Do you have dogs? I do and I love them all dearly. Seriously, my pets are like family which means that I always want to do what is absolutely best for them. That includes what I feed them. Recently I started wondering about the pre-packaged dog food that I buy. How safe is it? How do I know what’s in it – especially since some of those words are beyond pronouncing. So, I started looking at healthier alternatives to packaged dog food and what I found are 25 wonderful homemade dog food recipes.
These are so great! I love being able to give my dogs homemade food and these recipes are all so very simple. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I spoil my dogs. I do as many DIY and homemade things for them as I can. Have you seen these 20 easy dog beds and crates? I love doing special things for my little furbabies and these recipes are just one more way that I can spoil them – but in a healthy way. They’re filled with nutritious ingredients and things that dogs love and most of them will store well for months.
Whether you want fresh food that you cook every day or you prefer something that you can freeze and take out only when you need it, you’re going to love these recipes. Your dogs are going to love them, too. From peanut butter and oats to chicken and loads of other yummy ingredients, there is a recipe in here that your doggies are going to adore. You’ll love giving them homemade foods and treats and they’ll love you for taking the extra time to make sure that they’re really healthy. Our dogs really do deserve extra-special treatment, don’t they? That’s why I also recommend that you check out these 25 frugal and fun DIY dog toys that you can make him to go along with his new homemade food.
So, if you’re looking for healthy homemade dog food recipes, you have definitely found them. Take a look at these and let me know which ones your little doggies – or big doggies – love.
1. Yummy Bacon Dog Biscuits
Your little pooches are going to love these yummy bacon flavored dog biscuits! They’re made with things that you probably already have on hand like whole wheat flower, skim milk powder, bacon drippings, eggs and water. Mix up your ingredients and mold into dog bone shapes to bake for about an hour. This recipe makes up to three dozen cookies depending on the size that you make them and they store for weeks in a tightly sealed baggie.
2. Homemade Chicken And Spinach Dog Foo
This chicken and spinach recipe is a dog’s favorite and it makes enough for an entire month for a smaller dog. You’ll need ground chicken, wild rice, olive oil, spinach, a yam, and tomato sauce. You can freeze it once it’s done so that it stores well and just lay out enough to thaw for a day at a time.
3. DIY Bone Broth
Bone broth is really good for dogs. It’s rich in nutrients and has been used for centuries to treat many digestive issues and to support good joint health. It’s recommended that you give your healthy dog a cup of broth per day with their meal to offer a boost to their nutrition. To make it, you just need bones, apple cider vinegar and water. You just bring the bones to a boil and simmer them for up to 24 hours. Bone broth stores really well in the freezer for months.
4. Chicken And Wild Rice Treats
Chicken and wild rice is a great combination if you are looking to offer your doggies something healthy. These little treats contain both and since you bake them in a mini muffin pan, they’re perfect for those times when you just need a little something special. They’re great for taking along on trips and walks and are super easy to make. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to five days or you can freeze them for longer storage.
5. Protein Packed Homemade Dog Food
Getting homemade dog food is easy. You just have to know what to put into your pot. Essentially, you’ll need a protein, a veggie and a grain. This chicken dog food has brown rice of quinoa and carrots, green beans, or pumpkin – along with other veggie choices. It cooks up pretty quickly and you can divide it into single serving freezer bags and store it for weeks on end.
6. Homemade Diabetic Dog Food
If your dog is a diabetic, you can still make his or her food. In fact, homemade diabetic dog food is much healthier for your little pooch anyway. This low glycemic dog food includes lentils, split peas, chicken, barley, pumpkin, carrots, broccoli, and a number of other yummy ingredients. It can be frozen for easier storage and you just have to sit out a container the day before you need it so that it can thaw out.
7. Delightful Doggie Ice Cream
Your dogs are going to love this doggie ice cream! When it’s hot out, they will really love the coolness and this recipe is so easy to follow. You need plain organic Greek yogurt, organic sugar free peanut butter, and organic pumpkin. Just mix and then mold your ice creams in cupcake molds or whatever you have on hand. Depending on the size, the recipe makes 12 servings and will store in the freezer for months.
8. Easy Slow Cooker Dog Food
Anything I can make in the slow cooker makes me really happy, so I adore this slow cooker dog food recipe. It has two different kinds of meat, chicken and turkey, so your dogs are sure to love it, too. The ingredients also include apples, carrots, peas and brown rice and the recipe makes about 16 cups of food, plenty for a couple weeks’ worth of meals and it freezes really well for future use.
9. Frugal Home Canned Dog Food
If you can freeze dog food, why can’t you home can it? You can! This is a great recipe that has meat, veggies and broth that you can totally can yourself. You can mix this with dry dog food to make your dry go longer and to give your pooch a little healthier option than plain bagged food. It’s a really easy recipe to put together and the processing time is really not that long.
10. Peanut Butter And Oat Dog Cookies
These little dog cookies have natural peanut butter, rolled oats and whole wheat flour. They are really easy to make and turn out perfectly every time. Your dog will love the peanut butter flavor, and peanut butter is really good for your little pooch. You can mold them into bone shaped treats or use a cookie cutter to make any number of fun shapes. They’re the perfect treat and store really well for weeks.
11. Homemade Healing Mash For Dogs
This healing mash is really good for your dogs. If your little canine tends to have tummy issues, this will help to clear it up. It’s a simple recipe that contains canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling – plain yogurt, boiled chicken and white rice. It’s a pretty bland recipe, which dogs need when they have digestive issues that can cause diarrhea or vomiting. This will help to keep their strength up and help to soothe those tummy issues.
12. Easy Homemade Dog Stew
This easy to make doggie stew is as good as it gets. With chicken or roast beef, barley or brown rice, and loads of veggies, dogs are going to love the flavor. It’s also got oregano and olive oil – to help with a shiny coat – and is one of the easiest batches of dog food to make. They’ll love the flavor and you’ll love how healthy it helps to keep your little furry family member.
13. Homemade Vegan Dog Treats
Dogs love treats and yours will adore these banana flax dog biscuits. These completely vegan doggie treats include rolled or Irish oats, ground flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, coconut oil and banana. Dogs are going to love the flavor and you will love how easy they are to make. If you bake them a bit drier than a human cookie, they will store longer and you can keep them in a tightly lidded bowl or a plastic baggie.