Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food #dogfood #homemadedogfood #rawdogMake healthy dog food that contains everything your furry baby needs to thrive. These raw dog food pucks use much of the food scraps you would normally throw away, saving you money and improving your dog’s health.

Kevin and I have two dogs. Lexy, a 9 year old German Shepherd Border Collie Cross whose loyalty runs deep. And Pebbles, a 6 year old Pomeranian with an attitude that just won’t quit.

I’ve always been interested in feeding them a raw food diet, but wasn’t really sure where to start. Sadly, there isn’t much out there on how to do this the right (and safe) way. All I knew is that I wasn’t going to buy the raw food dog food pucks at the pet store for a whopping $7 per serving… twice a day… per dog.

I don’t even spend that much money on my own food.

Pebbles was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in May, which catapulted my slight interest in feeding our dogs a raw food diet to an all out obsession to figuring out how to make raw dog food happen in our house for the least amount of money. That same week, I spent oodles of hours formulating the perfect homemade dog food for both of them.

Lexy is 50 pounds and Pebbles is 5 pounds. So already, there had to be a drastic difference in the food I made for each of them. Combined with Pebbles’ thyroid condition, and I had my work cut out for me… or so I thought.

Making homemade dog food is actually really simple. Especially if you have an Instant Pot. You don’t need one to do this, but it’s much easier. Use the coupon code HEALTHFUL for $10 off your Instant Pot.

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food #dogfood #homemadedogfood #rawdog

While you can do this 100% raw, after chatting with a couple of vets about it, I’ve developed a 50/50 raw to cooked formula. Raw where it counts, cooked where it benefits them and their little bodies!

Our little ones have been on this food for 6 months and have visited the vet for bloodwork (because I’m a nerd like that and like to make sure that what I’m doing is safe), Pebble’s thyroid is within normal range again, both of them are energetic, their dry skin has vanished and they have perfectly formed bowel movements twice a day. All is well!

Be sure to check out the notes below the recipe for some tips on making sure the dog food that you make is actually safe for your dog.

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food #dogfood #homemadedogfood #rawdog

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Homemade Healthy Dog Food Pucks
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Inexpensive grain-free homemade dog food recipe. Make it raw if you’d like!
Ingredients
Raw Base Recipe
Cooked Base Recipe
Optional Boosted Supplements
  • Vitamin A in the form of Cod Liver Oil (100IU per day per 5 pounds of body weight)
  • EPA/DHA in the form of Krill Oil (240mg per day per 5 pounds of body weight)
  • Soy-free Vitamin E (12IU per day per 5 pounds of body weight)
  • Kelp water (¼ teaspoon per day per 5 pounds of body weight)
Instructions
  1. Add Raw Base Recipe ingredients (including the WHOLE egg) and any additional Boosted Supplements to the jug of your high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and set in the fridge.
  2. Meanwhile, add Cooked Base Recipe ingredients to your Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you could increase the broth to 3 cups and add to a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Allow the Cooked Base Recipe ingredients to chill until room temperature. Transfer to the jug of your high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth. Transfer mixture to the bowl with the blended Raw Base Recipe ingredients and mix with a large spoon until combined.
  4. Transfer to small silicone molds or larger silicone molds if you have a larger dog. Once all molds have been filled, transfer to the freezer and freeze for 12 hours. You can store them in the molds, or transfer to a large ziploc.
  5. Keep the pucks in the freezer at all times. When ready to feed, take out on the counter to defrost for 1 hour or place in the fridge overnight. Remember there is raw meat in here, so wash up afterward.
Notes
If you don’t want to make it raw, add all ingredients to your instant pot and cook it up, then blend.

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food #dogfood #homemadedogfood #rawdogSERVING SIZE

The recipe above makes enough homemade dog food for 30 days for our 5 pound dog. For every 5 pounds of body weight, a good place to start is 2 tablespoons per serving, twice a day.

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MAKING HOMEMADE DOG FOOD SAFE

  • If you have babies or toddlers that like to stick their hands, feet, and other small objects in your dog’s mouth, it may be best to hold off on feeding your dog raw food. While raw meats are safe for dogs, they aren’t safe for your baby. Cross contamination is a big problem here. If your children are older, it may be easier to teach them not to touch your dog’s mouth, especially after the dog has eaten.
  • When making your homemade dog food, do not use these toxic foods. When in doubt, Google, “Is <<Ingredient Name>> safe for dogs” to make sure.
  • Keep the pucks in the freezer at all times. When ready to feed, take out on the counter to defrost for 1 hour or place in the fridge overnight. Remember there is raw meat in here, so wash up afterward.
  • When we travel, if we have access to a freezer we will bring the frozen pucks with us. If we don’t they get switched over to straight-up raw meat and eggs. Whatever we’re cooking, goes into their bowls before we cook it.

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS

  • The easiest most cost-effective way to make dog food is to save your food scraps of the items called for in the recipe above, or the ingredients you decide on. We keep a large ziploc bag in the freezer that we dump all of our scraps into – meats, starches and fruits. When it’s full, I make a batch of dog food for literally pennies a serving.
  • Ground seeds, replace with additional vegetables. Just make sure they are safe for dogs.
  • For meat, I like to stick to grass-fed beef or pasture-raised lamb. Grass-fed beef is the least expensive of the two.
  • For starch, I like sweet potatoes because they’re inexpensive and easy to cook.
  • For liquid, I use bone broth because it’s nourishing and I always have lots in the house. You could use water instead.
  • For fruit, I stick with apples or blueberries. For the apples, always be sure to remove the seeds. If you don’t want to use fruit, just add more starch.
  • For fat, I use a combination of coconut oil or grass-fed tallow. The tallow is the least expensive at $3 per pound. You could also use flax oil, but it can go rancid easily and I don’t like to take that chance.

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If you like making homemade treats for your dog, check out these Cinnibone Dog Treats, a recipe I shared on the blog back in 2011. Scroll halfway down the post for the recipe.

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  1. We don’t currently have a dog, but are planning to get one soon. We had a dog for 10 years, but she passed away. I keep wondering if I had fed her better food if she would still be with us. We fed her what we thought was good food but I have since learned that it wasn’t really all that great… at all. I’m going to try this when we get our new dog. Do you think I could use a slow cooker instead of the instant pot? Thanks for the great idea!

    • Hi Courtney, I’m so sorry to hear that. I can only imagine how difficult that was. I am sure you could use a slow cooker!

  2. Can I use chicken, instead of bee? to make this dog food. sound as thou my dog will love this food.

    • You bet! Just make sure to cook it thoroughly. I’m not too sure about using raw chicken in dog food.

  3. Thank you! My 10 year old Jack Russell has had a few teeth removed, and may need more out, the poor little thing… I’d been thinking about cooking for her. This recipe looks great and sounds like it will be good for her occasionally itchy skin too! Thanks again.

  4. For those who want to use wild game, there is always the possibility of parasites, so you might want to cook it first. My husband cut wild game for several years and parasites were often present. Just a FYI. :)

    • Hey Jessica, I believe it’s best to feed cats a lot of meat and no so much veggies. I wouldn’t use this for cats.

  5. I have been cooking like this for my dogs for the past several years but is always nice to see a new recipe and see how to use it in Silicone molds. I initially used rice as the starch, but found it almost had bound my dog up to much. I currently using Quinoa that he seems to like but will try the sweet potatoes for the next batch as a starch. I also added blueberries and strawberries to their batches. Definitely want to try the recipe for the treats. Thanks for all your info.

  6. Hi
    If I’m using wild game would the amounts stay the same (deer,elk, moose)

    Thank you!

  7. Leanne,
    I feel like telepathy is at work here. I have been thinking about homemade dog food for the past 3 weeks. My 6 y.o. miniature schnauzer has serious dental problems (I think it must be genetic because I feel like I spend more time on her dental hygiene than mine, lol) and just lost all her teeth. She can’t chew her kibble and canned food is a lot more expensive. I am so going to try this. The ingredients are pretty straight forward. And I just ordered the instant pot a few days ago. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Thanks for the coupon. The price is great too. I saw a similar item in stores at 230 CDN.

    • Pebbles suffers from the same mouth issues. We brush every day and still, so many teeth have to be pulled. She does love this food!

  8. awesome!! I need to make this for Jax. I made dog treats for him on the blog, but need to try this now.

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