How to Make Homemade Dog Food – Easy Chart – AMOUNT TO FEED

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How to Make Homemade Dog Food – Easy Chart – AMOUNT TO FEED

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*NOTE: THESE RECIPES MAKE 4 SERVINGS = 2 DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD. Feed your dog once in the morning and once in the evening.

DOG'S WEIGHTPROTIEN (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 pounds1 cup3/4 cup1/3 cuppinchBEST SUPPLEMENT
10 pounds1 1/2 cups1 1/3 cups1/2 cup1/8 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
15 pounds2 cups1 1/2 cups1 cup1/8 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
20 pounds2 ½ cups2 cups1 1/4 cup1/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
30 pounds3 1/4 cups2 1/2 cups1 2/3 cup1/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
40 pounds4 cups3 cups2 ¼ cups1/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
50 pounds5 cups3 1/2 cups2 3/4 cups1/2 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
60 pounds5 1/2 cups4 cups3 1/4 cups1/2 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
70 pounds6 1/4 cups4 1/2 cups3 3/4 cups3/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
80 pounds7 cups5 cups4 cups3/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
90 pounds7 3/4 cups5 1/4 cups4 3/4 cup3/4 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
100 pounds8 1/4 cups5 3/4 cups5 1/4 cups1 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
120 pounds9 1/2 cups6 1/2 cups6 1/4 cups1 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
130 pounds10 cups6 3/4 cups6 1/2 cups1 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
140 pounds10 1/2 cups7 cups7 cups1 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT
150 pounds11 1/4 cups7 1/2 cups7 1/4 cups1 teaspoonBEST SUPPLEMENT

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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.

* 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.

ABOUT THE PROTEIN

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.

ABOUT THE CARBOHYDRATES

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.

ABOUT THE VEGETABLE AND FRUITS

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.

ABOUT THE SALT

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.

RECIPE FOR MAKING YOUR OWN VITAMIN FORMULA FOR HOMEMADE DOG FOOD
Adding vitamins and supplements to our home made dog food is essential as the food will be deficient of certain necessary vitamins and minerals for optimum health. Follow the guide below which was recommended by Dr. Jones, D.V.M. on how to make your own supplement to add to dog food.

# 1. ADD YOUR OWN BONEMEAL (CALCIUM)

Bone meal (Calcium) is essential to a homemade dog food diet. Dogs calcium requirements are given according to body weight. The calcium is to replace bones that wild dogs originally ate when feeding in the wild.

This necessary addition can be found in human grade bonemeal, which is available through pet supply stores, health-food stores and of course speciality on line pet stores.

Make sure you NEVER use the garden grade bone meal as this contains toxins, such as lead.

I give my two Labs, Lady and Lola this daily all in one canine supplement, so I don’t have to worry about getting all the measurements of the bone meal, vitamins etc. in the correct proportion. TOO MUCH of these will be as harmful as not enough.

If you do not want to make your own supplement, SIMPLY BUY AN all in one Canine Supplement that I recommend here.

MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT OMIT THE SUPPLEMENT FOR HOMEMADE DOG FOOD FEEDING.

# 2. ADD YOUR OWN FAT

Fat in the form of canola or safflower oil should be added to each meal. Either of these oils provide linoleic acid, which is also known as Omega-6 fatty acid

This helps improve their skin and coat.

Too much causes obesity as it is high in calories.

The wrong kind of fat (butter, animal fat) can be dangerous and cause obesity and/or pancreatitis

Amounts per day:

  • 5 lb. dog = 3/4 teaspoon daily
  • 10 lb. dog = 1 teaspoon daily
  • 20 lb. dog = 3/4 tablespoon daily
  • 40 lb. dog = 1 tablespoon daily
  • 60 lb. dog = 1 1/2 tablespoon daily
  • 80 lb. dog = 1 3/4 tablespoon daily
  • 100 lb. dog = 1/8 cup daily

Drizzle the oil over the prepared meal just before serving.

# 3. ADD A MULTIVITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENT

A good Natural Multi-Vitamin.

If you are using human supplements, keep in mind that the average human supplement is designed for a 150-pound adult. A cat should get about 1/6 to 1/10 of a human supplement. A dog dosage can be calculated from the weight of the dog compared to 150 pounds. Do not overdose! Some vitamins and many minerals are toxic at high doses.

The vitamin-mineral supplement should be a good quality, human-type supplement, at the very least. Some of the cheaper human supplements, particularly those with a heavy coating, are not well digested by people and will not be by animals.

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22 Comments

  1. Hello!

    Thank you so much for all the great information. I do have a question about amounts however. 6+ cups of any food seems excessive for a 20 lb dog, and that’s what I’m getting when I add up the protein, carbs and fruits/veg components. Am I missing something?
    Thank you!
    Natalie

    • Hi Natalie

      This amount is for 4 meals, feeding your dog once in the morning and once in the evening. There is enough for 2 days in this recipe.

      please note this disclaimer at the top of the chart in red: *NOTE: THESE RECIPES MAKE 4 SERVINGS = 2 DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD. Feed your dog once in the morning and once in the evening.

      Here is another dog food feeding chart for quick cross reference.

      Thanks for visiting

      Jane

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    • Hi Bridget:

      Try this cup to grams converter. It has different dry ingredients and liquids, so use examples close to those in the recipes

      @ http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/us_cups_to_weight.htm

      This looks very extensive, and i’m sure you’ll find the necessary conversions for different dry and wet ingredients.

      If that doesn’t work, maybe someone out there can help.

      I’ve always used imperial here in Canada and when I get recipes for grams I use conversion charts still, even though we have switched to metric.

      We Canadians switched over when I was a teenager, so my brain never switched over. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting.

      Jane

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