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Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Dog Food

By Stanley Coren

Generally speaking, commercially produced dog foods, especially those that have been certified by national veterinary societies, provide a good, safe and convenient way of feeding your dogs. However, some people find that their dogs are sensitive to some of the preservatives in these foods and want an inexpensive alternative. Other people worry about what they should be feeding their dogs at times when they have let the dog kibble supply run out, or are in some circumstance where commercial foods are not available. Some other people simply don’t feel that the monotonous diet of the same kibble all of the time is good for their dogs, while others worry about trace nutritional elements that might be missed any one set diet.

Actually a nutritious and balanced diet based on “people food” is easy to prepare.

  • A 12 oz portion is suitable for one day’s ration for a 20 lb dog.
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) protein – any meat, chicken, fish or eggs (all cooked).
  • 4 oz carbohydrate – for example cooked rice or grains, pasta, cooked cereals such as oatmeal, potatoes or even bread (packed tight when measuring).
  • 4 oz vegetables – any cooked vegetables (obviously not potatoes or other high carbohydrates). Carrots, broccoli, turnips, green peppers, green beans, etc., but not onions which contain high sulfur content which is bad for dogs.

Simply mix the contents together or not as you choose.

While this basic diet is balanced it can be improved by some simple supplements.

To mix the basic supplement use

  • 1 cup debittered brewers yeast
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • ¼ cup powdered kelp

Mix together and store in a cool dry place.
To improve the diet quality add 1 tsp of the basic supplement for each 12 oz portion of the food mixture and 1 tsp vegetable oil (I prefer corn oil or flax oil since they have high content of linoleic acid which is good for the dog’s skin).
12 oz of the basic diet is appropriate for a 20 lb dog, you would double this daily ration for a 40 lb dog, triple it for a 60 lb dog or halve it for a 10 lb dog. Watch the dog’s weight and adjust portion sizes accordingly.

© Copyright Stanley Coren, reproduction by permission only.

2 Responses to this Article, So Far

  1. Avatar Sharon Mackintosh says:

    My poodle/terrier is diabetic. She refuses vet ” diabetic food”. I am giving her high priced top of the line food. She is up to 8 units bid, weighs only 8.3 lbs. (was 12lbs a year ago). Walked for one hour this am and her sugar is up to 21 at the vets this afternoon. I do not know what to do. Should the home made dog food recipe be adjusted for her sugars? I will start cooking for her.

    • Avatar Marko says:

      We have a good group of people on our forum that are very knowledgeable about foods. I encourage you to register for free and post this question there.
      Good luck

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