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Homemade Pet Food

Make your own nutritious pet food from ingredients you trust.

Note: Talk to your pet's veterinarian before making serious changes to your animal's diet.




Dog Food Recipes

In general, dog food should comprise 1/3 protein (from meat, eggs or dairy products) and 2/3 grains and vegetables.


Cat-Approved Recipes


Cats are pure carnivores, and therefore require more protein than dogs. Cat foods should be at least half meat, eggs, or dairy products and half grains and vegetables.


Ingredients to Avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Garlic (raw, cooked, and powdered)
  • Yeast dough

And of course items like coffee grounds, tea, and alcohol should be kept away from pets. For more information, please see the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center website.

Comments
Trudie 
Oct. 28, 2009 3:46 pm
i can't believe what i just read, dogs do not digest grains, cats do not need nor utilize carbs (grains,veggies) cats are obligate carnivoures and need meat only, dairy products for both dogs and cats can cause real problems (lactose intolerant) my cats eat only meat and some eggs and vitamins/minerals, my dog eats raw meat with eggs, overcooked brown rice and oats, i throw in what ever veggies i have (gr beans,carrots,celery,spinach, pumpkin, squash, and always some raw mashed garlic, keeps the fleas away, i don't allow my animals to be vaccinated or treated for fleas, i have a wonderful vet who wholeheartedly support what i do, my sweeties are a picture of health, soft shiny fur , perfect teeth (i brush them 1x p day) full of energy, it's not rocket science but it does take dedication, but for my little ones nothing is to much
 
Dec. 17, 2009 7:52 am
Adding to the comment mentioned above, I can only say to each their own, dogs adjust to what they eat slowly, as for eating grains dogs must have grain, brown rice as mentioned above is the best, and veggies with their protein. All protein diets are not bad but could cause kidney failure later in life, studies have proved it. I started feeding my Yorkies homemade dog food right after the dog food contaminations, and mainly because my older Yorkie was getting sick all the time, they have since then became healthier, and more active, I feed them 1/3 protein, 2/3 brown rice, and a bit of only carrots and peas, most other veggies can cause digestive problems, this I can only say for my Yorkies, every dog is different so what works for you may not work for the other. experiment and do your research on homemade dog food. Introduce slowly, is the best way for your dog to adjust to changing any food. Moderate exercize is a big plus of course. If you dont want to give your dog vitamins then add
 
Bree 
Dec. 24, 2009 7:41 pm
Always contact your veterinarian before starting your pet on a homemade diet. Some pets may need additional vitamin supplements to make up for the lack of added vitamins to their diets. As mentioned before, be careful feeding your dog a diet too high in protein and make sure all meat is cooked properly. Garlic and onions should be avoided as they can cause anemia and they have absolutely no affect on fleas. This is one of many urban myths surrounding pets health. It's best to do your research and find out what diet is best for your pet and always change foods gradually to avoid any gastrointestinal upset.
 
NNMorrow 
Dec. 29, 2009 6:45 pm
All the vets in my area are only interested in pimping what ever dog food is at their clinic. Our family's dogs will not even touch the stuff. They will actually starve themselves rather than eat those kinds of dogfoods. Those same vets also say that making your own dogfood is more of a health hazard than the comercial dog foods. We do not believe them. We are all trying to find a better food for our dogs. One may have had pancreatitis for almost two years, the vet diagnosed her with diabetes instead, only because her blood sugar was low, which can be caused by pancreatitis. Another do g seams to have an allergic reaction to the commercial dog food. It only got worse the more he ate it. The vet has run tests, said it's allergies, and still running more tests. They say that if the dog would eat the food they push on us, he wouldn't have allergies. He will not eat that dog food. My research has lead me here. Any help offered would be appreciated. The dogs are: Female Austalian Shepard, F
 
esmce 
Dec. 31, 2009 1:16 pm
Goodness, reading this article and comments was interesting, dogs and cats do need grains for the fiber they don't need the carbs for energy though. If cats and dogs only ate meat they wouldn't eat grass. I also noticed that is says no garlic for dogs, I give my dogs each a clove of fresh garlic, no skin, mashed through a garlic press. It does not contain the same amount of the chemical that onion does so as long as your dog tolerates it, it is safe. ( My dogs are all over 100lbs) I think anyone who is changing from commercial food to home prepared food should do countless hours of research on ingredients and variations. Not just through the vet. We had a preveious vet who gave my dogs nsaids (ibuprofen)which caused diarrhea, and wanted us to get cat scans and see a neurologist because he had a half second delay on his reflex of one of his back legs. This was after he had gotten out of our yard and spent a good 12 hours running around town. (Worst day of my life!) Opted not to see
 
sabertut 
Jan. 7, 2010 7:14 am
my shepperd is 16yrs in april and roger the collie is 9 this year and i was mortified to find out what goes into comercial dog food, so i will be slowly changing their diets. last summer i nearly lost the shepperd he was treated with sterroids which i didnt realize at the time. i took him off them and gave him omega 3 which works well and barley grass for his digestion and that works well, he still goes a half hour walk at a steady pace, so with a better diet it will improve the quality of his old age, and he is still alert and very happy.
 
Dunia 
Jan. 17, 2010 11:20 am
If some one have a recipe for decorating icing for dog cookies (not too sweet) I will appreciate the ingredients. U can e mail me at mdunia@bellsouth.net Thanks
 
Lola 
Feb. 1, 2010 11:06 am
The best book a dog and cat lover can read is "Food Pets Die For" by Ann N. Martin.....great recipes for all types of health problems.....You will never buy commercial pet food again.
 
rauchellestone 
Feb. 26, 2010 8:10 am
Garlic-the jury is still out on that. I've been giving my dog homemade dogfood for a long time and she is a happier dog. She's old and a wonderful dog. I know we feel better since I've been cooking everything from scratch. Lost weight too. It's nice to see that other's like to feed their dog homemade food too. My dog can't eat anything with fish and refuses to eggs. She's a poodle and they are picky eaters. Have a great day! rauchellestone@hotmail.com
 
krenee 
Mar. 18, 2010 7:23 pm
Trudie: brown rice and oats are grains
 
Pamela 
Mar. 20, 2010 9:55 pm
Home made dog food is the best. Our three dogs would rather starve than eat commercially prepared dog food. They get so excited when they see their bowl of food come out of the fridge. We use whatever meat is on sale, whole grain flax seeds, oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes.They love sweet potatoes. We also use carrots, white potatoes, squash and GARLIC. Cranberries are great for digestion and urinary tract health.We avoid wheat as it can be allergy causing and no corn. Eggs give a luxurious coat. We have three of the happiest, healthiest dogs ever. They have lots of energy.They have healthy teeth with no decay and they never get upset tummies. Their fur is shiny and soft. Even our vet totally supports the diet we feed our dogs because she sees how healthy and vibrant they are. We just feel that our dogs should eat as well as we do and, they do !!
 
Jeannie 
Mar. 23, 2010 7:40 am
I am so glad I found this web site! I have 2 pets, a poodle and a Devon Rex cat, both 13 years old and both with health issues. I just today decided to try feeding my dog home made food to help with some of her issues. Thank you Lola for the tip re the Ann Martin book. I'll buy it. My cat has a severe, genetic inflammation of her colon and multiple food allergies. She lives on canned feline rabbit and peas, and monthly steroid injections. She is thin - 4.5 lbs - but happy and loving. The only problem I have with her commercial diet is the company can stop making it with no warning, which happened last year. The company could not access their "host-product" (Rabbits?! Did they stop breeding? What the hey!)) For 2 months we scrambled around trying to find another company. We did find a dry peas and rabbit brand which Maya loved but which gave her Diabetes within weeks. We finally accessed another source for canned R/P food and, within ~ 3 weeks her diabetes resolved. I hate depending
 
Mar. 28, 2010 5:25 pm
I have a question. My dog a pomeranian had an operation where they have removed a 5 Lbs. of her kidney. we have to be extremely careful what she eats. She is also diabetic. I've some control on her food she eats it well love to give cookies but what??? We all so going for some tooth remove all too. So you see I am going through a big bind. This dog & my other one who I had to put him done 3 yrs. ago (he was 16 yrs.), has help me too regain some of my health from them. Since 10 yrs., these little creatures have given me lots of pleasure & joy of survival. If you have any suggestions or Ideas please let me know by email 49lenlion2@b2b2c.ca.... Thank you all your help
 
JD 
Mar. 30, 2010 5:45 pm
Hello all,I have to admit working with dogs is totally new to me as I have just become the owner of a lab puppie named Duke. I am a registered nurse who left the medical model for similar reasons mentioned above, pain and suffering for dollars really turned me off. But for the last 5 years I have been praticing functional medicine and that means seeking the cause rather than giving a pill or a bandaid for symptoms and it has helped many people find their way back to their health. When I got Duke, I knew right away that I would approach his health the same way I approach mine and everyone elses around me. I found this blog because I wanted to start making his food to keep him healthy and I am making his food and he is awesome. There is so much to learn about animals but if I can help anyone in any way, I will offer what I can. The girl across the street fosters dogs and most come to her very sick. She takes them to the vet but cannot afford all the fees and most of what they give doe
 
Mar. 30, 2010 10:02 pm
You MUST research ingredients to know if they are acceptable for your pet, some are safe, some are not. Any pet with unknown allergies, should either be tested to find out the exact cause or just avoid the most common allergens - Corn, wheat, beef, ect. Also, remember that allergies are most commonly from the protein source. If you are feeding chicken, try turkey or salmon. You should also feed the same food for about 8 weeks and THEN decide if there is a need to try a different formula. Sometimes, there is a "cleansing" and the pet will excrete more than normal, and it may be watery. This can be solved by a little bit of PLAIN canned pumpkin within a few days. You will most likely need to supplement, as no formula will be 100% nutritionally complete. Also, I HIGHLY recommend working closely with your vet and having blood tests and stool samples done prior to feeding a homemade diet, and then again every few months until the tests show a balanced diet. This way you know what you need
 
losarbolitos 
Apr. 10, 2010 2:43 pm
Interesting site. WE feed our Belgian Tervurens raw food. Lots of chicken necks and backs pork, beef, lamb, goat, fish when we can get it. Realizing with this site that we need to be more careful about adding some brown rice. They love pumpkin--but as you may have noticed, it is impossible to find. Sweet potatoes and other canned greens do well. I make a "glop" yogurt,egg,apple cider vinegar, garlic cloves--any leftover or aged fruit and veggies-apples, tomatos, and sometimes a big bunch of greens. We freeze that and use by tablespoons. Also they have some additives from our breeder. Anyone know how to cook beef heart and turn it into dried treats> Thanks
 
Dee 
Apr. 10, 2010 8:20 pm
I am anxious to find out more about making homemade dog food. I have a bichon that developed allergies to her dog food and is retaining fluid. After vet appts, her food was changed to a hypoallergenic version along with medication. She didn't have any problem at first with the new food and she improved but now seems to be getting sicker again and has no interest in eating the food. I also have a smaller dog and would like to make food for both of them but I'm concerned about providing enough nutrition and I'm not certain the quantity to feed them so they don't get overweight. Is there a website that can give me more direction?
 
Apr. 18, 2010 7:12 am
I have 2 doggies - one is adopted, so who knows what he is (I think Lhasa/Shih & the love of my life - Figment) and my 9 yr. old Shih Tzu, Buddy. When my Buddy was failing (I didn't even realize how sick he was & had been to the vet 3 times), I went to the Holistic pet store. The wizard-ess at the store listened (I didn't have the doggie with me) &, based simply on what I described, gave me magic herbs (Herbsmith) & new cookies. I already had been feeding excellent dry food, but couldn't mix the herbs in the dry food as Buddy said 'no way.' I won't use those pill popper things (read the ingredients). So, I started boiling a package of chicken hearts every week. I simply puree them with an immersion blender in the water they're boiled in (low fat, nothing else). I put a glob of that in with the dry food & OMG, within a week, Buddy was already so much better. It's been about 8 months & both of my dogs are like puppies - high energy, beautiful coats, no problem with joints/bones (I also g
 
Apr. 27, 2010 3:59 pm
I have an eight month old newfoundland. She is the joy of my life.She has been suffering from skin allergies since i got her from the breeder at 8 weeks old. She is currentl having allergy testing done. She has also been treated with steriods. she is a normal weight of 71 pounds for her size but she is a bit small for her age. her mom was 140 pounds. I am also wondering what would be a good diet for her. I want something balanced and i dont want her to grow too quickly because she is a large breed. I was also wondering if i should increase her calcium especially since she has been on steriods which i suspect is why she is smaller than normal.any comments will be helpful plz feel free to email me at etsugirl24@yahoo.com
 
rgorny 
Apr. 29, 2010 6:47 am
I have a five year old yorkie with past Bladder stone problems. He got them removed a couple of years ago. The vet at the time had told me to put him on a prescription diet which contained eggs & rice. Does anyone have a suggestion of what to feed my dog and what to cook for him? I am out of the country now and would like to start making him homemade meals now that I have the help and time..thanks!!
 
Maria 
May 5, 2010 12:50 pm
I have been considering home made food for my Silky poo. She has become so picky lately. She does get ground beef about once a week and she does eat carrots and apples and peanut butter on occasion. Can someone give me some simple recipes to try for her. And suggestions? She can not have poultry. She has gotten sick a few times years ago and found out that the common factor each time was chicken or some food that was made with chicken. Thank you!
 
Lisa 
May 14, 2010 6:46 am
I have a mix breed dog just diagnosed with bladder stones... AGAIN! She just had surgery 10/09! And they're back! In less than 7 months! The vet put her on Hills Canine c/d after her surgery & now we're back at square one. I've got to find out how to prevent this! I'm thinking - making all her food. Are there supplements for her urinary health? Anyone in a similar situation? This is devastating!
 
bestdogfooddiets 
May 22, 2010 4:47 pm
Not sure how I feel about some of this. I do agree with the "Foods to Avoid" list, something every owner should know but I dont know if I trust the recipes. My advice is to ALWAYS consult your vet. Thats what the're paid for! I also recommend www.bestdogfooddiets.com - a site I developed to warn owners about potential harms in popular diets.
 
Dee 
May 24, 2010 12:52 am
I have a seven year old yorkie, the love of my life. She has been diagnosed with Inflammatory bowel disease and micro vascular dysplacia (can not process medicine). On top of this, she is allergies to nine foods. I am trying to locate a website that will allow me to figure out a home made food recipe that she can eat. I have been to (10) different VETS; some holistic some not. They have all but almost killed her. Does anyone know of this web site or have had similar issues and can provide their story and resolution?? Thank you.
 
Rebecca 
May 24, 2010 3:22 pm
I am always searching for new recipes for my dogs. When the scare came out about the dog food I started looking just what went in the food I fed my dogs even the best brands, I was shocked, my vet specializes in nutrition.I started looking for recipes and what wasn't good for your dog I came up with a recipe from several recipes, one of my dogs a toy poodle is getting older also a diabetic so her diet is different, I have a total of 6 beautiful little dogs, the poodle a Pom someone tossed out and 4 tiny chihuahua's 1 short coat 3 long coat all rescues except the poodle. also have fostered many dogs. I ask my vet about the diet I feed them he said it was always much better to cook for your dog than feed them the garbage you bought off the self. To many preservatives and other junk you can't even read. He said if you can't pronounce it you don't want it in your animal, he has helped me tremendously with creating a very well balanced diet for all my dogs and they love it.I remove the skin
 
mford223 
Jun. 9, 2010 9:43 pm
I have a very sick dog on my hands. Diagosed 2 1/2 weeks ago with diabetes and low potassium. She is 8 yrs old and has never had a health problem til now. Won't touch dog food. I am making my own and its touch an go with her. Ate chicken at first, now won't touch it. She can go days without eating. Very frustrating. Now giving her 2 shots a day and 10 pills a day for the low potassium. I am looking for recipes to make for her to help her health. Right now, I'm cooking what she will eat. She has lost 10 lbs already. I feel all I do is research on her. We are very afraid she isn't going to make it. Beef is what she is eating. So any beef recipes with brown rice will do. Not sure what else to add to it. I'm just afraid if I add anything else, she won't eat it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm going to ask about giving her human meds instead of dog ones...she already gets human insulin. Can't hurt and hopefully the price is better! 50 pills lasts me 5 days and is $35!. If you have
 
KARLAKAY2 
Jun. 25, 2010 8:38 am
I use a variation of many of these posts. I also add fish oil & vitamin e. My dogs hate store bought food. When I occasionally give it to them, they look at me with disappointed eyes. For many years, dogs lived on people food & I think it's still the best for them. Who knows what really goes into processed dog food?
 
Aug. 29, 2010 6:20 pm
I have been making homemade dog food for my 2 large dogs (10 yo yellow lab and 5 yo Doberman) for almost 2 years. Their weight is great, their coats are thick and glossy, their eyes are clear and bright. After 3 weeks on this food, we took them to the vet and didn't mention the homemade dog food. He looked both over and said "I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it". They had both been a little chubby and we weren't able to get their weights down despite watching portions and treats. In only 3 weeks these dogs were so healthy I'll never give them commercial kibble again. I knew almost nothing when I started, I have done tons of research and have many books and research. The best book on the subject is The Whole Pet Diet by Andi Brown who developed Halo brand dog food. She developed the brand before Ellen DeGeneres got involved. Also in the book are holistic, homemade medical treatments. My yellow lab has suffered chronic ear infections her whole life and has been o
 
Chrisy 
Aug. 30, 2010 9:37 pm
I have been searching for a balanced reciepe for homemade dog food, with so many links Im not sure exactly where to start. I have a 40 lbs staffshire who has chicken allergies and a 75lbs shephard. Does anyone have any tried and true recipes. Also Im not sure the quantity that I should be feeding them. Ur expertise is appreciated!!
 
Bonproducer 
Sep. 6, 2010 6:03 pm
Hi KathleenO, I wonder if you might share your recipe with me? My 15 mo. old yellow lab is having skin problems & ear infections, and his coat isn't as full as it should be. I'm afraid to put him on steroids (again), the vets are pushing 'their' food, the pet stores are pushing theirs. I will read the book you suggested, but would appreciate any advice you could give me. I only hope that at 10yrs old he'll be in as good shape as your lab seems to be! You can email me at bonbonsilver@gmail.com Thanks!
 
Sep. 14, 2010 3:41 pm
I only read the first 2 comments and gave up. First, for goodness sakes, GRAINS cause allegries! Dogs do not process veggies whole, they do NOT need veggies, their protiens is NOT from veggies, it is from MEAT! Dogs digestive system is not as long as humans so the veggies don't get process the same. My dogs are the RAW diet but do get treats but very little grain unless it is in a homemade treat. Read this link: http://www.thedogbowl.com/PPF/category_ID/0_148/dogbowl.asp
 
Homemade Dog Food Recipes 
Nov. 9, 2010 5:57 am
The digestive health of my 2 poodles improved dramatically in just a few weeks after I switched them to a homemade dog food diet. No more diarrohea, no more flatulence and no more chewing at themselves all the time. It is important to use nutritionally balanced homemade dog food recipes though to ensure that your dog is getting all the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to live a long and healthy life.
 
tricia4545 
Nov. 20, 2010 6:34 pm
I too only read the first 2 commets and gave up! I have a cockerspaniel with serious allergies and a pekingese that has epilepsy. I have been cooking for them for 2 years now, vet approved. Dogs do eat grains, most high end pet food the 3rd ingredient is brown rice, barley or oats. Cooking your own dog food is easy, it needs to be 65% lean meat, 20% complex carb (my cocker is allergic so I use a gluten free egg noodle) an 15% veggie or fruit or both. I also add a multi-vitamin and flax or fish oil. I use a crock pot but I make sure I do not over cook the veggies, you can cook all the vitamins right out.
 
seabreeze 
Nov. 25, 2010 8:33 am
I recently began making my dogs' food. I use 1/3 protein (chicken, beef, fish, + eggs), 1/3 grain (brown rice, WW pasta), and 1/3 veggies (based on vit.min content-info at www.bodybuilders.com). Dogs aren't very good at digesting unprocessed carbs & grains, but do benefit from them if they are minced or cooked. Think of these processes as "predigestion". Rice is much more digestible than wheat or corn. Undigested fiber helps to "keep things moving" through their system. I'm looking into adding vitamin E and bone meal. I use a pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time. The longer the ingredients are cooked, the more the nutrients are destroyed. I make 60 lb batches at a time - put half into small containers to freeze and put the other half through a dehydrator to make dry kibble. My dogs love it.
 
Drew 
Dec. 3, 2010 9:26 pm
From what I have researched, a raw diet is best along with grains and other nutrients found in the organ tissues and especially bones. I haven't tried the following yet, but I post it here as information I recommend pursuing for learning. It makes sense and I couldn't beleive I had never considered the option. As soon as I can I will be trying out the BARF diet (www.barfworld.com) for my wife's two and a half year old dachshund corgi mix who can't seem to stop gnawing her paws and legs and scrapes her belly on the floor to ease the itching. She has a rash we can't get rid of there. Anyone out there tried or know someone who has used BARF? I'd like to know.
 
Ursula 
Dec. 5, 2010 4:00 pm
We have 3 beautiful furry children, Toby & Tiffany [Lhasa Apsos]7 years old and our rescue Morky we named Schatzie who is about 2 years old. Toby had surgery for bladder stones and there are many foods he can not have, he is a great eater. Tiffany is our very finicky eater who needs to be begged to eat, Schatzie is another one that loves all her foods. We have gone thru several brands of kibbles suggested by the vet but found none to their likings. A friend suggested a kibble called "Canine Caviar" made in So. California which turned out to be great. I pressure cook boneless/skinless chicken breast with a bit of fresh parsley and mix that with some water to the kibble. Tiffany is starting to give me lots of problems with this mixture. I have added some people gravy to her dish and thats the only way she will eat. Can anybody tell me what I can add to the chicken to make it a bit tastier? Please e-mail me at juniper100@aol.com
 
Cameron's & Cutler's mommy 
Dec. 14, 2010 3:44 pm
i started with just the vet diet for an upset tommy chicken and rice.. started the ground beef rice potatos carrets green beens .. thinking he is missing the dairy i do once a week cut up an apple no seeds or skin heard from vet that part is harmful. now the dairy is 2 scrammbled eggs in the morning cutting it or should i be changing things around? I did see omega 3 good for them are u cooking fish or opening up a pill an adding the oil ? just starting this out and the vet is just like ok .. lol ooo and i did hear to stay away from garic and do see people use it???? lots of ? here sorry . i heard i should mix things up by adding oats and bread insteat of rice then one day wheat germ, and then back to brown rice why dont u use white thats what i have been white rice is also what i give my son during the brat diet when sick?
 
Jan. 4, 2011 7:36 am
 
Pets at home 
Jan. 14, 2011 10:30 am
@ Drew: My chihuahua did the same thing.. it took us a long time to get him healed. We tried shots at the Vet, changing his food, home made diets etc.. We have concluded.. it was red dye in his food. He is healed. At first we thought it was the cat food he would sneak into, and it did play a part.. but, once we removed all red colored food - after a while it went away. Hope this helps.
 
kay 
Jan. 26, 2011 8:19 pm
I have 2 min Schnauzers . Both a little over 12 YEARS OLD. For about a month I've noticed them drinking a lot more and going to the bathroom a lot. I changed their diet from dry dog food to one part skinless chicken breast, one part oats, one part broccoli. The first day no accidents, and no drinking crazy Amounts of water. Second day the same. They love it. I am shocked at how fast they changed. I don't know if they have diabetes or if its like humans and they have pre diabetes. I will investigate this more. So glad I found this site.
 
moxyminx 
Feb. 4, 2011 4:21 am
Animals and people can get all the fiber and carbs they need from fruits and veggies. Ive never seen a documentary on a wild dog ever eating grains EVER! Nor should we unless they are spouted first. Un-sprouted grains are too hard for us to digest so why would we expect animals to be able too. Even the birds who eat seeds poop them out whole giving them a chance to be grow and multiply. no un-spouted grains or seeds sprouting turns them into a plant allowing us to digest them like a veggie
 
sweetchips 
Feb. 25, 2011 10:19 am
hi,Kathleen O i also have a black and white lab which is the love of my life, she has had problems with her ears also could you please share with me the recipe for ear wash.you can email me at hazel234@comcast.net thanks much
 
Melos Mom 
Mar. 6, 2011 11:50 am
We have 2 dogs we rescued; one had Parvo when we got him, and has recovered. He, unfortunately won't eat very much and we are always trying to find something he will eat. Our other dog will eat anything. We decided to start making our own dog food for our puppers. Question I have I quantity? How much to feed them? One is a Great Pyranees (100+ pounds) and the other a Laonberger (he's only 80 pounds ... our parvo pup). They are both about 2 years old. Have not been able to find any info on food proportion. Thanks!
 
MonicaCSilva 
Mar. 7, 2011 2:57 am
Hi Kathleen O I also have a Lab. He´s 5 years old, can you please share your food recipe and ear wash recipe? I've just decided to star making his food at home, I'm not able to control his weight even though I only give him the proportion said in the bag or even less. Any way he never eats everything. If it is possible send it t my email address monica-silva@netcabo.pt and also the proportion to give him diary. Thanks
 
Sharib 
Mar. 12, 2011 6:57 am
I noticed several people mention the difficulty finding canned pumpkin. I find it regularly, all year long at WalMart, Kroger, and KMart groceries in the pie filling section. Just be certain you get the 100% PURE Pumpkin. NOT the pie filling. I've been making my 4 dogs food for the last year and a half. The one who had severe pancreatitis, has NO symptoms now. One older dachshund I was told would only make it 4-6 more weeks, lived happily and actively for another 6 months. I make my food with ground turkey, lamb, chicken, or occasionally beef. They prefer turkey or lamb. To this I add brown rice, brocolli, frozen peas and carrots, blueberries, parsley, chili powder,(They love it in small doses) occasionally cinnamon, and lentils and an egg. They are all healthy, happy, shiny, and active ranging from 15 months to 13 years.
 
celebratehealth 
Mar. 29, 2011 6:40 am
I always get a little chuckle when I read comments about what wild dogs ate because dogs have been domesticated for hundreds of years and are only like distant cousins to their ancestors. It is like comparing us to the caveman! The digestive tract of modern dogs has adapted and changed due to the food they have been fed by man. In saying that, any processed, packaged, additive, colorant, flavored or aroma and chemical added type food is not life sustaining for animals or humans. For many hundreds of years, dogs were fed scraps from the table until the more recent times when dog food became a money making business along with the fast food business. Foods that come from the earth are life sustaining and it is more about learning what our dogs can tolerate. Sadly due to over breeding and being fed processed foods many dogs are having problems that didn't exist in the past. There are lots of great suggestions on this site and it goes to show that there isn't one prescriptive
 
Tootsiepop254 
May 7, 2011 10:16 pm
I have a 14 y/o Rhodesian/Pit mix. She is overweight (one day she was a mass of muscle and the next she was a creampuff, I swear). Can anyone recommend a good recipe that has the nutrients an older dog needs? Thanks! ~T
 
sierralouise 
Jul. 2, 2011 4:47 pm
Thank you munkyfst & LeGourmetHautbois for your informative entries!
 
MorninStar 
Jul. 3, 2011 11:58 pm
I have a Westie-poo that was having joint pain at 5 yrs. At 6 she was itching and licking constantly, excessive shedding, chewing her paws, and she began looking for (and eating) soap that had fallen in the shower! I had always fed her a supposedly good 'organic' dog food, but the soap eating alarmed me. I did a bit of research & decided to make my own food. After all, dogs have only been eating processed kibble for less than 100 years. After a few short days of making my own food, all of my dogs problems disappeared. The joint problems, the itching, licking and the soap eating. The excessive shedding took a few months to subside. While canines may not eat grains, veggies, fruits, etc.. in the wild, they DO eat the stomach content of animals that do eat these things. I make several different recipes for my dog for variety. I'll make a large batch, about 1-3 months worth at a time, and freeze it in a serving size 'puck'. I usually use raw meat, each recipe contains about 40-50%
 
olga 
Jul. 12, 2011 7:59 pm
corn is harmful for dogs cause of kidney failure beware, use rice base dog food better
 
Denise 
Aug. 28, 2011 3:31 pm
We ran out of kibble and we were financially tight. So, I made my first batch of homemade food from many of the comments and suggestions here, with ingredients I had on hand. I cooked ground pork in chicken broth, added canned yams and two eggs, meanwhile I cooked Brown rice till a little overdone, cooked up some frozed greenbeans, and fresh carrots. I put about a third of the veggies, a third pork and yam mixture, and a third rice in the food processor, and blended so the rice would be easier to digest. My Aussie wont touch a vegie or fruit usually, but she loves the food. I am starting with small quantities this week (about the size of a palm) for my Aussie and a little less for my Sheltie. They love it, and I think I will continue to do this. I made 5 cups rice, and with the other ingredients, it made a batch that I split into three plastic containers, 2 to freeze. There is enough to feed them for several weeks! I was surprised how easy it was and will see how they do with it. Any
 
Wolfchix 
Sep. 4, 2011 10:31 am
What about homemade cat food. I have one male long haired cat and two fish and my mom has one short haired cat, a ten yrold shepord, huskey, beagle mix and a male chahuahua and her boyfriends beagle.
 
donna 
Sep. 11, 2011 7:44 am
Hi there, I'm looking for help with moving my dogs to a homemade healthy diet. We have 3 large dogs, one being a newfoundlander that has been diagnosed with kidney problems. She was very ill and we almost lost her and are not out of the woods yet. Vet said she can't process protein. As per the vet we are on low protein dog food that is about $100 per bag that our girl hates. She has also started passing out when she exerts herself or gets excited. Really no energy to speak of. Could someone send me a recipe to try as I start to research things and see what is best for her. Any suggestion would be appreciated. We are scared and confused and certainly cant spend that much on a food she hates. dnrhawley@kos.net
 
dogdish 
Sep. 11, 2011 5:08 pm
Hi there Donna - I have been feeding an all organic homemade diet for 6 years. It is the best thing you can do for your dog. Check with your University of Vet hospital - they have nutritionist on staff that would be glad to formulate a diet for you that has all the componets for a healthy dog. I make mine for 14 days ahead and freeze it. Good Luck
 
jwhite 
Sep. 14, 2011 5:35 pm
We've made our dog food for over 17 years, so many years that our first dog family of 4 has passed on. They must have been fine with the food since they lived 15-19 yrs. The recipe is basically a chicken casserole w/lots of veggies/herbs, maybe I'll post it. A key to success I believe is adding variety during the week: My husband asks if I've "Snacked" the dogs today. They get an extra nutritious something every day: Cottage cheese, canned tuna or mackerel, scrambled eggs, some cheese, yogurt, etc. Also, a multivitamin supplement daily. They take the pill easily if wrapped in a little glob of cream cheese. For fun, they love the unspiced chicharones, homemade unsweetened peanut butter cookies, etc. The time it takes to make the food decreases as you get used to doing it. Yes, some dogs eat around black beans, or applesauce. One dog seemed to be allergic to green beans, cuz he'd eat a bowl of home cooked food and all he'd ralph would be the green beans. So we ditched the gr
 
duncadaw 
Oct. 16, 2011 4:59 pm
We recently changed our dogs diets from a lower grade commercial dog food to a very high end brand and all three of our babies (a Pug, a Lab/Terrier mix and a Bassett/Golden Retriever mix) experienced digestive issues. We contacted our amazing vet and she recommended we try a bland homemade diet to clean them out. After changing to this diet, they all recovered quickly. We made the decision to start making all of our dog food from scratch. Our normally very picky puppies race to their bowls now!!!! I feel good knowing that my furry kids are eating a healthy diet and they are more playful and energetic than they have ever been!!!! I've used recipes from this site and they are very happy!!!!!
 
Oct. 22, 2011 2:19 pm
Thank you pattic54 for the info on to much protein.
 
jifr 
Dec. 3, 2011 9:42 pm
For everyone talking about how cats and dogs are obligatory carnivores and such, I would just like to say that all animals are as different as humans, and that I have a VEGETARIAN CAT. You think I'm joking?! This cat refuses to eat anything that is pure meat, does not come running when a can of moist food or tuna is opened, and will sniff at the salad or side dishes of veggies on your plate rather than the main meat course. He loves pasta, oatmeal, the milk left in a cereal bowl, and will eat everything out of a pot pie or soup and leave the meat. The only exception that he makes is with Hot Wings. I don't know, maybe he's the 1/million odd ball. I've tried getting the "better" and "lower cost" foods for my animals, and for the most part they are not picky, as long as there's something in the bowl and are able to enjoy a "human food" treat once in a while, but right now for various reasons, I have decided to try to find a homemade food that will work for all the animals, whether
 
jacqueline49 
Dec. 21, 2011 5:09 pm
Hello all, Does anyone have a dog food recipe that works well with Pugs? Any help would be appreciated......My email address is........jacqueline45s@aol.com I wish you all a blessed holiday season
 
stonephone 
Dec. 21, 2011 5:43 pm
ok referring to the first comment by trudy. Being a diabetic, I count my carbs everyday. Along with me, and at least 10 percent of the rest of the world, (obviously more) know that the lowest source of carb comes from grains( i guess you were confusing this with bread) and vegetables. Also "overcooking" anything means there is hardly any nutrition left in the food when you get done with it.As soon as you grab the vegetable fo choice from your local supermarket, it has already lost at least 10% of the nutrition it had to begin with, which isn't much if it came from a farm that used hormones and pesticides to ensure that it grows fast , instead of correctly. You wouldn't believe how much nutrition is lost when food is frozen, canned, cooked past a particular temperature, "nuked" in the microwave, fried, and even steamed, which takes the lightest toll on food. Replace your overcooked rice and oats with just raw oats , and you have just increased the nutrition of his meal by 1000%. N
 
Glidds 
Jan. 4, 2012 5:13 pm
Hi, the only pet food my dog gets is good quality buscuits, different flavour every time i buy them. and pigs ears etc. otherwise she gets whatever we are having. might be steak and vegies, or spaghetti bog or hungry jacks. doesnt matter, she eats it and loves it. whatever she doesnt want she leaves in her bowl. plus she gets a raw bone every day after her walk. Why waste time on making dog food when you can just cook for 1 extra. I have a doberman at the moment and she will even pick through a salad leaving the bad bits behind! Never had a problem with any of my dogs in the past, and they have lived out their full lives. They love chiken bones, even cooked. Choking on them is a myth. Well, for big dogs anyway! they are dogs, they are made to eat bones. Kudos to you if you do take the time to make your own dog food, dont trust that canned you buy in the shops, plus they deserve better.
 
Patty 
Jan. 7, 2012 7:13 pm
Hello, I am glad to see more pet families are choosing to use homemade feeding methods. I have a year old Pomeranian; I had tried several brands of food; she would not eat them, now she only eats food I prepare for her. I continually explore sites like this one to get new ideas and information on homemade feeding and natural care and healing. My Pom is healthy and full of energy, I also keep her Vet informed about her diet, exercise, sleep and bodily functions. The more the Vet knows about her the better to help keep her healthy and identify concerns. Our Vet was not a big fan of homemade feeding at first but I keep her informed about exacting what I use and the amounts so we can adjust if necessary, I also give her a multi-vitamin.
 
Pharm Hand 
Jan. 9, 2012 2:32 am
My super simple, quick, inexpensive and healthy method for making food for my blue heelers once weekly. I have a restaurant size stockpot and approximately once a week I put into it 3-5 lbs of whatever chicken or pork is on sale. I top it off with a couple gallons of water and simmer it for 12 or more hours. Both types of meat will automatically "disentegrate" into little bits over that time so it's easy to remove the bones. Then I add a 5lb bag of rice. During the course of the week. if there are a lot of human leftovers I mix them into the pot. The process takes about an hour of my time, costs less than $10/week and the dogs love it. When we've been traveling and I can't make their food, it takes them 2 days to find dry food edible (I have a friend who drives a truck for Alpo and after hearing his stories, I wont buy can food). Anyway, it's cheap and simple - the only problem is that folks with large families might have a hard time storing the stockpot in the fridge. Does the
 
Diana 
Feb. 6, 2012 10:32 am
was wondering if anyone could help me out. i have an american/old english bulldog mix. she has major allergies and i haven't had much luck with dog foods, i tried the wellness duck/potato but it didn't agree with her. i've just switched her over to blue buffalo fish/potato which she hasnt been on for more then a couple of wks. i havent had much luck with my vet. can anyone suggest what diet i may try her on? some tell me to try a raw diet but i would much rather cook her food then give it raw. i also have no idea what types of food or how much to feed her on a daily basis. thanks for your time. feel free to email me at diane_couto1968@hotmail.com
 
plb 
Feb. 7, 2012 9:15 pm
When making your own dog food you need to ensure that your dog food has 60% meat and the other 40% is vegetable and grain. Dogs also need calcium so raw bones can provide this. Raw chicken wings are excellent for small dogs while larger dogs can have whatever bones they are capable of eating. Bones also are excellent for cleaning tartar off dogs teeth. When choosing meat ensure it has a certain amount of fat in it as dogs require fat in their diet. Cheap fatty mince is excellent. All vegetables and grains need to be cooked well as dogs have small intestines which prevent them from breaking down carbohydrates easily. If you want to cook your own cat food ensure that you use 80% meat and 20% vegetables and grains. Cats love raw chicken wings so this will provide their calcium. If your dog is unwell and not eating very much buy a vitamin supplement from your vet and add it to the food. Do not use any salt or flavor enhancers such as packet gravies. Any changes in pets diets need to be int
 
Feb. 10, 2012 8:12 am
@ Patty~ commented on ~Jan. 7, 2012 7:13 pm... My 2 toy pomeranians did the same thing..once I started them with homemade food they refuse to eat anything else. I started when they were 6 or 7 months old & they are now 9 yrs old. Still as healthy & hyper as day one!! at Pharm Hand...thanks for the recipe! I have two almost 3 yr old rescues (boxer/mastiff mix) who would LOVE that recipe!! very similar to what they get now. @ plb good job on the bone talk, I do that for mine as well! However mines have had both onions & garlic before..I had no clue they were toxic, THANK GOD nothing's ever happened to them! I guess each dog is different. I saw a lot of lfea talk..I'm in Florida & between the heat & humidity it's a flea & tick paradise out here from like now till september (sometimes longer) I've always used Dawn dish soap & I've rubbed garlic on them too..does the trick!!Now..My Bella (Boxer mix) is very hyper w/a high metabolism (she burns that food asap!) & I want to bulk her up some
 
jeri 
Feb. 16, 2012 8:52 am
I have been feeding my beagle mix mutts, 25 lb &40 lb, homemade food for several years- make a big pot of chicken soup with veggies and a grain. Added garlic recently as flea prevention but doesn't work. May be off topic, but what do you guys do about fleas? We have two dogs, two cats, and one dog and cat seem immune while the other two are tortured. Checked out Earthclinic and people claim oils, garlic, acv all work for them- nothing works for us. We resorted to poison but not continuing- one flea or millions are all the same for my poor animals. Any ideas? Short of moving to frozen tundra?
 
jen 
Mar. 2, 2012 12:52 am
i have a question regarding with my pet...ok lang po ba kapag ang isang alagang hayop ay kumain ng hilaw na isda kasi yung pet namin ayaw niya kumain ng luto..gusto niya hilaw
 
Kg99 
Mar. 6, 2012 6:54 pm
I adoptive a 10 wk old one eyed pug from my vet office. The breeder wanted him put down because she could not make money off of him. He is now 2 1/2 and the joy of my life. His problem was his weight. He continusly gained weight from the moment I got him. Every appointment.He gained weight. He was given Prescription dog food. He had every test in the world done. I had him down to a quarter cup of food in the morning and one at night. He cried all the time because he was hungry. He was up to a whopping 34lbs. I just kept hearing that I was over feeding my dog and I knew I wasn't. I adore him and did not want to see him with health problems. Two months ago I decided that's it. I have tried everything.I started making his own food. Boiled chicken. Steamed vegtables, whole grain rice and some canned pumpkin. The difference is astounding. You can actually see a result and I am so excited. I have not told my vet because he does not agree with home made foods AND he is a close friend of mine.
 
Patty 
Mar. 8, 2012 7:23 pm
Jeri...I have found that if you treat your yard it helps a great deal in keeping the flea problem under control. I use a pet safe treatment for my area. It also helps with other pests that can affect you and your pet. Diane...for your dogs food allergies I hope she is better now. Chicken, brown Rice, peas and sweet potatoes may help, also you might ask your vet about allergy medication. Kg99...I am a big fan of home cooking for your pet.
 
cindy 
Mar. 10, 2012 3:54 pm
I've had several dogs over the years and cooked for them most of the time. Nothing special, but I always use the veggie peelings and scraps from potatoes, carrots, gr. beans, onions, plus meat broths and drippings. I also make sure that they get some sort of raw food several times a week... meat, eggs,veggies, etc. They have all been long-lived...most into their late teens. Right now I have a 20lb.+ terrier mix who is 23. Yep! 23 human years old, and I have always fed her like this. She now gets a senior vitamin, bran, yogurt for digestion and glucosamine for her joints. I must admit, she has a cast iron constitution and has only had stomach issues a couple of times in all these years, when she found a way into the garbage and ate the blood-soaking material in the meat trays (I thought for sure it would kill her, but the next day out it went at the other end!). She has not shown any allergies to grains or grain products so I know I'm lucky there. She is almost blind, almost deaf, but h
 
TRBurton 
Mar. 11, 2012 8:23 am
"I started making his own food. Boiled chicken. Steamed vegtables, whole grain rice and some canned pumpkin." Our 8 year old Beagle has had pancreatitus and we have settled in on 1oz boiled chicken breast, 1/4 cup white rice (easier to digest than brown), 1/2 boiled egg & 1cup of EVO (low carb)Red Meat formula per day. Treats are Cherrios only. The cost of EVO has risen to over $4 a lb & our thoughts are moving to 100% prepared food. We are open to suggestions.
 
josie 
Apr. 16, 2012 11:53 am
My 8 year old chihuaua has been diagnosed with heart disease and her heart is double the size it should be. She has to be on a low sodium diet. My vet is apprehensive about putting her on a homemade dog food diet. What commercial dog food would be good for her and also, what book would be good for beginning to cook her own food. Since this should be a slower process?? Thanks!
 
mmclean71 
Apr. 18, 2012 11:10 pm
I have to disagree with feeding dogs grains. Quite a few dogs are allergic to grains plus it provides extra calories with very little nutritional benefit per my vet. I feed my dogs a mixture of quality organic dry kibble and make them a "canned" food of boiled chicken (no skin and white meat only), greens beans and very little carrots and peas. They seem to do very well on it and I add water to their kibble and "canned" food so they get the additional water. If you let it sit for a few minutes before giving it to your dog, you have a "gravy". My cats on the other hand get nothing but a quality organic kibble. My oldest cat who has early renal failure is on a low protein prescription diet. I just feel that making a homemade cat food is a bit more difficult/trickier for cats since they really don't need/eat veggies or grains.
 
Vanessa 
Apr. 25, 2012 5:09 am
I've been giving my pets homemade food since forever, and their always happy and full of energy. I really try to avoid commercial food since it can be like a poison to your animals. They love their veggies cooked with either some chicken, mutton or beef and a lovely *long* sauce. I add it to rice or mealiepap with a little water and they eat like kings and queens. And above all, they're very healthy. It's actually a family tradition, my grandma gave her animals homemade food, my mom does it and now I do it. And they tend to live long, happy and healthy lives.
 
OhhSan 
May 2, 2012 8:31 am
Any suggestions for feeding CATs? I would love to hear info on different cat foods/treats, etc. To buy or make. I'm new w/ kittys... it's probably not good to have them vacinated or on meds for fleas, etc, right? I'm open to ALL helpfull suggestions/ideals & so forth. Any helpful web sites too would be greatly appreciated! :-) Thanks. Please feel free to e-mail me also it's: OhhhSandy@att.net
 
adunn2 
May 4, 2012 10:48 am
1 can tuna .5 cup raw oats and one egg beat, grill and cool makes 2 patties, 1 for me one for pupster
 
lemontreestudios 
May 15, 2012 7:46 am
OhhSan: a home made diet is wonderful for cats, mine have been on it for over a year now, as well as a slightly different diet for my dog. I have a recipe that's relatively easy to prepare and, from what my research has told me, provides them with all the calcium, taurine, and vitamin A, along with other nutrients, that they need. Email me at lemontreestudios@gmail.com if you'd like to take a look at it, it's too long to post here, but with that said, the best website I've found for cat food information is http://www.catinfo.org/ I will say that I don't feed a raw diet as Dr. Pierson does, for several reasons, but otherwise my recipe is very similar.
 
Animal lover 
May 19, 2012 8:21 am
I have been cooking foru Doha since February due to one of my dogs having cancer. I use brown rice with lentils and boiled chicken and carrots and beets with sweet potato and I also make my own calcium and they are very healthy. Brown rice is very good for dogs. I did a lot of research on this and I also use sunflower oil on their food. Their hair is very shiney. Hope this helps.
 
bloodhoundgal 
May 19, 2012 6:06 pm
I have many comments on alot of these comments. Many give great information. Maybe i will post later for but for right now in reading a post about calcium. When feeding eggs, and making homemade treats and food, mix in the egg shell, ground up of course. Natural source of calcium
 
LaurenMuriel 
Jul. 10, 2012 8:34 pm
I have a mini doxi that's 12. Cassidy's always been in good health only 8 pounds w/ great teeth but my concern is keeping her this way as long as possible. I've been told home made food is the way to go, my vet says it works for many but I don't know what to do. My vet made it sound a lot easier to find recipes and ways to make this transition than I'm finding it. What do I feed my baby and how do I make it for her? I am looking for recipes and advice from people who know about this, please help me keep my best friend happy and healthy.
 
sylent1 
Jul. 11, 2012 7:15 pm
I feed my WGS brown rice, frozen Normandy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash), boiled eggs and a variety of meats. I have a single serving rice and vegetable steamer and put one cup brown rice and frozen vegetables in the bottom with two eggs and one scoop (four tbsps powdered milk) and put the meat (chicken, ground chuck, swai fish) in the top tray and flip the switch. When it's done I shell the now boiled eggs and chop it up adding it and the meat to the mixture in his bowl. I also like to throw in a little uncooked oatmeal when it is done and a few raw baby carrots (they keep his teeth clean and are a good source of roughage). I feed a reputable kibble during the day for a good source of non soluble roughage. He's a healthy playful guy and he loves my cooking. You can also give pasta (Usually egg noodles) once a week or substitute cooked potatoes (good source of minerals) once a week.
 
sylent1 
Jul. 11, 2012 7:34 pm
Also if you do supplement with kibble you might want to keep current with this site. It is a good source of dogfood recalls.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/
 
sylent1 
Jul. 11, 2012 8:08 pm
I keep having to re post. ALWAYS peel potatoes if you feed them. NEVER feed garlic, onions, grapes or raisins,avocado, macadamia nuts or walnuts, green tomatoes or tomato plant parts, potato peels (ESP. green), chocolate, rhubarb leaves, persimmons, raw eggs, or any candy that contains xylitol. Also raw meats and bones may contain bacteria or pathogens harmful to pets. My guy has a large cooked beef bone he can't possibly consume that he chews and I sometimes fill it with peanut butter and freeze it. He will spend hours licking the peanut butter. (source for foods toxic to dogs) Michael Levine DVM)
 
patrioticheathen 
Jul. 24, 2012 8:05 pm
There is a lot of back and forth about what is and is not good for your dog to eat but unfortunately you will not know what they like until you experiment and read up on some common sense recipes. Some say grains are fine for dogs but I do not use any at all as they are simply a filler to me and without a starch mixed in it can upset my dogs stomach. I used to stay away from garlic because of hearsay but I use it regularly now and have not looked back. Garlic is a great blood cleaner and does help keep blood thirsty pest away. Some will argue against this but the proof is in trying it. All the talk about raw meat and bones having harmful bacteria is true for humans but this is not an issue for any dog or cat. There bodies where built for a raw meat diet as there GI tract is the same as wolves/wild cats and not humans. Raw eggs are excellent for the coat. The less you cook the food the more nutrients there is for your pet. The only thing I cook is the sweet potatoes to make them palatab
 
uriel53 
Jul. 27, 2012 10:37 am
Hi. I'm new at the site. I am now a single Gramma, with a eight month-old -a-poo. I also have two outside cats. The cats hunt and feed themselves, except when they're being lazy, or it's too rainy. I didn't read all the posts, but I know that the first one was a little amusing saying that cats are carnivores and then saying right after they need grains (reason: they eat grass) First of all, both cat's and dogs use grass as an emetic, when they have an upset tummy, it makes them puke. (especially cats that know they have a fur ball down there) It certainly doesn't mean they want it in their meal rotation. Carnivores need meat and fat...that's it. If you can't wrap that around your head, it's because you are not a carnivorous cat, you are an omnivorous human. Dogs are like us, omnivores. That being said, we are not identical in our needs. What I find really funny is the way humans think they are doing a huge favor to their pets by treating them as humans. This makes the pet food industri
 
Jul. 28, 2012 11:34 pm
I have been feeding my four dogs a homemade dog food diet for years. Very little in the way of grains. Dogs have a very unique digestive system. I now feed my dogs an all raw dog food diet. It consists of ground up chicken backs and necks. I add in a small amount of fresh veggies that are on hand and a scoop of a supplement that gives them the little extras they need. I put all the resources together on my website at www.makinghomemadedogfood.com. The products on my site are products the helped me feed my dogs how I do now. They are happy and healthy and just like Trudie my furry kids have a vet that thinks the world of us for putting in that effort and it shows.
 
Jul. 28, 2012 11:44 pm
Sorry had to add one more thing about the raw dog food. Dogs have 30 times the hydrochloric acid in their stomach then us humans and are completely immune to all the common bacteria. I still take precautions in preparing my dogs meals and see zero problems with raw meat for dogs. As much as they are domesticated they are very different from us indeed. I would have to say that feeding any commercial dog food no matter how good it is supposed to be is better. If you don't believe me look at the video on my site under dog food secrets. If you watch that and still want to feed commercial food to your best friend let me know.
 
jeri 
Aug. 15, 2012 12:03 pm
I feed my dogs garlic and no problems. From what I've read opinion is split pretty much 50/50 re:safety. Everything in moderation seems to work for us.
 
harold 
Aug. 17, 2012 10:10 pm
My cat loves watermelon, cantaloupe, and squash. Pure carnivore, NOT.
 
harold 
Aug. 17, 2012 10:34 pm
If your dog has ear problems feed your dog plain, nonfat yogurt. Approximately 4 tablespoons per day. Usually takes care of chronic ear problems.
 
brandym7 
Sep. 4, 2012 7:03 pm
My older dog (12 y/o) developed a pee problem; she wets herself all the time. I got her on meds and had to change them a couple of times, and she wore diapers! What a pest. Anyway. I use to make the two dogs their own dog food then got busy and quit. Recently, neither of the dogs would eat store bought dog food anymore unless it was hidden under people food. Give me a break! I started making them food again: beans and rice with meat and veggies and all the good stuff they need. My one dog loves her food made from okara (what's left over after I make my soy milk). It's good protein. To make a long story a little shorter - my older dog no longer need her meds. She is not peeing on herself and getting worn out trying to keep it licked up. Praise God for homemade food without chemicals and all the they put in it.
 
brandym7 
Sep. 4, 2012 7:07 pm
Guess the garlic thing depends on the pet. My dogs do not have fleas and I attribute that to garlic. They do fine eating garlic. For health reasons, I also give them yogurt on top of their meat and rice that has tumeric and cayenne pepper in moderate amounts. I agree that dogs are not absolute carnivores. After centuries as pets for humans their dietary needs have changed. My dogs love bananas (very ripe), apples, and peaches.
 
granny19 
Sep. 25, 2012 6:58 am
We have a 6 yr old pit/boxer mix. I am concerned about the "raw" diet for dogs. Isn't this unsafe with the raw meat? I have made him chicken soup before with veggies, just not with raw beef/chicken. Someone please let me know that this is safe to feed dogs. I have always been leery of giving my animals raw meat. I have a receipe for dog biscuits made with whole wheat flour and cornmeal. He loves it and I give it to the neighbor dogs, it just does not last long without all the preservatives. any suggestions on the above comments would be appreciated.
 
theresa 
Sep. 25, 2012 1:36 pm
My 14 y/o Golden/Lab was just diagnosed with kidney disease/failure. She gets sub-Q fluids every other day and I have gone to making my own dogfood since she won't eat the kidney diet food prescribed by the vet. I'm doing the ground beef/rice/veggies and chicken/potato/veggies recipes. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We are pretty much to the point that we just want her to eat. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. She means the world to me and I want to do everything I can for her.
 
Oct. 14, 2012 12:13 pm
After much research AND discussion with my vet combined with personal experience, my conclusion is grains, especially corn and those containing gluten are NOT healthy for dogs. I have 4 dogs: 2 Siberians with sensitive stomachs, (1 extremely sensitive and 1 extremely picky)a lab/shepherd mix who is best at 90 lbs and a 40 lb "mutt"). Last winter, my lab mix gained an excessive amount of weight over the course of 3 short months with no change in diet or exercise; despite reducing her food intake (slightly to drastically), she continued to gain weight. She had also lost interest in most activities, slept most of the time and could barely keep up on short walks/runs. Most likely as a result of the weight gain, she also began to develop arthritis in her front legs. The short version of her recovery: I put her on a completely grain free diet, and subsequently put the remaining 3 on the same diet (as they would not leave her food alone, something that was not normal as she is the "pack" alph
 
jessica18511 
Nov. 21, 2012 10:49 am
granny19 - Raw food is fine for most dogs. They have a short digestive track so most bacterial things pass right through. The exception is pork and some fish. If you're nervous, start with red meat like beef or venison - it's generally lower in bacteria than poultry.
 
Kat 
Nov. 30, 2012 10:37 am
I have a wonderful English bulldog, commercial dog food made specifically for his breed almost took our sweet baby from us. He had developed kidney stones and the vet said we should either have him euthanized or risk expensive surgery to make him well again. I went on the Internet and did some research, and started making him home cooked food. Within weeks the stones were gone and he is the healthiest most lively dog I have ever seen! I will never buy commercially made dog food ever again!
 
angelakarina 
Jan. 2, 2013 8:21 am
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Dee 
Feb. 1, 2013 2:42 pm
Totally agree with Trudie. This is appalling and misinformed.
 
katylucy 
Mar. 8, 2013 1:03 pm
I agree with Trudie! Thank you for stating what should be the obvious! If we would all just think about what was eaten by animals before processed pet food our pets would be much healthier! Thanks, Trudie, you took the words right out of my mouth!
 
Adinadee 
Mar. 15, 2013 10:31 am
I am just starting my dogs on a "homemade" food diet. I have been giving them chicken, brown rice, eggs, sweet potato, and carrots. I'm not sure if they need anything else or of how much to give them. I have 3 American bulldogs and they range in age from 5 months to 2 years. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
AlexJ 
Apr. 13, 2013 12:45 pm
People don't know how important healthy food are. I have 12 years old Golden Terrier and I always prepare him homemade food. Do you know dogs can live 27 years! Please don't give them commercial food. There are healthy lots of homemade food recipes here, please prepare them healthy food.
 
I love Pet 
Jul. 19, 2013 6:36 am
Garlic is good for dogs. If you give daily twice also no problem for dogs. Rest of the items we should avoid in dogs food.
 
cookielady 
Sep. 14, 2013 3:49 pm
I have been seriously thinking about switching my dogs to homemade dog food.Upon switching should I mix homemade with the store bought until they get used it. Also does anyone know how much to feed them a day.I usually feed them twice a day. Once in the morning than in the evening. I have a 85 lb. and a 35 lb and a 15 lb dog. Does anyone have a recipe for cats food as well. I have 5 cats.Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
IslandGal 
Nov. 16, 2013 10:30 am
We live on a little island and dog food is horribly expensive for us. We have been giving our two Aussies the Kirkland brand food, but have struggled with severe skin allergies, chewing themselves raw, and an odor. The store does not carry Kirkland anymore, and I bought them Purina...biggest mistake ever. My Jazzy is 11years old and suffering like crazy. She's red, inflamed, can't stop itching, and acting funny! We went to the store and loaded up on goods to start the homemade food: beef and chicken parts (don't ask me, I'm a vegetarian and hubby had to pick the parts out), some brown rice and sweet potatoes, and will add flax seed and fish oil. We will give snacks of eggs, yogurt, and ham. They also have an incredible multi-vitamin for joints and such. Oh yes...soup bones wee added as well so they have bones to chew on. Based on what I've read, I should experience and incredible result in my Jazzy girl pretty soon, and am so excited to finally bring her relief. I will update
 
jrose 
Dec. 4, 2013 12:41 pm
Recently my husband got me a 3 month old German Shepherd. :-D He came to us eating Iams. I started looking at the packaging, noticed it was a lot of and he's a little thin so I started research on homemade dog food. I found "A Third" dog food recipe, simply 1 lb meat, 1 lb grain, 1 lb vegetables (any amount just equal portions). I also read that additional vitamin supplements are vital. Now I'm confused, if the food I make has plenty of the right vegetables, meat, and grains, isn't that balanced for him? I have not started making anything yet, still heavily researching. How do I know if I'm feeding him a balanced food or if vitamin supplements are necessary? Thank you for comments/answers/advice!
 
sarahJK 
Dec. 17, 2013 1:51 am
I always try to prepare my precious Sally homemade food, and she loves them. These recipes look perfect. Especially I like Homemade Flax Seed Dog Biscuits. I will absolutely make this one to my precious. I don't understand some people. We all know what should dogs eat, but people are so lazy to prepare something good for their dogs. I think it is very important to feed them healthy food. Thank you for these perfect recipes again.
 
organic1 
Jan. 26, 2014 9:19 am
I was excited to see this, but after reading the ingredients in most of these recipes, it seems like they are written by someone who doesn't know what they are doing. Some recipes here call for white bread, white rice, white potatoes which are all empty carbs as well as boullion which has very high sodium content, bad for your dog too. Many dogs have wheat allergies yet both dog biscuit recipes here call for whole wheat flour. That's a big tipoff that these recipes are not well researched. Cornmeal is another grain that should be avoided. Not all grains are bad for dogs. Oatmeal is fine as is barley and some others. Seriously people, do some research before publishing this . I've been cooking for my dog for 4 years with guidance from a holistic vet. Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats is also a great book for reference & recipes. Be wary of recipes like the ones in this allrecipes site that may sound good to folks who don't anything about pet nutrition, but
 
furbaby lover 
Mar. 21, 2014 10:50 am
I have just begun feeding my babies homemade food I have a mini doxie she is 8 and a King Charles spaniel she is 7. I cook brown rice in 1 pot. I cook sweat potatoes and carrots in another pot when they are done I remove them and then cook either ground chuck or ground turkey. I mix all this together and add turmeric, molasses, a little apple cider vinegar, virgin coconut oil and pumpkin. I have been adding a little of the dog food and lessen this daily and they now beg for their food. I keep it in a large container in the frig and heat it a little and mix it with the little portion of their dog food and they seem to feel better their eyes are clearer. My doxie will go in the kitchen and look at the microwave and cry til she is fed now and they have never been excited to eat. I got of the info from the web site Earth clinic for humans and pets.
 
kuroigirl68 
Apr. 27, 2014 7:51 pm
I live in southern CA and I have been feeding my three doggies (2 pits and a dachshund) homemade food since the boy was about 3 months old (he's 6 years old now). My first two ate regular old dog food until he came along. He had a terrible skin and coat reaction. The vet said it was common in pitties and could have something to do with what he was eating. I tried raw food. It helped but was extremely expensive. Then there was a problem with finding the raw food in my area for a while. My husband and were convinced that all the fillers in regular dog food were to blame. One night I was making tacos and I noticed my two younger doggies sniffing around the kitchen. I decided then and there to give them some of the ground turkey I was cooking. I found some brown rice in the fridge and I scrambled a few eggs as well. I could not believe how fast they ate it up. I was concerned about using this as their diet so I talked to my vet, she is awesome. She suggested that I add vegetabl
 
 
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