Homemade Dog Food

October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

There have been so many recalls on dog food lately. We fed our pups Fresh Pet a few years ago, mixed in with some kibble (I think it was Science Diet). Anyhow, one pup got really sick. Vomiting and diarrhea. The other pup didn't eat so I guess she could smell that something was wrong with it. After our pup was sick, we decided that we should make their food. This way, we know exactly what they are eating and when it was made. After researching and talking to vets, here is the recipe we have been using for the past 3 years and our pups haven't been sick since (unless, one of them eats something nasty on the beach):

I used to do it in a crock pot but doing it in the huge stock pot allows me to make lots of it and freeze it.

  • 3 lbs of chicken thigh meat, cut into about 1 inch pieces (I interchange between chicken and beef)
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into small cubes. About 2 cups worth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen carrots, chopped
  • 1 can sodium free kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup brown rice (if your dog isn’t allergic to grain)
  • 1.5 cups of water or sodium free chicken broth

I throw the chicken, rice, and water or broth in the pot first. I let it come to a boil and turn down the heat to medium/low. Cover and cook until rice is done. Then, I add the sweet potato and let that cook until tender (maybe about 15 min). Then I add the peas, carrots and kidney beans, cover and turn off the heat.

I quadruple the recipe above (except for the kidney beans. I just added 2 cans) to make enough food to last for ~20 days for both of our dogs. Dixie is a 40 lb Aussie/Chow mix and Elmo is a Border Collie/English Shepherd mix and weighs 55 lbs. They are fed twice a day. I do mix in some limited ingredient Merrick kibble into Elmo's food as it includes the additional nutrients he requires. For Dixie, she doesn't like kibble, so I had a tablespoon of Boost Me from TruDog in order for her to get the additional nutrients she needs as well. 

So far, both our pups have been healthy, energetic, and happy! 


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