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Homemade Dog Food - Easy, Healthy and Inexpensive

Updated on October 16, 2011

I have been feeding this homemade dog food to my dog ever since I adopted her 2 years ago. It is easy, inexpensive and veterinarian approved!

1 Lb. Ground Chicken or Turkey


3 Chicken Leg Quarters

8 oz. of Fresh or Frozen Vegetables such as Peas, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Beans, or Spinach

2 cups Cooked Brown Rice

Giblets and Neck Reserved from a Whole Chicken (optional)

Brown ground poultry in a frying pan, drain off any fat. Or, roast chicken leg quarters in the oven at 375 degrees for one hour. Remove skin and discard. Remove all meat from the bone.

While poultry is cooking, boil vegetables in water along with giblets and neck until vegetables are tender and giblets are cooked. Drain and discard neck. Puree vegetables and gizzards in a food processor until smooth.

Combine cooked brown rice with poultry and vegetable puree. Use or freeze within three days. Feed the same quantity as you would feed canned food.

Additional tips:

  • If you have a small dog you may want to put the food in individual serving size containers and freeze. One half cup is a good amount for one meal for a 10-12 pound dog.
  • If you vary from the vegetables recommended in this recipe, please do your research first. Onions, garlic and avocados, to name a few, are poisonous to dogs.
  • Discarded broccoli stems are good for this recipe and contain additional vitamins.
  • Replace some of the vegetables with cooked apples for a change in taste and nutrition.
  • Add a drizzle of flax oil and a sprinkle of probiotic powder for added digestion and health benefits.
  • If this food is your dogs sole source of nutrition then you should supplement with a multi- vitamin.

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    • Sharon McConnell profile image

      Sharon McConnell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      kirsib, I recently published a new recipe that is modified from another recipe. The link is just under the "vote up" button. It uses and entire chicken including the skin. I thought you might like to try that one instead. Happy Doggy Cooking!

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      kirsib 6 years ago

      That sounds ok, I have large breed puppy and believe they would need the fat and even vitamins from the chicken skin too. We also have guinea pig so she gets the broccoli ends lol but I could see this mix being good way to supplement your dogs diet, actually those ingredients would make pretty decent meal for yourself too! I could also see using ground turkey for this, it is always cheap to buy.

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      Sharon McConnell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      My veterinarian recommended lean poultry so that is why I throw the skin away. I purchase chicken leg quarters or even whole chicken when it is on sale. I never pay more than 89 cents per pound. (sometimes as little as 69 cents per pound). Check the front page of your local circular for a good sale on chicken. I usually use broccoli stems from the broccoli I feed my family and carrots which are very cheap. I also buy generic rice. I agree, it could still be expensive if you are feeding a large dog or several dogs. I am feeding a 12 pound dog so it is very reasonable for me.

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      kirsib 6 years ago

      Sounds ok I'm wondering why throw skin away from the chicken? and in the prices today this is not even that cheap to make, maybe lot healthier than store cans though

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I make homemade food for our dogs every once in awhile. The ingredients I use are almost identical to what you are using. Good hub.