Every organism who is a part of this world needs to eat in order to grow and survive. They derive energy from it to perform their daily tasks. Like we humans need food, other living beings also need some form of sustenance to go about their work. Animals also require food like us to live and survive. This also includes our pets. We bring them into our homes, and they become a part of our families. And we make sure that they get every comfort that we as humans enjoy.
So, keeping the eating requirements of dogs in mind, someone invented dog food. It is made with a balanced plan for the nutrients so that your canine gets everything in the correct amount for the day. But some of us also feel that this packed dog food is somehow still not enough for them and that we need to do something on our level to ensure that they are getting their fair share of essential nutrition. If you wish to get the best dog food for your pet that you can be sure will do only good for them, then these homemade dog food recipes are entirely yours to give them a try.
What is the Ideal Dog Food?
Before the list, we need to understand the contents of what makes ideal dog food. And we are also required to know that, just like human babies, puppies also require a different diet than adult dogs. They need special food items that help their bones and organs in their growing stage so their health benefits from all the nutrition that they are getting. Also, depending on their breed, they need this diet for a period of 9 to 24 months. If you need, you can give your adult dog a special meal, too, in cases like maintaining weight or keeping their strength with age, etc.
So, except for the case your dog needs a special diet, an adult dogs diet should contain the following –
- High protein diet – about 20% of the meal
- Fat – 5 to 8%
- Manganese – 1.2 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
- Phosphorous – 0.75 grams
- Calcium – 1 gram in a 100 calorie diet
- Iron – 7.5 mg
- Zinc – 15 mg
- Vitamins – A, D, B12 and E
- Niacin – about 4 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
- Folic Acid – 68 micrograms (1, 2)
Now that we know how much of a specific nutrient our dogs need, we can go on and create recipes that can be prepared at home for them.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes
For those of you who believe that the packaged dog food is not enough or does not make the cut to the healthy dog food, you now have the choice of preparing your own dog food in so many different ways. You can create something that your dog will not only like, but will also benefit hugely from. Plus you also get the satisfaction of knowing which ingredients were exactly put in there. You will sort through the constituents yourself and choose what goes in and what doesn’t. Here is a list of some homemade dog food recipes that you should surely give a try too.
1. The Old Standard
There are a few ingredients whose names will appear probably a lot of time when we talk about homemade dog meals. These are brown rice, turkey, and veggies. This recipe gives you the satisfaction of knowing what exactly you are serving to your dog, which is indeed a far bigger improvement as compared to all the canned food that you have been filling their food bowls with. The old standard recipe is called so because it has all the usual ingredients that you will see in many dog meals, and which are good for them. The best thing about this recipe is that it is highly customizable, which you will see more clearly a little later. Here is how you can make it at home –
- Brown Rice – 1½ cup
- Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Turkey (Ground) – 3 pounds
- Baby Spinach (Chopped) – 3 cups
- Carrots (Shredded) – 2
- Zucchini (Shredded) – 1
- Peas (Canned or Frozen) – ½ cup
To make this, take a large saucepan and fill it with about 3 cups of water. In this water, cook the rice as per the instructions given on its packet. Keep them aside. Next, take large stockpot or a Dutch oven, and heat the olive oil in it over some medium heat from the stove. To this, add the ground turkey and cook it for a good 3 to 5 minutes, until it turns entirely brown. Also, ensure that the turkey has been properly crumbled while you are cooking it.
Add this to the spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice. Cook this until the spinach has completely wilted, and the mixture has been wholly heated, for about 3 to 5 minutes. Let the meal cool down entirely before you proceed any further.
Why Choose this Recipe:
Another advantage of making this recipe comes into play now. You don’t have to force your dog to eat the entire batch. You can easily divide it up into servings and freeze them with the date mentioned on the container. Whenever you have to serve it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and heat it up for 15 to 30 seconds. The preparation is easy, and the recipe has many benefits too.
Also, the balance of this recipe is fascinating, with 50% of protein, and 25% each of veggies and grains. If you wish, you can alter this balance to suit the breed and need of your dog.
Recipe Source: Damn Delicious
2. Homemade Beef Stew for Dogs
Beef stew is a people’s favorite when it comes to beef delicacies made with slow cooking. And if you are a proud dog owner, you already know the love your dog shares for meat. You would surely love them to enjoy what you surely have been enjoying for so long in your life, but also make it in a manner that is perfect for their bodies. This homemade beef stew for dogs is something they will come running for. What is better is that it does not have those horrifying list of ingredients that many dog food providers put in their products when they shouldn’t even be using those ingredients, generally speaking. So, preparing the food at home ensures you that there is nothing extra in the recipe which you should be avoiding. To make this stew for a dog that weighs roughly 11 pounds, here is what you will have to do –
- Beef, Chicken or Turkey (Ground) – 1 pound
- Potato or Sweet Potato – 1 large sized
- Carrot (Diced) – 1 medium sized
- Peas (Frozen) – ½ cup
To make this beef stew, begin by sauteing it in a large pot to the point it is no longer pink. Do not take out the fat from the meat as it is the right kind of fat for your dog. If you wish to use a little leaner meat, you can add about two tablespoons of coconut oil, so your pet gets some fat. After that, add potatoes and carrots to the meat.
Add water in amounts just enough to cover the vegetables in the stew and let it boil before letting it simmer for around 20 minutes. Or you can make it simmer till the veggies are cooked. In this, add the frozen peas. If you want, you can also add a small amount of sea salt, so the food does not remain entirely bland. Allow the preparation to cool before serving it to your dog. You can serve your dog with whatever amounts you wish, or they prefer and refrigerate or freeze the extra portions. It takes up a total of or lesser than 35 minutes to make.
Why Choose This Recipe:
The reason that this recipe has options like using turkey or chicken as alternatives to beef is that it is good to have a little bit of change. Plus, if beef is not available or if you feel that the produce is not fresh, you can replace it with any other meat item which suits you.
Recipe Source: Life At Cloverhill
3. Peanut Butter Cookies
It is not us people who love peanut butter. Dogs also have unconditional love for peanut butter, and they do not forget to express it anytime. But since they do not eat it as we do, so there was a need to find a way of helping our pets find their love in food. So people came up with pet-friendly peanut butter cookies. If you feel a little skeptical of this flavor, as there may be allergies that your dog has that you may or may not know about, so that should be the only caution in your head. If that is the case, you can replace peanut butter with other dog-friendly flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato. Here is how to make these peanut butter cookies for your dog –
- Whole Wheat Flour – 2½ cups
- Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Natural Peanut Butter – 1 cup
- Water – 1 cup
- Honey – 2 tablespoon
- Egg – 1
You have to begin this process by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Take a large bowl and mix flour, baking powder, and the egg. To this, add the peanut butter, water, and honey. Stir this mixture until you have a firm and sticky cookie dough. You may even have to use your hands or the paddle attachment that comes with your mixer.
Take a flat surface and flour it. Roll the dough on this surface until it is about a half inch in thickness. With the help of a cookie cutter of a shape of your preference, cut out the shapes that you like. Since the cookies would not rise or expand much, you can let your creativity get the best out of you. Bake these in a pan for about 20 minutes, or till they turn golden.
Why Choose This Recipe:
You can keep them stored in an airtight container for your dog and give them to it on the meal time. Another brilliant thing about the cookies is that they make fantastic gifts for your fellow dog lovers. People will love these cookies, and they will just adore you.
Some people have noted that dogs may or can be allergic to flour or wheat. If that makes you unsure of this whole recipe, you can replace flour with rice or coconut flour. It works brilliantly, but you might end up with a little different consistency. Nonetheless, your dog will still love it immensely.
Recipe Source: The Cookie Rookie
4. Mini Omelets for Dogs
Eggs are a delicacy that does not require a particular time of the day to enjoy. Be it a morning breakfast, afternoon brunch or a simple dinner, eggs are the easiest, tastiest and healthiest option to go for. And it’s not just us who love eggs. As it so happens, our dogs love cooked eggs too. And the best way to serve eggs to anyone, human or canine, is to make them into omelets. Eggs have a right amount of fatty acids and proteins and preparing omelet from eggs increase their taste exponentially, making it all a fun packaging with brilliant contents. They can be perfect for you and your dog, alike. Mini omelets can be prepared with as less as three ingredients. Here is what to do for preparing this mini treat for your dog –
- Eggs (Organic) – 2
- Smoked Salmon (Thinly Sliced)
- Green Pepper (Diced)
- Oven Safe Ramekin – 1
For making mini omelets as a treat for your dog, start by lightly greasing the ramekin with a small amount of olive oil. Crack the eggs straight into the ramekin. Add the green pepper and salmon into the eggs, and stir the mixture until they get thoroughly combined. Stick this into the oven to bake at 350 degrees for a duration of 10 to 12 minutes. Or, you can check for the top to get brown and the omelet to be cooked thoroughly.
Why Choose This Recipe:
Allow this to cool before you serve it to your dog. You can make this on really short notice, and your dog(s) will love it. A whole batch of omelets can be prepared if you are having a party at your place on a Sunday afternoon and you expect a lot of dog owners to be there. There is no need to be tensed by thinking that this is a static recipe as you cannot replace the ingredients. If your dog, or any other dog for that matter, does not like the green pepper, you can swap them with tomato, broccoli or shaved smoked ham, whichever you know that the pets would be delighted to have.
One thing you will have to be a little cautious about is to ensure that the egg is thoroughly cooked. Uncooked eggs can cause problems with your dog’s system, rendering them with issues of the skin and coat (3). You can also make the omelet bite-sized if you wish. Just cut it into small pieces once it has cooled.
Recipe Source: Pawsh Magazine
5. Turkey and Veggie Dog Food
People who believe that the perfect combination of meat and veggies does not exist for dogs, they have not yet tried the tasty and brilliantly balanced turkey and veggie recipes. The wholesomeness of turkey meat, mixed with the variety of nutrients and tastes of veggies make this one of the best combinations. What is the most important is that this is something even your pets would love to have on their plates. This turkey and veggie dog food is made with a leaner and ground turkey, with vegetables that are extremely rich in beneficial nutrients. This preparation is guaranteed to give your dog the feeling of satisfaction of having some really great food, and you can stay assured that your dog had a healthy meal today. For a healthy and shiny coat, safflower oil can be added for supplementation of the beneficial fatty acids. Here is what needs to be done to make it –
- Lean Turkey (Ground) – 2 pounds
- Raw Turkey or Chicken Liver (Finely Diced or Pureed) – 2 tablespoon
- Carrots (Chopped Coarsely) – 2 medium sized
- Broccoli Florets – 1 cup
- Cauliflower Florets – 1 cup
- Zucchini (Sliced) – ½
- Olive Oil – 2 tablespoon
Take a double boiler and pour about one and a half cup of water into it. In a steam basket, put the carrots in it, place it over the pot, and cover it. Heat the water until it is boiling, followed by reducing the heat to low. Steam the carrots until they begin to get tender, which will take around 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can take the turkey and chicken liver to a skillet and cook them over medium heat until they are ready, or there is no more pink left. Drain and trash any fat that you find in the meat.
To the steam basket, add the broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini, and let them steam until all the vegetables become tender, but try not to make them mushy. This process will complete in around 6 to 8 minutes. Let these veggies cool down a bit, after which you will have to chop them. You can use a simple food processor or take them to the knife, whatever you are suitable with. The sizes you cut them up in will have a significant effect on the consistency of the end product. The usual process is to give the vegetables about three pulses and bring it to a consistency similar to what we usually see in canned products, finely chopped.
Add these veggies to the turkey and liver. Stir this until they are appropriately combined. Add some olive oil and toss the contents of the skillet to mix them properly together with the oil. Let it cool before you divide them into serving sized containers for storing in the freezer. Take your dog to the vet to know how much food should their every meal have. Defrost the food in the refrigerator one night before serving.
Recipe Source: Skinny Ms.
6. Fruits and Vegetable Strips
In this world and time, pet owners have started to realize that packaged dog food is not something that should be brought into use daily. In fact, dry food should be avoided as much as possible, if not on all days. Homemade dog food is now a highly available and more straightforward method of ensuring that your dog is getting the best possible kind of nutrition. And if you want to give your pet the best natural dog food, you have to look no further than fresh veggies and fruits. You can make fruits and vegetable strips as a wholesome dog food replacement which can be prepared by you. These recipes are especially useful if you wish your pet to indulge in vegetarian dog food, due to any reason. Since it is made only with veggies and fruits, it makes the food really easy to digest, and you will definitely see the positive effects of these snacks on the outside. Here is how to make these strips –
- Sweet Potato – 1
- Banana – 1 medium sized
- Carrots (Minced) – 1 cup
- Unsweetened Apple Sauce – ½ cup
- Wheat Flour – 2 cups
- Rolled Oats – 1 cup
- Water – 1/3 cup
You have to begin by boiling the potato in the oven. Boil it till the inside of it also becomes softer. The procedure will take about 8 to 10 minutes. After that, take a mixing bowl and mash the sweet potato with the banana. Add the carrot, wheat flour, and the rolled oats to the prepared mixture. Then, add the applesauce and water slowly into the mix.
Make this mixture into a dough. Being to roll the dough after sprinkling some flour on a flat surface. You have to maintain the thickness of about one-eighth of an inch for the dough. With a regular knife, cut the dough into strips and line them up on a baking sheet placed over a pan. Stick this pan in the oven and bake the strips for a maximum of half an hour. Let them cool for a while before serving them.
Why Choose This Recipe:
If you got a few pieces left over, you need not worry as these strips can be conveniently stored in the refrigerator for around two weeks, or even more.
Recipe Source: Just 4 Pet Care
7. Home Made Dog Food
Nothing can be better than a meal that gives you everything that you require in a day, and is made up using the ingredients that you would also love to eat. It is the same for everyone, people, and pets, alike. As much as dogs like to eat meat, they would also really appreciate something that is beneficial for them and helps them grow. And, on the way to discovering recipes for homemade dog food, this one recipe is among the most beneficial ones regarding how overall complete it is. This homemade dog food recipe uses meat, rice, veggies, and eggs, making it a full meal in itself. Here is the list of instructions that you will have to follow to prepare this for your dog –
- Ground Beef – 1 pound
- Ground Chicken – ½ pound
- Ground Turkey – ½ pound
- Baby Carrots – 1 pound
- Baking Potatoes – 2 small sized
- Brown Rice – 3 cups
- Eggs (Slightly Beaten) – 3
- Chicken Broth – 3 cups
- Water – 2 cups
Take a large 6-quart dutch oven and cook all the three types of ground meats together in it. Now, add the rice chicken broth and water to it, cooking it all together on medium heat for about 30 minutes. To this, add the potatoes, carrots, and the beaten eggs.
Cook all of this for an extra 20 to 30 minutes. Let it cool for a while, followed by pouring it into storage units, and keeping it in the freezer. This mixture freezes really well, which makes storing it really easy. Whenever you wish to serve it, thaw it overnight in the fridge.
Recipe Source: Southern Susie, published on Genius Kitchen
8. DIY Slow Cooker Dog Food
Depending on the diet of your pet, dog food can cost a lot. And it still is not the best thing they can eat. Just like us humans, no two dogs are the same. Every dog needs special care and attention in matters of diet and food. If taken lightly, it can have hazardous effects. A little thorough research yourself, and a trip to the vet will help you a lot in understanding what your dog cannot directly tell you in words. Maybe the packaged dog food that you serve is not complete, and the dog does not like the way it tastes. These are things that your pet would not be able to tell, but you will have to figure out on your own.
So, to save yourself the waste of money, and to give your dog the best food experience, you have the option of making your own natural and healthy dog food. Here is what you will have to do to prepare the slow cooker dog food in your kitchen –
- Chicken Thighs and Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – 2½ to 3 pounds
- Sweet Potato (Cubed) – 1
- Carrots (Sliced) – 2
- Green Beans (Frozen) – 2 cups
- Peas (Frozen) – 2 cups
- Apples (Cored and Cubed with No Seeds) – 1 large sized or 2 medium sized
- Kidney Beans (Drained and Rinsed) – 1 can
- Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
Take a crockpot and put the chicken in it. Now, pour just enough water in the crockpot that it just covers the meat. Follow it by adding the rest of the ingredients – potato, carrots, kidney beans, green beans, and apple. Cook the mixture on a lower setting for about 8 to 9 hours. When it is done, add the frozen peas in the pot and cook for 30 minutes more.
Drain off the excess water in the pot and add some olive oil. Stir using a spatula to mash them together using a food processor. When the preparation has cooled, measure the amount that will make for one serving for your pet and store it in the freezer, packed in separate Ziploc bags. Every night, place a container in the refrigerator so it can thaw overnight and be ready in the morning.
Why Choose This Recipe:
You can also throw in a multivitamin, so the dog food too supplements for your pet’s calcium needs. This will be a particularly helpful factor for both – a growing and an aging dog.
Recipe Source: Pearls And Sports Bras
9. Homemade Chicken Jerky
Chicken Jerky is a lot of people’s favorite snack. You just put a few strips in your pocket and quickly leave for long walks in the city without worrying about the hunger that bothers you every hour. And it will be really thoughtful of you to carry around a healthy and tasty snack that can be enjoyed by both you and your dog. These bite-sized snacks are the best for long walks and travels when you both don’t know how to keep your hunger at bay. And you don’t have to go around and search for dog-friendly chicken jerky strips. You can easily make it at your own home and keep a stock of them. Here is how to make them –
- Chicken Breasts (Skinless and Boneless) – 1 pound
- Smooth Peanut Butter – 1 tablespoon
- Soy Sauce – ¼ teaspoon
The whole recipe is about just three products. That is all the ingredients which you require for making chicken jerky strips. Firstly, preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Take away any extra fat and bone bits that you see on the chicken and dry it by patting. Mix the soy sauce and peanut butter in a separate bowl to prepare the marinade for the jerky. Stir it with a tablespoon of water, so the marinade acquires the consistency of a smooth paste.
Coat the chicken with this mixture thoroughly, and keep it in the freezer for about an hour. We have to do this because a slightly frozen chicken becomes easier to slice. After an hour, take the chicken out and cut it into slices (as thin as you can). Take a sheet covered with parchment paper and line the jerky strips over it in a single layer. Bake it in the oven, with the timer set for 2 hours. After this duration, your jerky will be ready to eat. After it has cooled down, you can choose to break them into smaller pieces or keep them as it is for bigger bites.
Why Choose This Recipe:
You can even store them in containers with seals, and they will be usable until 30 days if not finished before that time. What is even better is that you can also enjoy these with your dog. These are low in fat and have a high protein content, too.
Recipe Source: Popsugar Pets
10. Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Dog biscuits make for suitable and readily available dog food in the market. Your dog would love to munch on a couple of them every now and then. Some of the manufacturers even go to the length of making these cookies in the generic shapes of bones to make our pets love them even more. But food from the market cannot really be trusted, and so you can make these biscuits on your own. You can also give them the flavors that you know your dog would love. Mixed with that is the satisfaction that you know what your dog is eating. These biscuits are made with pumpkin and can be prepared quickly. Here is how to make these dog biscuits –
- Pureed Pumpkin (Canned or Homemade) – ½ cup
- Eggs – 2
- Whole Wheat Flour – 2½ cups
- Salt – 1/8 teaspoon
- Milk – ½ cup
As for any biscuit, you will have to prepare your oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees. Take a large bowl, put in the pumpkin puree and the eggs. Mix these two together with the help of a fork. Add the flour, salt, and milk, mixing them well into a dough. You might notice that the dough is a little stiff, so you can add a small amount of water in it so you can work with it easily.
On the surface you are to work, sprinkle some flour and roll the dough on it until it acquires a thickness of about a quarter to half of an inch. If you wish to avoid any kind of sticking, sprinkle more flour. Cut them out in whateAs for any biscuit, you will have to prepare your oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees. Take a large bowl, put in the pumpkin puree and the eggs. Mix these two with the help of a fork. Add the flour, salt, and milk, mixing them well into a dough. You might notice that the dough is a little stiff, so you can add a small amount of water in it so you can work with it efficiently.
On the surface, you are to work, sprinkle some flour and roll the dough on it until it acquires a thickness of about a quarter to half of an inch. If you wish to avoid any kind of sticking, sprinkle more flour. Cut them out in whatever shapes you prefer (like the bone shape) and set these about a half inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes in the oven, before turning them over to the other side and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a while before you serve them.
Recipe Source: Kitchen Treaty
11. Fish Cakes Dog Dinner
How good is it to come home to the brilliant smell of a smoked and cooked fish? It is heavenly. But it’s not just us who enjoy a good fish. Our dogs would love to get their paws on some quality fish too. And we can all agree that canned fish is not really the quality that we hope to sever to our beloved pets. There is something that can top that, and that is a homemade fish dinner. There are many ways in which you can serve a tasty and healthy fish meal to your dog, and one of that is to make these phenomenal fish cakes. They consist of constituents like fish meat, veggies, and eggs, and that is enough to give every one of you an idea just how nutritious they are for your dog. Here is how to make these brilliant fish cakes –
- Potatoes (Peeled and Chopped) – 2 large sized
- Peas (Frozen) – 4 ounces (113 grams)
- Tuna – 1 large can (15 ounces or 425 grams)
- Albacore Tuna – 2 cans
- Eggs (Hard Boiled and Chopped) – 2 large sized
- Parsley (Chopped and Divided) – a large handful
You begin by boiling the potatoes in unsalted water until they become tender. Allow them to cool first, before you mash them in a bowl. In the mashed potatoes, add about a quarter of parsley. At this point, you may feel that the potatoes are a little dry, but you don’t have to add anything to add moisture to them. Take the peas and cook them as per the instructions given on the package.
In a separate large bowl, put in the salmon, tuna, rest of the parsley, hard-boiled eggs, and peas, and mix them all. Now, the next step depends on your choice. You can either mix in the mashed potatoes with the fish mixture and serve them directly after the preparation cools down. Or, you can make the fish into small patties using a cookie cutter, and top it with the mashed potatoes. The size of the patty can vary according to the diet of your dog. You can make them into any shape you prefer and serve them straight to your pet.
Why Choose This Recipe:
Got some leftover? Don’t panic; you can store them in the fridge for about three days.
Recipe Source: B. Britnell
12. Chicken Casserole Dog Food
Chicken is a fan favorite for any and every meat lover. There is no fixed way for making a chicken recipe, and that is why it is always a brilliant experience to indulge in a tasty dish. And if we can enjoy chicken and praise it by saying so many words, wonder what our pet animals would want to say about it. You should not wait for them to tell you that they love chicken with the same intensity as you, probably even more. One of the best chicken recipes is definitely going to be the chicken casseroles. Also, your dog will enjoy that too.
No need to worry about the method, it’s not something you will have to invent, someone else has already taken care of that for you. Here is the recipe for a chicken casserole that you have been searching for everywhere –
- Chicken Breasts (Boiled and cut into bite-sized pieces) – 2
- Brown Rice (Steamed) – 1 cup
- Peas (Frozen) and Carrot Medley (Steamed) – 1 cup
- Celery Stock (cut into Small Pieces) – 1
- Pumpkin Puree – 1 cup
- Potato (Boiled and cut into bite-sized pieces) – 1
- Unsalted Chicken Broth – 3 tablespoons
Prepare your oven by preheating it to 300 degrees. Take your chicken breasts and cut them into bite-sized pieces. In a middle size saucepan, put these pieces and pour water on the top of the chicken is just under the water level. Boil this water and then bring it to simmer. Cover the top of the saucepan and let the chicken simmer for about 30 minutes.
Cook the rice in a separate saucepan or a steamer. For every cup of rice put, use about one and a half cup of water. In another saucepan boil the potato in water and then let it simmer in the water for about 20 minutes or till it becomes soft.
As soon as these three are adequately cooked, take a large mixing bowl and mix all the components with each other and the rest of ingredients; peas, carrots, pumpkin puree, chicken broth, and celery. Stir them all, so they get appropriately mixed. Take this mixture and pour into a casserole dish. Put this dish in the oven without the lid on and bake for a good 20 minutes. Take the casserole out of the oven and let it cool to room temperature. You can serve it directly or store it in the freezer to provide variety for your dog’s weekly meals.
Recipe Source: Pet Guide
13. Beef and Vegetable Balls
Beef and vegetables go together really well, and we all know that already. It makes for a brilliant combination of tastes and different kinds of nutrients, coming together to give us a memorable food experience. There is just no topping the goodness and wholesomeness that a couple of veggie meatballs on our plates will bring, and you don’t really need someone to tell you that it is a similar case with dogs too. There is nothing else that they will love more than a beefy meatball filled with veggies that actually tastes good. What is even better for them is that the recipe has been made by their owner with all the love and care that they possess for their pet. So, here is how you can make delicious beefy meatballs with veggies for your beloved pet –
- Lean Ground Beef – 1 pound
- Brown Rice (Cooked) – 1 cup
- Celery (Finely Chopped) – 1 stalk
- Carrot (Shredded or Finely Chopped) – 1
- Spinach (Frozen, Thawed and Chopped) – ½ cup
- Parmesan Cheese – 2 tablespoon
- Eggs – 2 large sized
Since this is a baking recipe, you will have to preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take a muffin tin and spray the insides with Pam or lightly brush on some cooking oil. Taking a large bowl and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Form this mixture into twelve equal sized balls and place one in each of the muffin tin. Sticking this into the oven, bake them for about 20 to 25 minutes. Let them cool down for a while before you serve them, and if there is any left over, you can easily store it in a container with a seal in the fridge, and they won’t go bad.
Recipe Source: The Lazy Pitbull
14. Doggy Meatloaf with Vegetables
Meatloaves are delicious, inviting, and fulfilling till the very end. It probably is one the best meat dishes that someone invented. The baked meat with veggies is the best combination ever, undoubtedly. And we are not the only ones who know how to appreciate a good meatloaf. Our dogs also possess an unparalleled love for them. And that makes it our duty to provide them with a quality meatloaf, just like everything else that they hold dear to them. A doggy meatloaf would be a little different than the one we eat, but you can be assured that once you make it for your pet, it will forever be one of their most favorite recipes. Here is what you will have to do to make an excellent doggy meatloaf which will earn you a lot of appreciation –
- Lean Ground Beef – 1½ pounds
- Celery (Chopped) – 3 stalks
- Carrots (Grated) – 2
- Apple (Cored and Diced) – 1
- Eggs – 2
- White Bread (Torn into Pieces) – 2 slices
- Regular Rolled Oats – 1 cup
- Wheat Germ – 1 cup
- Tomato Paste – 1 can (6 ounces or 170 grams)
- Potatoes (Cubed) – 4 medium sized
- Carrots (Chopped) – 3
- Celery (Cubed) – 1 stalk
To make any kind of loaf, you will need to bake it. So you begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Take a large roasting and coat it with some oil, setting it aside later. Take up a large bowl and put in the ground beef, three stalks of celery, grated carrots, apple, eggs, bread, oats, wheat germ and tomato paste, mixing it all thoroughly with your hands. When it gets combined properly, divide this into four equal parts, making them into the shape of loaves. Put these loaves in the pan you prepared and surround them with the potatoes, rest of the carrots and celery. Cover the pan with a lid and place the preparation in the oven.
Bake it for about 80 minutes in the preheated oven or until you are sure the meat has been cooked through. The ideal inside temperature of the loaf should be about 175 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius) on a meat thermometer. Allow the loaves to cool. Put one portion of the loaf with one-quarter of the vegetables into a separate food container and place in the refrigerator for storage. For serving your dog, give them about a third of the contents of any vessel, alongside every serving of kibble.
Recipe Source: All Recipes
15. High Protein, Low Carb Chicken for Dog
We all want to eat everything that we love and still look, and even stay healthy. For that purpose, we tweak dishes and recipes as per our needs, so that they give us a higher amount of required nutrients and a lesser amount of unwanted fat or carbohydrates. Usually, you would prefer to get a high protein and low carb diet so that you can lose weight and gain some muscle or shape your body. If yes, then why should you exclude your beloved dog from this particular diet? They should also be getting a high protein and low carb diet in order to shed weight, gaining muscle and bone strength at the same time.
Everyone likes an agile and cheerful dog because their features exude a healthy aura. And what is a better recipe to tweak into a high protein dog food than chicken? This high protein and low carb chicken recipe for dogs is amazingly effective for weight loss and strength gain. It is easy to prepare, is really beneficial for your dog, and is also tasty, duly verified by your dog as you will see. These are all the reasons why you should give this recipe a try. Here is how you can prepare it in your kitchen –
- Ground Chicken – 16 ounces (453 grams)
- Long Grain White or Brown Rice – 1/3 cup
- Mixed Vegetables – 1/3 cup
- Salmon Oil – 5 teaspoon
- Canine Multivitamin – 2 tablets
- Calcium Carbonate – 1 teaspoon
- Salt – 5 teaspoon
- Choline Bitartrate – ½ tablet
Take the chicken and fry it in a pan. Drain out all of the fat after it is done. Cook the rice separately and steam the veggies, so they become tender. In a larger bowl, mix all the ingredients except the multivitamin tablets. Let the preparation get a little cold before you serve it to your pet. The canine multivitamin should be given separately because it cannot be given with anything that has been cooked or reheated. This is because doing so will result in the vitamin B becoming ineffective. You can add it in the very last of the moment. However, the more preferred way is to give it separately, on a daily basis.
Recipe Source: Dog Notebook
16. Homemade Raw Dog Food
Our pets have evolved into household animals from wild animals, which were used to foraging for food. They did not know about how they were supposed to cook their daily meals. With time, they may have grown accustomed to canned and packaged food, but there is always a constant debate on whether that is good for them or not. By making their food on your own, you are assured of its contents. But in the end, what they will prefer more than anything else is raw food, and even if not entirely, you should definitely try to make fresh food a part of their diet. You can go 50% raw and 50% grain free dog food (dry). Grain-free because that is the best variety of dry dog food that you can give to them. To provide you an idea, a balanced raw food diet for dogs has the following proportions –
- 80% meat with fat
- 10% organs
- 5% vegetables or fruits
- 5% dairy or supplements
Why Choose This Recipe:
With just a 30 minute preparation time, this is one of the healthiest way of providing your pet with the best thing in the world of dog food. And that is not even the best part of this recipe. The most prominent advantage of this recipe is that you can tweak the recipe based on what you have available in your kitchen. Here is how you can prepare homemade raw dog food to give the best of both worlds to your canine friend.
- Ground Beef – 2½ pounds
- Chicken Livers – 4 ounces (113 grams)
- Carrot (Chopped) – 1
- Apple (Cored) – 1 small sized
- Baby Spinach – ½ cup
- Whole Eggs (Including Shell) – 2 whole
- Plain Yogurt – ½ cup
- Ground Flaxseed – 1 tablespoon
- Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon
In a food processor, add the carrots, apple, and spinach. Work them until they get finely chopped. Open the lid and add in all other ingredients except the beef and process until they are thoroughly combined. Pour the formed mixture into a large bowl and add the meat to it. Now, with the use of a spatula or if you wish, with your hands, mix it all up.
Take a baking sheet, line it with a parchment paper and keep it ready. Take the mixture and form it into patties of the size of your palm and line them up on the baking sheet. Freeze the patties until they get solidified. After they are done, store them in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag and keep them frozen. The night previous to serving, remove the share of patties that your dog will consume and defrost them in the refrigerator overnight. Take out the fridge and serve them to your pet.
Recipe Source: Running To The Kitchen
17. Poochie Meat Cakes
There are just so many ways of feeding your dogs with their favorite meats. You can make them into the stew, casseroles, patties, or maybe even cakes. Yes, you can make healthy, fulfilling and tasty meat cakes for your canine friends that they will love immensely. So much so that they will keep following you whenever you start making them the food next time.
Why Choose This Recipe:
These are made with a perfect balance of meat, veggies, eggs and some oats, making it all natural, beneficial and tastier than anything else that your dog might have ever tasted. Or maybe even you. Yes, not only is this recipe amazingly healthy for your dog, it is also 100% human-friendly too. It is that dream perfect meal that you and your dog can munch on and enjoy together after you have experienced a long walk in the fresh air outside. Read on to know how to make these poochie meat cakes that your dog can share with you, too.
- Brown Rice – 1½ cup
- Water – 3 cups
- Potatoes (Grated) – 2 large sized
- Carrots (Grated) – 4 large sized
- Celery Stalks (Chopped) – 2 large sized
- Ground Beef – 6 pounds
- Eggs – 8
- Salt – a dash
- Olive Oil – ¼ cup
- Regular Rolled Oats – 1½ cup
Take a medium sized container and combine the rice with the water in it. Bring the water to boil over some high heat without the lid on, and cook for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and place the lid on the saucepan, letting the rice to simmer for the next 20 minutes. Take the saucepan off the stove and let it cool for a considerable time. With the help of a fork, fluff the contents and keep the pan aside. In a separate, large bowl, put together all the potatoes, carrots, eggs, celery, and the ground beef. Mix them well with each other using a firm spoon or your own hands. To this, add the olive oil, salt, rolled oats, and rice, mixing everything as you move forward.
With this mixture, fill in the cups of the muffin tins that you prepared in the beginning. Pat them down, so the cakes become firm. Place the tins in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until you feel that the surface has set. Take the trays out of the oven and let the cakes cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes or more.
Turn the tins upside down for removing the cakes from them. Do this over a sheet of the aluminum foil by tapping the backside of each muffin tin to release the cake from the tin. You can easily store these cakes in a sealed plastic container or a bag and stow them in the refrigerator or the freezer. Make sure that you never serve these cakes to your dogs while they are still hot from the cook. Whenever you do serve these to your pet, you can be assured that they really like what they are eating.
Recipe Source: Shelly H on All Recipes
18. Homemade Crunchy Dog Food
There is no ideal food for dogs that you can feed them twice a day, and all days of the week. Variety is essential because it provides them with every nutrient that they need and they don’t get bored of what they are getting to eat.
Why Choose This Recipe:
Dogs don’t like eating wet food all the time. They love eating the crunchy dry food too. But you can avoid giving them the crunchy dry dog food that is full of preservatives and other harmful additives that you would probably not want to give to your pet after knowing the extent of damage that they can cause. But don’t worry, you can quickly prepare crunchy dry food for your dog at your home and be satisfied with their health. Also, not only is homemade crunchy food healthier but is also much less expensive than buying commercially prepared dog food. So what is the best dog food? The answer will undoubtedly be “The one that you prepare at your own home.” So how to make homemade crunchy dog food? Here is how you can do it –
- Whole Wheat Flour – 4 cups
- Rye Flour – 2 cups
- Non-fat Milk Powder – 2 cups
- Bone Meal – 2 teaspoon
- Plain Wheat Germ – 1 cup
- Fresh Parsley (Chopped) – ½ cup. You can also use 2½ tablespoon of parsley flakes.
- Kosher Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Eggs – 4
- Safflower (Corn or Olive Oil) – 1 cup
- Worcestershire Sauce – 4 tablespoon
- Water – 3 cups
- Cooked Ground Beef, Pork, Lamb, Duck, Chicken or Turkey – 4 cups
- Sweet Potatoes (Cooked and Pureed) – 2 cups
- Dried Apples (Chopped) – 1½ cups
- Spinach (Frozen, Chopped, Thawed and Drained) – 2 cups
Prepare the oven by preheating it to 300 degrees. Prepare two large cookie sheets by spraying them with a nonstick cooking spray and keep them aside. Take a large mixing bowl and put the flour, milk powder, bone meal, wheat germ, parsley, and salt for mixing. In a separate bowl of smaller size, beat the eggs and combine them with the oil using a blender. Also, add the Worcestershire sauce.
To the flour mixture, add water and mix it well together. To this, add the egg mixture and fold it correctly, so all the ingredients get combined thoroughly. Add the meat, sweet potatoes, dried apples and the spinach, and press them into the dough. On the cookie sheet (the best possible size would be 18 inches by 13 inches), spread the mixture and make it really flat and thin. Then, with the help of a knife, cut the dough into squares.
Bake this for about 45 minutes to an hour. The kibble should be golden brown, and when you break open a piece, it should be crunchy and not at all doughy. When it is cooking in the oven, with the help of a wooden spoon or spatula, move the kibble around on the cookie sheet to ensure even cooking of the preparation. Turn your oven off and keep the door closed, letting the kibble dry out in the oven for 4 to 6 hours, or maybe overnight. When you take it out of the oven, the kibble will still be a little warm and moist. Place it on the cooling rack for about an hour or two, and wait for it to completely cool down before you decide to serve it to your dog.
If you wish to know some variations of this dish, you can add the following ingredients for added flavor and nutrients – alfalfa leaf, barley, basil leaf, beets, broccoli, brown rice, carrots, flaxseed meal, green beans, Kamut, nutritional yeast flakes, peas, potatoes, rolled oats, rosemary leaf, and zucchini.
Recipe Source: The Bark
19. Homemade Dog Food For Senior Canines
Sometimes, it so happens that veterinarians recommend that you give your dog some low protein dog food. The reason can be anything, like old age or other medical issues. And this is something you cannot take lightly and have to get your canine on a low protein diet immediately. And there may be a chance that our dog does not like to eat the packaged low protein food. In this case, no need to lose hope as you can prepare a low protein diet for your dog at home too. A few things to remember for a low protein diet for your dog is to buy the cheapest and fattiest meat possible as you are aiming at the low protein and high-fat content.
Why Choose This Recipe:
This recipe is a low protein homemade dish for dogs that are aging or are in need of some medical care. This is one of the best, low in protein, homemade dog food recipes that is also a 100% vet approved and prescribed one. This reason is compelling enough for you to try the food item and see a happy improvement in your pet’s health. Here is how to prepare this –
- Ground Beef (Do not use Lean) – ¼ pound
- Cooked White Rice without Salt – 2 cups
- Hard Cooked Egg (Peeled and Chopped) – 1
- White Bread (Crumbled) – 3 slices
- Calcium Carbonate Powder – 1 teaspoon
You will have to begin with separately cooking the beef. Make sure that it is cooked through before proceeding further with the preparation. Mix the rest of the ingredients in the beef and stir well to combine them. You can feed this to your dog twice a day. The more ideal way to prepare this is to cook the beef and add the eggs when it is almost cooked. Follow this by covering the pan and letting everything be ready and the yolks to be cooked through. You can divide this into equal portions and freeze them individually in sealed bags. At the time of cooking, just thaw the beef and egg mixture, and add the rest of ingredients before serving.
Make sure that if you store the dog food after it is prepared, it should be consumed within 3 to 4 days. Also, ensure that you give your dog a good grade canine multivitamin. This is really essential because the homemade food is not enriched liked the packed or canned food, and so the supplementation becomes necessary.
Recipe Source: Restless Chipotle
20. Spinach and Salmon Scramble
Green vegetables are a vibrant source of many nutrients that are extremely important in the long run. No matter how much one hates them, they cannot deny the change that it brought in their bodies once they introduced greens in their daily diet. And amongst these green vegetables, spinach is the most popular one because of the more substantial number of goodness inducing minerals that it brings on our plates. Also, another food product that is rich in essential nutrients and has been praised over and over again by a massive portion of the population is fish. And in many parts of the world, these two are often consumed together, giving you the best of both the ingredients. As it turns out, this combination is not beneficial for us humans exclusively; it is equally liked and suitable for our dogs. But not all the fish types are good for dogs. Salmon is something that is beneficial for dogs, and that is why the recipe is the Spinach and Salmon Scramble. Here is what you need to make it –
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – 1 teaspoon
- Spinach (Frozen, Chopped, Thawed and Drained) – ½ cup
- Salmon (Skinless, Boneless, and Drained) – ½ can (3 ounces or 85 grams)
- Eggs – 2
Take a nonstick skillet and pour the extra virgin olive oil in it. To the heated EVOO, add the spinach and salmon, and cook until they are both heated through. Add the eggs to this preparation and stir without stopping until the dish is thoroughly prepared, which will not take more than 2 minutes. Let the preparation cool down considerably before you pour it all into a dog bowl and serve it to your canine friend.
Recipe Source: Andrew Kaplan on Rachael Ray
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21. Multi-grain Dog Food Recipe
Grains are the source of various proteins and are an essential part of our daily diet. And they are not just great for us; they are equally important for our dog’s diet, that is why many dog food manufacturers use various products obtained from grains in making their dog food. The reason you should not go for those is the widely known presence of preservatives and other additives in the packaged and canned food, which are proven to be not good for our dogs’ health. So to avoid buying this overly expensive dog food that does more harm than good for our dogs, we can go for making our very own multi-grain meal for our pets. Preparing this recipe is rather straightforward and simple, using ingredients that are not at all hard to acquire. This multi-grain dog food recipe can be made by following this procedure –
- Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups
- Unbleached Flour (All Purpose) – 1½ cup
- Soy Flour – ½ cup
- Cornmeal – 1 cup
- Non-fat Dry Powdered Milk – 1 cup
- Rolled Oats – 1 cup
- Wheat Germ – ½ cup
- Brewer’s Yeast – ½ cup
- Salt – 1 tablespoon
- Large Sized Egg – 1
- Corn Oil – 5 tablespoons
- Water – 3 cups
Start preparing this recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large mixing bowl and put in all the dry ingredients, mixing them as you go. In a different, smaller bowl, mix in together the egg and the corn oil until they get combined. Into the bowl of dry ingredients, add some water and then add the egg mixture, mixing them well. The resulting batter will be a thin one. Divide the dough into baking sheets such as when you spread them evenly and adequately, the result will be a layer of about a half inch in thickness, as if for a pizza.
Put the baking sheets in the oven, baking it for about 45 minutes. After that, cool down the kibble and divide it into small portions. You can split it into servings according to the requirement of your dog and store it in the freezer.
Recipe Source: Paula C, published on Genius Kitchen
22. Sensitive Stomach Dog Food
If your dog is suffering from an upset stomach, his digestive system might not be able to take the regular food. You must be very careful about choosing the right dog food for his sensitive stomach at this time. This bland food diet is preferred by vets and must be given to the dog after fasting for 12 hours since diarrhea occurred.
- Half boiled chicken/ turkey breast – 1/4th part
- Brown rice (Boiled) – 3/4th part
Mix both the ingredients in a bowl and serve in small quantities for 3-4 times in a day. Rice will help in firming up the loose stool, while white meat being rich in protein will serve as a rebounding ingredient for the dog. You can also add cottage cheese and yogurt to his diet, as it will add more good bacterias into his intestinal tract, and aid to the recovering process.
Recipe Source: Vetinfo
23. Satin Balls for Weight Gain
If you have an underweight canine and looking for high-calorie dog food to make at home, this recipe is a perfect fit. This weight gain food is indeed good for those dogs that are undernourished and eat very meagerly. It’s high on fat contents, and thus your dog will put on weight in no time. There are two recipes below with the difference of quantity of the ingredients, as per the size of your dog.
Recipe 1 (Big or Medium Breeds)
- Hamburger Meat (ground beef of the cheapest kind) – 10 pounds
- Total Cereal / Shredded Wheat (avoid raisins) – 1 box
- Oatmeal – 1 box
- Unsulphured Molasses – 1 ¼ cup
- Vegetable Oil (Olive oil or any other healthy oil with Omega 3) – 1 ¼ cup
- Wheat Germ – 1 jar
- Raw Eggs including Shells – 10
- Envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin – 10
- Salt (for taste) – 1 pinch
Recipe 2 (Small Breeds)
- Hamburger Meat – 1 pound
- Total Cereal / Shredded Wheat (avoid raisins) – 1 cup
- Oatmeal – 1 cup
- Unsulphured Molasses – ¼ cup
- Veg Oil – ¼ cup
- Wheat Germ – ¼ cup
- Raw Eggs including Shells – 1
- Envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin – 1
- Salt (for taste) – 1 pinch
Mix all of the contents above and make balls of 1 inch each out of the dough, or you can also make rectangle patties. Put them into freezer bags, and serve them raw. Thaw them when you are serving individually. Keep a watch on the weight gain scale of your dog, and either cease or minimize the quantity, once it reaches the ideal weight.
Recipe Source: K9 Instincts
24. Frozen Yogurt Pops
This one is an idle recipe for the pups that really like the cold treats. They will thank you for this frozen recipe, which is not only easy to make but also quiet low-ingredient and pocket-friendly. As the method consists of carrots and fruit juice, it will serve your canine’s vitamin deficiencies. Moreover, the yogurt will provide it with a sufficient amount of protein and calcium.
- Non-fat Frozen Yogurt (Plain) – 6 oz.
- Fruit Juice (no added sugar) – 1 cup
- Carrots (Minced) – 1/2 cup
Add all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until you get a smooth consistency. Take a spoonful of this mixture and drop them one by one in the cubes of the ice-tray. Put the tray in the deep freezer, until the mixture gets solid. Please ensure to use the non-fat yogurt only, if your canine is a bit overweight.
Recipe Source: Money Crashers
25. Fruit Parfait
Fruits are good for our health, and the same applies to our dogs too. You can treat your dog with a dessert every now and then, and what’s better than an easy to cook recipe that contains ingredients which are rich in protein and vitamins. Fruit Parfait is a dish that is not only good for health but will also be liked by the pups.
- Non-fat Yogurt (Plain) – ½ cup
- Strawberries (Diced) – ½ cup
- Blueberries (Diced) – ½ cup
- Applesauce – ½ cup
Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and blend them well until a smooth mixture is obtained. You can serve the dessert in less amount and can use for up to 7 days by storing in the refrigerator.
Recipe Source: Money Crashers
26. Fish Patty with Veggies
Fish patty is a delight for dogs and to serve them with essential veggies makes it more beneficial for your canine. The dish will give your pet required nutrients and it will also like the taste of the fish with added vegetables and egg.
- Salmon – 1 can
- Medium-sized Carrot – 1
- Potato – 1
- Egg – 1
- Stalk of Celery – 1
- Flour – 3 tablespoons
- Frying Oil
Firstly, chop the carrot, celery, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Secondly, mix the drained salmon with flour and egg. Fry the salmon in oil after cutting it into small patties. Once the patties are golden brown, take them out and stir-fry the vegetables for around 5-7 minutes. Serve patties with the vegetables to your pet.
Recipe Source: Dogsaholic.com
27. Homemade Vegetable Smoothie
Each one of us has a craving for a smoothie every now and then but have we ever thought of our pets? They also get bored with similar food daily and that is why they might love the smoothie occasionally.
- Carrots, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Spinach and Collards – ¼ cup
- Apples, Peaches, Pears and Bananas – ¼ cup
- Fruit Juice (except Grape Juice) – ¼ cup
- Yogurt – 4 tablespoons
- Cream Cheese – 1 tablespoon
Get all the ingredients and put them in a blender. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth for consumption.
Recipe Source: Dogsaholic.com
28. Dog Biscuits
Dog biscuits might be a good option as a reward to your pets but do take care not to feed biscuits as a whole meal, as it will not be healthy for your dog.
- Wheat or Oat Flour – 2½ cups
- Chicken or Beef Stock – ½ cup
- Egg – 1
- Bacon Bits, Cheese or Dehydrated Chicken Pieces – ½ cup
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a mixture of flour, egg and chicken pieces. Place it in the oven until the biscuits are ready.
Recipe Source: Dogsaholic.com
29. Homemade Recipe for Diabetic Dogs
If your dog is diabetic and you want to avoid injections to keep the sugar level in control and keep your pet healthy, this recipe will certainly give you a sigh of relief. To maintain the body sugar levels, one has to consume the products that have a low glycemic index. This dog food recipe will not only fulfill all the requirements of your canine but will also prevent the sugar level from going up.
- Water – 28 cups
- Rinsed Chickpea Lentil – 4 pounds
- Rinsed Brown Lentils – 2 pounds
- Rinsed Black-eyed Peas – 2 pounds
- Rinsed Green Split Peas – 2 pounds
- Rinsed Pearl Barley – 1 pound
- Boneless Chicken Breasts (cut into cubes of ½ inch) – 5 pounds
- Ground Turkey – 1 pound
- Organic Pumpkin of your choice – 29 oz.
- Frozen Broccoli (cut into pieces) – 32 oz.
- Frozen Carrots (Crinkle cut) – 32 oz.
- Frozen Green Beans – 32 oz.
- Frozen Spinach (Chopped) – 20 oz.
Start the preparation by boiling water over high heat followed by adding chickpea lentil, brown lentils, black-eyed peas, barley and green split peas to it. After adding these ingredients, reduce the heat to medium. Add chicken breast, ground turkey, Pumpkin and frozen vegetables. Then, reduce the heat to low and occasionally stir before almost all the water is absorbed. Store the food to feed your dog multiple times.
Recipe Source: MyUntangledLife
30. Homemade Healthy Loaf
This dish a healthy option for the pets as the constituents available in the recipe help in preventing digestion related problems, keep the eyes healthy, provide shine and give added protein to the body.
- Lean Ground Turkey – 1 pound
- Carrots (Chopped) – ½ cup
- Peas – ½ cups
- Oats – ½ cup
- Eggs – 2
- Hard-boiled Eggs – 3
First of all, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and mix peas, carrots and ground turkey in a bowl. Add eggs and oats to it, and form a mixture in the form of a loaf. After that, add half of the mixture to the pan after greasing the pan with olive oil. Put the hard boiled eggs on the combination and add the remaining mixture to the pan, and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Cut pieces from the loaf before serving it to your dog. The amount of ingredients mentioned above will suffice around 12 servings.
Recipe Source: Popsugar Living
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31. Dog Recipe Against Arthritis
If your dog is suffering from arthritis and you need to make sure that he stays okay, there is a recipe for you. Instead of giving pain relievers and medicines to your pet, make them consume the food that will be good to aid arthritis. Alfalfa powder and other ingredients present in the recipe will help in treating the problems like pain and tiredness due to the disease.
- White Turkey Meat – 1 pound
- Extra Lean Ground Beef – 1 pound
- Cooked Brown Rice – ½ cup
- Oats – 1 cup
- Warm Water (for oats)
- Raw Carrots (Sliced) – ½ cup
- Kale – ½ cup
- Celery – ½ cup
- Cottage Cheese – ½ cup
- Mixed Vegetables – Peas, Broccoli and Green Beans (Frozen)
- Alfalfa Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Parsley – 1 pinch
- Flax Seed Oil – 1 capsule
- Unsalted Beef Broth – 3 tablespoons
Cook your white turkey meat in a slow cooker until the temperature is around 145 degrees Fahrenheit or about seven hours. After cooling it down, chop into bite-sized pieces and store in a bowl. Now, make brown rice and brown the ground beef, mix the drained grease from beef to the rice. On the other side, combine all the vegetables with alfalfa powder and oats with warm water. Mix all the ingredients properly in a large bowl and then take out a portion to serve your pet and store the rest in the refrigerator.
Recipe Source: Four Legged Guru
32. Healing Mash for Dogs Suffering from Diarrhea and Gas
If your dog has some symptoms of gas or is suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, there is no need to rush to a veterinary doctor. Instead, you can make them Healing Mash that will give them a break from their regular heavy meals and give the digestive system some time to adjust. Protect your dogs from getting ill due to upset stomach and also save your carpets from getting stains due to your pet. The ingredients used in the recipe will provide your dog with food having high fiber content which will firm up the soft stool and give stability to the digestive system. You can choose any of the three recipes according to your preference. You can decide the portion to be served as per the size of your dog.
- 100% Canned Pumpkin
- Plain Yogurt
- Plain Boiled Chicken
- White Rice
Recipe 1 – Plain Mash
- Shredded Boiled Chicken
- Warm Water – ½ cup
- White Rice
Cook white rice and shred the chicken into it with the warm water. Directly feed the mixture to your pet at the time of its regular meals.
Recipe 2 – Sweet Mash
- Plain Cultured Yogurt – 2 tablespoons
- Canned Pureed Pumpkin – ½ can
Mix both the ingredients and serve it to your canine at regular intervals. Start introducing the proper food after a few days of eating Mash.
Recipe 3 – All in one Mash
- 100% Canned Pumpkin – ½ cup
- Plain Boiled Chicken
- White Rice – ½ cup
- Plain Cultured Yogurt – 2 tablespoons
- Warm Water – ¼ cup
Cook the white rice and add canned Pumpkin and plain yogurt to it. Torn the boiled chicken into small pieces and add warm water to it. Mix all the ingredients and serve your dog. Continue the mean until your dog seems alright.
Recipe Source: Everyday Roots
33. Fish Meatballs for Dinner
The raw food is a good source of proteins and required constituents for a pet. You can make it into meatballs by freezing and then serve according to the need and diet of your dog. The quantity of the meatballs must vary according to the weight of your dog.
- Frozen Fish Fillets – 2 pounds
- Pink Salmon – 1 to 2 cans
- Beef Liver – ¼ to ½ pound
- Eggs – 1 to 3
- Chopped Vegetables (Carrot, Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, etc.) – 2 cups
- Shelled Pumpkin Seeds – ½ cup
- Honey – 2 tablespoons
- Dried Parsley – 2 tablespoons
- Dried Oregano – 2 tablespoons
- Turmeric Powder – 2 tablespoons
- Kelp Powder – 2 tablespoons
Put frozen fish fillets, beef liver, veggies and Pumpkin seeds in the meat grinder. Add other ingredients including Honey, eggs, canned salmon, dried herbs and kelp powder while grinding. Make the meatballs and store them in the refrigerator for freezing. The meatballs can be used up to three months.
Recipe Source: Bark