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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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 AllRecipes.com. 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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Karla   Somerville, MA

6/7/2010 3:27:11 PM

What I'd like to see is recipes. I've been cooking for my dog (a Cavalier spaniel) since we adopted him, making ground meat, brown rice and various veggies for him. I've never found from anyone else what the proportions should be, or even what method of cooking is recommended. Anyone know where to find recipes, or anyone want to share their dogs favorites?

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eva   hemet, CA

6/18/2009 10:57:24 PM

i found this web page just in time. my 15 year old Border Collie has cancerous tumors in her throat, and is refusing to eat her regular food, so i'm hoping to try homemade dog food (pureed) so she can swallow it. :) thanks everyone ! & pray for "LUCY" :)

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