We love our dogs and we want the best for them. They prefer our table scraps and the cat’s food to commercial dog food. We’ve tried wet, dry, moist, a mixture, and every brand around. They eat it as a last resort, but boy can they hold out and make us feel guilty!
But eating cat food and table scraps are not healthy for them and we know that. So I did some online research and came up with a homemade dog food that works for them. I followed the basic Easy Cooked Dog Food Recipe though I chose not to use the supplements he suggests and instead purchased Nutri-Pet Research Nupro Dog Supplements which I add just before serving instead of baking with the meat. Also, use 10 cups of cooked rice, not 15 as he suggest. His raw to cooked rice ratio is off.
I also added vegetables. My Pomeranian LOVES green beans and lettuce. I visited DogChannel.com for a list of dog-safe veggies to add. I chose an organic sweet potato which I washed and peeled and then cut into very small pieces (about 1/4″ x 1/4″). I also added frozen whole green beans (they’re out of season so frozen is fresher) which I chopped into 1/4″ pieces as well. If my dogs were larger, I’d make the pieces bigger.
Homemade Dog Food Recipe
The final homemade dog food recipe includes 10 lbs of beef, 18 eggs (shells and all), 10 cups cooked white rice , 1 sweet potato (though I’ll add 3 next time), and a 10oz package of green beans. I baked it it 2-cup capacity foil pans and then froze them after baking. Each tin contains 2 days worth of food for my little girls.
Homemade Dog Food – Serving
I thaw a pan in the refrigerator and scoop out what’s needed for the meal (they eat twice a day – 1/4 cup each). I mix their Nutpro Dog Supplement with cool water and pour it over like gravy. This keeps the very lean meat moist and doesn’t kill the nutrients in the supplement.
So far they’re doing really well on the homemade dog food. Jewel’s hair loss on her behind is improving (it started when she was eating mostly cat food – I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence). Next time I’ll use a fattier beef and add more vegetables. This recipe made about 20 days worth of food for my girls – actually closer to 30 – they haven’t given up table scraps!
Have you tried making homemade dog food?