Michelle Miller
I recently started making my dogs’ food, started as basically just a way of using up excess veggies, and lunch meat in lieu of throwing it away. Just run them– chicken, ham, beef, turkey lunch meat, along with my salad fixings–kale, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes– and the vegetables I mixed in with their wet food every night. Corn, broccoli, lima beans, carrots. Ran everything through the chopper..keep the veggies in one container, the meat in the other. For the first time in years, they eat every bite of their food. And added benefit? It’s WAY cheaper than the $9 a night (I have three big dogs) canned food I’ve been feeding them.
BA SK
Often lunch meat has large amounts of sodium and nitrates and nitrites which can contribute to cancers in humans and animals.
EDWARD COLLINS
I’m so glad I found this site. My wife and I started making the food for our 2 Irish Setters due to chronic digestive issues with several different “high quality” kibbles. Here is what we are doing now and our dogs are thriving:
• 2lbs meat/fish
• 4 eggs ( include crushed shells from 2 of the eggs)
• 2 cups brown or white rice or lentils or barley or a combination of any/all
• ½ cup oats
• 2 Tbsp. fish or olive oil
• 1-9oz package frozen spinach
• 1 package frozen veggies, 10-12oz (we vary this)
• ¼ cup dried parsley
I cook the meat in a pressure cooker with enough water so I can cook the rice in the broth when the meat is done. This saves time and breaks down the bone marrow and connective tissue into the broth. You can simply boil if you do not have a pressure cooker. Cook meat, remove from pot and then add rice and cook.
While that is going on, I add parsley, eggs, oats, all greens/veggies, and oil to a large bowl. I add the meat and let it cool while the rice cooks, shredding it just before I add the rice. Mix well, put in a container. That’s it, it’s ready. Keep refrigerated up to a week. Ours never makes it any longer.
We add 1 tsp Nupro Silver supplement at each of 2 meals we feed daily and a dash of hot water to mix it into a gravy. This gives them all vitamins, minerals, probiotics, amino acids, digestive support and joint support they need and reduces the tedious task of have to greatly vary their diet to account for those things. In the end, I feel it is also more cost effective. The dogs love it!
Feel free to substitute/add other dog friendly ingredients like other greens instead of spinach, beans, pumpkin, organ meat like liver and heart, but only 1 change at a time to avoid loose stools diarrhea.
A single batch of this feeds our 2-65lb Irish Setters for 3 days. I usually make a double batch so that I only have to make 4-5 batches a month.
Alan M
Do you hard boil the eggs?
S.
An important part of my dog’s diet is the kefir course, which she gets in the morning. The probiotic is important. It is homemade kefir with ground flax seed a little raw oats, and either flax or coconut oil. After that she gets a bowl of chicken or fish or leftover meat from my son’s unfinished meals, dal (chana or split peas or lentils) cooked with quinoa or rice (occasionally) or raw oats with veggies like carrots, small potatoescelery, yams or squash or even blueberries. Long ago with other dogs i fed raw lamb when i first read about homemade dog meals, but it is pricey now.I add greens to the stew but often she removes. Therefore i always add wheatgrass power. She gets oil or butter with every bowl of food, feeding the dal/rice/meat dish 2x day. She also gets vinegar in the dal along with indian spices and garlic. Some day yea some nay on garlic but i thing it is good. No onions or avocados. No chocolate or pizza or pasta. She gets the vinegar to help with itchy skin. The fish is generally raw or lightly poached. Their stomachs were designed to be able to handle raw meat. Sometimes she gets eggs lightly cooked, on the loose runny side. I add good homemade bone broths when cooking dal. I add liverwurst to pigs ears for snackage. I also add iodine drops to her water, which is never tap, except when in the park. I am in search of a non rip off vitamin and appreciate others’ comments herein regarding vitamins. And i always examine her . Not saying perfect but better than the hell of neverending kibble. Sometimes i give her a handful of kibble as a snack. Good to keep a small bag of good stuff for emergencies.
Susan
Actually, it is only the skin and pit of avocados that dogs shouldn’t eat. The skin contains “persin”, and this is a toxin for dogs. The pit, obviously, is dangerous because a dog could easily ingest it. However, the actual “meat” of the avocado is great for a dog because it is a superfood. An avocado is a wonderful source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, and typically contains 30 grams of fat, but 20 of these fat grams are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid.
There is even a commercial dog food now that contains avocado, though homemade is what my dogs get and always will.

Finally, the BEST protein I have found my homemade dog food is burro meat. It contains no fat, so I add a bit of coconut oil. It’s not always easy to find unless you live in a Latin American country, but if you do find it, grab it!!

Brad L
All of the above dog food recipes will be deficient in many essential nutrients. There is no significant source of calcium or adequate sources of micronutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin D, etc. In addition to lacking calcium, the calcium:phosphorus ratio is an important consideration. Please consult your veterinarian before feeding any home diet. These are not adequate!!
Susan
You can increase calcium by adding the following to homemade dog food:

vegetables and legumes such as broccoli, spinach, and beans, as well as fish (tuna and salmon are especially calcium-rich). You can also ground up some eggshells, as this is a natural calcium-rich food for dogs.

Mandy
I did read a section in this article that a dddressed supplementing with calcium using eggshell powder but perhaps you missed that part. Thank you for mentioning the calcium/phosphorous ratios though. Do you know of a reliable reference on this subject that might suggest best ratios by bred type or size of dog?
EDWARD COLLINS
I add Nupro Silver, problem solved.
Angela
I add Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins to the food I cook for my dog
Shubha prakash
Hi, I have a 2.4yr old st.bernard.since past yr i feed him homemade food as he was becoming sick with store brought kibbles.I give him rice,pulses, chicken/lamb and atleast 1 type of vegetable everyday, with glenand dog biscuits as treats. But since a puppy he has a skin allergy(with itching) which goes away with lotions/creams but keep on reoccurring every now & then. Can u pls suggest a better diet that help him with healthy skin.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
We recommend you talk to your vet to determine the best dietary plan for your dog.
Jrigadoon
I would switch the white rice to brown rice, barley or oatmeal. Lower glycemic which helps with skin issues. No peas or beans.
Monica
Many dogs and cats now have allergies to chicken unless solely grass fed. I feed other meats, include organ meats and use coconut oil.
Vicki Cornwell
My Doxie is 13 years and has lost most of his teeth. Need a snack that is soft for him to eat. A lot of store bought up set his stomach. He is on a special dog food from his vet. Thanks
Catherine Kidd
maybe grind up some leftover cooked meats with peanut butter and make little 1 tsp sized balls?
Susan
I am making food for my 7 year old shih tzu. I have read books and am putting in 1/4 tea egg shells for calcium and some chicken liver with the meat, vegetables and rice or other grain I use to make the food. Would I need to add a supplement? What do you suggest? My Vet was concerned about me making the food. After a scare with a recall that I did not know about until months after my dog was having problems, I cannot imaging that the canned food I used is better for my dog. But, I want to make the food and make it the best I can. Thank you.
Tom
We have 3 Chinese crested’s and I have been making there food for over 6 years now.
I make a month at a time, I use Chicken thighs with skin and bone:pumpkin:Spinach or Kale depends what the store has the day I go shopping try for Kale:Carrots:
Egg with shell: Celery: Milled Flax seed. our vet has us giving the dogs a kids vitamin one that does not have Xylitol.
Monica
You can add some mussels for trace minerals.
Cat
I have 3 dogs, a border collie, poodle mix and a daschund. They get along very well and we take them daily for at least an hour and 1/2 walk. Lately though, the two smaller ones refuse to eat at their normal feeding time. Dennis, the collie, happily eats, but Teddy and Murdog shiver and hide. I work from home and make their gravy from fresh veg. We spend plenty time together and they are loved and very well taken care of. Why have the little ones behaviour changed so drastically in such a short time?
Virginia Childress
I cook for our dogs. We have a 13 year old standard poodle, a yellow lab who is 14 and 2 toy rat terriers. The poodle was seriously sick about a month ago. We did not get a specific diagnosis but he had fever of 107 he did not perk his ears, wag his tail, his rear legs could barely hold him up to pee. He had to be carried out and back in. The only thing he would eat was baked chicken thighs. Now he is back to normal and the lab is sick. Today she was able to get up without assistance one time and twice she was able to get up the 4 steps to the porch. There has been about 2 weeks that she could not get up without assistance She has not had the high fever and both have an occasional huffy cough.
I cook I large sweet potato, about a quart of fresh turnip greens in 3 1/2 quarts of water which has 1 tablespoon of salt in it. When the water barely starts to boil I sprinkle a mixture of long grain white rice and brown rice in while stirring. Some times I add a pint of frozen mixed vegetables (with Lima beans). I set the stove as low as it will go and stir occasionally to be sure it is not sticking. You will think it is too much water but it will all be absorbed. I cook a large pack of chicken thighs in the oven at 280 degrees for about an hour and a half about every 4 days. I use 2 or 3 a day. When the other stuff is done I cut the 2 or 3 thighs up with the scissors and add some of the liquid from the cooking of the chicken. I dip up 2 and 1/2 cups of the mixture for each large dog 2 times a day. One time a day I crush one multiple vitamin and 2 glucosamine regular human vitamins and add to each big dog serving. Both times a day I add 1 tablespoon of dry milk. To each serving. Sometimes I use ground beef. And sometimes I add chicken livers.
I add 1/2 of a child’s multiple vitamins to each of the 10 to 12 pound dogs’ food. I feed them about 3/4 of a cup. One of the terriers who are littermates has had a terrible probables with her skin. It is lots better since I have been cooking. All 4 of the dogs eat without raising their heads.
The one time that Molly got up without assistance today was when she saw me with the food. I haven’t figured the cost but know that it is cheaper than the high end food we had been feeding. Actually it does taste good, I taste it every day.
Sylvia Zammit
My 9 year old dog has diabetes. I refused dietary dog food but what can i give her? What do I avoid? She used to love cooked chicken breast but getting bored of it
Virginia Childress
Find out from your vet how much insulin she needs for 10 grams of carbohydrate. Then to the chicken or other meats add turnip greens and sweet potatoes. You might add a small amount of rice Cook the rice in 7 times more water than rice. ( 1 cup of rice to 7 cups of water or 1/4 cup rice to 1 and 3/4 cups if water. 1/2 cup rice to 3 1/2 cups water. I know every rice chart says less but dogs like it better with more water AND dogs drink less water if there is more in the rice.
Figure up how many carbs are in the rice and sweet potatoes and give enough insulin to cover it. Also using chicken thighs with the skin might be more satisfying. The fat in the skin is very appealing to dogs and is satisfying.
sam
Beans are not good for dogs to hard to digest
Phail owens
I cook 1 lb ground turkey, then partially heat ground beef, 1/2 lb chopped carrots and 1 lb unsalted sweet peas. I divide this into one cup containers. Is this enough nutrion for my 50lb mixed breed?
Gloria
They need a vitamin and mineral supplement, also rice or barley for carbs. Dinovite is a vitamin/mineral/probiotic supplement
Taylor
How many cups per feeding and how many times a day?
Ty
Gail
No they need vitamins and enzymes, as do most of these home cooked recipes. Digestive enzymes, so go check out the website enzymes and click on Pet’s and talk to your vet about giving a multi vitamin, many will prescribe a child’s vitamin. Your cooking ok but not so much burger. And many dogs allergies stem from food. Try adding in pumpkin purée and some greens no beans! Brown rice not white. Bsrley, peas,sweet potatoes no white potatoes. Poultry chicken and turkey many dogs are allergic to. Even humans need digestive enzymes. Most problems with skin and digestion is because of no enzymes!
Mark
I’m always preparing food for my dogs per week, and put in freezer.
What can i add to avoid bad smell after freezing 3 days.
Amber
It would probably be a good idea to mention that many grocery store peanut butters contain xylitol, a chemical that is poisonous to dogs. Always read your lables and always do your research!! There is more that’s bad for them than grapes and garlic.
Louis mum
She did say there was more and there is a link to the list of them
Ann
These recipes are Not appropriate for dogs.
Andrea D Davis
What a load of crap. There isn’t a single good recipe that is appropriate for dogs here. Have you even watched the Canine Cancer Series? I’m looking for a good recipe for my sister’s dog (I feed raw & wouldn’t feed this garbage to any dog). 40% protein is crap. 80% protein is required. 10% offal 10% bone (added after cooking or a good bone meal supplement) any add ins like green leafy veggies & a very few berries would be in addition to this. Oats & rice are grains, sweet potato, apple, beets, peas. Nothing I’d feed my carnivore ever.
Chad
I wondered why they cooked everything too when do dogs find cooked meat in nature
TCBe
When do dogs live for 14 years in the wild? Cooking meat kills pathogens found in nature, as well as in your favorite grocery store or your favorite butcher. It also kills a few vitamins, but not so many as to cause a problem if you get all the ingredients correct. I don’t trust recipes from amateurs, most of them prove themselves inadequate to the job by anyone with some basic knowledge. I particularly don’t trust rice because of it’s arsenic content (read Consumer Reports, unless you are skeptical about education).
Gloria
I use barley instead or rice
Taylor
Can I use quinoa?
Gloria
instead of rice
Sher
Back in the day when you hunted your food and drug your woman by the hair you didn’t cook meat that you ate either. Then you found fire and a better tasting and safer way to enjoy your meal.
Tessa S
Haven’t we evolved? So haven’t our now domesticated dogs evolved?

If these recipes are not suitable, what would you suggest as a suitable diet? I’m just starting to feed my senior dog homemade food and there are SO many different points of view, it’s hard to know what’s correct.

Mary F. Gibbs
why so cranky…the Canine Cancer Series has just come to light so give folks time to know what it is. YOu were looking for help in feeding…so give others a chance to learn too.
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Naturally a dog is not a carnivoire they are omnivores the veg and fruits balance the diet and allow them a more balanced digestive tract.
Catherine Kidd
^^ you’ve just made me laff ’cause you’ve reminded me of my dachshund (17+ yrs old) eating tomatoes and blackberries off the vine and carrot peelings. he’s why I stopped gardening! i once remarked that the only thing he wouldn’t eat is fire, then Daughter responded, “yeah, but he’d try”.
jill
Too funny, our two goldens would always find the wild blackberries before we did. We thought it was deer at first until we caught them in the act. Dogs DO like berries!!!
Brooke
What’s wrong with grains?
jill
Thank you Andrea, your formula makes much more sense, and remember reading about the tests for high protein, it is pretty much the formula I use as well. For people who are just treading water, a handful of their usual kibbles while they get their formula perfected would be advisable. And wean from there when they have confidence, or just continue to add that handful…but homemade dog food, when you get it right, is the bomb! If you have it down, you will see a huge difference in your pups. Both in appearance and energy. And really so easy, make up a month at a time and freeze in pound containers. And you are also recycling all those pound containers you would otherwise throw out. It’s all good. Jill
Judy Eklund
I am thinking about cooking for my 4 year old husky and I am just starting to do the research. My question is can you do a combination of dog food (she eats Blue Basic grain free) and a combination of homemade meals.
Nichole
From what i have read on line, substituting half and half is a good start for that.
Dog@Dog
That’s fine. I think that as long as you are feeding a high-quality dog food, you shouldn’t worry about feeding that alternately. Your listed dog food is not perfect, but hardly any are. Most of the questionable ingredients are unsure in their claims.
Louis mum
I have read an article that says you shouldn’t if you are RAW feeding … Otherwise yes you can xxx
Brittney
So in the beginning of the article it does mention supplementing with a calcium supplement or crushed egg shells.
The recipes that follow do not call for any added calcium.
I always add 900mg calcium per pound of homemade food (or 1/2 t crushed egg shells).
The recipes as written would be phosphorous heavy- and would require the calcium to be added to be complete and balanced and replace dog food.
Taylor
Do you crush the egg shells until they are powderlike?
Cheryl Hales
I blend the shells till they are like powder.
Terry
My Cockapoo is my best friend, my hearing (I am deaf), and just precious to me. She has seizures which I believe are a result of recommendations from my vet to give her preventative Ivahart. I stopped giving her all drugs except the phenobarbital which she will be on for the rest of her life. I say this because she almost died last year from a very severe seizure. She has had hip surgery from a fall from my porch chasing other dogs. That is the background. Now, after wasting money on commercial dog food I have thrown away many times. After watching my dog not eat at all, vomit, loose bowls, and dull coat – I decided to cook for her and have been for many years now. She weighs about 15 pounds, feels heavy when I pick her up, but she is all muscle, not fat.

When she poops on her pads, (she is a house dog mostly), I can reuse the pads after dumping. Of course with a microscope you will see the residue, but to the naked eye, clean. Yes her poop smells, but not like it did when she ate kibble or canned food.

I don’t give her dog treats. She gets carrots, watermelon, celery (doesn’t like celery too much), and once in a while a smear of natural peanut butter on a carrot. I pretty much cook for her like the recipes in this article. No flour though. And no seasoning of any kind. When she gets an occasional upset stomach, I give here white rice and chicken only.

She eats two small meals a day, about a half cup each. And a small amount to take her med with at the end of the day. I brush her teeth because soft food sticks. After what she went through with a pro cleaning, I don’t want her to be sad and hurt again. So never will she go to bed without a cleaning. I try to remember to brush after breakfast as well. I was giving her Dancing Paws vitamins but I can’t seem to get them anywhere anymore. So now I am researching organic vitamins.

It’s funny, my family has had dogs all my life and they ate what we ate, and they lived long lives. We could not afford dog food being poor, so most times they ate scraps, but they were never sick or in need of a vet. Things have really changed.

I take charge and responsibility for my dog. I realize Vets are so called professionals, but my dog is very dear to me. I do what I think is best. And because she has seizures I am researching an opt out for rabies shots. She is healthy, runs like a puppy and since I don’t give her chemicals besides her meds, she seems happier. She was given to me about 7 or 8 years ago so I don’t know her exact age. She is all muscle and strong. I hope this helps someone. Thanks for reading.

LISA C
Look up the supplement diatomaceous earth. Cheap on amazon. Lots of benefits for people, plants, pets! I drink some in my water and add it to my dogs food.
Chel
Terry, you are a terrific dog parent. It does my heart good to read about it!
Hope
My little dog is 8 years old I have had her for about 2 months she is a rescue dog, we have bonded very much and she is health. A few days ago she stopped eating I have tried changing her dog food but she will have nothing to do with it and I have tried to give her chicken and hamburger but she wont eat that either. What should I do? Help I am getting very worried about. Thanks for your help.
Roxy
Hi I hope your dog is eating now but if not I have a recommendation for you, my 8 month puppy stop eating kibble so I started cooking for him, this is my first dog so I don’t have so much experience. Weel after some months eating cook chicken with vegetables and other snacks he stopped eating again I think he got bored (again) so I bought greek gods greek yogurt (plain) and he love his food again, maybe you can try something like this.
Dog@Dog
So dairy products may not make you dog drop down dead, but they’re still not good for dogs! It’s annoying because SO many dog products have dairy in them EVEN IN HOME MADE RECIPES! Dairy, through studies, has lactose in it–which may cause a real stomach upset in some dogs! Although some dogs are fine with dairy (tough stomachs!) I prefer to avoid it along with the risk of sickness and stomach upset.
Michelle M. MacDonald
I make my own yogurt/greek yogurt. When I strain the whey from the yogurt to create Greek yogurt, my dog loves it mixed in his food as well as yogurt itself from time to time.
Monica
They would all love it but that doesn’t mean it’s hood for them. Just a comment.
Monica
They need a variety of meats. We’d get bored too if we ate the same thing everyday.
Linda Gallant
Poor baby could be teeth are bothering her . I recently had the same trouble & It was her teeth .