More and more dog owners are making the food for their dogs from home. Health wise it is much better for the dog but it is also much better for your wallet. Not just in cost of food but also in trips to the vet. The reality is it isn’t as hard to prepare as you think. I started making homemade dog food for my dogs over a year ago and within 3 months I could see improvement in not just their health but coat. Below is a very simple homemade dog food recipe to show how easy it can be. Plus this recipe is a good starting point and can be customized into a lot of different meals.
This recipe is designed for a 25 pound, neutered, adult dog.
8 ounces chicken thigh meat (cooked)
½ ounces chicken liver (cooked)
1 large egg (hard-boiled)
4 ounces sweet potato (boiled)
2 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
1,000 mg fish oil
700 mg calcium (3/8 teaspoon ground eggshell, or any other form of plain calcium)
This recipe provides 700 kcal, 72.3 grams protein (15.8% as fed, 54.8% dry matter), 32.6 grams fat (7.1% as fed, 24.7% dry matter), 24.5 grams carbohydrates (5.4% as fed, 18.6% dry matter).
This recipe is designed for the average 25-pound adult dog; puppies have special requirements not addressed here. Dietary intake, proportions, and ingredients must be adjusted for your dog’s weight, health condition, and activity level. The amounts can be increased proportionately for larger dogs, and decreased for smaller dogs, but keep in mind that large dogs require less food for their body weight than small dogs. (A 50-pound dog requires less than twice the amount needed for a 25-pound dog; use a little more than half the amounts for a 12-pound dog.) Observe your dog’s weight and adjust the amount you feed as needed to keep him slim and trim.
This recipe is not complete and balanced. It is good for occasional use, but like most homemade dog food diets, it requires supplementation and variety to fully meet a dog’s nutritional requirements. For adult dogs, this recipe is short on some vitamins (B1, B12, choline, and vitamins D, E, and K) and minerals (copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc). A multivitamin and mineral supplement can help ensure that your dog’s nutritional needs are met, though it’s not a substitute for feeding a balanced diet with a lot of variety.
Now that you see how easy it is to make food for your dog yourself, why buy the food that is nowhere near as nutritional from the store?