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Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to make your own dog food! Easier than you think!

Last year when my fur baby, Trixie, died of cancer, I started to look other options for feeding my remaining dogs.  Commercial dog foods are filled with preservatives, dyes, and fillers .  You can't tell me that those ingredients are good for our beloved pets.  For further information , watch this YouTube video.  While they are promoting their dog food (I am in no way endorsing this product or any other) the information is correct about commercially made dog food. 





I began to search the internet and YouTube for recipes to make my own dog food.  I tweaked the recipe to fit my lifestyle and my dog's needs.  So I'm sharing with you my own recipe.


Homemade Dog Food

1 large roaster crock pot
3 lbs ground meat, hamburger, turkey, chicken, or lamb (you decide or mix and match)
2 cups brown rice
8 oz green beans
8 oz carrots
8 oz peas

NO CORN OR WHITE RICE OR PASTAS WHITE POTATOES.  DOGS CANNOT DIGEST THIS WELL

You can add in fresh vegetables instead of frozen.  You can add apples to this also.  Do not add any seasonings at all. They are not good for dogs and this is what you are trying to avoid.

Add about 2/3 water to crockpot.




Then add all other ingredients.  Set on low and cook for about 5 -6 hours.  Mash with potato masher from time to time.  If it looks like it may burn, add more water.




After it is done, mash and stir well.  Let cool completely.  Divide into freezer bags.  This will last about 4 days in the refrigerator thawed and in the freezer for 3 - 6 months.  This batch will feed 2 30 lb dogs for about 5 - 7 days.  Tailor the amount you feed your dog to his activity level.  Here's a food chart to help calculate.  http://www.natureslogic.com/dogs-feeding-chart/

I feed my 45 lb Border Collie about 2 1/2 cups a day.  I feed my 25 lb mini Australian Shepherd about 1 1/2 cups a day.  I feed my Chihuahua about 2/3 cup a day. 

My dogs love this food and it has been working well for them. It costs me about $10 - $12 a week to feed them this--not really much more than commercial dog food.    I hope this helps those of you who love your fur babies find an alternative, healthy way of feeding them.  Happy feeding.


63 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. Going to try this on my four.

    Debbie

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  2. Great recipe! I also cook for my dogs because they eventually disliked their commercialized dog food. They even refused to it and became very ill. Good thing a friend of mine advised me to switch to home made dog food. It was really the best part I did for my to dogs. Now they are very healthy and strong. They always look forward to their meal because I also add variety to the recipe so they always have something new in their meals.

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  3. My furbaby loved it! I wrote a post about it on my blog: http://365daystoahealthylife.blogspot.com/2014/12/diy-dog-food.html. Thanks!

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  4. We too make our own dog food. They love beets and yams and sweet potatoes. I don't cook the canned vegies and I do add fruit or applesauce. Contrary to the spices, when we make chicken I always add cinnemon or nutmeg for taste. They love it.

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    1. I read that nutmeg isn't good for them, but rosemary, parsley and basil are beneficial. Cinnamon helps their tummy. I also use pumpkin, kale, cocoa nut oil, black beans chick peas, green peas,broccoli,cauliflower, celery,yams, apple cider vinegar, bananas, cranberries chopped up, blueberries, watermelon, spinach, carrots, oatmeal, red and russet potatoes cooked, wheat germ,chia seeds, flax seed, yogurt peanut butter, hemp seed, liver, chicken, beef, pork and fish. also lentals

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    2. Cinnamon is good for them, but nutmeg is NOT good. Hopefully the applesauce is homemade without salt or sugar, and not purchased from the store. Canned veggies have salt (even if it says low sodium) and other preservatives. If you're going to cook for them, use only fresh fruits and vegetables.

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    3. I purée a dozen eggs with their shells, scramble them, and add them to the food mixture, the shells are an important calcium additive. Also, on Amazon you can get a product called Canine Complete. Mix with their morning food. It has all the vitamins and minerals need to make the homemade food complete.

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  5. What about calcium? How do you make sure your dog has sufficient calcium?

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    1. Using yogurt, and broccoli kale then I also give him beef ones once a week.

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    2. Rinse out egg shells, let them dry. Grind in a coffee grinder and add to their meals.

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    3. I give my toy poodle this kind of food for his breakfast and for calcium a raw chicken wing for his supper.

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  6. Is your meat product cooked ahead, or does it cook in the crock pot. auntiem4cabs@yahoo.com

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  7. For calcium you can use ground up organic egg shells. I use my coffee grinder and it works great.

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  8. I'm about to try this recipe, could you be a little more specific on how much water to use? It says "2/3" but do you really mean 2/3 of the crockpot full? It doesn't look like that much in the picture....

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    1. She probably means to fill the crockpot 2/3 full. Just to cook the rice takes at least five cups.

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    2. If you look at the pic that has all the ingredients, you can see that everything is floating in the water. It comes to the top of the dry/uncooked ingredients.

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  9. Put just enough water to let the food mixture cook. You will have to play with this recipe. It is different for everyone. Also, I began adding 3 strips of bacon. It flavors the turkey a bit and the dogs love it

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  10. Thank you!! Can't wait to make this for my 3 furry guys

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  11. Cooked white rice is absolutely fine for dogs, actually its easier to digest than brown rice.

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    1. How do you know this? I have been feeding white rice, so I was thrilled to hear this but others said to use the brown.

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  12. Is the rice cooked before adding?

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  13. Will the peas pass thru my dogs whole? Could I substitute green beans.

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  14. When I enlarged the photo it looks like instant brown rice.

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  15. Do you feed just this food or do you add it to their dry kibble? I'm looking to give just homemade food and cut out the kibble altogether?

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  16. Please add LEAN meat not over 15 percent fat. Too much fat will give them pancreatis .

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  17. Are brussels sprouts ok for dogs? Mine likes to eat them (fresh or frozen without butter or seasonings) but I only let him have a small amount.

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    1. The problem with Brussel sprouts is that you'll have SBDs (silent, but deadly poots)!

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    1. Our dog as stomach issues. I wanted to make sure he was getting nutrients that he wasnt getting from homemade food alone. We feed a mixture of a homade rice and chicken mix recommended by our vet and blue buffalo grain free sensitive stomach in the tan and purple bag. I think it's turkey and potato flavor, its the only kind he would eat and we tried quite a few brands.

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  19. what are the best grain and gluten free dog foods?
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  20. We holiday in goa India twice a year where we help Goan animal welfare trust with spay/neuter program and injured or sick dogs we cook up rice then stir in pedigree chum complete meal biscuits then when the rice and biscuit has soaked up water we leave to cool then add more biscuit and tins of pilchards, sardines or mackerel whatever we can find we feed up to 30 dogs some days and can be difficult getting food to the more timid dogs ideally need something compact that we can throw to these dogs that the can grab and run off with to eat away from other dogs
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  21. I've been cooking for my Pooch for 3 years, also lost two pets to cancer that had been fed commercial food. We buy non-GMO non-commercially raised chicken, carrots, celery, parsnips and vary from chicken to liver to turkey with occasional beef hocks or salmon and he loves the fish skin which has good oil for his skin. He loves barley or buckwheat, but has developed a taste for brown rice too. THe carrots and parsnips are naturally sweet so I don't add other seasoning. I use about 3/4 of the pot full of filtered water and the grain absorbs the water to cook. Bon Appetite!

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  22. I started making Daisy's foodxabout the time you wrote this blog. I made her a turkey meatloaf every three weeks until recently. I added sweet potatoes too. She loved it. Even though I rarely changed the recipe, she stopped eating it a few days ago. I switched her back to dry food and badtr it with a bit of chicken broth. We have not looked back.

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  24. I have a 8 year old shih tzu, with itching, chewing feet, and yeast. She's been on apoquel for a year and now its not working. She has also developed skin tags growing rapidly, I suspect its from the meds. I stopped the meds and want to try homemade food. I have tried ground beef, squash, carrots, all sauteed. She loved it. I am trying just meat and vege's, low glycemic because of the yeast. I want to go grain, potatoe, rice free. Any suggestions?

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  25. Howdy! Not sure anyone still checks this, but my name's Holly & I have a 3 & 1\2 year old border collie\lab mix.. He's my service dog, we've been partners a year and 1\2. I've got him on the diamond naturals brand from tractor supply, he gets no human food so we don't have any issues in stores.. Any treats I buy are low in k Cal's and help him in other ways. I get stopped by people saying how lovely he is, and he truly is! Just curious if making his food could help him enjoy his eventual retirement better... He is a mobility assist dog, keeps me walking and out of a wheel chair. He uses his weight to counter balance me when I start tipping since I don't notice. So he does alot of work, he's got a full harness so that balancing me doesn't hurt his chest\ribs, or cause problems for him later on. Like i said, this blog caught my eye now I'm curious for Ford's sake. Great blog by the way!!!

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  26. HI Holly, I had written on needing advice on my shih-tzu with skin problems. I have her on a cooked homeade diet now and some supplements. It is working. She's more lively now and her skin is clearing up. I think there are a lot of benefits to feeding homemade diet. There's also a lot of info on feeding a raw diet to dogs. I also make homemade dog treats as well. I have two other dogs that eat store bought dog food. They are healthy and happy with no skin or allergy problems. So, I will leave them on that. Sounds like you have a wonderful dog.

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  30. Thank you for this article because its really informative, i love to read your article and i hope that i will read some more natural recipes of the dog food. The food recipe you are sharing in this article that food is looking very good for my dog health. Thanks and keep posting.

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  31. Do you use supplements as well? I read somewhere else that i have to give him a dog vitamin and an omega 3 supplement daily as well

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  32. I have been feeding my for dogs (3 chihuahuas and a blue heeler/ GSD mix) homeade crockpot food for the past few weeks with dry food available for them to graze on. I replaced their canned food with homeade. They absolutely love love love it!! Since the change, my 14 yr old chihuahua who has been having issues with his hips this past year or so is now jumping a lot more and not walking around like he is aching. The others are young enough to be full of energy. Time will tell on the positive benefits, but it is so much cheaper than canned food for sure and so fast and easy to make. Just like the infomercial says. .. "set it and forget it!".

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  34. I have a question.. What is better home made cooked food or raw food? My 10 month old German Shepherd puppy has stopped eating kibble and I'm not sure what to do. There is such an overload of misinformation online on this matter so I could really use some help!

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  35. I really need some help. I am confused about what is considered better.. home made cooked food or raw? I understand that raw is currently trendy but my 10 month old puppy doesn't like it. There is so much misinformation online on this subject and I could use some advise. Oh and by the way, my puppy can't eat grains or an gluten. What else can I substitute in your recipe for the rice?
    Thanks in advance :)

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  44. I've fed home made dog food to my 2 previous dogs, and to my current 10 year old pups. I like the idea of making it in the crock pot. I use ground turkey or a pork loin with the fat removed, white rice (also read that brown rice couldn't be digested), oatmeal, pumpkin, frozen green beans, green peas, and carrots and some apple or berries. I also add a little tomato ketchup (read that it added a useful nutrient), some walnut or olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. I often add spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, peanut butter, and potato. If I have leftover salmon, lamb or other protein I'll wash off any spices and add that. I originally dried and ground eggshells, but my vet was concerned with that causing kidney stones, so I only use a small amount occasionally. My male has a degenerative spinal issue and has fared much better on the homemade. My female often wouldn't eat the expensive canned food I used to give them. And both of them would vomit their food often. None of those issues with the home made food. Once in awhile I will add Dinovite for some extra nutrients. Thanks for recommending the slow cooker. I have to make a new batch tomorrow!

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    1. You are very lucky if you can give your dogs Dinovite and not have them get diarrhea. All 4 of mine got the runs after I fed it to them. I thought it was because it was something new but low and behold after almost 3 weeks it was still happening! I stopped giving it to them and the runs stopped as well. They had also almost quit eating because of it. Not good stuff. I threw all of mine out!

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