Homemade dog food is an amazing option for supplying your furry family member with a healthy and balanced diet. This human-quality diet offers top quality nutrition when it’s done correctly. Sure, it takes a bit more effort than scooping kibble from the big bag into his dinner bowl. But your dog’s health and longevity is well worth the change.
Making homemade dog food doesn’t have to be difficult or take too much time to prepare, either. Just be sure to consult with your vet first about your dog’s unique nutritional needs that depend on age, weight, breed, activity level, and overall health. This super simple homemade recipe is less expensive than store-bought and it’s full of high quality protein, grains, vegetables, and essential fatty acids that will keep your dog healthy and fit!
Are you ready to treat your dog to a balanced, homemade meal? He’ll love woofing down this savory recipe!
- 2 lb lean ground chicken
- 2 cup white rice (cooked)
- 3 steamed carrots, chopped
- 2 whole eggs (include shell)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- ⅓ cup low sodium chicken broth
In a medium skillet, add the chicken to the skillet and brown it without any oil. The chicken is fatty enough on it’s own and won’t stick to the pan (don’t worry). Once it’s cooked, drain the fat and grease out of the skillet. You can discard it or save it for personal use. Now, grab your eggs, crack them open and add them to the chicken. You can also crumble the shells in (or grind them in a food processor) and add them to the mixture as well. While that may sound crazy, egg shells are actually a great source of nutrients and are 100% safe for your dog to consume! Continue cooking this mixture until the eggs are fully cooked.
Next, add the cooked rice, steamed/chopped carrots, flax seeds, pumpkin puree and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir it until it’s entirely combined. And…. that’s it!
Let the meal cool entirely before serving it to your dog. The serving size here is ¾ cup of food per serving for every 25 pounds of body weight. So, if you have a 50 pound dog, feed him 1.5 cups as a complete meal. If your dog gets a lot or a little exercise, that will affect how many calories he needs to consume to stay healthy. So if you can, please consult your vet about serving sizes!
You can save any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week. You can also freeze them for up to three months.