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.

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.

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 Crockpot 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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Notes

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).

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
  • 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

Directions

  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.

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)

Nutritional Info (per 1 cup serving):

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

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.

Recipe from: Allrecipes

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, like the beef stew, 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. 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

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.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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!).

Ingredients

  • 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

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.

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?

Ingredients

  • 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

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 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.

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?

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 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 Pet Plate a shot. With PetPlate, 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 PetPlate, 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. Sheโ€™s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, sheโ€™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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Bobbie D
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!
Dean
I thought “Peas” and “Lentils, Beans…etc” were linked to DCM (Heart Failure) in dogs by the FDA????
JPJ
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
Ruth Adar
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!

Jewel
wow that’s so amazing. fast easy and healthy. I’m going to use your recipe
Paulette
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.
Jewel
Great to hear. My shepherdlab had those issues I feed him healthy last couple years and that ear and scratching cleared up
Jenna Hamblett
Can I ask what you cook for them. I’m looking for ideas for my sensitive and allergy ridden bulldogg. Thanks x
Magda Belden
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
Alexis Tillman
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 (Admin)
Have you spoken to your vet about the best diet and method for helping your dog lose weight?
Ali Cate
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 (Admin)
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
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
Spunky Tails
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!
JT
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.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
Spunky Tails
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.
Greg
Hello,

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 (Admin)
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
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
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 (Admin)
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.
Camille
Where can I find a good variety of raw meats not dog food?
dar
try your butcher …
Tuesday
I freeze homemade beef or poultry broth in muffin tins for a summer treat. She chases the slippery disks all over the patio then lays in the grass and crunches on her popsicle. Greasy mess everywhere so don’t slip!
Paula Pool
suppose to skim the grease off! haa..
jewel
Nope. The *grease* is super healthy
Marian
Dogs should not be eating greasy or cooked food, they’re supposed to eat a balanced raw diet.

dogs used to hunt and be fed, left over animal parts we butchered. Not table scraps.
There is no organ nothing, this is not balanced for shit.

Kris
That’s one opinion. Other canines have had success with these diets. What works for you may not work for someone else.
Paula Pool
Those were the days gone by…now with foods shot with antibiotics etc…raw is now even more dangerous! Gotta keep up with the times…they are a changing and giving our pets canned and kibble just adds a whole other level to problems in their diet. I would do my research before I would feed my pet and I have…most important is what NOT to feed them!
Eva
Marian – Do YOU eat exactly like OUR ancestors..?
Magda Belden
Your dog lives at home he’s not a wild animal, I fed my dog raw food that was on the market an they both got sick after a while. I will never go back to raw food or commercial food. Big companies try to scare dog owners not to home cook. My dogs never been healthier and happy.
Donna B Oliphint
If you think dogs do better on what they hunt, you should work at a shelter and see what stray dogs look like after 1 week, 1 month or longer “hunting” on their own. Also, terriers aren’t supposed to have liver.
Rita Byford
My OEB eats certain things we eat along with his grain free dog food…it works well..gas free…she loves Broccoli…I make her treats..Thank You for extra ideas..
Rachel
I’ve been feeding my doggies my own recipe for dog food for the last few years and they all are doing so much better! (Investing in an Instant Pot is a life and time saver!) My 13 year old schnoodle got so much more pep back in his step after getting put on this diet. He still prances about. They have less intestinal issues and it saved me money. I’ll never go back. I make it daily and keep containers well stocked to miss some days of making if needed.
Jon
Hi Rachel, are you sharing your recipe.
Katie
Yes please share
Beryl
Yes, I’d love to know you recipe. I’ll share mine. Im perfecting it. it’s only been made twice but I’ve got ideas for making it better.
Kelly H Tovornik
What is an Instant Pot??? Sounds like something I could use!!
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Kelly, see above for link to Insta Pot!
Beryl
I’ve just started making my dog’s food. It’s only been a few weeks and I’ve noticed how soft his coat is. His skin on his belly had turned black due to allergies. It is now beginning to show pink peaking thru.
He begs to be fed as soon as I start making dinner. He just loves his new food. I am looking for a supplement for his vitamins and minerals. I have a gravy from Vitacost but would like any other suggestions.
j Frank
I just ordered a multivitamin for dogs…90 for about $5 on Amazon. 1 per day if over 20 lbs. I’m now going to purchase some bone meal as a calcium supplement to my homemade food.
Julie
You can also grind up eggshells and put it in their food. Really good for them and gives the calcium they need.
Dee
Could I get your recipe
Lori
Could I have your recipe?
Heather Warner
After hearing about the grain-free kibbles, I am going to start making our own dog food. I am a bit confused though so hoping you can help. I was told that peas and bean were also not good for dogs. Is this true as I see a couple of your recipes call for it.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Peas, green beans and beans are all safe for dogs to ingest. As always, we suggest you speak with your vet before changing your dog’s diet to make sure it is adequate for his/her needs.
S M.
There has been lots of talk about grain free diet and FDA just came out with a list of brands that may be causing fatal heart disease in dogs because they lack grains. What kind of grains should we include in our natural diet for dogs to ensure they are getting the proper nutrients to live a healthy life.
Olinda Mayorga
Dogs don’t just need muscle meat, I did not see any organ meat in the recipes. To me these are not nutritional balanced. Also when feeding a home cooked meal you have to give a calcium supplement. I would not give your recipes to my dog on a daily basis.
Lisa Tumminia
I do not see anything about serving sizes. How much would I give a 15 pound terrier chihuaha mix daily?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Serving size is not included because portion sizes vary depending on a number of factors, including breed, weight, activity level, age, and 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.
Anna
Really the best way to decide serving portions is by calories not cups or ounces. The bag of your current food should have the calories per cup, if it’s not on the bag call the manufacturer. If your dog eats the same amount of food per day (average over a week is better) multiply that by the calories per cup.

As an example, my dog (100 pounds) eats 3-4 cups per day (plus measured out treats). If I just used the amount he ate in one day there might be enough difference to have an effect. His food is 393 kcal/cup. He needs about 1200-1600 kcals a day from his food- or 1400/day. If I change food all I have to do is a bit of math and I’ve got what he should be eating. One food may be digested better or worse than another so you still have to feel the ribs. Calories, not volume or weight, is the way to go.

M Thomas
The no avocado myth has been debunked. It is safe to feed your dog avocado fruits but not the stem, pits or leaves. They often misinform people about Fat content in avocados claiming that it can lead to pancreatitis in dogs, this is partly true because only cooked fats do lead to pancreatitis. Loads of research has been done and the results have time and time again debunked this. here is one of many articles: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/08/23/sniffer-dogs-help-save-avocado-industry.aspx
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It’s not the fat content that we’ve read about that is concerning. It’s the fact that 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.
Bear
Would you say this safe to feed on a daily basis for the rest of my dogs life? Will this recipe provide enough Zinc for my dog? What about Vitamin E and Vitamin D etc?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We suggest speaking with your vet about your dog’s diet needs to make sure your dog is getting the nutrition he/she needs.
Paula Pool
I make my own dog food and treat cookies or jerkey and include a daily Pet vitamin. She never has bowel issues, or gas or throws up or eats grass since I started feeding her what I call real food. It’s a learning process but once a person realizes the percentage of meat, veg’s, fruit, carbs and oil etc, for weight and active level …it’s a snap…
Jody
Hi Gail, I have the same question as Georgia posted on June 6th 2019. How can a person be sure your dog is getting the proper vitamin/minerals/nutrients needed for their health?
Julie
I have always cooked for my dogs but, they also get a premium kibble with their home cooked foods. This way, I know they get the nutrition they needs. I supplement with fresh fruits and veggies everyday as well. They’re all extremely healthy with zero issues. Dogs should still have some kibble, it is nutritionally complete, good for their teeth. For my senior, I soften his. I wouldn’t and, have never relied on my homemade foods as a sole source of their nutrition. Just slow cook whatever they can eat, they’ll love you for it ๐Ÿ™‚
Cherie Unsworth
One of my dogs can’t have chicken, beef, lamb or turkey but you have no recipes for fish.
hary
is it likes fish should be ok as a protien just change it for the burger in the recipes can check with a vet to be safe frist . watch for bones though
McShane
The easiest way is to throw everything in a large slow cooker. 5 pounds regular ground beef, 3 pounds chopped beef liver, three cups of frozen or fresh veg and/or fruit, (carrots, peas, butternut squash, broccoli, blueberry, pumpkin etc.) 4 cups parboiled rice, 8 cups of water. 5 hours on high, longer on low and its done. A weeks worth in the fridge in what it was cooked in for an 80 lb dog. (substitute liver with any other organ, or rice with oats, quinoa, egg noodles, rice noodles).
Gail
One of my recipes is very similar to this one. I have six different recipes because they get tired of the same thing plus, they need different vitamins just like we do. What I make depends on what’s on sale but I do try to feed them fish high in omega 3’s at least twice to three times a month. I also switch out the veggies, too. It’s so much cheaper! I made two weeks worth of food for my two small dogs and the whole batch only cost 11 dollars. I found chicken liver on sale for 75 cents a carton, so I bought all they had! Such little effort to provide my dogs with food that they love and is so good for them. Why wouldn’t you do it for them?
Georgia
Hey Gail, I am really keen to get in to making my little one her own food – she is so over kibble. How do you ensure they are getting all the minerals/vitamins mentioned in this article?
Paula Pool
I include a daily Pet Vitamin to be sure…
Kelly Hoyle Tovornik
Thank you Gail!!!
Pat
Hi Gail , i am very interested in making food for our puppy. To supplement his development kibble diet which he does not to eat . Would you be willing to share your recipes with me? Thank you
Julia Gillam
Thank you McShane. Exactly what I was looking for.
Caroline
Your slow cooker must be huge!
RB13
I’m interested in finding homemade meals and treats for our dog who recently contracted diabetes, looking for an alternative to prescription dog food .
Thanks
garrett
WARNING- The recipe that calls for peanut butter does not mention to make sure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol which is poisonous to pets.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Thanks for mentioning that, we’ll be sure to add a note about that!
Cynthia Allen
Yes it does..
Dori
I make food for my three dogs… The recipe is 1.5 cups of brown rice, 1.5 cups of brown lentils cooked in the instant pot for 23 minutes with 6 cups of broth and 3 sweet potatoes and a half cup of bone meal. Then I cook and food process 8 pounds of chicken or ham. Blend both parts together and refrigerate. I vary the meat from week to week as well as the veggies.
Donna Berry
Could you please tell me where you buy bone meal?? Thank you.
Caroline
I use human grade calcium citrate (powdered) to add to my dogs’ food to insure they get enough calcium.
Barbra
I just made the beef stew,,, wow, 1/2 cup flour to 1/2 cup of water,,, PASTE! You have lost your credibility with me!
Vanessa Esperanza
I’ve been making my own dog food for over a year now. I started when one of my pups got sick and I had to make him a bland diet of chicken and rice. They love the “human food” and I feel good knowing they are getting the healthiest diet possible. I do add the supplement Azestfor to the food to make sure they are getting all their nutrients. If you are questioning if your dog is getting enough supplements I would definitely recommend using it. ๐Ÿ™‚
Vi E
I thought rosemary was toxic to dogs.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
According to the ASPCA, rosemary is not toxic to dogs.
stacy
I don’t see when to add the eggshell or how much in these recipes.
Steve
I spent two decades as a companion animal nutritionist, and the recipes in this article are bunk. Lacking in major vitamins and minerals. If you’re going to make homemade pet food, cooked OR raw, you NEED organ meats and bone for complete nutrition. Period. If you don’t use organ meats, you need to try to find a balance of supplemental vitamins and minerals… and having just one of these ingredients out of balance can mean suffering or death for your pet.
Terri Haken
Do you have any recipes you could share? I’m very interested in getting away from the processed dog foods.
Emily
I was thinking the same thing when I read them. I’m no nutritionist, but it is my passion and I’ve been studying human and animal nutrition for a long time. I’m glad somebody pointed this out. Steve, do you have a specific recipe you would use? I thought mine was great, but my dog apparently had sediment build-up in his bladder on a recent ultrasound. The vet hopes it’s just dehydration but thinks it could be his homemade diet. He said the sediment could come from excessive protein (which seems strange because I was just recently thinking his diet may be too carb heavy). Any tips would be awesome!
Maryanne
My dogs sediment was caused by hard water. I use distilled water and after 3 bladder stone surgeries it has never returned. I do supplement the minerals he loses. I cook all my dogs food (I foster 9) and everyone is healthy Thank God
Sissy
Steve, would you have recipes to share or know of a good book? Thanks! Contact me at Roscoe1@comcast.net
Matt
I don’t understand these instructions, specifically this bit about guidelines at the top of the article:
Calcium – crushed or powdered eggshells; a supplement
Fatty acids – cooked egg yolks, oatmeal, plant oils and other foods

But in the recipes, you never mention any of these things. How much of these should be added to each recipe?

Caroline
I’ve read that the calcium in eggshells is not very absorbed. I use powdered calcium citrate instead.
Helen
I am have 4 100+lb dogs I make there food and fix it fresh every meal yes it is time consuming I have one female around 120 or lbs she breaks out after eating her meals in hives and it is worse if given Benadryl she is 3 yrs old I need some help I have changed diet and when I think I have found something that works I delivered these dogs so this is an old problem . HELP
Tina
Have you tried removing an ingredient each feeding to see if maybe it’s one specific thing she is allergic too …. otherwise it could be something environmental maybe the metel or plastic in the dish she eats from maybe a plant or pollen from a nearby plant materials from rugs or carpets … Also I feed honey to my allergy pup just drizzle a couple tablespoons over food as it’s anti fungel and helped tremendously with three of my allergy babies also plain yogurt I mix it with a little natural peanut butter and purred banana freeze for a treat in ice cube trey or small cups I wish you best of luck hope you find her some relief
If nothing works the vet can do a test just be sure they understand you’ve change the diet because that’s the first thing they go to !!
Adriana Srinivasan
hi everyone, I like the recipe suggested by DeAun, but I would like to add eggs because it is healthy and the shell has calcium. How many eggs a day could I feed a 80lb dog?
Lynne
I would do 1 egg per day. I’m not a canine nutritionist just based on my own research.
Katie Dotson
If you have relatives or friends that hunt/fish, they can be a great source of cheap or even free protien. Hormone and drug free. Freeze in portions that you will later use. Buy up winter squash when in season, cook up and freeze for future use.
As mentioned by others, ground egg shells are a scource of calcium. But one can add yogurt or cottage cheese as well.
Eric
As I look through the various recipes, I am impressed. However, there is one thing that disturbs me greatly.
Microwaving food. This is a big no no. Microwaving food destroys much of its food value. Microwaved water
kills plants. There are numerous studies (available on the net) that prove this. Trust but verify – that is,
don’t totally take my word for it – look it up.

May your pet live twice as long as you think it will,

Eric

sue
Eric, I read that same thing about the microwave water so I did an experiment. I tried the microwave water on plants and they did just as good as the plants I used rain water on, so I think that’s debunked. Just an FYI. Anyway, I don’t like microwave cooking either.
Kathryn
Do you have any recipes for a high fibre dirt. Or similar? My 12.5 yr old English Bulldaog has developed what they think is IBS. Thanks.
Emily Patton
Hello! I am BRAND new to this and just want to make sure I don’t miss any nutrients my babies need!! I have 2 mini dachshunds and a foster chihuaha, are there any recipes specific for tiny babies? Also, I read something about determining how much of what goes in by their weight. Anyone know HOW to do that/what the equation for that is (Example:weight-10lbs:__×10÷__=
__ (amount of carrots/beef/etc)
Natasha Matherly
Don’t use any of these recipes. They are so terribly lacking in essential nutrients for dogs. For one they have almost no calcium.
George Patriarca
So, other than your criticism, do you have anything to add? No constructive at all.
Christine
Constructive: Dr. Pitcairn’s Natural Health for Dogs & Cats is comprehensive on supplements, recipes and nutritional requirements. It’s a hefty book and the layout is frustrating. But it is more complete than a blog post can be. I’ve used it since ~2005 for 4 dogs. Vet checks and blood work verify good health.
JoAnna Kuehl
Where can I find the book mentioned above by Donald Strombeck DMV free online??
Vijaya
My dogs are now spoilt. Once I started making home cook food for them, shop bought food does not get look in
Because my Sheeba called MICHI (delightful in Japanese) and Lady India Border Terrier. I needed to cook grain free food. Oh, do they love it but now no choice but cook.
When the plate is empty and when give you that ‘look’ -it is worth it
I make it 2 weeks food in to balls and keep half in fridge and half in fridge
I just made chicken strips in oven as you suggested – that is for walkies
Amd many thanks for giving us different varieties which I will try to make
Alex Paul
Homemade dog treats will have many benefits over the foods purchased from the market. First of all, you can decide the right amount of nutritional value you are going to feed your dog and even you can able to manage cook different kind of varieties and tastes that your dog prefer.
Robin
I need advice!
I do not know what discussion is going on, i do have some questions. I am new to all of this making your dog food and I wish i had done this from the start, but better late then never. I can only do Chicken or Turkey recipes, my male English Setter, can not eat beef, he has had 2 severe pancreatic attacks, once at 1 1/2, and then the camp ground managers stopped and gave him treats when we were gone, both times we almost lost him. That being said, with their weight, they get 1 cup of dry in the am & pm, should taht be what i feed to them with cooked or raw dog food?
How about vitamins & minerals, i cant find it now but i seen one recipe taht said you can not feed a home made diet without feeding them the vitamins, and is there specific ones that i should look for and is that placed in their food when you serve it, or when you cook it? And what is the best book to help decide raw or cooked, and recipes for both, along with the vitamins..
Vijaya
Hi Robin
Do we take vitamins and minerals daily? At least my friends and I don’t. If you have square meal you get from food. Same goes for the dog. Although now I am in UK, in rural india dog ate what we ate and they were working dogs. Lived to ripe old age.
If you get fresh ingredients proportion as suggested [vet says the same thing]
you should be ok. I don’t give my dogs beef as I don’t handle it, I use chicken, turkey fish eggs
I crush the eggshells and chicken bones in my vitamix. Good for the dogs and plants to in the garden
Good luck and relax
DeAun Kietzman
I just started making food for my 10 yr. old lab. Here goes: 2 lbs hamburger 1 lb chicken hearts and gizzards, 1/2 lb beef liver, 8 cups brown rice, large can of collard greens, small can of pumpkin, small can of peas and carrots, 1/2 cup blueberries. I chop up the liverand gizzards. Put it all in 16 cups of water and boli for 20 minutes. I vary the veggies and fruit. She weighs about 90 lbs and needs to lose weight so I feed her 2 lbs a day. I add chia seeds when feeding. 21/4 t a day. She was a picky eater before so she got way too many human food treats. Now she gobbles down her food and no more begging. Just started so I might have to adjust her serving size.
Elizabeth Langford
Hello DeAun, I love your recipe. I think it has a good balance.I use frozen peas and carrots because of the salt that’s included in can goods. I also use half brown rice and quinoa.I’m going to try it with fruit.
Thanks for the recipe.
Teresa
Is it 8 cups of uncooked brown rice? That seems like much too much
Renee Best
I don’t see sources for iodine or enzymes or calcium in the recipes, and also I think salt should be on the list of what NOT to feed our dogs. I know some folks give table scraps with good intentions but with loads of salt in it.
Lisa
Most companies that makes homemade dog food include the heart, kidneys,and liver of whatever meat you want. Do you have recipes that include these ingredients? They charge at Least$200 a month to feed my dog if I order online homemade but if I get these ingredients at the butcher it’s only about $12 for the organs so I want to do it myself. Can you please suggest recipes that include these?
DeAun Kietzman
I just posted my recipe 2/7 above. It has chicken hearts and gizzards plus beef liver.
Rita
looking for the food value kcal/100gram with your recipe
Bray
Is there an age suggestion to start a homemade diet? I’m looking to feed my puppy fresh meals but his is 3mths, is this ideal?
Kitty
Also to go along with my previous message, I add the supplements I mentioned to each serving. Dr. Goodpet has been recommended as a good source of some of the ingredients, vitamins and digestive enzymes, I add Kal Bone Meal, and The Missing Link superfood supplement. As I said earlier, do your own research to find the proper mix of real food for your pet.
Kitty
I’ve only been making my dog his food for a couple of months. In all the research I’ve done from Holistic Vets and other knowledgeable people I agree with the person who said these recipes are lacking in nutritional value for your pet. I learned that dogs have a short digestive tract so brown rice is not good for them, it will go right through them without being digested. If you want to feed your dog grains, ( I don’t) white rice is at least digestible. Bone meal should be added if your going to feed your dog any meat. Dogs in the wild would eat the flesh of pray also some of the bones. Feeding your pet veggies and fruits is good if you add canine digestive enzymes to the food. Apparently this will help to break down the veggies and make them digestible actually adding nutritional value. It’s a must to add some other nutrients like a superfood supplement containing ground flax seed, dried kelp,lecithin, the B vitamins, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and so many other needed ingredients. Adding prebiotics and probiotics is necessary also.
One of his favorite meals is chicken baked in a little water, no spices, salt or pepper, added to some steamed carrots, sweet potato, acorn squash, broccoli some raspberries and blue berries. I usually make enough for 2 meals per day for 5 days. Everything I’ve learned says keep in the fridge no more than 3-5 days….so I push it a bit with the 5 days.I hope what I’ve learned will help someone. I suggest doing a lot of research, it seems that feeding our loved little pets can harm them if we feed them the wrong things over a period of time.
Kathy
Are there any specific recommended recipes for dogs that are susceptible to yeast eat infections?
Cori
Yes no wheat,grains, dog bones are a big culprit, that will feed the yeast, even if it say’s organic wheat free, their are still hidden traces of gluten in them.
Unless you can make them yourself with Verified gluten free flour. Not all gluten free is 100% free. My dog is highly sensitive to it, and so am I. So my experience is based on my own history of dealing with yeast for my 16 year old female Cockapoo Penny.
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!
Lisa Printz Van Winkle
How much for grown dogs?
Keek
So if you’re dog is 100 lbs you give them 10 cups of food?! this cant be correct.
Candybar
Makes sense, split this into 3 servings & you have 3-1/3 cups per serving.
Lexington
10 cups per day for a 100lb adult dog is way too much food. Please do your own research and verify advice given. As well intended as comments and advice may be, it could be incorrect. We want to help our dogs be healthy not make them sick, or in this case overweight.
Lisa Printz Van Winkle
That’s what I want to know
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.
Denise Stewart
As soon as I omitted wheat from my Aussie Mix’s diet, the itching went away. No dog biscuits…. nothing with any type of wheat or by product is given.
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.
Kerry
Maybe try feeding them away from Dennis, and see if that helps. Maybe Dennis got food aggressive before and scared them, causing them to want to shiver and hide during feeding time. Maybe?
VICKIE LEE HERNANDEZ
Must be Dennis
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.
??????
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 .
Jason
These are not balanced for a dog. They should receive much less grain more lean protein and organ meat.

Love the idea for chicken jerky though, thanks.

Michelle
My 5 year old boston terrier is getting a bit gassy on the homemade recipies. Will this go away once his system adjusts?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
With any diet change, your dog will experience a transitional period where he may be extra gassy. This should subside after about a couple weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚
Adam
No, it won’t if you are feeding the dog styff like the recipes above. Dogs digestive tracts are not meant for grains and veggies. These recipes are suitable for humans, not carnivores, like dogs. You dog is gassy because the grains and vegetables are fermenting in its digestive tract, not being broken down by the digestive process.
Valerie
I have Bostons too, they are kind of known for their gassiness. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anytime there is a dietary change, it can cause some gas, especially if you’ve gone from kibble to fresh. It usually lessens after they get used to the new food. You can try adding some digestive enzymes and perhaps plain unsweetened yogurt or probiotics, which can help if the gas is bad.

Separately, I noticed a lot of negative comments on here about the recipes. Dogs have lived with humans for thousands and thousands of years. They ate what humans ate and thrived, including grains, veggies, fruits, meats and bones. Dogs are more like scavengers and adapt to eating whatever food is available. There is a lot of misconception out there for what kind of food is best, things are usually based on whatever fad is current. Right now paleo and ketogenic diets are popular and you can see that reflected in people’s opinions for dog food. However, some of the oldest living dogs were fed vegan diets— not advocating, just saying. People have a tendency to jump on band wagons without much real evidence to support them. Then after some time, it comes out why that band wagon wasn’t so great after all. The key seems to be to get them off kibble and onto fresh healthy foods and to be balanced. Even the Canine Cancer Series, referenced in another comment, mentioned the need to add fresh veggies to dog food. They said just adding fresh veggies alone to kibble reduced a dog’s cancer risk by a significant amount.

With the way a lot of meat is contaminated with residues of antibiotics, pesticides and herbicides, hormones, etc. and how unhealthy so many animals are in these feed lots, it makes sense not to go overboard on regular grocery store meats.

When is the last time you ever saw a Boston Terrier chasing down a cow to eat it? That doesn’t seem very natural or true to wild behaviors to me. Animals in the wild eat other wild animals who have been eating natural diets, kept in natural conditions, and are not exposed to man made drugs, hormones, chemicals, vaccines, and antibiotics. So to argue for a diet heavy in proteins that a dog would never eat on its own as being better than the recipes here seems unbalanced and not looking at the whole picture.

Whatever allows someone to feed as fresh as possible— I say do that. Whatever that is will be way better than kibble, or some other processed food.

Karen
Do I still add dry food with these recipes
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
These are meant to replace your dog’s kibble.
Dog@Dog
It’s optional. Most people seem to love having HIGH QUALITY store-bought (I’m assuming that’s what you mean when you say dry) dog food to mix with the homemade, just when they’re in a hurry or something. It’s your choice.
Bonnie
I’m assuming you are changing over to a homemade diet because you have health concerns related to commercially produced dog food. Please research the contents of ALL commercial foods. You will be appalled. It ranges in offensiveness from low quality, to poisonous and downright carcinogenic. Proteins are frequently comprised of beaks, feathers, and high temperature steamed bonemeal. The most common source of “animal protein” is actually a meal that is produced using euthanized, ill farm and COMPANION animals…..as well as the medications that were in their systems when they were eventually determined to be terminal. There are a multitude of articles online with which you can educate yourself about the heinous nature of commercial dog food (yes, even the “premium” foods) so I guess the short answer is…..NO, if you care about what your dog is eating, don’t feed anything that you purchase human grade ingredients and prepare yourself! Btw, organic is best if you can afford it. The chemicals in human food are just as detrimental to your dog as they are for you, although having a shorter lifespan, they obviously won’t suffer some of the cumulative affects that humans do.
Good luck!
Colleen
I made some homemade food for my 2 Labrador dogs. I made a 2 canners full using meat trimmings when we butchered our deer and elk. I added only 1 cup of brown rice to each canner of meat and a bag of chopped carrots to each. I have been using Rachel Ray dry dog food – 3 cups per dog and 1/2 cup of my home made food per day . The dogs are producing an ENORMOUS amount of poop! Is it the combo of the 2 & will it stop once I run out of the dry food? My husband is going nuts!
Adam
If you are adding deer and elk, you are over feeding the dogs. Meat from wild game is more dense and naturally has more nutrients the dogs body requires. They make more poop becuase their systems can not digest all the food.
Melinda
They don’t need the kibble. This is meant to replace it. If my dogs eat kibble they poop a TON.
Bonnie
In my experience that is odd. I have experienced the exact opposite in my dogs, and I have more rice and a ton of vegetable matter. Is the Rachel Ray food also a new thing for your dogs? Because kibble is typically associated with voluminous stools. Meat and carrots certainly wouldn’t cause this problem on their own. Are you cooking the game meat? I sure hope so…introduction of a raw protein might also cause loose as well as voluminous stool, not to mention being a potential source of parasitic infection, but that’s a whole nother issue.
Doreen

I have a 17 month Black lab/fox hound mix. I would like to start feeding him homemade dogfood. What are the amounts I should feed him? For example – the Doggie Beef Stew or the Beef and Rice Dinner – How often and how much?

Canine Journal

Doreen, the quantity of food depends on the weight of your pup. Please refer to our puppy feeding guide for a chart that shows you how much food to give him. Thanks!

Mary Keetch
Doreen,here’s an easy way to figure how much homemade food to feed your dog.
Feed 2-3% of your dod’s weight daily.
Your dogs weight x 16=
Multiply that number by .02 or .03.
That’s how many ounces you feed him daily.
For example,my dog weighs 35 lbs.
35 x 16=560
560 x .03=16.8
That’s 16.8 ounces I feed my dog a day. I roubd it up to 17 ounces&I feed him about 8 oz. in the morning&again at night.
I also give him a couple of homemade dogs snacks during the day.
Dog mom
Thanks Mary for helping Doreen!
Doreen
Thank you so much, Mary. That is exactly what I’ve been looking for- a formula.
Sydney Weller
Hello, I was just wondering if I could feed my 9 week old Golden some of these recipes? He currently eats puppy kibble. He eats 2.5 cups a day. Would the recipes provide enough of the nutritional needs that he needs?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Sydney, that’s a great question. I would recommend asking your vet. Send the recipe to your vet in an email and I bet he/she will get back to you asap!
PirateFoxy
Many homemade dog food recipes don’t have a full range of vitamins and minerals. Unless you want to get very into adding supplements and so on to make sure your homemade is nutritionally balanced, I’d feed a mix of homemade and high quality kibble – kibble is already fortified with the necessary vitamins and minerals. I’d also double check the recommended protein/carb/fat balance for a puppy – what puppies need and what adult dogs need aren’t the same, so you might need to tweak the homemade food recipes to add or subtract rice and other carb sources to make the ratios right for a puppy. (This is particularly important for larger breed dogs as they need the right balance for joint and bone development for long term health.)
Sarah
These recipes are great! How much do you feed?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Depends on your dog’s breed/age/size. I would try to match up the calorie count to what your dog currently gets.
Shelley lundstrom
Does any one have a recipe for low fat diet my boxer was just diagnosis with pancreatitis the food they gave me is really not good
Sydney Weller
The Rice and Veggie mix says its for ” pooches who need to keep their pounds off ” so I would say its got to be low fat.
Kirstie
Opened my eyes and had the realization that it can’t be healthy to eat slimy, greasy canned meat and meat-flavored cereal every day of your life and no wonder at 6 months, my pup is already refusing to eat even the highest top shelf dog foods… I haven’t even switched his diet for a full week yet and his stool is finally firm. No more diarrhea. His eyes are brighter and twinkling brighter than I’ve ever seen before. He’s excited to eat. He jumped up and down. It’s so worth the time and effort and is cheaper than the expensive can food. He still gets a sprinkle of kibble in his food just to make sure he isn’t lacking any minerals or vitamins. I regret not doing it sooner…
Dog@Dog
I have to wonder what you mean when you say “top-quality dog food.” Did you check the ingredients on the label or just go with the well-know brand (like Pedigree, for example). A lot of well-known dog foods have horrible ingredients. I’m a fan of home made, don’t get me wrong, but if you were buying a “brand” dog food with horrible ingredients, no wonder your puppy got sick!
gloria
Purina is horrible food for dogs. Read the whole dog digest online for a list of “good” dog foods. Nutro ultra is one of them. Home cooked is best
Pupper
“After a long walk in the hot sun…”

Please don’t walk your dog in the hot sun. Early morning or evening is much safer for them during the warmer months.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Sorry, we don’t mean you should walk your dog in 100 degree weather. What we mean is that the sun is always hot, and most of us walk our dogs when the sun is out. So you could say that you always walk your dog in the hot sun, even when it’s 40 degrees out.
Dog@Dog
Great point! Plus, I walk my dog when it’s 80* F. Sure, go ahead and call it abuse. I just make sure she has plenty of water, and the walks are very short (15 or 20 minutes). She is a short-haired dog and the only reason we go inside is that I’m burning up!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I personally don’t consider 80 degrees F to be a bad temperature to walk your dog in. I live in Iowa and our summers days are often hotter than that, even in the evening around 5:30pm when I walk my dog. Like you said, I make sure to bring water with us and give her rests in the shade if need be. Overall, it’s important to know your dog’s tolerance level. For my dog, Sally, she is perfectly comfortable in those conditions. However, there are some dogs who may struggle in similar conditions.
James
This may be obvious but I am just starting out. How do I determine how much of each item goes in. For example I would like to make enough for a week. You say 40% of protein and 50% veggies and so.. how do I determine that percentage? Do I weigh it all and then figure it out?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It doesn’t have to be an exact percentage. Your dog’s diet should be approximately those amounts of protein, veggies, etc. As long as the recipes are made up of about half veggies, 40% protein and 10% carbs you’re on target. Take a look at the recipes we’ve listed and they’ll give you an idea of a wholesome meal for your dog.
Gloria
I think 40% protein is too little. dogs need more protein
Concerned
Many good ideas here, however, I am absolutely appalled that you would suggest a dog eat dairy. A does not suckle a cow, a calf does. Dogs should also not be fed grains “as their ancestors did”. Wolves do not and have not ever eaten grains and as they made the transition to an omnivorous diet, still have never eaten grains. Dogs should ONLY be fed meat and vegetables, and fruit is also okay. Please correct this on your website as soon as possible so avoid giving false information to dog owners and potentially damaging their canines health.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
To be fair, humans do not suckle a cow either but we still eat dairy. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have found sources online that say it’s ok to give a dog dairy as long as they’re not lactose intolerant, the same goes for grain. Each dog is unique so it’s important to know what is ok for your dog’s digestive system and to talk to your vet if you have any questions. I know many dogs who have eaten dairy and grain and have been completely fine.
Dog@Dog
I mean, yeah they have lived healthy lives, but who really knows? They may have suffered digestive troubles that never surfaced and were never spotted. Perhaps they would have lived 2 years longer if they hadn’t been fed dairy!
Valerie
Just because humans eat dairy does not make it a healthy food for dogs. You can find anything online to agree with a particular viewpoint. I would say cow’s milk is a species inappropriate food for both dogs AND humans— that’s my online viewpoint. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Each dog may have minor variances from each other, but each dog is not THAT unique. Both humans and dogs seem to adapt to whatever they eat, but that doesn’t mean that what they are eating is exactly the best for them. Dogs can’t tell us when they don’t feel well after eating something. And unfortunately, a lot of dietary intolerances come out as health issues down the road instead of being an immediate reaction.

I don’t feel grains or occasionally having certain kinds of fermented dairy are necessarily that bad. They have been in human diets, and therefore dog diets, for thousands of years without harm. I think goat dairy is supposed to be more digestible for dogs and humans if someone is insistent on that kind of a product. But, for whatever reason you want to choose, there are digestive issues coming out in our day to these products that have not existed before and so some care isn’t necessarily unwarranted. Balance is always key.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I agree with you that just because humans injest something doesn’t mean it’s safe for dogs. We have an entire article dedicated to human foods you should not feed to dogs. And again, I agree that cow’s milk isn’t appropriate for humans or dogs (I am vegan myself), however, I understand and respect that others may drink cow’s milk.

I appreciate you taking the time to state your opinion on the matter. It’s always good to hear others’ opinions on various subjects and as you said, balance is always key! ๐Ÿ™‚

Melinda
Whelping bitches eat plain ice cream for calcium …cottage cheese, plain yogurt.. All fine to feed. As a matter of fact they are good sources of protein. Don’t confuse white rice with oatmeal and brown rice. There are differences in good and bad grains. I would rather feed oatmeal than broccoli, potatoes, peas…Peas and potatoes are no go here.
Gloria
Barley or rice is a good carb (barley is better) and help to keep the dog from feeling hungry all the time.
Squash
I’ve raised my Shih Tzu since he was 10 weeks old, and he is currently 3 years old. Everyday he eats a different fruit/vegetable, typically with chicken, but he also occasionally he eats salmon, beef, pork (very sparingly since it can cause worms), and turkey. He also eats lentils, rice, beans, and oatmeal. I also add eggshell powder, nutritional yeast, Vitamin C, a small amount of garlic, and fish oil to their food. Variety is good — they need it to get proper nutrition. I’ve never had any dietary problems with him, his skin is healthy and he is energetic. I recently adopted a 8 yr old Llasa Aapso who was religiously fed so called high quality grain free kibble his entire life (I know this because I am related to the prior owner). He developed chronically itchy skin (with blisters and black scar tissue from scratching), and his owners did not know what to do with him. I immediately switched him over to a home made diet (like my Shih Tzu) and he immediately improved. I did give him the anti-fungal, anti-bacterial medication and prednisone the vet prescribed to initially improve (but not get rid of) his skin condition. The vet wanted me to give him the prescription diet and cortisone shots to keep the condition at bay. However, I refused because I know personally based on my own diet changes (I used to be 100+ pounds overweight and I lost it by eating better—not less— food) how feeding your body higher quality food can drastically change your condition. It has been a couple of months, and the Llasa is almost unrecognizable. I truly believe that feeding dogs commercially prepared dog foods leads to many ailments down the road. No human doctor would prescribe eating Total cereal, and a multivitamin to obtain optimum or even mediocre health. I don’t know why people think it is any different for animals and kibble (even high quality ones).
Jason
Please do not feed garlic or any related plant in the allium family do anything but a human. I think it is delicious, dogs think it destroys their liver.
Dog@Dog
True about the garlic, except for one point: Dogs think garlic is delicious to. They don’t know it destroys their liver!
hjden
Excellent article. Thank you for your great ideas. I love to cook for my family so why not for my furr-mily?
One tip that I have found rather useful; rather than cutting meats with a paring knife (which, by the way, it helps to lightly freeze the meat before slicing), I have found it useful to cut meat with kitchen scissors.
Just an FYI,
hjden.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚
Audra
The Pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is incomplete. It calls for cold water, but does not give you instruction on where/when to use said water. It also calls for you to reserve some of the “rice mixture” but then asks you to add the pumpkin mixture (w egg(s), even though recipe says 1 egg). How then would you reserve the mixture to which you are adding? It also says it makes 24 “balls,” but details instructions to roll out on parchment paper. Just overall very unclear.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Audra, in step 5 it says to slowly add the water in. You reserve some of the rice mixture to be used as topping for the cookies at the end. As for it saying egg(s) that was a typo, our apologies, we’ll be sure to fix that. It says it makes 24 1-oz balls to give you an idea that you will get 24 oz of these treats. However, everyone has different size cookie sheets and desired thickness so saying you’ll get 24 treats isn’t very clear because some people may make the treats larger or smaller than others. Sorry this was confusing for you, I hope that clears some of the confusion up. Please let me know if I can help any further.
Julia
Dog has very high triglyceride what should I feed him
Sara
Would these receipts b ok for a 7 month old puppy??
Leslie
These recipes for dinners are not balanced at all. I would never dream of feeding this many veggies and carbs with such low protein amount. What about calcium? What about fish oils, Vitamine E? And that you say never to change them up? Wow… I hope no one feeds this long term. There are reliable facebook groups with formulas for calculating the correct percentages of food.
Dog@Dog
Whatever you say, dude. I’m sure whatever these recipes have in them, they’re a lot better than the average store bought dog food!
Robert
I am cooking the Beef Stew Doggie Style as I type …The flour measurement is not right I ended up adding a lot more water to get the lumps of flour to dissolve. Now there is way too much gravy compared to the solids. I am not sure if I did this right. Also the method of cooking is questionable at this point.
Kimberly
What about the calcium and other fatty acids?
Emma
Hey! This is awesome!I atill go to school though and can only make this on weekends. Is it alright if I freeze it in poetuons and just heat it up during the week toe feed them and then make fresh ones on the weekend? That is the only option I have right now. Would that ve alright?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Emma, yes I think that’d be fine. You can put it in the refrigerator the night before to start thawing it out some. Be careful heating it up so you don’t give it to your dog too warm! Good luck!
Lab Lover
Awesome recipes! Our yellow lab loves the turkey/rice/veggie mix and the chicken jerky strips! Was surprised that our dog loved the rosemary spice in the turkey recipe. Just made the beef/rice meal in the crock pot yesterday and it passed the taste test! Thank you for sharing these great nutritious recipes. Our lab has a lot of energy with these well rounded recipes!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Glad to hear your dog loves them!
VICKIE LEE HERNANDEZ
I would add…. Balance-It cannine. I. Am going to make dog food for my 11yr.old Chihuahua.
Kelsie Kemp
Hello, thank you for all your suggestions they are wonderful. My 6 year old boxer has mast cell cancer and now is dealing with cachexia. I already feed her fully home cooked meals of cooked ground beef, fruit and veggies 3 times a day but she continues to loose weigh and muscle. I was told to switch her over slowly to an high protein and fat diet of 1400 calories a day. Wondering if you have any suggestions of new fats or protein, high in calories that is not super expensive but safe to feed. Thanks so much
Savannah
Peanut butter has protein and good fats in it. Try that.
Sharon
The peanut butter has to be natural, otherwise there is too much sugar and other undesirables.
Jen
Kelsie- My 10 yr old lab has mast cell. I met with a holistic vet after my vet wanted to keep her on steroids (which are not good). I am now cooking her food and this recipe does not give everything that’s needed and flour is not good. I also just started her on a drink for humans called NingXia Red. It’s expensive, but the holistic vet recommended it (she does not sell it either so she had nothing to gain from telling me this). Check with your vet or a holistic vet in your area on what you should be feeding. A lot of foods give off histamines which are not good for mast cell patients. Good luck!
Jaaon
How much of this i should make for a dog up to 40 pounds and another dog that is a dachshund
Kylee
Enough to feed them.
Dog@Dog
Depends on the dog! Ask your vet or compare what they normally eat.
Rose
The Turkey & Rice Recipe takes much longer than 20 minutes to cook. Brown rice takes over 40 minutes to make. Cooking time is more like 1 hour & 20 minutes
Saagar
Brown rice need to be put in water for an overnight
Sherry
Can the meals be frozen?
Nency
for my kitty (she is a cat) , I am looking for some good recipes. Please do write someday ๐Ÿ™‚
Patti
I have a very obes,e dog, Jack Russell named Charlie. His owner ,myself experienced an accident while at work which caused me to become wheel chair bound for four months which limited Charlie from any exercise.. Living by myself no one could walk him. His exercise became no more. Now Charlie is very over weight Doctor said he needs to lose weight, Vet suggested Metabolic dry food by Hill’s Science Diet . Is home made recipes for dogs better for weight loss or this Rx dog food . Can someone give me some good advice . I am really considering home made. I invested in Science Diet healthy weight, Charlie refuses to eat. Is not appealing at all.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
If your vet suggested Hill’s Science Diet we recommend sticking with that. It will take Charlie some time to adjust to the new food. If he continues to not eat it I suggest talking to your vet about other options.
Holly
My dog was diagnosed with cushings disease in Feb. Vet had him on prescription hills l/o. Not good for a cushings dog who is not to have grains. His poo was like dried wood. I took him off it and put him on raw. Hills prescription would have killed my pup. Too dehydrating. He’s doing much better now.
Twyla
All vets recommend Hill’s Science diet. The reason was stated above. I told my vet I won’t use it. He didn’t have a problem. I think it’s healthier for ur fur babies to have homemade food. If u can use organic, even better.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Interesting, my vet didn’t recommend Hill’s to us but I believe you. Now understanding the point made, I agree with you Twyla. If a dog food isn’t working for your dog and you’ve introduced it to them slowly then changing food is a good idea. As you said, homemade food is a good option as well as organic. In the end, each dog is different so you’ll need to play around with it until you find a healthy balance for your dog. Thanks for the comment and input Twyla!
Lori
You can always add some warm water to the Hill’s Science food. Makes a gravy.
Shonna
Most vets recommend Hills brand because Hills writes the nutrition books for the vet classes… I would go with a different brand and do some research on it…
Mel
“Prescription diets” like Hills Science Diet and Royal Canine are pretty much a scam. I used to feed it to my dogs who over the years often developed disease such as cancer and other ailments. The state of Ca has sued these companies for false advertising and collusion with certain vet chains where the vets get kick backs for “prescribing” these brands for your sick pets. When examining the ingredients, youll see they can include inferior protien and starch sourses such as corn, and meat byproducts. Plus, as this article explained, kibble itself is a nutritionally compromised food (due to the production method of high heat and extrusion). Sure, its convenient and less work for the human, but over time, will likely be damaging to a dog’s (or cats) organs. Google yourself to research… if you dont know where to start, try Dr Karen Becker, a holistic and traditional vet who provides excellent information and advice on pet food and ailments, weight controll, and prevention. I have been very happy feeding a commercial (Honest Kitchen) nutritionally ballanced dehydrated raw food mixture (add water) with supplimental fresh foods. These recipes sound great too!
Good luck!
Shannon
So when the vet tells you that your dog’s protein to creatine ratio is 5.8 (off the scales by the way) and tells you to feed a low protein, low phosphorus food you ignore the recommendation to feed Hills, Royal or Purina? I have yet to find a recipe online for this kind of situation. Got a recipe handy?
Dog@Dog
So look at the labels on them (I have personally used Purina ONCE.) You’re stockin’ your friend up on corn and diseased organs/chicken feet. Don’t forget the diseases from cheap colors and preservatives. I think almost any home made dog food is better than that!!
Valerie
See the above recipes— they are lower in protein. I fed my dog Dr. Jean Dodds’ liver cleansing diet with good success for my dog. That one is also low protein. Quite honestly, an organic, fresh, vegan dog food would be better than any Hills, Royal or Purina food. That is definitely lower in protein.
KMK
I needed to help my 10 yr old, 100 lb dog lose weight. I found that he loved cooked vegetables, especially green beans, that are filling yet low in calories. So I bought the huge (1 gal) can of green beans and added a large scoop to his regular kibble when I didn’t have other cooked vegetables left over from my meals. He love sauerkraut too! I was working full time and didn’t have a lot of extra time to cook his meals from scratch.
Linda
Hill’s has recalls…deaths due to to much Vitamin D…this is what I fed my 6 rescues for years (per my Vet)…there is a class action lawsuit ..I have several different bags & cans left over..i’m Looking for recipes my precious Pom ate the HD for years..he now has CHF..devastating
Shellie
On the Easy Crockpot Beef and Rice Meal, do you put the ground beef in raw? Just wanted to make sure I don’t need to brown it beforehand…..
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
No, you do not need to brown it beforehand.
Vicki
Can I substitute the beef for ground turkey? My Dorgi is allergic to beef.
Jess
I substituted ground organic chicken, and it worked out beautifully
Ricky
You turned me off in your introduction. Your information is a little screwed up. You cannot change up your dogs diet daily. Their systems are a lot more sensitive than hours and can cause all sorts of problems. Any vet will tell you that. Pick yourself up and try again.
Sara
Interesting comment but not completely true. I go between three different recipes for my dogs and it’s fine. They are used to eating different meats and guess what… it’s not a problem. Chicken one night and beef the next is no issue for a dog used to eating that way. ‘Any vet will tell you that’.
Chris
My experience with my maltese- shih tzu cross is that she can eat different meats and vegetables everyday. I think the idea of changing foods over slowly to avoid GI issues refers to commercially manufactured dog foods. Homemade foods are easily interchangeable, and the dog enjoys the variety!
Andrea
I have a 5 month old puppy who will not eat unless beyond starving, I have tried every brand of dog food on the market, wet and dry. Making my own was the only choice I was left with and she eats a different meal every day. Dogs only get “sensitive” to food if you stick with one kind morning, noon and night, then they have issues. If they have a varied diet from young, they have no problems. Mine has boundless energy perfect poos, glossy coat and bright eyes.
Jenna Kay
I mean really think about it. Wolves, dogs, and animals in the wild eat anything they can hunt and kill that day. And if they cannot hunt and kill, sometimes for days at a time, they eat whatever they can find that they deem edible.

Whats more is my 7 month old chi-pin has been eating a variety of different meats, bones, fruits, and veggies since she was 8 weeks old. Shes in beautiful shape. Healthy poops, beautiful coats, tons of energy, and so on.

So I actually think your information is a little screwed up.

VICKIE LEE HERNANDEZ
And why not Ricky? As long as u start out with a little of the dry or can crap you are feeding the dog to keep the sudden change from upsetting the dogs stomach. I do it all the time with my mom’s dogs. One is now 14 yrs.
chang nguyen
Too much protein in beef. Your dog will be fat. How many meals per week is enough?
Dog@Dog
Too much sugar in corn. Too much disease in by-products. Too many fillers in dog food. Feeding beef is a much better fattening-product than sugar!
Jaime
my dogs eat Merrick freeze dried bits with kibble and then organic wet dog food and i change it every other day and noticed they have diarrhea so i called their vet and she said i need to feed them white rice and chicken until it gets solid again. well today it looks more solid but i know they wont go back to what i was feeding them so how can i add in the healthy beneficial foods to their diet without hurting their tummies again.
Ann
Hi I am new to this site and have an Anatolian Sheperd and a Heinz 57 that I am going to start supplementing their kibble with your great recipes. I have a question on the yogurt and since I know it is a great probiotic how is it that dogs can eat it and not have digestive issues since it is dairy? My big guy weighs about 110 lbs and the gal about 60. She can eat anything he has a sensitive gut and I have been told a little yogurt wil help. Thanks
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Yogurt is high in calcium and protein, but you don’t want to purchase yogurt with artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurt has active bacteria, which acts as a probiotic and is good for dog digestive systems.
Nicki
I have a German shepard/malaumute giant puppy…Is coconut yogurt good or bad? Its all natural ingredients, no sugar added..? We add a little coconut oil to his food once a week and his coat has gotten so much healthier (along with some veggies) but not sure about coconut yogurt. He loves plain dairy yogurt though!
Emma
Sure it’ll be fine just make sure it’s organic and don’t feed it too often and see if it doesn’t upset her tummy
Dog@Dog
Don’t feed dairy. Your dog may have lactose intolerance or it may not. I don’t like to find out!
Robb
Hi, I’ve cooked the turkey/rice/verge recipe using pork mince. I have a 6mth old King Charles Cav, who we feed twice a day. How much should I be giving him? We also give him 125g of dry food at each meal
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hey Robb, there’s a puppy feeding chart in this article. I suggest asking your vet about any questions you have regarding dietary needs for your dog. Best of luck!
Beth
Do you recommend any supplements, ie vitamins and minerals?
I started feeding my cats a high quality homemade diet, and it’s been an eye opener- much easier than I expected, but there are a LOT more supplements involved.
If I make the switch, I want to be sure she’s getting all she needs.
Thank you!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We haven’t researched any supplements and it can vary based on breed. I suggest asking your vet about any deficiencies your pet may have and what supplements you could add to the food to help him/her. Hope that helps!
Carrie
Quick question…. I’m considering switching to homemade food for my dogs – one is a senior and one is moderately overweight – so I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. I notice there are certain ingredients listed in the Nutritional Guidelines for Calcium and Fatty Acids but none of the recipes include these things. Are these added as needed or should be part of each recipe? BTW…thank you for the great article and recipe ideas!
Denise
Hi…I just recently started making my own wet food to add to the grain free kibble for my dogs. My older dog seems to have a definite allergy to wheat. We adopted a new dog and in my effort to entice him to eat, I introduced him to a regular wet food with his kibble and let my older one have some as well. Within 2 months, we noticed that he was showing signs of atopic dermititus around his eyes. So now I am making their food with ground turkey, kidney beans, peas, carrots and brown rice and adding some fish oil once it is cooked. Within a week, we are seeing an great improvement to his eyes…plus, they love it! Less expensive than anything from the store!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Denise, thanks for sharing and I’m so happy to hear your dog is doing better!
Kathleen Parker
I have a 11 year old Lab/Golden mix and she wants food all the time. She is gaining weight and I din’t want to feed her more, we give her 4 cups of store bought food a day. I’m thinking of making her dog food in hopes this will help fill her up. How much food a day should I feed her?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
How much does your dog weigh? If she weighs 80+ pounds then 4 cups of food is about the amount she should be eating. There’s a chart on this page that shows how much dogs should eat per day.
Kali Fugatte
Hi there, I made the Crock pot Beef and Rice meal and I was wondering how many cups per day should I be feeding my basset hound? I tried home cooked dog food because she refuses to eat store bought dog food. We would just leave the bowl filled normally. I know bassets have an issue with obesity so I don’t want to start feeding her too much. She’s a year old and weighs 40 pounds currently. How much should she be eating daily? Thank you!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
According to our chart here you should feed your dog 2 1/4 cups to 3 cups per day. If you notice she is gaining weight, lean towards the lower end of the range. Check with your vet to make sure she is getting the proper nutrients she needs as well. Good luck!
jennifer
I would check with your vet I do home cooked for my 4 saint bernards and was told by my vet not to go by cups of food but by calories. they weigh just over 100 pounds and need to be feed 1800 calories each a day
Maggie donahue
Hello. I was wondering on the turkey and brown rice recipe for dogs if anyone knows the calorie per cup count?
Gayle
I’m trying to find out the same thing. has anyone responded to your post?
Denise
I did the math today and using 3 lbs. of ground turkey, 2 cans of kidney beans, 1 bag of frozen peas, 1/2 bag of fresh little carrots and a heaping cup of brown rice…it comes out to a total of 2870 carolies for the batch. You would just need to figure how many cups come out of that.
Nancy Workman
I would like ti try the crockpot beef and rice….can I use something other than squash…Cauliflower,broccoli,peas???and is it ok to boil the meat a little first to remove a little of the fat…he has had health problems in the past ….
Michele
No broccoli. Look up the other ingredients to make sure that they aren’t harmful to dogs. This information is easy to google.
Judi
It is my understanding that rosemary is a dangerous if not prohibited ingredient in any dog food. I have read testing results that indicate that it can kill dogs. One of the homemade recipes included here on this site contains rosemary? I would surely eliminate it from the recipe.
Tee
Rosemary isn’t toxic. It can cause stomach issues if eaten in large amounts.
Christine
Do you ever use iodized salt in dog food recipes?
Tee
Dogs do not need nor desire salt or seasonings in my research.
Alexis
My kids ate the dog food and they were not fond of it. They thought it could be sweeter and not as mushy. I think adding some basil would be a nice addition store bought dog food is way better than homemade dog food especially this one.
Tee
The food isn’t for your kid it’s for your dog. Dogs don’t need sweets, but some foods need to be mushy for them to be able to digest it. May I suggest you take a look at the ingredients in your store bought dog food and notice all the uses of the word ‘meal’ it may taste better to your kids, but I guarantee you it’s not as good for your dog as homemade.
Michele
Why are you feeding ant type of dog food to your kids? Dogs don’t need and shouldn’t have many of the seasonings that humans like.
Dog@Dog
Duh, who expects human kids to like dog food? If you’re talking about your dogs (weird), then I think your dogs are trying to tell you that it’s different in a good way from their old dog food, and that they will eat it for their mommy–aww.
Akexis
Tried the dog food and we’re not fond of it.They said it could have been sweeter and not as mushy.I think some basil would be a nice addition. Store bought dog food is way better.
Kathryn
Are you stupid Alexis? Dogs don’t need sweets. That will upset their stomachs and it’s just downright not good for them? Store bought is better? You obviously have some research to do
Kathleen Murphy
How would these recipes change for an 8 week old retriever puppy? Amounts per meal? Extra vitamins? Calcium? Oils?

Thank you!

Kris Garon Dooley
These recipes are grossly inadequate. They are severely short of necessary vitamins and minerals.
Dawn Mello
Which is why this COULD be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.
Tee
This is WHY they tell you to add a multivitamin.
Shannon
Hi,
I am new to this site and I love it! Question, do the dog food recipes have all the vitiams needed or do I have to add vitamins?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Shannon, the recipes are as is. They have the nutrients your dog needs for a well-balanced diet. If your dog needs a specific vitamin you can probably add it in, but we suggest checking with your vet first. Thanks for visiting!
Kamaron
Thank you for this answer. I have been searching high and low for nutritional well balanced homemade dog food and advice on how to know if I’m giving my dog what she needs.
Kim
Mine take probiotics and children multivitamin each day too.
Beth
We got a new puppy and I decided she is going to get fed home cooked dog food. I’m very happy with the results. My dog is happy too but I had to share something funny. Here is a recent conversation between me and my husband:
Larry: Something smells good. What’s in the crock pot?
Me: Dog food
Larry: What’s baking in the oven?
Me: Dog biscuits
Larry: What’s for dinner?
Me: I don’t know yet. Haven’t given it much thought!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Ha! What our dogs eat take precedence over what we eat ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the laugh!
Geralyn
Too funny. I am currently making homemade dog food out of venison and chicken
Dog@Dog
Ha ha. Thanks for posting!
Beth
When you have brown rice in a recipe is the measurement done dry or cooked?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Dry rice, it will cook during the process.
Sam K
Which of these recipes can help a dog diagnosed with stage 1 kidney disease, please? She’s a 10 year old red heeler. We have kibble for the kidney diet, but would like to broaden what we offer her.
irene
How much food are you suppose to feed your dog? My dog is 180lb mastiff and 110 great pyrenees. I want to supplement with cooked foods and a mix of good dog food brand and gradually go into all homemade food.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
We have a chart on this table for how much food to feed dog: https://www.caninejournal.com/how-much-food-should-i-feed-my-puppy/ We suggest talking with your vet about how much food to feed your dog.
jennifer
I have 4 saints all at around 110 lbs our vet told me that 1800 calories per day is what they need
Teresa Joudrey
I do not understand why you added flour to your dog food. Please explain. I know dogs do not care if gravy is thick. That is a human thing.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
That is a great question, Teresa! From what we’ve found, there is no nutritional requirement for wheat in a dog’s diet, but there are benefits to its presence. Certain wheats contain fibers that help the grown of beneficial bacteria in the gut or intestines. Fiber found in wheat helps keep your dog’s bowel movements regular. Older dogs are more susceptible to develop constipation, so an increase in fiber can help keep things moving. Wheat also packs a burst of energy, the carbs found in wheat grain are great for fueling muscular and metabolic activities.
Monica

I had the same thought. The recipe just states flour… Which in my human baking/cooking frame of mind means white flour. Might help to specify wheat flour in the recipe.

Clarissa Thomas
I made two gallons of food a couple days ago and put them into the freezer, to serve it to my dog. Do I reheat it again and cool right?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Yes, reheating and allowing it to cool would work.
Kellie Altieri
These diets are in no way balanced for long term use unless you add a ton of vitamins.

Also, the things you said about a raw diet is 100% false. The AVMA may not be behind it but there are many vets that advocate a raw diet. I have been feeding my dog a PMR (prey model raw) diet for a year and just started my 7 month old pup on it and they’ve never been healthier. If you’re clean and sanitary in your meat handling and clean up, like you would be if it were for your own consumption, it’s completely safe.

Stop spreading misinformation.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hello and thanks for the comment! We believe that having a diet consisting of 50% vegetables of assorted colors and types provides the necessary vitamins needed for any living being. Regarding feeding your dog raw: we completely respect your position and appreciate that you are feeding raw to your dog. Canine Journal has never taken a stance on raw diets. We only shared what the American Veterinary Medical Association’s position is on the matter. We only said that the AVMA is not ok with raw. This is not misinformation this is a fact to show that the AVMA is not behind this. That does not mean that other vets are not behind it. Wishing you and your pup a healthy winter!
Dawn Mello
Why would you want to feed your dog the BARF diet? You don’t know what is being put in the meat and your dogs can get ecoli, salmonella poison and God knows what else.
Kris Garon Dooley
Are coyotes and wolves dropping dead from e-cool and salmonella? You realize dogs have a short digestive tract so they can handle pathogens that humans cannot. Dogs share 99% of DNA of wolves and they should be fed as nature intended.

Dogs were never designed to eat kibble.

Dawn Mello
I agree about the kibble. But our animals are not wild, they are domesticated. I Am still trying to figure this all out.
Dawn Mello
Yes, dogs CAN get salmonella poisoning.
Jenya
Dogs, wolves, anyone can get salmonella poisoning. It’s what they call survival of the fittest. We don’t exactly keep track of the wolves that are dying and surviving. Plus, their bodies are quite used to it. And as Dawn said below, our dogs are not wild anymore. With children around the house and the way our dogs kiss us/sleep on the bed, I would not feed our dogs raw diet because as we evolve, so do our domesticated dogs. I completely agree that kibble is a big no, but would not feed my dogs raw either.
Monica

Unless you are hunting and fishing for your dog… The proteins most people use are farmed. Chicken, beef, pork, fish of all varieties, used for human consumtion, are not the same as from the wild. Even “Organic” meats are still grown on farms. This brings about complications from denser populations that wolves and coyotes dont face when they eat raw. Most people agree Kibble is not a great choice…. The question then becomes is it natural to feed your dog raw farmed meat?