There is so much to research out there on how to make a balanced homemade meal for your dog. So much so that it made me question my sanity for even considering it.
We all live busy lives and we all try to stay financially fit while living them. So you may be asking yourself how much would a homemade diet cost? How long will it take to make? I’ll tell you this, if you consider how much time and money you spend searching and buying good quality kibble, the homemade diet is cheaper and by far the most nutritious for your pup.
If you delve into the depths of nutrition it can be extemely complex, for humans and animals alike. There will be sites that contradict eachother as one says yes and ones say no about the same exact product. It can be confusing and scary choosing who to actually trust with the information you are seeking. However, I have yet to read about how a properly cooked homemade dog food can be negative to any animal when you follow the proper vitamin additions.
I have created this site to simplify things for you. But, before you read further, I do what to stress that I am not a nutritionist. I am not a professional chef or a veterinarian, but rather a basic mom to two miniature dachhunds who just got tired of spending money on dog food. Dog food that contained mysterious ingredients and doing everthing short of a jig and a dance to get them to eat it or actually enjoy it.
My site has free healthy homemade dog food recipes. It provides the recipes I personally use and rotate among my two pups. They are balanced homemade dog food meals that I am sure your dogs will never turn their noses to.
There are different types of food you will need to add to each recipe to make it a balanced meal. I have listed these items here to help understand them.
Beef, chicken, turkey and muscle meats are the most common proteins you will be adding to your recipes. I use a ratio of approximately 2/3 of meats in my homemade recipes. Dogs are carnivores by nature and need more protein than humans therefore you want to have protein as the main source of their diet.
Protein can also come in other non-meat varities such as eggs, cottage cheese and beans.
These are typically liver, spleen, and if you can find them, kidneys. They are added in with the protein ratio but carry other purposes besides a protein as they provide B vitamins and minerals as well. My dogs will basically eat any organ I feed them so, the nastier the better. These are also inexpensive ingredients to add to their meals.
Muscle Meat 5%
These are beef heart, chicken gizzards, tongue, lung and green tripe. They are also inexpensive ingredients to add to their meals.
These are fed raw and pureed. Green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes are my favorite vegetables to add as well as spinach. However, if you have a dog that is prone to bladder stones it is advisable to add spinach in moderation.
As far as fruits, my pups love blueberries and apples. Blueberries are a great form of antioxidants and apples are a great source of fiber.
Carbs/Grains (minimal, if any)
Grains can be added to your recipe as an inexpensive “bulk” item. The most common grains are brown rice, rolled oats and quinoa which you may already have in your home making it quite convenient. These “complex” carbohydrates provide energy and support gastrointestinal function.
Calcium is completely necessary unless your are feeding your dogs raw bones. Since dogs require high levels of calicum it is imperative that you do not skip this addition. The easiest and cheapest way to add calcium to their diet is raw chicken necks. Just feed one a day and their calcium needs are met. Their nutritional value far exceed any supplement on the market today. You can also grind up eggshells and throw it in their mix or buy Animal Essentials Seaweed Calcium which you can easily buy from www.chewy.com or Amazon.com. It is a natural calcified seaweed product made from Kelp. Regular bone meal can be overly processed and contain heavy metals.
In addition, the Nuvet vitamin I give them each morning as well as the Nupro supplement I add to my recipes, provide additional calcium as well.
Can’t find any raw chicken necks around you? Try https://www.rawpawspetfood.com/chicken-neck-for-dogs-p/rpcn-0004.htm
Don’t want raw, try freeze dried instead. Get them from Chewy!
Dogs require essential fatty acids in their diet, mainly Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. These fatty acids are used first before their bodies tap into any carbohydrates and protein to sustain energy. Since their bodies do not produce Omega 3 fatty acids we must add them to provide a balanced homemade dog food diet. I use hemp seed oil as it contains both Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s as well as aiding with any inflamation and joint pain.
I use Nupro and Hemp & Hips Joint Support which are both all natural supplements. Visit my supplements page to find out where to purchase.
Homemade dog food is the way to go if you want full control over what your pet is eating. They will be getting all the nutrition they need from natural foods. Foods that we eat ourselves and foods that are easily available. On this site I have added, and will continue to add, all the recipes and supplements I personally use for my two dogs. You will be getting true reviews of all the products I provide on this site because I either currently use them, or have used, providing living proof that all these items and recipes are balanced nutritious meals to give your dogs.
Most of my recipes are homemade doog food recipes for small dogs. The measurements of my recipes are made for a months worth of homemade food for my two dogs weighing 9 pds. and 15 pds (each eating 5oz. daily). You will want to buy a food scale to make sure your measurements are exact. I use the one below. Obviously if you have larger dogs you will just need to double the ingredients or cook twice a month as opposed to once a month like I do. I cook an entire months worth (approx. 31 days) of food for my two dogs and I always cook two meals at a time. That way they eat a variety of different foods, each having their own nutritional benefits AND they are not eating the same thing everyday for a month straight.
Good luck and should you have any questions I will do my best to assist!