Homemade Dog Food and Treat Recipes

With all of the pet food recalls lately, many of us who adore our canines are looking into making our own food and treats, which can be cheaper and healthier. Let’s face it.  The only way to know for sure what your feeding your dog is to make it yourself out of whole foods.

Before you get started, make sure understand your dog’s dietary needs. Dogs are omnivorous and need both meat and plants.  Also, consult with your vet to be sure you understand and needs specific to your dog.  Remember that if you do switch to homemade dog food, do so slowly, since quick diet changes can cause digestive issues. Research the effect ingredients have on your dog’s health as you develop your recipe.  Whole Dog Journal offers a great article with all the basics you need to get started.

Here are some additional things to consider in determining what to include in your dog’s diet:

  • Your dog’s breed
  • Your dog’s activity level
  • Your dog’s age
  • Any health problems including
    • Allergies
    • Dental problems
    • heart problems
    • Arthritis
    • Skin Problems

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Onion or Onion Powder
  • Pepper
  • Sugar and Brown Sugar
  • Tomatoes
  • ANY Dairy Products

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats (From Cesars Way)
The perfect snack to cool your pet down after a vigorous play session
Ingredients
32 ounces vanilla yogurt
1 cup peanut butter
Directions
Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter
Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
Place in the freezer

Homemade Dog Food (From Food.com)
Total Time: 2hrs 15mins (Prep – 45 min, Cook – 1 hr 30 min)
Yields 6 qts

INGREDIENTS
1 lb ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground chicken
1⁄2 lb ground turkey
1 lb baby carrots
2 small baking potatoes
3 cups brown rice
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water

DIRECTIONS
Cook all 3 ground meats together in larger 6 quart dutch oven.
Add rice, chicken broth and water. Cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.
Add potatoes and carrots, and slightly beaten eggs. Cook for an additional 20 – 30 minutes.
After cooking, put mixture into storage containers. This freezes very well.

Midsummer Farm Homemade Fish-Based Dog Dinner From TheBark.com()
The below recipe is for 1 medium dog for 3 days, about 10 1-cup-size meatballs. This recipe can be made in larger batches for efficiency sake. This raw food can easily be frozen in meatball shapes appropriate for the size animals you are feeding.

Serving Sizes of Raw Meatballs:
• For a large 50-100 pound dog – three to five 1-cup-size meatballs per day
• For a 20-40 pound dog – two or three 1-cup-size meatballs per day
• For a 1-10 pound dog – one to two 1/2-cup-size meatballs per day
*Remember – this is a concentrated and efficient food source and is power packed. You won’t have to feed as much bulk-wise as with a commercial food; most commercial foods have a lot of fillers.

Ingredients
• 2 pounds of Frozen Fish Fillets. I like to use an oily fish like Mackerel or Whiting.
• 1-2 cans of Alaskan Wild Pink Salmon
• 1/4 – 1/2 pound of Beef Liver
• 1-3 Eggs (optional)
• 2 cups of Chopped Veggies (can be any combination of carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cooked squash, green beans, cooked yams, apples, berries, kale, spinach). Do NOT use onions or grapes of any kind.
• 1/2 cup of Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
• 2 tbsp Honey
• 2 tbsp Dried Parsley
• 2 tbsp Dried Oregano
• 2 tbsp Tumeric Powder
• 2 tbsp Thorvin Kelp Powder
• Optional: 1 cup of cooked oatmeal, barley, or brown rice

Directions:
Alternate putting frozen (still frozen grind much easier), liver, vegetables, garlic, and seeds through a meat grinder. As you grind into a big bowl, add and mix in the canned salmon, eggs, honey, dried herbs, powdered kelp.

Keep in a well-sealed container in fridge. Scoop out appropriate amounts for your pet, or if you made a very large batch that is more than can be consumed in about 5 days, roll into meal-sized meatballs and freeze. Then you can just take out whatever number meatballs you need and defrost them a couple days before you need to feed them. Meatballs will last at least 3 months in the freezer.

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