The Healthy Homemade dog food recipe below is a two day supply for a 80 lb. dog. CLICK HERE to go to a natural homemade dog food feeding chart that gives you amounts to feed dogs from 5 lbs. to 150 lbs.
SIMPLE NATURAL ORGANIC HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE (This feeds a healthy 80 lb. dog for two days)
- 7 cups of turkey ( or other lean protein choice )
- 5 cups brown rice ( or substitute 4 cups pasta, or try 6 cups of mashed potatoes )
- 4 cups cooked pureed veggies and fruits mixed together. ( Pureed vegetables and fruits make them easier to digest ) see below for combination ideas to try.
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- This daily All-Natural Nutritional Canine Health Supplement , OR MAKE YOUR OWN VITAMIN/MINERAL/SUPPLEMENT- CLICK HERE )
- Remove fat, skin and drippings from the pan after cooking the meat.
- Cut the meat into small cubes and mix in the veggie/fruit puree and add the rice
- Make sure the meal is not hot – I wait until it's room temperature as Lady always gets an upset tummy if I give her food that warm.
- Cook the starch you are using a little longer than necessary to make it softer.
- When the meal is ready add the salt and drizzle with the oil. Yummy!
The veggies and fruits should be cooked and pureed. Use any combination your dog prefers.
He/she will let you know quickly which are the winners.
Don't introduce several at once.
Start with the basic carrot and apple combo. This adds sweetness to the food that most dogs love.
I usually use approx. 3/4 to 1/4 ration of veggies to fruit. For my recipes above that is 3 cups carrots and 1 cup apples, pureed and mixed together.
My girls like carrots, beans and peas mashed together so I use 3 cups of this and add one cup of mixed fruit consisting of apple and pears. (I use canned pears without sugar).
Sometimes I use blueberries in combo with the apple or pears. I use frozen fruits and veggies a lot in the winter, and cook them till I can whiz them up in the processor.
In the summer I use loads of fresh picked from my own garden and local fruit stands. Either way this is much healthier for your dog than the cheap commercial chemical filled dog kibble you can buy at the store.
ORGANIC DOG FOOD RECIPE – Simply use organic ingredients, such as organic fruits and veggies, and hormone free meat.
Use chicken, lamb or venison (my hubby hunts) or ground beef or stewing beef cubes.
This homemade dog food recipe is adapted for feeding my two chunky girls who are both between 75 and 80 pounds. adapted from this feeding chart by weight.
One recipe gives me a full days supply for both of them.
I feed them twice a day, rather than one big meal. (This would feed one 80lb. dog for two days.)
*NOTE* I am not a vet or specialist and advise you read and understand the nutritional necessities of dogs before switching to a homemade dog food diet.
Just throwing together leftovers is NOT a homemade diet, and could be harmful…. Your dog needs specific amounts of calories per day and specific combinations of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, salt, along with a very necessary vitamin/mineral and bonemeal supplement.
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ABOUT MAKING YOUR OWN VITAMIN/MINERAL/SUPPLEMENT
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 this guide below if you do not want to use the all in one Canine Supplement that I recommend here..
# 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.
# 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:
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.