Why not make nutritious and healthy food at home for your dog starting with these amazing recipes.
Even the fussiest of eaters will love them and they are also easy to make.
Things to look for in a dog recipe
- Short Prep Time
- Low cost
What will you need?
- Kitchen knife
- Baking Tray
- Casserole Dish
- Freezer Bags
Benefits of a homemade pet food
- Gives your dog variety
- Improves digestive function
- Heathier ingredients
- More appetizing
- Puts a “smile” on their face
1. Beef Stew
- 500g beef
- ½ cup of green beans, diced
- ½ cup of carrots, diced
- 1 sweet potato
- ½ cup of flour
- ½ cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Dice sweet potato and microwave for 5 to 8 minute or until tender and set aside.
- Cut beef into small chucks.
- Add oil to a pan and cook beef over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until well done.
- Remove beef from pan. Over medium to low head slowly add flour and water to the pan and whisk to create a gravy.
- Add meat, diced vegetables, sweet potato into the gravy and stir.
- Cook for approximately 10 minutes until carrots are tender.
- Let cool and serve.
- Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze in portions.
2. Meat Patties
- 500g ground beef
- 1 ½ cups of brown rice
- 3 cups of water
- 8 eggs
- 2 potatoes
- 4 carrots, grated
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
- Preheat oven 210 degrees C
- Grease baking tray.
- Combine rice with water in a medium saucepan, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- When rice is cooked remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside.
- Combine potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef and eggs in a large bowl.
- Mix ingredients together using your hands.
- Add olive oil, rolled oats and rice then mix well.
- Divide and spoon mixture onto baking tray.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes
- Cool on rack
3. Dog Biscuits
- 2 cups whole meal flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 270g unsalted peanut butter
- 1 cup low fat milk
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
- Grease baking trays.
- Mix flour and baking powder together.
- In a separate medium bowl mix together peanut butter and milk.
- Stir in flour mixture until blended.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
- Roll out to a 1cm thickness and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Place 2cm apart on the baking trays
- Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Remove from tray and cool on wire rack.
4. Turkey, Rice and Vegetables
- 1 ½ cups brown rice
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1.3kgs ground turkey
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
- Cook rice according to packet instructions. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add turkey and cook until browned.
- Stir in spinach, zucchini, peas, carrots and rice until the spinach has wilted.
- Cool completely.
- Can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze in individual portions.
5. Meat Loaf
- 500g turkey mince
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- ¾ cup ground flaxseed
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups of mixed frozen vegetables – thawed
- Preheat oven 180 degrees C
- Thaw frozen vegetables.
- Cook rolled oats as per packet instructions.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Spoon mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Cool and slice to serve
6. Chicken Casserole
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup mixed frozen peas and carrots
- 1 stalk of celery – diced
- 1 large potato
- 3 tbsp. chicken broth – unsalted
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees C
- Cut chicken into small pieces. In a medium saucepan add chicken and enough water to cover the chicken. Bring to the boil and let simmer for 30 minutes with lid on.
- Cook rice as per package instructions. Set aside.
- Place cut and peeled potato into a saucepan and cook until soft.
- In a large bowl add all the cooked ingredients together with thawed vegetables, celery and chicken broth.
- Pour mixture into a casserole dish and cook in oven without a lid for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve when cool.
7. Pumpkin & Oat Treats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cut of peanut butter
- ¼ cup water
- 2 ½ cups of rolled oats
- In a large bowl add pumpkin, peanut butter, rolled oats and water. Stir to combine.
- Form 2 cm balls from the mixture and roll each ball through some additional oats.
- Put treats onto a lined baking tray and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour until firm.
Will I need to add supplements?
Whilst these recipes are healthy, some attention is required to make sure your dog is getting everything they need for a well-balanced diet.
Your vet can advise what supplements are best for your individual dog’s optimal health.
What are the 6 basic nutrient requirements for dogs?
These nutrients are essential requirements for your dog’s regular diet to keep him healthy.
The basic building blocks that are necessary for your dog’s growth are Proteins. Proteins are essentially for cells, organs, enzymes, hormones, tissues and antibodies.
Proteins can be gained from many sources including
- Eggs (do not give your dog raw eggs)
Fats are required as a form of energy that give your dog more than twice as much energy as proteins and carbohydrates.
- Fish Oils
- Pork Fat
- Chicken Fat
- Vegetable Oils
Carbohydrates also provide energy; they are important for reproduction and intestinal health. Some examples of where carbohydrates can be found in
Minerals & Vitamins
Minerals and vitamins are the other essentials in a healthy diet. Many vitamins and minerals can be found in vegetables, whole meats and oils in the diet.
What are the nutritional needs of dogs?
As a general guideline the percentage of nutrients a dog needs to be healthy are
- 26% Proteins
- 36% Carbohydrates
- 38% Fats
What foods are safe for dogs?
Human foods that are safe for dogs include
- Unsalted Peanut Butter
- Green Beans
Which foods can harm dogs?
Here is a list of some of the foods that can be harmful for your dog
- Grapes and Raisins
- Raw Eggs
How do I know if I am feeding my dog a balanced diet?
The best way to know if you are giving your dog a balanced diet is to work with your veterinarian to determine what the right food choices are for your pet.
Is it more cost effective to make your own dog food?
One of the most important factors besides your love and attention in your dog’s life is food.
It is necessary to give your dog the best quality food you can afford. Good quality store bought dog food can be expensive. For home cooked dog food, the cost will largely depend on the ingredients you use.
Generally homemade food is less expensive than expensive store-bought dog food. Buying meat when it’s on sale and buying vegetables that are in season will also save you money.