Homemade dog food is a great alternative to commercial
dog food. But before you jump in, it‟s very important to take
the various advantages and disadvantages of giving
homemade meals to your dogs into consideration. When do
people usually give homemade meals to their pet dogs?
Here are some of the most common reasons why people
suddenly shift from commercial dog food to homemade dog
1. The dog has been diagnosed with a health condition
that requires a special diet.
2. The dog needs more protein or calories because of
3. The dog is allergic to most commercial dog food
4. The dog is unable to fully digest commercial dog food.
5. The dog‟s appetite has been affected and the animal is
not responding to regular feedings with commercial dog
6. The dog owner has decided that he/she does not want
to expose the dog to the health risks associated with
chemicals found in dog food, such as humectants,
preservatives, artificial flavoring, etc..
As a dog owner myself, I personally prefer giving my dogs
homemade meals because through these homemade meals,
I can balance my dogs‟ protein, fat, and carbohydrate
I can control portion size easily and am completely confident
that what my dogs are eating is safe for consumption
because I use only wholesome ingredients.
If you have the time and energy to invest in your pet‟s
health by providing wholesome food prepared at home, then
by all means, use the recipes in this book to help you decide
which particular meal sets are appropriate for your dog‟s
If these points harmonize with your own beliefs about canine
nutrition, use the following guidelines to make sure that
your dog‟s diet is indeed the best diet that you can provide:
1. Avoid giving your dog food scraps and left-overs. These
food scraps provide only empty calories and may not
supply enough of the vital nutrients (like vitamins and
minerals) that your dog needs to maintain a healthy
2. If you shift from commercial dog food to homemade
meals, consult with your veterinarian to make sure that
supplementation needed by your dog. Commercial dog
foods have these trace nutrients integrated into the
food itself. Once you shift, additional supplementation
may be needed.
Always update yourself about the current trends in dog
nutrition. Every day, researchers are finding out more
and more about ideal canine nutrition. It‟s a good idea
to keep abreast of current research so you can adjust
your dog‟s homemade diet accordingly.
4. Be sure to observe proper cooking practices when
preparing your dog‟s meals. Any leftover dog meals
should be stored in sealed containers and refrigerated.
If you plan to keep extra meals for more than a few
weeks, you can place the extra meals in sealable bags
so you can freeze the containers.
5. If your dog has been eating commercial dog food for a
long time, you have to slowly transition the feeding
from commercial dog food to homemade meals. I have
covered a sure-fire process for transitioning between
foods earlier in the book. It should work for most dogs.
6. No matter how balanced and tasty a dog‟s diet is, your
dog will not be healthy if the animal does not receive
sufficient exercise. Ideally, dogs should be able to
expend stocked calories on a daily basis.
Treats Galore Hommade dog food
If you want to give your dogs a healthy treat, pick from one
of these great recipes!
Creamy Banana Treat
– Half cup of regular peanut butter
– 3 bananas
– 2 eggs
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– 1 cup of water (you can add milk if the dog tolerates
– 2 cups of flour (use wheat flour if available)
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well, until a
smooth consistency is achieved.
3. On a medium-sized baking tray, place a cookie sheet
and spread it evenly across the whole surface of the
baking tray. Don‟t forget to spray the cookie sheet.
4. With a spoon or scoop, transfer the mixture to the
cookie sheet, one spoonful/scoopful at a time.
5. Bake for a quarter of an hour and serve. The cookies
can be placed in a sealed jar. They can also be frozen
and served over the course of weeks.
Honey & Carob Delight Dog
– Half cup of carob chips
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
– 2 eggs
– Quarter cup of honey
– Quarter cup of canola oil
– Quarter cup of water (or fresh milk)
– Half cup of ground oats
– Two cups of flour (wheat flour, if available)
1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive mixing
3. Spread a cookie sheet or baking sheet across your
baking tray. Coat the sheet with non-stick spray.
4. Transfer the mixture to the cookie sheet. Place your
cookies two to three inches apart.
5. Bake for a quarter of an hour and serve.
Brown Rice Cookies Dog Food Recipe
– Half cup of boiled chicken (shred the chicken first)
– Whole cup of brown rice (cook the brown rice before
making the cookies)
– 2 tablespoons of regular honey
– 2 tablespoons of canola oil
– 1 egg
– Half cup of baby food (anything with chicken in the
– Half cup of chicken stock
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– Quarter cup of skim milk
– Two cups of flour (wheat flour if available)
– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Combine most of the ingredients except the rise. Stir
until well blended.
– Add the mixture to the rise and slowly mix, taking care
to integrate a little air to the mixture.
– Apply large drops of the mix to a pre-sprayed baking
tray with a cookie sheet.
– Bake for a quarter of an hour and serve.