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Homemade Healthy Dog Food

Updated on October 23, 2014

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Healthy Dog Food For Healthy Dogs

You can have a healthier dog when you feed him homemade dog food. Following is a recipe for healthy homemade dog food and you can save money on this high quality food when you make your own.

When my dog had skin problems, we looked first at his food. The vet pointed out that commercial dog food is full of fillers that can't even be digested. Corn is one of the major fillers. I was left shaking my head over that tidbit.

Why in god's name would they put undigestibles in my dog's food? I had to find a better way and started to research. There were a few recipes out there. Chicken was another problem because of the chemicals it contains, so free range chicken only. The vet liked brown rice, healthy meat, and orange vegetables, like yams and carrots.

Ok then.

Food For Dogs!

Lamb And Brown Rice Dog Food

Read the ingredients!

My Dog, Jackson Blue

Jackson Blue
Jackson Blue | Source

No Chicken & No Corn

If dogs cannot digest this stuff, don't put it in the food!

When I first started reading the ingredients in dog food, I was horrified, undigestible filler was the main ingredient. There was very little actual food involved. Dogs are not garbage processors. Some dogs it works for, and some dogs get sick.

So I started looking for ways to make my dog some healthy food.

This is Jackson playing with his best buddy, Pepe.

My dog guards the kitchen throughout the whole home-cooked dog food process.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hours 45 min
Ready in: 4 hours


  • 3 lbs hamburger
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 6 - 8 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 - 2 cups beans
  • 1 cup spinach


  1. Heat large pan on stove or use slow cooker. Add raw hamburger, 2 cups brown rice, 6 cups water, carrots, and beans to pan or cooker. Mix well. Cook about 4 hours on low heat. Let sit for an hour or two, then stir in raw green vegetables.
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Swapping Out The Ingredients

Ground pork, venison,or bison can be exchanged for the ground beef.

Brown rice is healthiest, but in a pinch, white rice, or oatmeal can be added.

Sweet potatoes or yams can replace the carrots.

Broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower can replace the spinach.

Jackson loves this food. He guards it in the slow cooker, then rolls on the floor in ecstacy after he eats. This makes me feel like one hell of a cook!

Dogs For Food!

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My vet advised me to buy dry dog food made of healthy ingredients, such as lamb and rice, sweet potato and fish, or sweet potato and venison. He advised me to read the ingredients in commercial dog food.

© 2012 Linda Hahn

What Is Your Dog's Favorite Food?

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    • csk305 profile image


      5 years ago

      I must try your basic recipe for my little dog Bailey. Thank you!

    • karMALZEKE profile image


      5 years ago

      My dogs are crazy for fresh pet meat logs. They have pretty much the same ingredients as your recipe. I think I will give the recipe a try. Thank you

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      5 years ago

      Dogs' overall health will improve as they consume this food because the food contains a good source of vitamins and minerals.

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      5 years ago

      Also, another great source for buying healthy dog food:

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      5 years ago

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    • theinformationguy profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens ! You really have to read the bag when buying dog food ! There is just way too much garbage out there and you really have to read and be selective when choosing dog food for your dogs! Making it for them at home is a great idea ! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful, good for you! We make our own cat food. Seems the word is really getting round about how bad commercial pet food is!

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      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      That does sound good, and a lot healthier than most dog foods I am familiar with. Very interesting lens. I love the graphics you have on your lenses.


    • Monroviastylist profile image


      6 years ago

      Paris loves "sweet potato popsicles"! They are baked potatoes, that are cut up and then frozen. Thank you for the great information!!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      She loves boiled chicken thighs. I clean the bones off really well and shred the meat for her. Mixing some shredded chicken meat into her dry food is something she really enjoys.

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      7 years ago

      These are great recipes because I think the regular dog food brands are making our pets sick. Thanks for the great selection.


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