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Kiss Kibble Goodbye: Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Bowl of homemade dog food veggetablesImagine if you had to eat the exact same food every meal, every day of your life. Beyond being painfully boring, wouldn’t you question whether you’re getting a nutritionally balanced diet? Welcome to a dog’s life. Long ago before commercially produced dog food, dogs ate a lot of the same foods as humans. There’s a reason our dogs beg for our food – they’re meant to eat a variety. Table scraps anyone?

Homemade dog food can benefit your canine companion in a number of ways — especially if you have a pet who suffers from allergies, gastrointestinal sensitivity or skin problems. Treat your dog as you would any of your other family members by preparing nutritious food from trusted ingredients. Here, we’ll give you some tips on how to make dog food, nutrition guidelines and our favorite homemade dog food recipes. We guarantee your pup will benefit from your efforts and could even improve behavioral problems that stem from dietary deficiencies.

What Nutrition Guidelines Should You Follow?

PetsBest Insurance: Lost Car KeysBefore embarking on a homemade diet, consult with your veterinarian to make sure you’re not barking up the wrong tree with your dog’s basic nutritional needs. Here are some daily must-haves with general balance guidelines. Serving sizes depend on your pup’s weight, size and activity level.

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

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.

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

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

Beef Stew, Doggie Style

Diced carrots

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

Ingredients

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

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

Directions

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

Turkey, Rice and Veggie Mix

Brown rice in jar

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

Ingredients

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

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

Directions

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

Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal

Kidney beans

We love this recipe for its nutritional value, its quick prep time (10 minutes) and the easy crockpot cooking. It yields 12 cups and can be easily 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 chopped carrots
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 4 cups of water

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

Directions

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

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Textured pumpkin puree

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

Ingredients

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

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

Directions

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

Chicken Jerky StripsRaw chicken breast in slices

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

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Total: Makes approx 10-20 strips

Directions

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

Frozen Banana Treats

Creamy peanut butter

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

Ingredients

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

Total: Makes approx 8 1 oz treats

Directions

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

Tips on How to Make Dog Food

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

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

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

What About BARF?

No, we’re not implying your new canine culinary skills will cause your pet harm; we’re referring to the raw diet, more affectionately known as BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), which has gained a lot of popularity among dog owners over the last few years. The basic idea is to feed your dog raw meats, grains and veggies just as his canine ancestors did millions of years ago. While you can find a lot of raw dog food recipes online and some veterinarians may recommend it, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is not on board with BARF. Citing a number of studies, the AVMA’s policy discourages feeding raw or undercooked animal proteins as they contain potentially deadly pathogens that not only can sicken your pet but also can be secondarily transmitted to humans. Yikes!

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 major 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.

Don’t Feel Like Cooking?

If you want your pup to experience homemade food, but you just don’t have time, give TopDogDinners a shot. With this service, you can have customized, fresh dog food sent right to your house!

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!

Do you have any homemade dog food recipes to recommend?

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

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Emma
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
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Kimberly Alt

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
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
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Kimberly Alt

Glad to hear your dog loves them!

Kelsie Kemp
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
Savannah

Peanut butter has protein and good fats in it. Try that.

Jaaon
Jaaon

How much of this i should make for a dog up to 40 pounds and another dog that is a dachshund

Rose
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
Saagar

Brown rice need to be put in water for an overnight

Sherry
Sherry

Can the meals be frozen?

Nency
Nency

for my kitty (she is a cat) , I am looking for some good recipes. Please do write someday 🙂

Patti
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Shonna
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…

Lori
Lori

You can always add some warm water to the Hill’s Science food. Makes a gravy.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

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
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.

Shellie
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
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Kimberly Alt

No, you do not need to brown it beforehand.

Vicki
Vicki

Can I substitute the beef for ground turkey? My Dorgi is allergic to beef.

Jess
Jess

I substituted ground organic chicken, and it worked out beautifully

Ricky
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.

Andrea
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.

Sara
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
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!

chang nguyen
chang nguyen

Too much protein in beef. Your dog will be fat. How many meals per week is enough?

Jaime
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
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Kimberly Alt

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
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
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

Robb
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
Kimberly Alt

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
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
Kimberly Alt

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
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
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Hi Denise, thanks for sharing and I’m so happy to hear your dog is doing better!

Kathleen Parker
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
Kimberly Alt

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
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!

jennifer
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

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

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!

Maggie donahue
Maggie donahue

Hello. I was wondering on the turkey and brown rice recipe for dogs if anyone knows the calorie per cup count?

Denise
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.

Gayle
Gayle

I’m trying to find out the same thing. has anyone responded to your post?

Nancy Workman
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
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
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
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
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.

Michele
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.

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.

Akexis
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
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
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
Kris Garon Dooley

These recipes are grossly inadequate. They are severely short of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Tee

This is WHY they tell you to add a multivitamin.

Dawn Mello
Dawn Mello

Which is why this COULD be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.

Shannon
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
Kimberly Alt

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
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.

Beth
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!

Geralyn
Geralyn

Too funny. I am currently making homemade dog food out of venison and chicken

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Ha! What our dogs eat take precedence over what we eat 😉 Thanks for the laugh!

Beth
Beth

When you have brown rice in a recipe is the measurement done dry or cooked?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Dry rice, it will cook during the process.

Sam K
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
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.

jennifer
jennifer

I have 4 saints all at around 110 lbs our vet told me that 1800 calories per day is what they need

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

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.

Teresa Joudrey
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
Kimberly Alt

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.

Clarissa Thomas
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
Kimberly Alt

Yes, reheating and allowing it to cool would work.

Kellie Altieri
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,… Read more »
Dawn Mello
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
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.

Jenya
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.

Dawn Mello
Dawn Mello

Yes, dogs CAN get salmonella poisoning.

Dawn Mello
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.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
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… Read more »
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