HOMEMADE DOG FOOD FOR YOUR PUPPY
HOMEMADE DOG FOOD FOR YOUR PUPPY
Feeding your little puppy with homemade dog food gives you control over the quality of the ingredients your puppy eats and also provides a sound basis for optimum growth and development of your dog.
Homemade dog food is tasty and delicious from your puppy’s point of view!
Such home-made dog food recipes will give your puppy the nutrition they need, without anything they don’t have already. Plus, your puppy would think they’re eating human food — that’s going to make them feel more than special.
Here are 12 special homemade dog food recipes for your puppy
1. Goat milk
Goat’s milk is known as the common homemade dog food for your puppies, and because of the small size of its molecules, is the most digestible milk available. If your dog/puppy has problems with bovine dairy, goat’s milk is another alternative that appears to be more hypoallergenic than cow’s milk and is better tolerated.
Since raw goat’s milk has probiotics that occur naturally, it has all the benefits that probiotics provide in a very simple to absorb form. Give goat’s milk a try if your dog has digestive problems! Goat’s milk is also another great way to hydrate your pet!
2. Raw Eggs
For many years we have been conditioned to fear of giving raw eggs to our puppy, but did you know that eggs are almost a complete source of nutrition for your dog when eaten with their shells? Eggs are a big source of selenium, iron, vitamin A, riboflavin, fatty acids, vitamin B12, and folate.
While eggs can’t be used as the main source of nutrition for your dog, most dogs consume them fine several times a week. And remember to feed them raw if you destroy as much of the nutrients of the egg as cooking can.
For some excuse, if you can’t feed your dog’s bone, drying, and grinding, eggshells in a coffee grinder are great homemade dog food for your puppy to acquire essential minerals such as calcium in a homemade diet. If you do so, be sure to buy an organic farmer’s eggs. Large commercial companies use a chemical to spray eggshells and make them shiny to entice us to buy them at the supermarket. You don’t want the dog to ingest toxins like that.
3. The Healing Mash
The Healing Mash is one of the best homemade dog food for your puppy that turns up their nose at canned pumpkin or yogurt, this is a good basic mash. Make sure that the chicken is plain, and just boil it. The added water makes eating this easy and has the bonus of getting some much-needed fluid into the system of your pup. With a number of my fosters and my dogs as well I used this to great success.
Ingredients used to prepare the Healing Mash
- Boiled and shredded chicken
- white rice and 1/2 cup of warm water.
4. Scooby’s Stew
These colder nights have us dreaming of soups and stews which lead us directly to this Yummy doggie style stew. The stew story begins the way a lot of homemade dog food recipes do, the pup of Yummy creator Michelle got sick and she had to be creative with her meal-making to get her stomach right.
The bug may have gone away, but the kitchen bug remained, and now their puppy is often getting homemade dog meals, whether they need it or not! Michelle decided she wanted to create something that she could whip up once a week and serve all week and settled on a stew that only requires around 15 minutes of preparation and then about 5 to 8 hours in a slow cooker.
The puppies can stalk the crockpot and leave piles of drool on the floor in front of it as it finishes cooking. To keep you from falling into a giant puddle I suggest a strategically placed washable rug to fix this situation.”
The stew is named after the sweet puppy she originally made it for, Scooby, who lost his battle with cancer over a year ago. We’re so glad he’s forever immortalized with this delicious stew, sharing some of his favorite ingredients with puppies far and wide!
Ingredients used to prepare Scooby’s stew
- 1 and a half cups of brown rice.
- 2 shredded carrots.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 shredded zucchini,
- 3 pounds of grounded turkey
- 1/2 cup of peas, canned or frozen
- 3 cups of chopped baby spinach,
5. Beef & Veggie Crockpot Creation
We love the creations of Damn Delicious and Chungah, as two of their recipes made our list! This crockpot version of her previous recipe includes veggies in the slow cooker which hold up a bit better. We love using beef, a protein which we saw used less frequently in other online recipes. She advises you can easily replace the vegetables in this recipe with anything your dog likes (just be sure it is something you know they can have!)
ingredients used to prepare Beef & Veggie Crockpot Creation
- 2 and a half pounds of ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
- A cups brown rice
- chopped carrots.
- 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned
6. Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooker
We had a lot of luck with excellent dog food recipes found on sites not specifically catered to dogs. This gem is courtesy of lifestyle blog Life in Pearls and Sports Bras (cute!), run by a PA and lover of DIY and health and fitness tips who goes by A. A provides another chicken and veggie slow cooker recipe, it’s true, but this time – with apples! Yep, you read that right.
When A’s pup Ayla started having issues with diarrhea, she switched her to a high-grade mix of wet and dry food that was breaking the bank and not always appealing to her pooch anyhow. After consulting her dog’s vet, she came up with this recipe, Ayla licked her bowl clean and neither has looked back! She also has a few alternative recipes on her blog if you like this one and are looking to spice it up. We love the inclusion of fruit here, which we didn’t see much in the recipes we found elsewhere.
INGREDIENTS to prepare Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooker
- 2 and a half to 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts
- 2 frozen peas
- 1 cube of sweet potato,
- 1 large or 2 medium apples, cored and cubed (no seeds!!)
- 2 sliced carrots,
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cans of frozen green beans
- 2 tbsp olive oil
We loved to find recipes that looked close to actual human meals or presented in a fun and interesting way. Sumika, the writer behind Mrs. Pacman’s blog, created this recipe while seeking a way to please her then 11-year-old pup Maru, who had grown tired of her usual dry food diet. At first, she tried to move her to a wet food diet, but Maru had difficulty cleaning up her mushy wet food, which is where the idea for meatballs originally began.
After that first meal, Maru and Sumika knew they’d found just the right solution! Beyond the meatball styling, this recipe is great for its use of pumpkin (a stool softener, important for any seniors) and oat bran (fiber, which helps with a healthy digestive system).
INGREDIENTS used to prepare meatballs:
- 10 lbs ground beef (lean)
- 3 slices of bread, cubed small
- 2 cups of oat bran
- 4 eggs
- 3 cans of pumpkin puree
- Some salt
- 4 carrots, boiled/steamed and mashed
- Leaves of 4 kale stalk chopped finely
8. Raw Food Cakes
We fell head over heels for an artist’s blog named Maureen, named Water Earth Wind Fire, in Montana. She hosts recipes, DIY projects, poems, photographs, and more here! Contained in all that goodness is a perfect recipe for raw dog food. Why do we think that’s magic? Okay, Maureen developed her big breed dog Sam’s recipe, and the flat-coated retriever lived to be 20 years old! Pretty impressive, and possibly due in large part to his healthy diet.
Upon learning what Sam liked to eat and doing a bit of her work, she created the diet with her holistic vet friend. The food cakes she came up with were a success, and now she feeds her new canine companion, Charlie, on the same diet. A bit more labor-intensive than some of the other recipes, but for every dog, chock positively full of excellent ingredients and a true dream meal. We are pleased to have found a raw recipe to share and are grateful to Sam for their inspiration!
INGREDIENTS used to prepare raw food cakes:
- 2 cups of rice (brown or white).
- Other fruit: peaches, pears, plums are all okay for dogs and nutritious.
- 4 cups unsalted, no-onion chicken broth
- 1 can green bean (sometimes more.)
- 2 large yams, steamed or baked (I use the microwave to make it quickly)
- 1# snap peas, or whatever peas in the pod you have around
- 2 cups of pumpkin puree (in season)
- 1# snap peas, or whatever peas in the pod you have around
- 1 large bunch of parsley
- 12 eggshells or more (baked to dry, grind in small “coffee grinder”)
- 8 large carrots
- 9 eggs, poached lightly then cooled
- 1/4 head cabbage (optional — warning: ground-up cabbage has a strong smell!)
- A can of peanut butter.
- broccoli head
- 2/3 cup nutritional yeast (lots of vitamins) or 1/3 cup dog multiple vitamin powder
- 6 celery stalks
- 1 cup flax meal.
- A large zucchini and/or yellow summer squash.
- Raw pumpkin seeds or raw almonds (1 cup).
- 4 large apples.
- 2 cups rolled oats, optional (1/2 ground in the food processor, 1/2 whole)
- 1 # cranberries (in season, sometimes more)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 # blueberries.
- 1/2 cup rose hips, dried and ground in a coffee grinder
9. Crunchy Kibble
The Knot and The Bump’s makers have created The Nest, a blog that helps new couples navigate their new life and it’s full of content about home, food, and relationships. That, luckily for us, applies recettes such as this delicious crunchy kibble recipe to dog food. This recipe is perfect for the pup, who loves their standard dry food just that way and for whom you would just like to fancy the old standby. You can also apply herbs and spices to your dog’s kibble, as long as they are not considered harmful to your dog (such as garlic or onions).
This is a perfect first recipe to try if you’d like to dip your toe into making at home meals but don’t want to go too over the top and would rather ramp up to the meats and veggies seen throughout the rest of the recipes featured here.
INGREDIENTS used to prepare crunchy kibble:
- 6 cups of flour — white, whole wheat or oat
- 3 large eggs or four medium eggs
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1/3 cup of baking oil
- Mixing bowls
- 2 and a half cups of milk, broth or water.
10. Woof Loaf
This recipe is from the popular lifestyle site Popsugar. Just take a look at the photos of this woof loaf approved by doggie and see why we fell in love-divine! Not that you need to think about the presentation very much, after all, it is to eat not photograph. Loaves are a perfect way to make it convenient to store a large quantity of food for the week, and turkey and vegetables with eggs and oats are a great mix for most canine friends.
INGREDIENTS used to prepare woof loaf:
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup peas
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
11. Mini Omelettes
Calling all breakfast for dinner lovers! Pawsh Magazine is a philosophy site about celebrating a life lived well with dogs. For four years it produced 10 stunning volumes in a traditional magazine format and 2014 Pawsh changed its format to serve as a beautiful blog catering to the same top-notch dog-loving content in a more convenient digital package for readers.
Pawsh today is a lively blog that’s read all over the world. They gush around daily with dogs. Pretty good, right? We love this egg-centered recipe, a three-ingredient dish that provides you and your dog with a wonderful source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids — and it takes just ten minutes to prepare! This healthy recipe can be made incredibly easy and can be whipped up at a moment’s notice.
It is also extremely flexible-not a green pepper fan? Alternatively, just replace it with tomato, or broccoli, or rasped smoked ham. Whichever dumpster you want to drink! The egg provides your pup with a wonderful protein boost, but just be sure that the egg is cooked all the way through as uncooked eggs will cause canines to get upset in the stomach. Also, this recipe makes delicious bite-sized treatments if you break it into smaller sizes until cooled.
INGREDIENTS used to prepare mini omelets:
- 2 organic eggs
- Diced green pepper,
- smoked salmon, thinly sliced
- 1 oven-safe ramekin
12. Chicken Casserole
Cooking methods are less likely to cause homemade pet foods to lose nutrients. Since the food is prepared in small batches, they are prepared in less heat and water, and therefore during the cooking process, they often lose fewer nutrients. Home cooking also uses less heat when compared to commercial food preparation, while commercial industrial grade cooking uses extremely high temperatures.
This useful info comes from Dogsaholic, a fun and informative blog about all dogs do. There is a lot here to know! “The food also has less stand-by time before it is served to your pet so that nutrients are better preserved that are lost through light or air exposure. If you’re just going by the look and feel of organic food versus commercially bought dog food, you’ll note the difference – commercial dog food doesn’t look like any regular food at all.
Homemade dog food is perfect for your puppy because it does not have any preservatives in it. Maybe that’s one of the most important health aspects of making your dog homemade food. The only way to prolong the shelf-life of homemade dog food is to keep it in the freezer, which does not pose serious health risks to your pet unless you consume the frozen foods. If you serve non-contaminated foods with these toxic chemicals, you’ll give your pet a great chance of getting better health. “Dogsaholic shared a whole slew of their favorite homemade recipes, but as a personal favorite, we nabbed this chicken casserole.
INGREDIENTS used to prepare chicken casserole:
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1 cup of chopped vegetables (carrots, green beans, potatoes, broccoli)
- Oil for frying
- ¼ cup rolled oats
So there you got it! Twenty homemade dog food recipes for your puppy right around the web for dog-loving owners. We hope you’ve found some to talk to you and your pup, and you’re excited about getting into the kitchen and start cooking! We can’t wait to hear how it’s going and get your advice to make homemade dog meals. Make sure to leave tips and tricks in the comments below and of course share your own tried and tested recipes that you have found or come up with yourself. Together we can make our two furry friends a lot more pleasurable at mealtime.