Organic Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Zena and Lola in kennel 3

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.



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..


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.


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.


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.


  1. That’s the reason making your own homemade dog food is so healthy. You can tailor your recipe specifically to your own dog’s needs, activity level, health and size.

    Feeding the right types of proteins, carbs and fats will always trump feeding commercial dog food, as their proteins, carbs and fats are overprocessed and usually seconds, leftovers, and undesirable products left after production of our processed foods. (Don’t even get me started about that! 🙂 )

    Here a some articles I wrote on the subject:

    Unfortunately the food from you veterinarian is the exact opposite of what is considered healthy.

    My basic recipes are all around 40% protein, 35% carbs and 25% fat.

    This the average generally recommended by the combination of animal nutrionists and veteranarians that I refer to in my library of books about homemade dog food, and dog health and nutrition.

    I urge anyone switching over to a new diet for their dogs, to educate themselves and understand at least the basic nutritional needs of dogs through their own research, which you have obviously done.

    A healthy, 80 lb dog needs between 1600 to 1900 calories daily, depending on activity level. My recipe above using cubed turkey gives approx. 800 calories per serving, with the protein around 60 grams, carbs around 75 grams and fat around 29 grams.

    You can make your own homemade supplement very easily, rather than ordering the supplement that I recommend.
    I do use it without fail, but I tend to be lazy and this supplement is my favourite for dogs.

    To make your own, when feeding a homemade diet to your dog, you definitely MUST add calcium and a multivitamin.
    There is a fine line of the right amounts, but you can purchase bonemeal (NOT GARDEN BONEMEAL) and vitamins
    for dogs at your local pet store, and these should have the appropriate dosages per weight of your dog.

    I have and use this book regularly, and recommend it as the go to book for those that are seriously switching to a healthier more nutritious lifestyle for their dogs.

    Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide

    This whole book promotes healthy homemade dog food, and addresses all of your questions with answers from those way more educated than me. It took them a complete book to review and answer these question and make sure your
    dog receives to proper nutritional additions needed with homemade dog food. (That’s why I use the already prepared supplement) – They also address the Omegas in dogs.

    Thanks for visiting – you have one lucky pup.


  2. I was curious, as I have been doing some research myself and trying to derive a good quality home made food for my lab who has recently become tumorous after being pud on a diet of prescription dog food. (J/D Mobility by Hills Prescription Diet). He also gained about 4-5% in body fat, which was interesting because his tumors are called ‘fatty tumors’. The prescription diet was 17% protein, 11% fat, and 12 Fiber. I’m assuming the rest are trace minerals , mystery ingredients and yes ALOT of GRAINS. Do you know how many grams of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber this recipe has? And how many calories it is? I could do the math, but I’m thinking I would be off as it depends on if the meat is ground – or cubed, etc. – (this question is based on the apples / carrots / rice / meat product recipe you have on your site. )

    The following recipe I have put together– based roughly on yours, with the hope that it’s close enough nutritionally as well as balanced enough for weight loss. For an 80# black lab wanting him to weight 75#- counting two meals at 550 calories each; 27% protein,(this is not straight meat based protein -42% is from the fruits, veggies, flax seed and brown rice) only 10% fat (Alaskan fish oil and flax seed fats), 17% fiber, 55% Carbs. 42% carbohydrates which doesn’t include the fiber (fiber included makes 59%).

    I have included the Alaskan salmon fish oil because according Dr. Demian Dressler, “… omega 6 fat excess sets the stage for cancer development, stimulates cancer cell growth, and decreases the body’s natural cancer-fighting abilities.” and its quite possible these tumors have been instigated not only by the crappy dog food but all the omega 6’s we have been pushing on him because of his arthritis. The JD mobility has omega 6’s and another supplement (Synflex) I was giving him had them as well. The Alaskan Salmon oil has the fats plus the omega 3’s. I just hope that this natural diet will help with his limited mobility too, which the combination of j/d mobility and the Synflex definitely did improve.

    I guess I will now need to order the supplement that you suggest on your site. Do you use it yourself religiously?
    Do you feel that the above mixture/ratios would be okay when the supplement is added?

    I do appreciate your time and love the site. Sincerely, North Central Idaho

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