*NOTE: THESE RECIPES MAKE 4 SERVINGS = 2 DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD. Feed your dog once in the morning and once in the evening.
PROTIEN (ABOUT THE PROTEIN)
CARBOHYDRATES(ABOUT THE CARBOHYDRATES)
VEGGIE/FRUIT COMBO (ABOUT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES)
SALT (iodized) (ABOUT THE SALT)
VITAMIN/ MINERAL/ SUPPLEMENT for HOMEMADE DOG FOOD
|5 pounds||1 cup||3/4 cup||1/3 cup||pinch||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|10 pounds||1 1/2 cups||1 1/3 cups||1/2 cup||1/8 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|15 pounds||2 cups||1 1/2 cups||1 cup||1/8 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|20 pounds||2 ½ cups||2 cups||1 1/4 cup||1/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|30 pounds||3 1/4 cups||2 1/2 cups||1 2/3 cup||1/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|40 pounds||4 cups||3 cups||2 ¼ cups||1/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|50 pounds||5 cups||3 1/2 cups||2 3/4 cups||1/2 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|60 pounds||5 1/2 cups||4 cups||3 1/4 cups||1/2 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|70 pounds||6 1/4 cups||4 1/2 cups||3 3/4 cups||3/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|80 pounds||7 cups||5 cups||4 cups||3/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|90 pounds||7 3/4 cups||5 1/4 cups||4 3/4 cup||3/4 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|100 pounds||8 1/4 cups||5 3/4 cups||5 1/4 cups||1 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|120 pounds||9 1/2 cups||6 1/2 cups||6 1/4 cups||1 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|130 pounds||10 cups||6 3/4 cups||6 1/2 cups||1 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|140 pounds||10 1/2 cups||7 cups||7 cups||1 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
|150 pounds||11 1/4 cups||7 1/2 cups||7 1/4 cups||1 teaspoon||BEST SUPPLEMENT|
Making and feeding a homemade dog food diet requires the addition of the right mix of minerals, vitamins, and supplements. Without these your dog will become nutritionally deficient which will ultimately make them sick and unhealthy.
You can either: MAKE YOUR OWN VITAMIN/MINERAL/SUPPLEMENT- CLICK HERE OR buy an all in one ready to use formula such as this ULTIMATE CANINE HEALTH SUPPLEMENT.
* NOTE – The above Chart is for a cooked food diet, and intended for a healthy adult dog.
The above chart is an example of amounts you should make for different sized dogs when you are feeding a homemade dog food diet.
Each recipe is to be divided into 4 servings.
Feed 2 servings per day, one in the morning and one in the evening.
This dog food recipe in the chart above makes a two day supply for one dog, but you can double the recipe, which is what I do.
This can be kept refrigerated for up to four days, or make big batches and freeze in serving size portions for easy meals. Ready to thaw and serve.
Mix all the ingredients well and serve at room temperature or slightly warm. Never serve hot food to your dog.
Always introduce new foods one at a time. If it isn’t tolerated well, then discontinue. My dogs can eat most human grade foods I prepare, but I have learned which ones upset their tummies.
Dogs with special medical needs or illnesses are not candidates for home prepared dog food unless specifically ordered by your veterinarian.
Also puppies under the age of 12 months should receive special premium chemical free and additive free PUPPY FOOD.
The protein choices are any cooked lean meat, poultry, or game.
Your dog will appreciate a variety such as:
- Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Duck, Venison, or any other meat that your would consider for your own consumption.
- Cooked Fish or Eggs (occasionally), are acceptable for a change of pace. Make sure not to feed raw fish.
- Try Organ meats once in a while, and for a treat sometimes add cottage cheese or yoghurt, which are good protein sources.
Remove fat and drippings from the meat after cooking.
Chop the meat into small bite sized cubes for serving, or use ground meat.
You can use unprocessed oatmeal, brown rice, bulgur, millet, whole wheat couscous, barley, pasta or potatoes as the starch requirement. I slightly overcook this ingredient, as raw grains are not properly digested by dogs.
White or Brown rice is the best choice for dogs with digestive issues (gas or diarrhea).
Slightly overcook pasta or grains, to make them easier to digest.
Vegetables must always be cooked. Puree vegetables and fruits together so they will be easily digested by your dog. You can use a combination of fresh, frozen or canned veggies and fruits.
I usually use more veggies in the mix, but always add some fruit for sweetness.
An example of one of my girls favorite veggie/fruit puree is this: (makes one cup) ½ cup cooked and pureed carrots; 1/4 cup cooked green beans and ¼ cup canned pears. Make your own variations.
Some excellent choices of fruits and vegetables are: peas, green beans, carrots, celery, apples, bananas, pears, blueberries.
Add new flavours and combinations slowly, to ensure your dog can tolerate the new food. Over time you will be able to give your companion a wide variety of tolerated foods.
Dogs need sodium just as we do.
Homemade dog food will not contain enough natural salt, so a little needs to be added.
Too much is harmful, so make sure you don’t overdo it, and follow recipes correctly.
Always check with your vet, or purchase an excellent dog food recipe book that is focused on canine nutrition. You will find so many excellent books, with choices for variation of recipes that sometimes you will think you are reading a human cookbook.
Your dog can quickly become deficient in certain areas if not given the proper balance of food, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and supplements.
Also there are many foods that can harm your dog:
Research, read and follow the advice of someone who is a professional.
My guideline above is just that. I am not a specialist or expert, although I have spent a lot of time reading, reviewing and looking into what is needed to feed homemade dog food.
The above formula in the chart is what I have used for many years and my “girls” are healthy, happy, bright eyed and bushy tailed. My vet and staff, and even strangers are always commenting on how healthy and shiny coated my Labs are.
Just eliminating chemical, preservatives, processed foods, mystery meat, unhealthy additives and whatever else is in cheap commercial dog food will make an extremely noticeable difference in your dog.
* Note * Not all dog foods marked natural are healthy, and are still full of chemicals, additives, artificial colors and dyes, harmful preservatives, by-products, and allergy causing corn as a main ingredient. Remember to check the label!
There are so many healthy nutritious choices now available for feeding your dog that it can be overwhelming, but having a choice is much better than what we had years ago.