Kiss Kibble Goodbye: Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Person cooking hot dog food in pan Imagine 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?

We’ve cooked up 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.

Article Overview

What Are The Benefits Of Homemade Dog Food?

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.

Ran Out of Dog Food, What Can I Feed My Dog?Highly-processed foods also tend to lose nutritional value, whereas making dog food from scratch maintains more of the vital nutrients during the cooking process. With fresh food, you know exactly what your dog is getting versus reading the label and being confused by all the included additives and preservatives.

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.

What Nutrition Guidelines Should You Follow?

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Just like humans, every dog is different, so this is not meant to be a one-pup-fits-all rule. Serving size, your pup’s weight, health conditions, size and activity level are all factors you should take into consideration when determining what’s right for your dog.

However, in general, there are six basic nutrients required for dogs to maintain a healthy, balanced diet: water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. A mix of these nutrients provides energy for your dog’s body to metabolize and grow. In addition to normal meals, you may also want to add a multivitamin like Zesty Paws Multivitamin Chews to make sure your pup is getting the recommended balance of vitamins and minerals.

Necessary Nutrients

Here are the benefits of the necessary nutrients and why it’s important your pup has adequate amounts of each (listed in order of priority).

  • Protein (chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and cooked eggs) – Helps with growth and maintenance of cells, tissues, organs, antibodies, hormones and enzymes.
  • Fat (from oil and meat) – Assists with the absorption of certain vitamins (see below), protects and insulates internal organs and promotes good skin and hair growth.
  • Carbohydrates (rice, corn and beans) – Keeps intestines healthy and supplies glucose to critical organs, including the brain.
  • Minerals, including calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, etc. – Gives dogs structurally sound bones and teeth, among other benefits.
  • Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K – Promotes weight loss, eye and skin health, immunity and more.

Water accounts for 60-70% of dog’s body weight so it’s critical they stay hydrated in addition to eating a well-balanced diet. Dehydration can lead to a number of health issues so ensure they are drinking enough water throughout the day, too.

Before embarking on a homemade meal plan, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s diet sufficiently meets all its nutritional needs.

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 natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives. That being said, they are relatively lower in calories as a result but should be consumed in moderation (serving sides similar to what they currently eat).

Homemade Dog Food Delivered

In the age of UberEats, DoorDash and having just about anything you can think of delivered, we are lucky to have the option to buy fresh, natural dog food shipped directly to our doorstep. It can be a huge time-saver and may be worth the cost after you add up the prices of all the ingredients you’ll need to cook a recipe.

The Farmer’s Dog ships frozen, allowing you to keep it on hand to treat your pup, or serve it every day as a regular part of mealtime. No dog will complain about these tasty meals 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.

You may also wish to have a collection of pet food recipes on-hand at all times, making a cookbook an excellent choice. Dinner PAWsible is one of our favorites. 

Note: The recipes below do not include serving size because portion sizes will vary depending on breed, weight, activity level, age, and the health of your dog. A common recommendation is to feed your dog a comparable amount of ounces/cups to what you would usually feed in kibble BUT check with your vet to be certain.

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

CBD-Infused Dog Treats

CBD-Infused Dog Treats ingredient listYou can purchase already made CBD dog treats, but if you want to take a whack at making your own, here’s a recipe. Be sure to check with your vet before giving your dog CBD to make sure it is safe for your dog and you are giving the proper amount.


  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 apple, cored and grated
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 120 mg CBD oil

Total: Makes 24 treats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a dog cookie baking tray with coconut oil.
  2. Core and grate the apples, then peel and grate the carrots.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the gluten-free flour, oats, and coconut sugar together. In another medium-sized bowl, beat the egg. Then, add coconut oil, water, and grated apples and carrots.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients bowl; mix completely. Finally, add CBD oil and mix once more.
  5. Using a Tbsp measuring spoon, portion out the dog biscuits and press into the dog treat baking pan. Bake 32-37 minutes or until the biscuits are firm and golden-brown on the outside.
  6. Store in an air-tight container.


The number of dog treats will vary depending on the size of the mold you use. Try to make each dog treat have 2-5 mg of CBD.

Recipe from: Truth Theory

Beef Stew, Doggie Style

Diced carrots

A much healthier alternative to canned dog food, this recipe is loaded with iron from fresh protein and vitamins and can be stored in your fridge for most of the week (or frozen and heated up later).


  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

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

Nutritional Info (per 1 cup serving):

  • Calories: 301
  • Protein: 36.7 g
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbs: 17.4 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Potassium


  1. Cook the sweet potato in a microwave for 5 to 8 minutes until firm but tender. Set aside.
  2. Slice the beef into small chunks, about the size of a nickel.
  3. Cook the beef 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 drippings 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. Let it cool and serve.
  10. Store remaining stew in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe from: Money Crashers

Turkey, Rice And Veggie Mix

Brown rice in jar

This is an excellent, low-calorie and low-fat 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 12 cups of dog food and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


  • 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)

Nutritional Info (per 1 cup serving):

  • Calories: 97
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Fat: 4.3 g
  • Carbs: 4.7 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Iron, Potassium


  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.

Recipe from: Allrecipes

Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Rice Meal

Kidney beans

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


  • 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. 12 cups (or 88 fluid ounces)

Nutritional Info (per 1 cup serving):

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 39.1g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbs: 44.2 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Iron, Potassium, Calcium


  1. Stir in all ingredients with 4 cups of water in a slow cooker.
  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.

Recipe from: Damn Delicious

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.


  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour or gluten-free flour
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (make sure it’s xylitol free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Total: Makes approx. 24 treats

Nutritional Info (per 1 biscuit serving):

  • Calories: 27
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbs: 2.8 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Vitamin D, Iron


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2″ thick. Cut out using cookie cutter.
  5. The dough will be a little sticky, add a dusting of flour to your hands and the rolling pin to help. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Recipe from: My Baking Addiction

Grain-Free Dog Food Recipe: Chicken Jerky Strips

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 2 weeks (if they last that long!).


  • 2 to 4 boneless, 3-oz skinless chicken breasts

Total: Makes approx. 10-20 strips

Nutritional Info (per 1 stick serving):

  • Calories: 33
  • Protein: 7.8 g
  • Fat: >1g
  • Carbs: 0 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Vitamin D, Potassium


  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.

Recipe from: Top Dog Tips

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?


  • 4 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it’s xylitol free)
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled & mashed

Total: Makes approx. 8 1-oz treats

Nutritional Info (per 1 treat serving):

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 8.5 g
  • Fat: 3.7 g
  • Carbs: 19.5 g
  • Minerals & Vitamins: Calcium, Potassium, Iron


  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 keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe from: Dr. Marty

Best Cooking Practices

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.

Dog eating out of bowl (caption: How To Change Dog Food)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 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.

We strongly emphasize first discussing your dog’s specific nutritional needs with your vet as every pup is different. And remember that switching your dog’s food to homemade from kibble is a slow process so patience is key.

What About BARF?

No, we’re not implying your new canine culinary skills will cause your pet to throw up. We’re referring to the raw diet fad, more affectionately known as “BARF” (which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). BARF 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 ate millions of years ago.

Learn more about the benefits and risks and get a raw dog food recipe to try at home in our raw dog food diets article.

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?

Dog Eating in FridgeAs 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 all that sounds like a lot of work but you want your pup to experience homemade food with the convenience of having it delivered to your doorstep, give The Farmer’s Dog a shot. With The Farmer’s Dog, you can have natural, fresh dog food sent right to your house (we’re big fans and customers ourselves)!

While DIY dog food recipes can be fun to make and a healthy alternative to consuming canned food or kibble, they may still lack all the essential minerals and vitamins needed. So in addition to The Farmer’s Dog fresh food, we encourage you to check out these other dog food delivery options that are specially formulated by dog nutritionists and shipped directly to you for your pup to enjoy.

Do you have any homemade dog food recipes to recommend?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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Tanzonia Flakes
August 2, 2020 2:11 pm

My 2 senior dogs and pit pup are very picky eaters. They won’t eat dog food and love people food. But they don’t like how I’m cooking it all the time. They like it for a day then they turn up their noses. I have used ground beef and rice and different green veggies. I tried it with different proteins and blends. They act like they don’t care for any of it. I’m just at a loss for what to do to get them to eat consistently.

July 20, 2020 9:52 pm

For the Beef and Turkey recipes, how much should I feed my dog per day? My 2.5-year-old dog is a Border Collie/German Shepherd mix and weighs about 60 pounds – he’s very lean. I didn’t see any reference on how much to feed him. He’s very picky and only seems to eat the kibble (Nutri Source) because he’s hungry.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 21, 2020 9:41 am
Reply to  Tim

Typically, a 60-pound dog would be fed three cups of food per day, split between morning and evening. I hope that helps!

Suzi B
May 25, 2020 2:22 pm

Can these recipes be dehydrated for longer term storage? I’d like to make it bulk to help save time

Apiffany Gaither Billings
May 26, 2020 1:34 pm
Reply to  Suzi B

You can store recipes in the freezer for approximately a month.

Melody L Lyons
April 17, 2020 5:44 pm

New ingrediant in peanut butter xyiotal. Very bad for doggies. My dog has bad kidneys. I need a lower protein revipe gor her.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 20, 2020 6:15 pm
Reply to  Melody L Lyons

Many mass produced peanut butter brands use xylitol in their ingredients. If you purchase limited ingredient based peanut butter, there should not be xylitol in the mix. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is very toxic for dogs.

Melody Lyons
April 17, 2020 5:47 pm
Reply to  Melody L Lyons

She is a 18 y o pit dalmatian mix.

April 15, 2020 4:40 pm

Bonjour, j’ai des petits chiens, un de 5-7 livres et l’autre de 10 livres. Quel est la quantité que je donne par repas à chacun? Ils ne sont pas très actif.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 16, 2020 1:01 pm
Reply to  Sylvie

La portion recommandée pour un chien de cinq livres est de 1/2 tasse à 5/8 tasse par repas et
pour un chien de dix livres 3/4 tasse à 1 tasse par repas.

C. Brown
March 22, 2020 3:24 pm

Almost all commercial pet foods contain carrageenan, a known carcinogen. Carrageenan causes irritable bowel syndrome at a minimum, diarrhea, vomiting and can cause intestinal tumors and cancers of the digestive tract. It is a shameful fact that the pet food industry cares absolutely nothing about your animal’s health or well being. One fault of the recipes listed here is that some call for carrageenan-containing products, such a yogurt.
Balanced pet foods made at home are the only way to go, BUT! They MUST provide the proper balance of proteins and carbohydrates, no grains and the proper vitamins and nutrients, which is difficult to achieve unless one consults animal nutritionists and veterinarians. It’s very easy to overdo on certain ingredients and cause your animal more problems than you solve by just winging it. And, there are many human food products, such as onions, chocolate, nuts and others, that are highly toxic to dogs. Do verify that any recipe you use is veterinarian-approved.

Melody Lyons
April 17, 2020 5:45 pm
Reply to  C. Brown

They put this in our food too. You’ll find it in a popular cold coffe drink.

April 16, 2020 7:52 pm
Reply to  C. Brown

You are making broad-sweeping statements without sources, and are only telling a part-truth about carrageenan.

Part of those broad-sweeping statements is that Yogurt contains carrageenan. This is only true for very cheap yogurts that are bulked out. Yaknow, the ones that you as a human being probably wouldn’t even buy and eat!

I just checked both brands (Nancy’s and Chobani) of plain, whole-milk greek/greek-style probiotic yogurt I have in my fridge (and feed to myself, my chickens and my malamute) and neither of them contain carrageenan or any seaweed product. They don’t contain ANY extra ingredients other than dairy and probiotics.

Also couldn’t find it or any form listed in the Blue kibble I feed my moot.

P.S. NOTE that Carrageenan has been studied since the 60s and no studies have been able to determine conclusively that it has negative affects. “Limited studies” show that, in humans, it might promote or cause inflammation, bloating, IBS, glucose intolerance, colon cancer, food allergies.

Other studies state such things as this, “In-long term bioassays, carrageenan has not been found to be carcinogenic, and there is no credible evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect or a tumor-promoting effect on the colon in rodents.”

Remember something very important about bioassays though; they feed “orders of magnitude in excess” to test animals than normal exposure.

DEGRADED carrageenan (aka: poligeenan) is a known carcinogen, NOT food-grade. At high doses it is very toxic to humans and animals alike.

Sources: Google, Medline, NCBI, Healthline, Scientific America. (Had to unfortunately reject almost all pet-centric articles because virtually ALL reference only a one, SINGLE study done by an Institute that has potential credibility/corruption issues (based on research I did after finding the name ‘cornucopia’ come up over and over again).

March 18, 2020 2:54 pm

Rosemary is poisonous to dogs!

Apiffany Gaither Billings
March 18, 2020 5:14 pm
Reply to  JPrice

Rosemary is non-toxic to dogs. However, in large doses it can potentially cause problems just like most other herbs.

Marcia Weavil
February 2, 2020 9:03 pm

I have a small dog that only eats a cup of food a day and it would take weeks for her to consume some of these recipes. Could these recipes be frozen in small portions?

February 8, 2020 4:47 pm
Reply to  Marcia Weavil

We did this for about ten years with our dogs – about 3/4 a cup each twice a day. We would freeze daily portions together cooking about a months worth. They both were overweight when we started and both lost to a good weight and maintained and most of their allergies went away. We used turkey, brown rice, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and green beans. Our cavalier lived to be 10 1/2 years and our bichon/poodle mix lived 17 years. The cavalier had congestive heart failure that was genetic.

Kimberly Alt
February 3, 2020 11:30 am
Reply to  Marcia Weavil

Yes, you could probably try to freeze them. We haven’t tried freezing them ourselves. Another option would be to cut the recipe in half so it doesn’t make as much.

February 9, 2020 4:53 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

I have 2 small dogs, I cook for them, however I do freeze their food so I don’t have cook every week.
I cook for the whole month.

January 7, 2020 4:27 am

I am the proud owner of a 5 and a half year old Siberian Husky who is extremely fussy when it comes to food. If you know anything about Huskies they are very finicky eaters. However, I have done some research on this breed and understand why they are the way they are, having said this let me say, I feed Hunter an Australian raw feed called Proudi, this food comes in chicken, beef, red combo(consists of kangaroo, goat, beef, lamb), Kangaroo and Turkey. I try and change the protein every 3 months so he has a variety, the food consists of supplements and minerals and has no preservatives or additives. With the Proudi he also gets steamed veggies (carrots, sweet potato, green beans, pumpkin,broccoli and cauliflower). He also has fresh beef, turkey and pork patties with chopped up veggies mixed in with the patty just to break up his diet, I also add either coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil in his diet. I’ve also researched the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics which comes in powder form and is added to his meal. I feed him a raw bone once or twice a week and he also gets some air dried treats on a daily basis, of course these treats are also Australian proteins that have no preservatives or additives. I’ve been told by the vet that normally dogs need some form of dental treatment by the age of 3 but the vet was shocked at how white, strong and healthy his teeth are, his gums are also healthy. He also drinks fresh filtered water. He does not suffer from allergies and has a beautiful healthy coat.

July 17, 2020 12:48 am
Reply to  Mercedes

Can I ask which probiotics and prebiotics you give your dog?

Mario Bonanno
January 6, 2020 10:29 am

I have a westie who suffers from stomach distress, he occasionally throws up yellow bile. I was told that he could be allergic to chicken products, so we changed his diet to more salmon. I usually give him some kibble and sprinkle cooked salmon on top of the kibble. I noticed he is interested in eating this mixture. Should I try something different.

Michele Tersigni
March 3, 2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Mario Bonanno

Hi Mario,

I have a small dog and for years she was throwing up the yellow bile. After doing my own investigation and process of elimination I determined she was allergic to kibble. I felt guilty after years of her throwing up. I started cooking for her on a regular basis. I have never given her kibble again and needless to say she has never thrown up again. This is from my own experience.

December 30, 2019 4:38 am

Wonderful post. My puppy will love it to taste. I am happy also because I need not to think about his food habit variations anymore. Thanks for your valuable article.

Theresa Abood
December 21, 2019 10:17 am

Veg oil is bad for people why would we give it to our dogs? Flour is bad for people why would we give it to our dogs? There is a whole list I could go through in what you are telling us to feed our dogs… I do not agree with your info.

Bobbie D
November 26, 2019 3:11 am

Stopped reading after I saw that rosemary was an ingredient! KNOWN TO CAUSE SEIZURES & A REASON FOR ME MAKING THEIR FOOD MYSELF!!! Makes me so mad they sell that crap in stores!

April 1, 2020 4:21 pm
Reply to  Bobbie D

You are misinformed…please do not post false information without researching it first!

November 15, 2019 12:51 am

I thought “Peas” and “Lentils, Beans…etc” were linked to DCM (Heart Failure) in dogs by the FDA????

January 16, 2020 3:11 pm
Reply to  Dean

small amounts are fine I guess. I use squash whenever I see peas in a recipe.

November 3, 2019 1:32 pm

Honestly these frozen banana treats look amazing! I use Bone Appetito now I’m loving that but i also like to cook on the side, so i’ll definitely try these out this week 🙂

C Brown
March 22, 2020 3:29 pm
Reply to  JPJ

Yogurt is a no-no – most brands contain carrageenan.

Ruth Adar
October 18, 2019 4:38 am

I have been cooking for our three elderly toy poodles (ages 23, 15, and 15) for a couple of years now, with the vet’s approval and suggestions. I use a pressure cooker set at high for 30 minutes. Combine 2 lbs of ground chicken, 12 oz of raw whole grains (brown rice, steel-cut oatmeal, and/or quinoa) and about a cup of mixed veggies (either diced frozen ones from a bag, or leftovers from our table). Add a tablespoon of sea salt (vet suggested that, for the minerals.) Water to cover in the pot – usually about 8 cups. This makes several days’ worth of dog food; we keep one day’s worth in the fridge and freeze the rest. When we dish it out, we add a powdered supplement recommended by the vet for each dog (one has kidney problems, the other two are just old.)

Their health has improved visibly. The one that was prone to overweight slimmed right down. The one that was picky is now a chow hound. And best of all the one that had quit eating and was at death’s door is still with us – she was the original inspiration to start cooking. I vary the protein, the grains, and the veggies but the basic recipe holds. I’ll never go back to that canned slop!

April 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Reply to  Ruth Adar

Hi! Can you share the supplement name please?

C. Brown
March 22, 2020 3:31 pm
Reply to  Ruth Adar

That sounds like a LOT of salt. Otherwise, a good recipe

November 23, 2019 8:57 pm
Reply to  Ruth Adar

wow that’s so amazing. fast easy and healthy. I’m going to use your recipe

September 29, 2019 8:16 pm

I started cooking for my three German Shepherds about 6 months ago, after a lot of frustration with diarrhea, allergies and other issues. Within a few days the diarrhea ended, then a few weeks later I noticed they were shedding less and not scratching anymore. One of my dogs had allergies so bad she needed injections every 8 weeks or she’d scratch her ears raw. Now she no longer needs the shots. They’re all pooping a small fraction of what they used to, so that means everything they’re eating is being used. Their coats are shiny and even strangers have commented on how healthy they look. I will never go back to commercial dog food. And they all LOVE the food!!! Now I need to add some homemade kibble to their diet.

Jenna Hamblett
December 6, 2019 10:57 am
Reply to  Paulette

Can I ask what you cook for them. I’m looking for ideas for my sensitive and allergy ridden bulldogg. Thanks x

November 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Reply to  Paulette

Great to hear. My shepherdlab had those issues I feed him healthy last couple years and that ear and scratching cleared up

Magda Belden
September 22, 2019 3:47 pm

I have a 9 year old toy poodle mix and a 5 year old shih tzu- and they are very finicky so I started cooking for them and my vet was okay with it. I make either turkey or chicken I use brown rice, green peas ,green beans, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin/ or sweet potatoes and sometimes broccoli and cauliflower. I cook the ground meat with olive oil then cut and boil all vegetables let both sit then cook rice. I mix everything together and I will add a can of dog pumpkin (low in sugar) I make a big pot and freeze in big freezer 1 gallon bag which is 1 week for both dogs. I usually cook once a month. My dogs love it they lick the plates. Seems happier. I also saw where people are worried about calcium, well I give my dogs every morning 3 tablespoon of goat milk for each dog. It does take about an hour or so to complete the receipt but worth it. My dogs haven’t gained weight and because of all the water in vegetables they hardly drink water which they drank so much with commercial food. It makes me so happy to see them happy

Derrick Hughes
January 12, 2020 3:04 pm
Reply to  Magda Belden

Also for those worried about calcium 1 egg shell meets the daily calcium intake requirement for a 80lb dog. Just take cracked shells, dry them out and grind them into a powder and store in the fridge.

December 11, 2019 6:35 am
Reply to  Magda Belden

I have been cooking for my Boston Terrier for about 4 months now. She kept throwing up every dog food I bought, and it wasn’t cheap food either. I boil whole chicken, and then the rice,buy frozen vegetables, green beans, peas, carrots, spinach, and want to check on adding something else because she is still shedding so bad and can’t figure out why. I give her a multivitamin from GNC for dogs and wondered if she needs something else. When I take her to the vet I’m going to have her checked because she still chokes and throws up but not like with the dog food. She had some throat problems when she was a puppy, he said was tonsillitis, but I’m thinking she has something wrong with her soft palate or stomach. At least making her food is better than having her throw up every day. I do use coconut oil in the recipe. So sweet potatoes or potatoes would be good to add to? I cook all mine up in a big pot and put in quart freezer bags and it lasts a month. I’ve even started giving my bully about 1 cup w/his dry food and he’s got skin problems he’s doing better. Is there something I can use for her hair?

Pamela S.
December 22, 2019 3:46 pm
Reply to  Debbie

Try adding oatmeal to the recipe for the hair shedding and skin health.

December 22, 2019 2:00 pm
Reply to  Debbie

We use either white Rice, Potatoes, Pumpkin or sweet Potatoes in our dogs food.

Alexis Tillman
September 19, 2019 5:58 am

Hi I currently have a 14 year old Kelpie x Border Collie. She is Currently 35kg but she needs to be 28kg for her size. she currently has bad arthritis and her weight is affecting her and causing more pain and less movement and it’s hard to watch. Iv’e tried all shop bought diets but there full of grains and because shes in pain she moves as little as possible and the weight remains. I want to try making it myself but i’m not sure how much to feed her, any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Kimberly Alt
September 19, 2019 10:47 am
Reply to  Alexis Tillman

Have you spoken to your vet about the best diet and method for helping your dog lose weight?

Ali Cate
September 4, 2019 5:41 pm

Hi, other than calcium, what supplements do I need to add when I make my own dog food for my 65 lb, 4 year old, flat coat retriever? Also, I can’t see any recipes–where do I find those?

Kimberly Alt
September 5, 2019 9:02 am
Reply to  Ali Cate

The recipes are listed above in this article. As for supplements, we suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service.

Jennifer Seaman
November 23, 2019 9:52 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

Seasalt full of plastic. Nano plastic from ocean no regulation on process of collecting sea salt yet.seasalt full of contaminant plastics. Use non aluminum salt. Or best salt is pink hymilayan

Theresa Abood
December 21, 2019 10:13 am

Celtic gray salt is best with 96 minerals.

Spunky Tails
August 25, 2019 12:54 am

These are good starter recipes but are not balanced so need to be supplemented with calcium and additional items, otherwise your dog would have deficiencies. You also need to make sure that you are feeding a VARIETY! It’s so crucial! Just like humans feed their kids and themselves, they need to start feeding their dogs the same way!

August 20, 2019 12:01 am

Avocados are not poisonous to dogs that is a myth. The only parts of the avocado that are poisonous we do not eat like leaves skin etc. and that is poisonous to humans as well. The fleshy part we eat is just as good for dogs as it is for us. Look it up.

Spunky Tails
August 25, 2019 12:55 am
Reply to  JT

Different dogs react differently to avocados. When I gave my dogs a small amount (because the meat also has a tiny bit of persin) they did not feel well. While some dogs do great with it. It just depends. Dogs are like humans – some can eat wheat, some can’t. Some are allergic to dairy, some are not. It’s just the way bodies are made.

Kimberly Alt
August 20, 2019 8:10 am
Reply to  JT

Avocados contain persin, which can be toxic to dogs in large quantities and cause vomiting and diarrhea. A small amount of avocado should be fine, but it shouldn’t be a regular treat for the dog.

August 19, 2019 8:28 pm


I was wondering about how much to feed my dog. The problem is I see things listing Giant Breeds as 75-100 pounds but my actually Giant of a dog is 165. I would like to transition him to a cooked diet but I don’t want to under or over feed him based on doing the math wrong. Do you have any charts or resources that can help me with an actual giant dog? This would hopefully include both food and vitamins.

Thank you!

Kimberly Alt
August 20, 2019 8:13 am
Reply to  Greg

A common recommendation is to feed your dog a comparable amount of ounces/cups to what you would usually feed in kibble BUT check with your vet to be certain.

Lawrence and audra and the two kids maisy & spud
August 17, 2019 5:47 am

I went online for advice about my dogs having a touch of the runs to be blunt and it seemed many said at first try changing to a bland diet of rice and chicken then I went looking for recipes for homemade dog food and found myself here and can honestly say I will never buy dog food from the store again and sure for just sake of a little time my dogs eat healthier and have a noticeable change in just one week and I reckon cost less to feed which I would pay more anyway if I thought it was good for them.

In the past food was left out for them and some would be thrown out next morning which I assumed was a sign they were getting plenty but now they clean everything up and show like I said a remarkable change the youngest is a 3-year-old little cross Jack Russel/Shitzu and she has always had coarse hair and I would say a thin frame but never looked starving just excepted as being small framed she now has a smooth coat and apart from her name “spud” as she looked like a baked potato with a tail ( I wanted to call her Gizmo after the gremlin with her satellite dish ears) when we got her as a rescue pup you would not believe its the same dog, she was always happy with a none stop wagging tail and looked healthy but she looks so much healthier and both of them seem different in themselves in a way I can’t explain but for the better.

I would promote this article and way of feeding your dog so much I would gladly feed a friends dog for a week at a cost to myself and defy them to say the didn’t notice a change

Kelly Hoyle Tovornik
August 8, 2019 7:53 pm

I have 3 big dogs and homemade dog food is better. I have a great recipe but it takes lots of time. I’m going to try these. I prefer knowing what goes in their bodies. Great article!

Sadie Cornelius
August 9, 2019 9:13 am

We agree, it’s worth the time to have a happy and healthy pup! Plus, like you said, it’s great knowing exactly what you are putting into their body.