Homemade Dog Food
Learn how to make nutritious homemade dog food.
Dr. William Pollak, DVM
Brought to you by The Original Dog Bible
Many people feed their dogs commercial dog food; some people, for a variety of reasons, choose to feed their dogs a homemade diet. A successful homemade diet is well balanced, containing just the right mixture of food to provide a dog with essential nutrients. Here are two suggested homemade recipes that each provide a full-days worth of necessary nutrients. Feed one cup by volume per day per 35 pounds of dog or 15 pounds of puppy (5 to 24 months old). Extremely active dogs will require more.
Basic Canine Three-Part Combo
- 1/4 pound (1/2 cup) ground chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb (heart or muscle is okay; liver is okay but not more than once a week). Use one type of meat per meal and vary the meat at least every three or four days.
- 4 to 6 shredded slices whole grain natural bread; or cup whole grain cereal such as brown rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, wheat, quinoa, couscous
- 1 cup whole milk (raw and nonhomogenized, if possible)
- 2 large eggs (it is optional to include the eggs shells, ground up and softened; bake shells in toaster oven until lightly browned to soften
- 1/4 cup string beans or other vegetable (carrots, broccoli, leafy greens, beets)
- 1 tablespoon vitamin/mineral powder
- 1 tablespoon ghee, olive, or vegetable oil
- 11/2 teaspoons bone meal, calcium, or softened eggshells (bake in toaster oven to soften) 200 IU vitamin E
- 1/4 teaspoon tamari, Braggs liquid amino acids, or a dash of iodized salt (optional)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced (optional
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger, licorice, and/or cumin (optional)
Combine all ingredients, water can be added. Serve raw or shape and bake at 325ºF until lightly browned (20 to 30 minutes).
This is a quick and easy homemade meal containing the three basic food groups of raw meat, raw grated vegetables, and cooked grain.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup raw rolled oats
- 3 eggs (shells crushed and baked at 350ºF for 12 minutes)
- 1 teaspoon bone meal or calcium/magnesium powder (or eggshells)
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup raw grated vegetable (any common vegetable is fine)
- 1/2 cup raw chopped meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)
- 1 tablespoon of brewers or nutritional yeast, lecithin, and/or olive oil (optional)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the raw oats, cover, cook 2 minutes, turn off the heat, let stand about 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of ingredients. Mix in some brewers or nutritional yeast, lecithin, and/or olive oil if desired.
*Recipes courtesy of Dr. William Pollak, DVM
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Reprinted from The Original Dog Bible © 2005. Permission granted by BowTie Press
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