Healthy Homemade Dog Food

Dogs cannot eat all human food so here's a listing of what dogs are able to eat and foods to avoid.

Healthy Food

  • Raw or cooked lean cuts of boneless poultry(chicken or turkey), beef (ground or cubed), lamb, whitefish like cod, and fatty fish like salmon and herring
  • Finely chopped or ground raw vegetables, including carrots, broccoli florets, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens (collards, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce)
  • Cooked grains like rice, barley, bulgur, polenta, oatmeal, and pasta;
  • Raw, scrambled, fried (in canola oil), hard-boiled, or poached eggs
  • Plain yogurt, a small amount of grated hard cheese
  • Bits of fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, melons, apples, pears, and bananas

  • Healthy people meals like stew or soup with meat and vegetables (not onion soup or onion pieces), meatloaf, egg salad, and tuna salad

Food to Avoid

  • Fatty meats; cured meat like sausage, bacon, and hot dogs; fried chicken, raw pork
  • French fries, onions in any form, batter-dipped deep-fried vegetables
  • White bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, and other sugary baked goods
  • Pancakes, waffles, processed food
  • Milk, cream, ice cream
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Junk food, frozen dinners, fast food, chocolate and other sweets

Reprinted from
 The Original Dog Bible © 2005. Permission granted by BowTie Press

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Kristie   SF Bay Area, California

2/3/2016 12:37:16 AM

I cook for my cavalier spaniel as well. He loves Panko with various seasonings on his chicken or turkey breast. He also generally likes marinaded chicken. Barbecue always goes over well, regardless of the type. He also likes Thai and some Indian seasonings, but hates Mexican seasonings and other Asian seasonings. If you serve him anything bland, he won't eat it--if I think it's boring, I might as well throw it in the garbage as he won't touch it. I discovered that he likes fish prepared by a restaurant when I brought leftovers home, and he likes cod too. I call him Chef now as a nickname at times because he has become a little food critic. He has been lobbying to be seated at local restaurants--he just cannot understand why dogs aren't allowed to treat their moms to a nice dinner out. . . . I have met lots of Cavalier parents that feed their dogs vegetables but mine has absolutely no interest in vegetables, with the one exception of the occasional mashed potatoes or baked potato. With that one exception, he is strictly a meat only kind of guy.

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maria   blackpool, Washington

8/13/2014 11:23:29 PM

I've just got a borbeol african dog x owners said they gave him pasta x is this wat I continue with x or should I start dry food x

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janet   Bethlehem, PA

5/17/2012 4:13:42 AM

good article, thank you

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Kim   Idaho Falls, ID

11/13/2010 8:09:58 AM

I have just started to make my own dog food since my schnauzer was diagnosed with bladder stones. I found the best recipes at I have read that dogs need 1/3 protein and 2/3 vegetables and grains so that is what I have been trying to stick to. You will find some great recipes for peanut butter treats at that site also - my dogs love them!

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