The best anti-inflammatory diet for dogs is one that consists of high-quality proteins, good fats, vegetables that are high in fiber, and nutrients with low levels of sugar and carbohydrates. This vet-approved, home made dog food recipe is full of inflammation-reducing ingredients that will nourish your dog from the inside out like quinoa, turnip greens, blueberries, and flaxseed.
***Please note, I am not a veterinarian, just a very passionate dog owner! The information in this blog post documents our own personal experiences, research, and the recipes that we feed our dogs under our veterinarian's careful supervision. Please, consult with your vet and use your own personal judgment when considering transitioning to a 100% human grade food diet for your pup.***
Is homemade dog food better for dogs?
Our lives drastically changed in 2019 when our dog Hooch's blood levels showed indicators for stage 4 kidney disease. We were literally blindsided!
There were no signs like you would expect; No symptoms to make us suspect something sinister was happening inside his body. Just the signs of what we thought was old age setting in. Then the vet said the unfathomable - we likely only had 3 - 6 months left with him.
We just could not wrap our heads around it - his symptoms were very mild. So mild in fact we just associated them with aging. We left the clinic that day saddled with grief. Armed with only a massive vet bill, and a small bag of prescription diet food that cost about $100.
Upon returning home I did what any dog mom would do - I started pouring myself into research. How could I make the time we had left comfortable for him? How could I help improve his quality of life? Are there measures we can take to prolong his life and improve his health?
Turns out - there was a lot we could do! To our surprise, the changes that had the most positive health impact were actually quite easy lifestyle changes for us to make.
I'm happy to report that it has been 2 years and Hooch no longer shows markers for kidney disease whatsoever! In fact, he is happier, healthier, and more active than ever!
It's a fact, feeding your pup a diet of 100% human-grade dog food is easy, cost-effective, and WAY better for them than a traditional doggie diet of processed kibble!
Our easy homemade dog food recipe combines lean ground beef, wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and tender herbs for a healthy, vibrant alternative to traditional dog food that has given our senior dog a new lease on life!
Hooch no longer shows any indicators for kidney disease thankfully, but we have noticed the inevitable signs of age creeping up on him over the past few years. This is why we created this 100% human-grade anti-inflammatory, homemade dog food recipe that is also gentle on his kidneys.
What ingredients are needed to make this Anti-Inflammatory Home Made Dog Food recipe?
The recipe box below contains a printable version of our recipe for this anti-inflammatory homemade dog food, but let's go into each ingredient in detail.
Lean ground sirloin:
Lean ground sirloin contains omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation. However, ground chicken, ground white or dark meat turkey, & ground pork are all great options for your dog too.
Just be sure to make certain that any meat you feed your animals is free of seasonings when purchasing! Dog's living with a kidney disease diagnosis need meals that are lower in phosphorus - so for us a lean ground beef like ground sirloin is best the way to go!
Thoroughly washed quinoa:
Often used as an ingredient in high-quality dry dog foods, quinoa has a high protein content. Its strong nutritional profile makes it a healthy alternative to corn, wheat, and soy — other starches that are often used to make kibble.
If your dog has never eaten quinoa before, start by giving them a small amount. Though quinoa is generally a healthy food for dogs, some canines might have difficulty digesting it.
As quinoa grows, the plant produces a naturally occurring chemical called "saponin" to protect itself from insects. The amount of saponin found on quinoa is typically too small to create any health problems. But, it is possible that dogs' digestive systems are more sensitive to saponin than humans' digestive systems. A thorough wash of the quinoa before cooking it should remove most if not all of the saponin so you will no longer need to worry.
Eggs are high in protein, vitamins, and fatty acids that help support your dog inside and out.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A which is responsible for good vision, growth, immune function, and cell function. They also offer our dogs potassium, and fiber, among other vitamins.
Green beans are full of important vitamins and minerals, such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K.
Turnips are helpful for dogs that suffer from kidney disease as they act as a natural diuretic. This means that they help create urine by increasing kidney filtration and stimulating kidney function. Turnips are also high in various antioxidants which are perfect for fighting inflammation.
Ground chia & flax seeds:
Chia is said to be an immune-system booster and is credited with supporting dogs' electrolyte balance. Flax is high in fiber, and both are high in anti-inflammatories.
Olive oil or another oil high in Omega 3's:
You will want to drizzle a few tablespoons of oil that are high in Omega 3's into each batch of dog food you make. I usually just stick with olive oil or safflower oil because I typically have them on hand and they are affordable. There are great Omega oil blends available on the market too that contain Omega's 3,6, & 9 but they tend to be a bit pricier.
How much 100% human grade food to feed your dog.
This will obviously vary from dog to dog, but a general rule of thumb is for every 10 pounds your dog weighs they should be fed roughly 1 cup of prepared food.
I know this seems like quite a bit compared to the amount of traditional kibble a dog would eat in a day, but this is because kibble has had all of the liquid cooked out of it. This condenses it down which means you need less of it to feed your pet. Real food like this is fully hydrated which means it takes more of it to feed your pup.
If you are concerned about how much you should feed your dog you should call and consult with your vet about transitioning your dog's diet and the amount of food your dog should eat each day.
Looking for more home made dog food recipes? We've got you covered!
We have noticed that our dogs thrive with a variety of fruits and vegetables in their diets. So, we developed this fall-inspired version below.
This 100% human grade home made dog food recipe utilizes some of the best fall produce for your dogs like sweet potatoes, cranberries, rosemary, and sage. It's perfect for everyday feedings and does double duty as a really delicious holiday meal for your dog!
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Anti-Inflammatory Home Made Dog Food
To make prepping this homemade dog food a cinch and to save LOTS of time and dishes in the process I like to cook the hard-boiled eggs and quinoa in my Instant Pot!
I cook the eggs first, then while the quinoa is cooking in the Instant Pot, I brown the sirloin and get all of the fresh ingredients together. It really does help make the process of meal prepping homemade dog food so much easier! See recipe notes for Instant Pot cooking tips and times!
- Yield: 40 cups 1x
- Category: Dog food
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: Dog Food
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup hemp hearts
1 dozen eggs, hardboiled, peeled, and chopped
2 (12-ounce) packages or 4 cups uncooked quinoa, prepared
4 pounds ground sirloin, browned and drained
2 pounds (32-ounces) frozen green beans
4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 (15-ounce) packages of frozen turnip greens
2 (10-ounce) packages of shredded carrots
6 tablespoons good quality olive oil or other oil that is rich in Omega 3's
Place the chia seeds and hemp hearts in a blender or food processor and pulse to break down. Set aside.
Prepare the hardboiled eggs and quinoa in the Instant Pot as directed below.
When all of the ingredients that require cooking are ready combine everything in a large container and mix well. I find it easier to layer the ingredients in, adding a little of the olive oil with every layer. Then pop on a lid and give a big shake, it’s a whole lot easier than stirring.
Portion out into individual servings and freeze if desired.
Instant Pot Quinoa
It will take your Instant Pot about 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, but once it does cooking quinoa happens FAST!
4 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
6 cups water
Cook on 1-minute high pressure with 10 minutes slow release. Cool before mixing into other ingredients.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:
Place the metal trivet into the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Add uncooked eggs on top of the trivet. Place the lid on top, lock to sealing, and cook high pressure for 5 minutes. Release pressure valve manually at the end of the cooking time and carefully remove the hard boiled eggs to a water bath to cool.
- Serving Size: 1 cup per 10 lbs.
- Calories: 253
- Sugar: 4.1 g
- Sodium: 46.6 mg
- Fat: 6.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 54.3 g
- Protein: 7.7 g
- Cholesterol: 55.8 mg
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