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Most Tasty Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Updated on September 10, 2014

Tasty Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Firstly a warm welcome to Homemade Dog Food Recipes and I hope that you will find the information on the Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes here helpful!

There are more and more concerns being expressed by dog owners about commercial dog food. What exactly does it contain?In the same way that we have become increasingly concerned about what is in the processed foods that we eat so dog owners are now becoming equally concerned!

It is with that in mind that Homemade Dog Food Recipes has been created.

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Why Homemade Dog Food Recipes?

Why has there been sucn an increase in interest in Homemade Dog Food and Homemade Dog Food Recipes you may be asking!

With the unfortunate increase in pet food recalls, dog owners throw their hands in the air wondering what exactly they can feed their dogs that's actually safe and won't be recalled the day after purchase.

We've since learned that one manufacturer used wheat gluten in their food, which caused most of the problems the first time. People started reading the labels of the food in hopes to find a safer product to give to their pets.

Unfortunately, this was proven to be a waste of time, since another manufacturer reportedly used a rice concentrate in one company's dog food, but didn't put the ingredient on the food label of the package.

Dog owners are now frustrated from all of these recalls and a new fear sets in - what food is actually safe? Because of this fear, many dog owners are now feeding their pets homemade human food.

It may sound like an easy solution to the problem, but it's not really the best option. Human food can make a dog or any other pet sick. Their digestive systems aren't built for it, so introducing human food can cause just as many problems as the recalled pet food if you're not careful.

Creating Homemade Dog Food

If you decide to make your own food for your dog then make sure you're giving healthy organic food. There should be nothing with artificial ingredients or any chemically sprayed food. Otherwise the reality is that there would be little different about your Homemade Dog Food

Organic will be the best way to go if you want to make your own food for your dog. If making your own food for your dog doesn't really appeal to you, then look for dog foods that have the least amount of grains.

Although there really isn't any evidence that grains will cause all of these problems, it seems to make sense, since grains have been used as fillers for the pet food in the last few years.

Some experts offer some tips of what to look for on the ingredients label of your dog food. They state that the first three ingredients of the label should be some kind of protein - such as beef, chicken, fish or turkey.

It's important that the dog food have a good amount of protein. These experts also state that you should never buy any dog food product that doesn't have the company name, phone number or web address clearly listed on the package.

So You've Decided To Make Your Own Dog Food

There are a lot of dog food brands out there, and deciding what is the best dog food can be difficult, especially if you aren't really aware of what is in them. With the news of dogs dying due to the effects of toxic ingredients found in some dog food brands, the option to make your own dog food is the best thing you can do to ensure a long life for your dog.

Learning the basics of how to make your own dog food is all that it really takes. For starters, it will be best to check with your veterinarian about your decision to switch your dog's diet to a home made chow. He can give you tips on what is the best dog food diet or on how to go about it. He can guide you as well to come up with a diet plan that will suit your dog's health condition - if any.

Typically, you'll know that it is time to get your dog on a new diet when you notice certain changes in him, like: he doesn't want to eat his food, he has large and smelly poop, sheds excessively, has a smelly coat or has ear and skin infections quite frequently.

These are signs that he is not getting enough vitamins and minerals from his current diet, so you may need to be in charge of his food and provide him with a diet that provides solutions to these problems and brings him back into the pink of health.

When you make your own dog food always keep this in mind: a dog's diet is composed of 50% meat or protein, 30% carbohydrates and 20% vegetables. Always maintain a balanced diet for your dog so that you are sure that he is getting enough of what he needs. A deficiency on nutrients is bad, but so is over consumption of them.

There are some foods that, even if they taste good to us, will be harmful if fed to our dogs. Make sure that the recipes for healthy dog food that you picked out for your dog are free from chocolates, avocado, raisins, grapes, raw garlic, onions and nutmeg. These ingredients are toxic for them. Onions, for example, are said to cause anemia in dogs.

Like I've said, make sure that 50% of what is in your recipes for healthy dog food is protein. Meat has always been a dog's staple food. Dog's were designed to be carnivores - their teeth are meant for tearing meat from their prey, and their stomachs are suited for digesting protein. Make sure that you are giving your dogs quality meat - organ meats like liver, kidneys, as well as eggs shells are especially good for your dogs.

Try to feed your dogs with natural meals as much as possible so that you can be sure that he is getting all the nutrients, which can be killed when the ingredients are cooked, especially if microwaved. Stay away from additives that could be harmful for your dogs in the long run. Though baked treats are nice, uncooked and healthy treats can be your best option.

Staring to make your own dog food can be tricky at first, but in the long run, you will be so thrilled with the effects you see in your dog that you will surely love being his personal chef. Not only can you save money making your own dog food, but you are also keeping your pet healthy and strengthening your bond with your pet as well.

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      greatgifts4u 5 years ago

      I have the book you're promoting and it has some great information! For anyone who's interested, it's well worth buying!

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      dumpstergourmet 5 years ago

      You mentioned egg shells...never would have thought of that. I imagine that the key to that would be either including them as a powdered form in home-made biscuits or crushed and mixed into the home-made food, correct? Thanks for the lens, lots of good information and considerations to make.

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      Corrinna Johnson 5 years ago from BC, Canada

      I make my own dog food for my little Chihuahua and buy homemade treats from local indie shops. Great lens

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We recently switched our brand of dog foods, but I'm still not satisfied. I have been seriously thinking of making some homemade dog food for our pet. Now may be the time. :)

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Great ideas for homemade dog food recipes. I don't have to much free time but I should try these recipes, they look great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Pets deserve special attention, too.

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      thegrowlinggour 5 years ago

      I not only make my girl dog food, but I bake special treats too! Squid-Like!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've done it both ways. Thanks.

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      audithedestroyer 5 years ago

      I make homemade dog food as well. I alternate their diet of dry kibble with homemade dog food to give them proper nutrition.

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      Very useful lens, thanks for sharing!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Super suggestions for feeding your dog some healthy food ~~Blessed by a dog loving Angel~~

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      PuppyPadLady 5 years ago

      Yummy! THANKS FOR SHARING

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      cybernunchuck-mic 5 years ago

      My dogs have a time schedule for when they eat, you can set your watch on them, at exactly 5 pm they come begging for the home made stuff even if they have pellets to munch on. So I guess they like it more :-/

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      solutions4u 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I only feed my dogs raw, or home cooked, food. No commercial garbage.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome info! Nothing like knowing what actually is going into your dog's food. :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      nice lens! My dog thanks YOU!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      My dogs thank you!!

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @marigoldina: That's one of the lenses on ThatCharlieCat's list to create so watch for that coming shortly! :-)

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      After seeing what my cat eats, I am pretty sure she needs a homemade diet as well. Have any ideas for cats? ;-)

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I lived with a Golden Retriever that ate a mostly raw homemade diet that included ground meats, yogurt, blueberries, cabbage, broccoli and yams. I firmly believe it added so much for her overall health (and she had the best breath too!)

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      Back in 2007 I lost my dog Trinity because of toxic dog food. I had kept up with all of the recalled brands, but by the time our brand made the list, it was too late. Homemade dog food is an excellent idea to control just what your dog eats.

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      ikehook lm 5 years ago

      I'll have to try this, i'm sure it'll be alot better for my German Shepherd than the store junk

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great information here! Great links!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll feature this on my Cookbooks for a Pampered Pooch. All the pet food recalls does make one worry.

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      stylishimo1 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, I think the commercial dog food is making my little dog hyperactive, so I will be trying some different recipies to see if that helps her.

      I used to make my german shepherd a dinner with rice, tinned tuna, peas, and mince meat, he used to love it.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Although there are some good commercial brands available, many of them are garbage. It is far better to use homemade recipes. Good information here.

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      Awesome lens thank you for sharing.Had dogs my whole life and know that commercial dogfood is bad like the 4 D'S and the rest of the crap they put in there.I will buy blue buffalo and natural choice and mix that in with 3-4 homemade meals a week.My yellow lab is 17 weeks old 151 lbs of raw muscle favorite meal is chicken rice carots potatoes and corn.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      We've been cooking for our English Bulldog for over 3 years now and he's doing fantastic. Our vet is really impressed. His weight is perfect (we measure all his food), his coat is beautiful and for anyone familiar with bulldogs...after changing to real food instead of dog food, his allergies improved greatly, no skin problems and he hardly snores at all. It definitely works for us.

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      Jessi 5 years ago from United States

      great lens! i definitely want to try these recipes someday!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      My Tidbit says this is the best dog food recipe lens! We appreciate your concern for the dogs. This lens is now a featured selection on the Queen *itch lens and we give you our blessings and a bit o' sunshine, too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your homemade dog food recipes guide is so wonderful .. Paul :) So happy to read all your beautiful info here. Have wonderful times.. always :D

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      pushmountainroad 5 years ago

      We have making our own dog food for 6 years now. I think he eats better than us. Nice lens. Very informative. Will like it.

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      I have made my own dog food for years and my dogs are very healthy!

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      Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

      These homemade dog food recipes are great to make healthy treats and food for my dog. Great recipes for dog food!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Nothing beats some homemade dog food for your pets! Great lens, good recipes.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      When we had dogs, I loved cooking them brown rice, vegetables and a little bit of canned salmon mixed in. I even baked this mixture into hard cookies for them. They were always so appreciative for a home cooked meal :) Don't have a dog anymore, but I do feed my pet rat homemade food, he loves it too.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This is so good that I am going to come back and read it again. Thank you. Blessed by this angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love my dog - she eats EVERYTHING - including expensive cars! I would like to create some food that was actually good for her!

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      Iamsteven LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, i love my dog. I also created a lens on dog food recently

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      Msqdoo 6 years ago

      Thank you for these useful tips.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Wow the tips as to what to not give dogs surprise me. I would have added things like garlic and onions to enhance the taste, assuming that if they are good for us, they are good for the dog too. Excellent advice, probably not the best lens for me to be reading when I am hungry though... Nicely done, blessed.

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      food monkey 6 years ago

      interesting..nice lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed your lens tonight.

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      jeffn516 6 years ago

      I just started doing research on cooking for my dog. Thanks for the resources. Are there any breed specific issues I should watch out for with particular types of food?

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      How wonderful! Angel, my puppy, will love these! Adding this to her lens about "pupcakes'. :)

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      These looked really good.

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      TheGoodSource101 7 years ago

      Just like anything Commercial on a Large Scale becomes Cheaper (price) and Cheaper(quality). Like with humans we should really watch the protein(meat) sources we consume. Chickens are the Big one to watch and if your putting that same chicken in your dog food then both of you are in the same boat.

      Great Lens!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @jdwheeler: Thank you that's very kind of you and much appreciated :-)

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @jdwheeler: Thank you that's very kind of you and much appreciated :-)

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      jdwheeler 7 years ago

      I have never thought about this before. Thanks for the heads up on commercial dog food.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @JackieLanier: Thanks Jackie that's very kind of you and your book Jackie's Doggie Treat's looks great!

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      JackieLanier 7 years ago

      I am 100% all for the homemade pet food! I have a short hair chihuahua who is my pride and joy, homemade pet food is the best and i do a combo of raw and cooked. I even put out my very own super Doggie Treat Cookbook called Jackie's Doggie Treat's that's on Amazon. Just trying to keep my little doggie healthy. Great job on your page too! Have a super doggie day!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @WhiteOak50: Thank you so much for your kind comments and for sharing your experience - glad to hear that your little yorkie is on the mend after changing diet

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I really like the concept of this lens. Here very recently, my little yorkie got extremely sick from a dog food. I immediately went online to see what vegetables are good for dogs, and have been making his food since. (Which by the way he loves, has more energy, feels better and now acts like a pup again although he is 11 human years old.) Thank you for providing this lens to others who may be wondering about the harm in regular dog food. "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      [in reply to ArtByLinda] Thank you Linda that is really kind of you and much appreciated - especially thanks for sharing your own experience which I know others will appreciate

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Really good information on healthy nutrition for your dog. I have found that making the right choice in do food makes a huge difference in the health of my dog. I think it would be hard to get the right combo in making your own dog food. I have a little pom and when we have actually given him meat before it has upset his digestion. Lots of great info here! Great lens

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      jasren 8 years ago

      Great Lens - Just like me, we all love our dogs and many of us think of them as our kids. Therefore, we want the very best for them to ensure that they have a long, healthy, happy life.

      Much attention is being made right now over the benefits of having a natural diet, free of artificial ingredients and preservatives. Its evident that studies have shown that homemade dog food has many benefits when fed to your dog.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Idea for a Lens, Paul! Pets are important! I trying to learn more about dogs and dogfood. I have two "GrandPups"! Help Me! Lol! Cheers:)

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      RedRoseBoutique 8 years ago

      Great Lens! So much information. We have a Alaskan hushy we cook for, he is very picky. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed this lens and lensrolling to Doggie Birthday Party.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      We use homemade foods for our dog, ever since. 5* for you!

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      pkmcr 9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thanks for the kind comments and I hope that readers are finding the information useful

      Take care

      Paul

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Scraps from our own food is a great homemade dog food, in other words, whatever is left over. We do that and buy dog food. My mother in law cooks food for her dog though. Great lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Super informative lens...excellent job. I think that most dog owners worry about what goes into commercial dog food. Best to you!

      Thom

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      WorldTravelers916 9 years ago

      Great recipes my dog is so spoiled, he knows it too!

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      KevinRiley 9 years ago

      Good one Paul. I'm a big natural food advocate, so glad to see dogs getting theirs too. 5 shiny ones.

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      alslad 9 years ago

      Thanks for adding another informative lens to the Gone to The Dogs group. Just to add to the debate here.. A company in my hometown (Leeds) made a documentary and part of it was that they boiled up an old boot, added woodshavings for fibre and a few vitamins, then passed it for analysis to the body that approves pet food. Guess what - it was certified as nutritionally complete for dogs!

      Darren

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      Teddi14 LM 9 years ago

      I found you. I am lensrolling this to my Westie lens. Will you stop by and rate some of my lenses?

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      Jolie_makes_homemade_dog_food 9 years ago

      This is absolutely true!

      Pet food recalls are the new scare tactics. Homemade dog food is the best way we can protect our beloved pets from harm. It is the only safe dog food today.

      Thanks for the info! Great lens!

      Jolie

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      professionale 10 years ago

      Awesome. I have also made a lens on almost the same exact thing, but I did it differently. I think you may be interested in some of the information I added. You can check it out here: Dog Food Secrets Review.I hope you like it, lemme know

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      This lens is super, 5 stars of great information.

      Best wishes,

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      PatrickNZ 10 years ago

      Hey I like your lens on dogs check out my lens -> Dog behavior training

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      Guinness LM 10 years ago

      5 stars again! You're making me hungry! Even the best dog health food recipes can use a supplement boost, so this vet teaches what to add for optimal health feeding and treating your dog at home- Dog Health Care - Dog Diets - Home Pet Health Care