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Homemade dog food ideas

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by ClaraC, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. ClaraC

    ClaraC Forums Regular

    May 29, 2018
    Hi everyone,
    Does anyone has some good homemade dog food recipes?
    I am looking to make food to replace can food/wet food for my dog. Currently she is having half kibbles and half wet food.

    Also does anyone know if dog can have rice every day? Or is brown rice better for daily basis?

    Please let me know
    Thank you so much !
  2. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    1D4171D8-B262-48C7-B033-0B7E8E4E0817.jpeg If you do a search for homemade dog food you find many to choose from. If you would like to feed raw this is a great book on the subject
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  3. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    Canberra, Australia
    Now that's a complicate question. BalanceIt is a popular way to formulate home made meals - you enter a range of vegetables and then add a vitamin you buy from them to get a balanced diet. Tully has IBD so I'm in all these groups that discuss food non-stop and BalanceIt diets seem to be the most popular for home cooked.

    Most people I know, including me when I was doing home cooked, do one meal kibble and one meal cooked. That way you are ensuring they are getting some balance. I'd recommend working out a balance of vitamins though because remember they need minerals as well as vitamins.

    Rice is not something I'd give every day, maybe a table spoon for roughage, but your main foods should be vegetables and a protein. According to the Internal Medicine specialist that Tully is currently seeing said dogs don't need the diversity that humans do and it's better to only use one, two at most, meat sources in a dog's diet.

    As for the diet my dog's had, breakfast was kibble (small amount). Dinner was meat + white potato or pumpkin, spinach and a pinch of salt, and then at least 2 seasonal vegetables such as broccoli, grated carrot (Deska couldn't digest carrot), zucchini/squash, snow peas etc. My dogs couldn't do sweet potato, and butternut pumpkins can be harder to digest. They also had a a little lactose free milk every night (I know some people add crushed eggshells) and 1/2 an egg as snacks. Sometimes I made little patties (like tuna patties) with oats and mashed the meat and vegs with an egg - the dogs loved that. I had to add in a senior multi vitamin as they got older.
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  4. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    Western Connecticut
    I home-cook food for several of mine from recipes I got from Natures Farmacy that are wonderful and tailored to your dog's needs. If you call them, they will email them to you (for free) and help you with the supplements you need for home cooking. The most important thing in home cooking dog food is to add the correct supplements to make sure it's balanced and nutritional for your dog.

    When you home cook, you need to rotate both the proteins and ingredients in the food. I rotate between turkey, pork, chicken and beef for the protein, and a variety of leafy green veggies such as spinach, broccoli, collard, kale etc. I also use sweet potato occasionally and rotate with brown rice, barley and quinoa. I would definitely use brown rice over white rice. White rice is good if your dog has an upset stomach, but for daily feeding, brown rice is more nutritious. Hope this helps!
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  5. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    Canberra, Australia
    Isn't that weird because I used 3 different proteins too but the IMS tells me that's the wrong thing to do (just to add to my guilt). I think on the whole what's balanced for us is largely what is balanced for the dogs. Although because they eat a lot less they don't need the fillers we use. And by the look of it they don't need all the legumes and need more taurine.
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