Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Homemade Dog Food RecipesMaking healthy homemade dog food recipes isn’t hard at all.  You can make your own dog foods just as easily as you make meals for your family.

Why Do People Make Homemade Dog Food?

There are a variety of reasons why people choose to make dog food recipes.

  • Homemade dog food is a treat.  Some people like to occasionally make their own dog food as a special treat for their furry friend.
  • Making homemade dog food to save money.   If you typically feed your dog high end dog foods, which can run about $45 for a 15 pound sack, then making your own dog food from fresh ingredients would be healthier for your dog and save you money.  If you purchased the ingredients on sale, you could save money.
  • Special dietary needs. Some dogs who are on special needs diets for medical reasons or for overall health reasons.  Some of these diets include:  Vegetarian diet, Preservative Free diet, RAW diet, etc.
  • Supplementing regular dog food with homemade dog food.
  • No worries about dog food recalls. Since you know what is going into your dogs food, you won’t have to worry about dog food recalls.

Easy Guide to Making Homemade Dog Food

When making dog food at home, you should keep in mind, the general ratio of foods which should go into the recipes.  Keeping a balance of  meats (proteins), cooked starches, and vegetables or fruits should be as below, regardless of whether the homemade dog food is raw or cooked:

  • Meats 40% – 60%
  • Cooked Starches – 20% – 30%
  • Vegetables or Fruits 20% – 30%

Meat choices should consist of lean cuts of meat.  Beef, chicken, lamb and turkey meats are all good choices.  You will find many recipes call for ground meat.  If you are choosing to feed your dog a raw dog food recipe, you should make sure your meat comes from a reputable store.  Like people, dogs like a variety of meats in their diet, so switch it up.  Eggs are another great source of protein which dogs love.  The shells of eggs can be baked in an 300 degree oven for 10 minutes and then crushed into a powder.  Adding powdered eggs shells to your homemade dog food recipes is a great way to add calcium to your dogs diet.   A great source of protein for dogs following a vegetarian diet is cottage cheese and yogurt.

If you have a dog with health concerns you may want to consider only feeding your dog a cooked diet.  Cooked meats have less risk of making your dog sick.

Cooked Starches should consist of barley, brown rice, and buckwheat.  Cooked starchy vegetables such as yams, potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes are other great choices.  Starches should be cooked and the use of flour type products should be avoided.

Vegetables and fruits such as carrots, corn, chard, peas, kale, and zucchini are great choices.  Fruits like berries, bananas, pears, and apples are all good choices.  Fruits and vegetables should be ran through a food processor, this will make the foods easy for your dog to digest and will cut down your chopping time.

Beef & Pork Homemade Dog Food Recipe

This homemade dog food recipe doesn’t look pretty but its economical.  The recipe yields about four gallons of food your dog will love!  After the dog food cools down, you can sack it up into individual servings into ziplocks and freeze it.  Making homemade dog food doesn’t have to be a big chore if you make big batches like this ahead of time.  You may substitute ingredients or add a little more of this or that, depending on what you have on hand.

  • 2 Boxes Barley – Cook according to box instructions
  • 5 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 3 Pounds Ground Pork
  • 3 Eggs + Shells (finely crushed)
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 5 Carrots
  • 3 Stalks Celery
  • 3 Squash
  • water

DIRECTIONS:

In a huge pot, cook the barley according to the package directions.  In  a separate pot cook the meats and drain the fat.  Combine all the ingredients into the barley pot and cook until the vegetables are done and a little mushy.

Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

This is an easy to make Chicken dog food recipe.

Just think, no more worries about recalls on pet food!

  • 3 Pounds Minced Chicken Meat – NO bones
  • 2 1/2 Cups Vegetables – Minced (carrots, celery, squash, etc)
  • 4 Cups Rice

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot, combine the chicken, veggies, and rice.  Add the water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

Once the ingredients are boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered until the rice has absorbed the liquid.  About 20-25 minutes.  Let homemade dog food cool.  Once cooled, packaged it up into individual servings and freeze.

Slow Cooker Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

If you think you are too busy to cook your dog some homemade food, then this recipe is perfect for your busy lifestyle.  Your dog will love it.

  • 1 Fryer Chicken – Cut up with gizzards and innards
  • 1 Cup Barley
  • 3 Eggs With Crushed Shells
  • 2 Potatoes – Cubed
  • 4 Carrots Chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery Chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cover with water.  Cook several hours until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the vegetables are done.  When chicken is done, remove from slow cooker and let it cool down.  Remove the chicken from the bone and add chicken meat back to slow cooker.

Blend the chicken and vegetable mixture.  You can do this  by using a blender, a food processor or a submersible blender.  The mixture should have the texture of a thick chili.  Add more water if necessary.

Packaged the homemade dog food up into individual servings and freeze.

Cooking For Big Dogs – Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Here’s a great recipe if you are cooking for a small pack of dogs or a few big dogs.

  • 3 Pounds Meat
  • 6 Eggs With (Crushed) Shells – Cooked Scrambled
  • 1 – 2 Cups Cottage Cheese or Yogurt
  • 2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • 2 Cups Cooked Minced Vegetables (Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Yams, broccoli, Peas, Squash, Green Beans, etc)
  • 1 Can of Beans

DIRECTIONS:

Cook meet.  If you are using boned in meat, you can BBQ it and then debone the meat.  If you are using ground meats, cook the meat and drain the fat.

Combine all the cooked ingredients.  If you aren’t going to be able to use up all the homemade dog food within a few days, then package it up into individual servings and freeze.

Foods to Avoid When Making Homemade Dog Food

Your should never feed your dog the following foods.  These foods should NOT be added to homemade dog food:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee and Coffee Grounds
  • Fruit Pits
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mushrooms

Making homemade dog food recipes for your dog can save you money and make your dog very happy.

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