Several ready-made dry dog foods, commonly known as kibble, is stuffed with toxins, carcinogens, allergens and components that present your dog with inadequate base nourishment.
Converting your pet from commercially produced, highly processed kibble to homemade dog food eater can be of significant advantage to your pet's general health.
Homemade dog food is arguably healthier than the ready-made dog food you can find in the supermarket, pet stores and vet clinics. Making your own dog food, however, take a little more time, but you can make extra and store it in the freezer.
Listed below are rather nutritious, easy to make dog food recipes that you can prepare and cook for your dog. The ingredients used are chosen to aid your pet's overall wellness, boost his disease fighting capability, reduce the chance of cancer, aid oral health, and more.
When buying the ingredients used in the recipes, you can choose if you want to go organic or otherwise; but even if you choose the latter, rest assured that the recipes are carefully created to be packed with the right, good nutrition every canine needs.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Beef and Vegetable Balls
Some canines prefer meaty treats over sweet ones. This recipe has hearty meat flavor and good aroma that all dogs really enjoy.
2 6-ounce jars of organic beef and vegetable baby food
1 cup of whole-wheat flour (or white substitute)
2 cups of dry milk
1 cup of water
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. Drop the mixture onto a baking sheet in large spoonfuls.
4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
5. Allow to the treats to cool completely.
6. Store leftover beef and vegetable balls in the fridge for up to five days.
Turkey and Veggie Dinner
This basic dog food recipe incorporates turkey for protein and veggies for added vitamins and minerals.
4 cups of water
1 pound of ground turkey
2 cups of brown rice
1 cup of carrots, chopped
1 cup of green beans, chopped
1 tablespoon of fish oil (optional)
1. Cook the ground turkey in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until the meat is cooked through.
2. Add the brown rice, turkey, and water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until the rice is soft and tender.
4. Add the carrots and green beans and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
5. Allow to cool before serving.
6. Store extra dinners in the fridge for up to five days.
This recipe utilizes chicken, which is a good source of protein, and plenty of vegetables to produce a flavorful mix. Green beans aid your dog feel full and veggies provide vitamins and minerals.
4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup of green beans, chopped
1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats.
4 cups of low-salt chicken broth
1. Take out excess fat from the chicken breasts and slice the breasts into small chunks.
2. Cook the chicken breasts in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.
3. Add the chicken, vegetables, rolled oats, and chicken broth to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender – about 15 minutes.
4. Allow to cool before serving.
5. Store leftover casserole portions in the fridge for up to five days.
Canines require considerable amounts of protein to ensure that they're healthy and active. Your puppy ought to get the majority of his protein from whole meat resources, like fresh chicken. Beans have a great amount of protein as well.
4 chicken breasts
1 cup of kidney beans, drained
1 cup of black beans, drained
1 cup of carrots, diced
1/2 cup of tomato paste
4 cups of chicken broth
1. Take out the excess fat and dice the chicken breasts into small pieces.
2. Cook the chicken breasts in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink.
3. Add the chicken, beans, carrots, tomato paste, and chicken broth into a large pot and cook over medium heat until heated through – about 10 minutes.
4. Allow the mixture to cool before serving.
5. Store leftover chili in the fridge for up to five days.
Homemade Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Cookies
Canines love peanut butter, and these cookies are a fantastic way to slip some fish oil into your pet's diet. This particular oil enhances your dog’s coat, rendering it softer and healthier. For this recipe, it's recommended to use organic peanut butter since a number of commercial brands of peanut butter have unfit hydrogenated oils and preservatives. If you can't find an organic one, then just make your own! For this you'll only need raw peanuts and peanut oil (and a blender or food processor).
2 cups of flour (wheat if your pooch isn't allergic to it; white if he is)
1 cup of rolled oats
1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
1 1/2 cups of water
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine the flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one cup of water and mix until smooth. Incorporate the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
3. Gradually add the water till the concoction has a thick and doughy consistency.
4. Mildly flour a cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the surface to make a 1/4 inch thick sheet.
5. Make use of a cookie cutter to make shapes. Put the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
6. Let the cookies cool completely before feeding.
The jerky is both tough and chewy, so it'll keep your dog entertained for some time. The chicken offers a beneficial amount of protein. Additionally, this treat can also help to clean the dog's teeth.
Two to four chicken breasts
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Get rid of any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the white meat on its side and use a paring knife to cut and portion the breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
3. Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for two hours.
4. Test the chicken before removing from the oven. It must be dry and hard. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
5. Store the jerky treat in an airtight jar/container inside the fridge. You can serve this to your dog up to two weeks.
Frozen Yogurt Pops
This cool homemade treat is made out of human grade ingredients and contains fruit juice and carrots, which provide your four-legged friend an extra vitamin boost. Yogurt has calcium and protein, and helps your pet break down food.
6 oz. container of plain, NON-FAT frozen yogurt
1 cup of “no-sugar added” fruit juice
1/2 cup of carrots, minced
1. Add the yogurt, fruit juice, and carrots into a bowl. Mix until the ingredients are smooth and well-blended.
2. Put the mixture into the ice cube trays.
3. Freeze until the mixtures are solid.
Fruit and Veggie Strips
These strips work as a more affordable substitute for the organic chewy treats available in pet stores. Additionally, they break apart effortlessly, so you can serve tinier pieces as training rewards. Fruit and veggies are abundant with vitamin C, which can boost your dog’s body's defense mechanisms.
1 small sweet potato
1 medium banana
1 cup carrots, minced
1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
2 cups of whole wheat flour (white if your pooch is allergic to wheat)
1 cup of rolled oats
1/3 cup of water
1. Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the insides are soft. Set aside and allow cooling.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Mash the banana and sweet potato in a large mixing bowl with a hand masher until smooth. Incorporate the carrots, flour, and oats. Gradually add in the applesauce and water while mixing.
4. The ingredients will form soft dough. Roll the dough on to a lightly floured surface until its 1/8 inch thick.
5. Cut the dough into strips.
6. Cook on a baking sheet for 25 minutes.
7. Store leftover strips in the fridge for up to two weeks.
While many dogs can deal with a range of different treats given in small amounts, some may get indigestion if you switch foods too soon or excessively. Prior to starting making your own homemade dog food, speak with your vet and ask if he / she has any specific ingredient recommendations, as some dog breeds may be more susceptible to food allergies than others.
After acquiring your vet’s approval, change your dog’s food over little by little, slowing blending in a homemade dish with your regular food for a couple of days to a week.