Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

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! My easy homemade dog food recipe combines lean ground sirloin, wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and tender herbs for a healthy, vibrant alternative to traditional dog food that has given our 11 year old dog a new lease on life!  

***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. This post was updated with video August 16, 2020, updated with additional recipe links 9/14/2020, updated 1/7/2021 with metric measurements.***

A dog and two children sitting on a couch.

At the end of 2019, during our yearly vet check, we received the devastating news that our 11 year old dog’s blood work showed that he was in stage 4 kidney failure!

Honestly, I was a basket case, how on earth did we miss this? He seemed like he was just dealing with some symptoms of getting older – frequent urination, sometimes excessive water drinking. It definitely didn’t feel like life threatening symptoms. As much as the diagnosis was a shock, the price tag of the prescription diet he would need to eat for the remainder of his life was pretty horrifying too! 

A close up of the ingredients needed to make homemade dog food. Ground beef, brown rice, shredded carrot, hard boiled egg, parsley

We spent the days that followed his diagnosis in-between cuddle puddles in the floor with him and Google deep dive sessions researching canine kidney disease.

After reading about a bazillion articles we found that there were a few super easy changes we could immediately make at home besides diet that would positively impact Hooch’s health and make things easier on his kidneys. 

  • Filtered or distilled water only || The kidney’s main function is to filter out the toxins in our bodies and since tap water can be loaded with chemicals and contaminants it is best to only give your dog clean, filtered water to drink. If you have a dog living with kidney disease like we do, you may also want to eventually invest in a slow water feeder as dogs with kidney disease can get quite thirsty and will actually start drinking water too fast which causes its own unique set of problems.   
  • Increase exercise || Luckily for us, right before Hooch’s diagnosis we adopted a puppy. She has played a big part in making sure he is more active and on his feet playing a good portion of the day. We still have had to make a conscious effort to get out and walk with him more than we were before though. Dogs are just like us, the more they move, the better their bodies function and the easier it is for their kidney’s to do their job. 
  • Vitamins & Nutrients || Humans don’t get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need from a one-stop-shop kind of a diet and neither do our dogs! Whether your dog is eating a diet that consist of kibble or you are dishing up a homemade dog food recipe like this one, your pup needs vitamins! We really like and use the brand Dog Greens! It is a plant based vitamin and mineral powder that we just shake over the dog’s food at each serving. They love the flavor and I love knowing that all of their nutritional needs have been met at every meal! 

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When people find out we make our own dog food at home they always ask us, “What about a raw diet?”, so let’s get that out of the way first….

There are LOTS of thoughts and theories on feeding your dog a raw diet especially a dog that is living with kidney disease. Our vet however, was personally opposed to feeding a raw diet due to the fact that dogs, just like us, are very susceptible to food poisoning. Besides that, a raw diet can be tricky to get just right! You run the risk of giving your dog a horrible belly ache by mixing a raw diet with cooked treats, so if you decided to go raw it is important to have both raw meals and raw treats planned for your pup at all times. NO MIXING the two! Since raw and cooked foods digest at different rates any combination of the two can wreak serious havoc on your pup’s gut which can lead to some pretty unpleasant situations for you – if you get my drift.

Ingredients needed to make homemade dog food in a big baking dish

Now, let’s break down the recipe for my Easy Homemade Dog Food shall we? 

The recipe box below contains a printable version of my go-to recipe for homemade dog food, which consist of lean ground sirloin, brown rice, carrots, hard boiled eggs, parsley, and a few tablespoons of oil that is high in Omega’s. But sometimes, especially since social distancing, I’ve found that it is helpful to have a list of easy substitutes for when ingredients run low. Plug in or swap out any of the items below based on what foods your pup likes/needs and what you have on hand to create your pup’s ideal dog food flavor profile. 

A big pan of homemade dog food that has brown rice, ground beef, chopped hard boiled eggs, and parsley all mixed together

***It is important to note that dog’s can have food allergies too!!! The top 5 (in order) foods that dogs can be allergic to are beef, dairy, wheat, chicken, & egg. If you notice your dog having any issues after ingesting these ingredients you should contact your veterinarian.***

Meat || Lean ground beef, ground chicken, ground white or dark meat turkey, & ground pork are all great options. Just be sure to make sure 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! 

Grains || Brown rice has all of the fiber from the hull of the rice grain still intact and it’s easily digestible, which makes it a great ingredient for homemade dog food! If you are limiting phosphorus in your dog’s food due to kidney disease you can use white rice instead. Other grains like oats, quinoa, and even whole grain pasta are also easily digestible options. Gluten grains can be included in a dog’s diet too, however it is important to note that gluten is one of the top 5 dog allergens. In our personal experience with Hooch over the years, gluten has been a real problem that causes him extreme gastrointestinal discomfort, so we avoid it. 

Eggs || Eggs are one the top 5 allergens for dogs and the yolks are very high in phosphorus -which you want to limit in dog’s with kidney disease. But, eggs are also one of the highest quality forms of protein you can feed your pet! Ultimately, a hard boiled egg is Hooch’s favorite thing on the planet so, with our vets approval we opted to leave them in his food. 

Vegetables || My dogs both really LOVE fresh shredded carrots and fennel, so if I have either of those on hand I use them, but there are LOADS of other great dog friendly veggies too! Frozen veggie blends that contain peas, corn, carrots, and green beans are a wonderful colorful choice that our dogs love! Cooked sweet potatoes are a great addition to bulk up their meals too, just never feed your dog raw sweet potato as it can cause serious blockages!Canned 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie fillingis another great addition to your dog’s daily meal. A tablespoon or two mixed in at each feeding really ups their fiber intake and can work wonders for your dog’s digestive system!  

Herbs || Lots of fresh and dried herbs are great for dogs! The curly, not flat leaf, variety of parsley is great for preventative kidney health. It’s cleansing for the organs (which will help prevent disease). However, for a dog with an actual kidney disease diagnosis you may want to limit their intake of parsley all together. Herbs like cilantro, thyme, or basil are delicious options for your pup that are loaded with health benefits too!

Oil || You will want to drizzle a few tablespoons of an oil that is 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. 

A dog sitting on the lawn next to a high school graduate in her cap and gown. The girl is placing her graduation cap on teh dogs head and he is happy.

How much and when should you feed your dog?

This will vary from dog to dog, but a general rule of thumb is for every 10 lbs your dog weighs they should be fed roughly 1 cup of prepared food.

For our 80 lb Hooch, that means 2 meals a day each containing 4 cups of food. It is important to note that, dogs with kidney problems often feel better when fed several small meals throughout the day rather than just one or two large meals, so you may find that you need to adjust your feeding schedule as time goes on accordingly to keep your pup comfy! 

What kind of snacks can I feed my dog with kidney disease?

Our dogs walk a bit on the wild side when it comes to snacks as they love thin apple slices, banana chunks, carrots, whole unsalted peanuts in the husks, and dehydrated sweet potatoes! Dog’s with kidney disease should avoid meat based chews/treats that are high in phosphorus, so you may find that you need to explore doing friendly fruit and veggies for treats like we have. We still on occasion will offer Hooch bully sticks or a jerky treat, but it is better for him if we limit his intake due to the levels of phosphorous that those treats contain. 

A woman and a dog in a den. The woman is holding her hand in the shape of a gun and the dog has his paws in teh air playing stick 'em up!

Blood tests don’t lie and Hooch’s numbers shifted drastically in just the first 6 weeks we made these diet and lifestyle changes!

He noticeably had more energy, was suffering less from inflammation, was shedding less with a more luxurious coat, and for the first time EVER he had zero bloating! NO GAS for the first time in his entire life! The best news though, was that those stage 4 kidney disease blood levels he had at his yearly checkup had climbed back up to to midrange stage 1 kidney disease blood levels! The extra time and energy invested in making his food and the other small changes we made to his lifestyle have given us more quality time with our beloved Hooch which is more than we could have ever hoped for!

All of the images of our family and our sweet pup Hooch, except for the graduation photo, were taken by the incredibly talented Emma K Morris! 

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Easy Homemade Dog Food

All of the ingredients for homemade dog food in a baking dish before being mixed together. Ground beef, brown rice, shredded carrot, chopped hard boiled eggs, and minced parsley

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 the rice in my Instant Pot!

I start with  cooking the eggs first, then while the rice is cooking 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!

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 13 cups 1x
  • Category: gluten free
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: homemade dog food
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

6 cups cooked organic brown rice (3 cups uncooked rice)

2 pounds ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained

4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced small

3 medium sized carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

1/4 cup minced flat leaf parsley

3 tablespoons of olive or safflower oil

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients together in a large container and stir to combine completely.

Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator in-between feedings.

Notes

The amount of food you feed your dog each day varies by weight. Our 80+ pound senior dog Hooch eats 4 cups of this food twice per day and our 40 pound Rebel eats 2 cups of food twice per day.

This food can be individually portioned out for smaller dogs and frozen to store for longer periods of time than a week. Just thaw the amount you need when you need it.

Metric measurements:

790 grams cooked organic brown rice

700 grams ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained

4 (200 grams) hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced small

207 grams carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

14 grams minced flat leaf parsley

22 grams of olive or safflower oil

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.

Instant Pot Rice: Combine the desired amount of rice and water in an Instant Pot. Place the lid on and set the pressure to sealing. Select the rice function, allow the pressure to release naturally when the cook time is complete.

No fresh parsley? You can substitute it in this recipe with 1/4 cup of our Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend.

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We aren’t the only people that have converted to making homemade dog food and are LOVING the results! Check out the links below for more homemade dog food recipes your pup will LOVE! 

Easy Crockpot Dog Food from Damn Delicious || This simple homemade dog food recipe combines ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, and peas in the slow cooker so you can set it and forget it! 

Homemade Dog Food Recipe from College Housewife || Elizabeth’s sweet dog Rascal suffered from all sorts of health issues which led them to having him allergy tested. Turns out Rascal was allergic to all sorts of things – even beef! So, Elizabeth developed a homemade dog food recipe that is just perfect for Rascal’s sensitive belly that is filled with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, and zucchini squash and macaroni noodles!

DIY Homemade Dog Food from Damn Delicious ||Chungah’s dog Butter’s battle with stomach issues led her to start making dog food at home. This recipe is easy to make and super good for your pups too! It combines a delicious blend of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains and is made of ingredients like ground chicken, brown rice, shredded zucchini, spinach, carrots, and peas.

 

172 Comments

  1. Lynn MacQuarrie January 14, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    WOW! I adopted a 2 1/2 year old Doberman mix 10 days ago. She is not food motivated. She would barely eat kibble even mixed with wet or a little cheese. A very discerning eater as I couldn’t get her to eat even one full meal a day. That is, until I made your recipe (which is very easy to make. I chop the parsley, then cooked eggs in my food processor, grate in the carrots and then add everything to the pot of cooked beef.). Now two full meals a day and not a grain of rice left in the bowl!! We both thank you!!!

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    1. [email protected] January 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Lynn you just made our day!!! We are so happy that this recipe makes mealtime enjoyable for you and your new dog! Thank you so much for taking the time to rate the recipe and share your experience, it means the world to us!

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  2. Dee January 10, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    I made this recipe today for my pups and they love it. I would like to know how long it will be good for in the fridge?

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    1. [email protected] January 10, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Dee!! I am so glad that they like it so much! You can keep this in the fridge for up to 4 days, if you plan to keep it past that I would suggest freezing it in portions.

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  3. Melissa January 8, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Made this for my pup today, he absolutely loved it! I’m trying to wean him off his dry food and switch completely over to home cooked food, this was the perfect recipe! Thanks!

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    1. [email protected] January 9, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      I am so glad you a nd your pup are loving teh recipe Melissa!! That makes us so happy!

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  4. Robin January 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

    maybe i missed it, but what is the caloric intake per cup?

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  5. Bobbie Hulsey January 2, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    I have a 10 yr old diabetic dog with a history of bladder stones (she’s had 2 surgeries for stones). She eats a very expensive food I buy from the Vet. Would your recipe be a good choice for her?

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    1. [email protected] January 6, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Hey Bobbie, so sorry to hear about your dogs health issues! Since I am not a vet and not familiar with bladder issues in dog’s I’m hesitant to say. What I can tell you is that we went to our vet when our dog was diagnosed as being in stage 4 kidney failure and talked extensively about diet options with her. Ultimately, after researching a ton I settled upon this recipe for my dog’s and she approved it. If I was in your shoes, I would give my vet a call and see what their take on it is. It’s always best to check with them first before any major changes, but I feel you completely on the expensive prescription diet. The one they prescribed our dog was astronomically priced and he hated it!

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  6. P maresca December 30, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    9 yr old George was fed high quality food always. Got him at age 5. Suddenly in the spring he was coughing, vomiting food, gagging. Several vet visits later it still persisted even though they found nothing. I started this recipe, he loves it and the symptoms have pretty much disappeared. George is a maltipoo, 14 lbs. Thank you, I was encouraged by a friend.

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    1. [email protected] December 31, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Oh my goodness!!! I am so happy for George and for you! Thank you so much for coming back and telling us your experience, it means so much to us!

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  7. Stacy December 28, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I have made this recipe and my rocket just loves it! I do have a question. If I change from hamburger 2 chicken or turkey will it affect his digestion in a not-so-good way?

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    1. [email protected] December 29, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Hey Stacy!! Great question and I am so glad that your Rocket loves this recipe!! So, I can change up between ground beef and ground turkey with zero issue. For some reason my older dog doesn’t do that great with chicken – but it should be fine for most pups considering how many dog foods it is in.

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  8. Rebecca Gallagher December 24, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Have been making this food for several weeks and my dog (100lb Golden) loves it. Yes, he’s (we) on a diet and this recipe has helped…he’s probably down 5-6 pounds. He loves it so much that he sits behind me whining, when I’m in the kitchen cooking it. I’ve made a few adjustments, and all I have left is to buy the vitamins/minerals. I’m learning to double the batch so I can store some in the freezer. Question, tho…do I need to puree the veggies or is it okay to leave them raw/slightly cooked? Thank you!

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    1. [email protected] December 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      This is so great to hear Rebecca!! I love hearing how happy your pup is since transitioning to this diet. No need to puree the veggies unless you dog has some sort of tooth issues that would prevent him from chewing the ingredients. Grated carrots are really tender, so our pups have zero issue.

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    2. Sonia T. January 8, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      I blend my dog’s vegetables after noticing that the veggies in his stool sample were still whole. I read o line from a vet that if this is happening, your dog is not getting the nutritional benefits of the veggies. By blending them, your dog will receive all the nutrients. That’s been my experience. My lab mix is 14 years old and has liver cancer. We rescued him almost 3 years ago and was diagnosed over a year ago. Since switching to homemade food, he is doing much better, despite the terminal diagnosis. Good luck with your pet.

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      1. [email protected] January 9, 2021 at 2:37 pm

        That is super interesting Sonia and such a great tip!!! I think because we grate the carrots with a box grater they are small enough pieces that they aren’t whole when our dogs go potty. But, I can see how this would be a problem if the vegetables weren’t chopped small enough. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. K December 23, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! One of our dogs passed this summer and our other has drastically slowed down since. Blood tests came back and he has kidney failure. Tonight I cooked him a version of what you made and he ate more food than I’ve seen him eat in months. Will be continuing to cook for him. Feel guilty I haven’t all along!!! We are getting another rescue next month and hoping to cook for them both. Is this recipe good for all dogs to be on? Thanks!

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    1. [email protected] December 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Hi K!! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog over the summer and the decline in your other pup’s health. That is just heart breaking! We feed both of our dog’s this recipe – we started adding a ground organ meat supplement to our younger dog’s food each day a few months ago. With kidney disease it’s important to reduce phosphorous, but for an otherwise healthy dog organ meats are super beneficial! We have been using Four Leaf Rover’s Guts & Glory supplement which is grass fed organ meat and glands. Rebel really likes the flavor and Just received a clean bill of health at her yearly check up. If you want to try it you can use my referral code for $10 off your first order here: https://prz.io/gqGqYQ0HO If for some reason that company is sold out you can also get it here directly from the manufacturer https://fourleafrover.com/collections/products/products/guts-glory

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      1. K December 24, 2020 at 2:13 am

        Awesome, thanks so much!! Thank you for your well wishes for the pups ❤️

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  10. Greg Castle December 14, 2020 at 12:54 am

    I have 2 big 18 month newfie pups and a 10 year old Black chow chow~~and have been making homemade dog food for about 5 mos now and they love it~~basic recipe I pressure cook fresh pumpkin from Halloween~ grain chicken organs celery carrots brown rice lentils dry split peas black beans what ever grain and meat ~ that is on sale when pressure cooking i don’t have to cut the veges up to much ~ not all grains and meats in ea recipe ~ I give them a variety and make about 3 ~ 8 qt cookers of food a week~ I add enzymes from farm and fleet an omega pill and Vitamin b pill also 1/2 tea dry 10~mushroom powder a bit of olive oil and a teaspoon of sea Kelp~~ they all love it even to old chow is acting more like a puppy now with new life~~there poo ~ went from mushy to solid I’m still experimenting with amounts and reading blogs to get ideas of what I’m doing right and wrong, but feel any effort has to be better the dry dog food, ~~ I also am losing weight myself as I’m eating more brown rice and veges that i have on hand~~I’m a retired chef so its been a fun hobby making healthier food for them and for me~~i don’t make it for other dog’s as i don’t want to be liable ~ but I see happy healthier dog’s all the way around~~have a happy Holiday 🎅🎄❄🐶🐶🐶

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  11. Jackie Taylor December 9, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Hi
    Can you tell me what one cup equates to in grammar please?

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    1. [email protected] December 14, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Jackie! Next time I make dog food I will weigh it out and report back. 🙂

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    2. [email protected] January 7, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      Hi Jackie,

      Here are the measurements in grams for you!
      790 grams cooked organic brown rice

      700 grams ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained

      4 (200 grams) hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced small

      207 grams carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

      14 grams minced flat leaf parsley

      22 grams of olive or safflower oil

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  12. Michelle December 8, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe, Meg. It is the recipe for homemade dogfood from Damn Delicious states that it is 50% protein, 25% vegetables and 25% grains. What a previous commenter might not have understood is that meat is not 100% protein, so the 50% protein in the recipe is the percentage of the recipe that is made up of a protein source, not the percentage of protein in the source. (Is that confusing enough!) One ounce of lean ground beef has 5.6 grams of protein. Dogs need 1 gram/lb of body weight. My 24 lb dog requires 24 grams of protein a day or 4 oz of ground beef. My source is Daily Puppy: Calculations for homemade dogfood – a good source if anyone is unsure about how much to substitute of other vegetables or grains.

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    1. [email protected] December 13, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you for this Michelle! Wow – Daily Puppy sounds like a great source I will have to check that out, thank you!!! It is all so confusing, which is why I relied heavily on our vet when we were initially developing the recipe. I appreciate your feedback so much!

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  13. Colleen Hearn December 4, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Went searching today for an easy, straight forward, wholesome alternative to dry food and found you! We have a Standard Poodle who will be 11 on Christmas Day and I made the decision that I need to change his diet. He has been hit and miss with his dry food and has had bouts of tummy upsets since he was a pup. This recipe makes it look very easy. Will make a batch today, and he will love it.

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    1. [email protected] December 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Colleen!! I hope your sweet dog enjoyed the recipe and I hope he has a Happy Birthday!!!

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  14. Frances McLean November 21, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I plan on getting some stuff and the grocery store for my two little ones tomorrow. I use to make my own when my 2 chihuahuas were pups. But after taking in three rescues I started getting the refrigerated pet food for easy meals. Now I’m down to two. I just lost one of those little girls yesterday from kidney failure. I had her for almost 13 yrs and my whole world is shattered. I feel more driven to making these last two there own healthful meals. My baby girl got sick and 3 1/2 weeks later she was gone. I can’t handle any more loss. I do know refrigerator dog food was better then the can dog food out there. Do you think homemade is even better then the fresh refrigerated? Thanks again for the recipe!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Hi Frances!! I am SO sorry for your loss, that is just devastating! Our Hooch was diagnosed with kidney failure which led to this recipe. My goodness, you only had a short time – again please know how sorry I am for your loss! I can’t say for certain which is better – refrigerated or homemade as I am not a vet. I do however wholeheartedly believe that fresh is bets and the closer the food is to its natural form and the fresh it is the more nutrients it has to offer both humans and animals alike. For me, there is no question for us, homemade is teh way to go. But, that doesn’t mean its the only way or the best way it is just what has worked for us with our experience.

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  15. Debbie November 20, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Hi there, I have 3 Shorkies. One is over weight. I’ve been feeding them Life Abundance as recommended by my Vet. He feeds it to his dogs. Yet I’ve read while processing dry food at high temperatures that it kills the nutrients. I’ve thought about making the food, but was worried about what to put in it. I would like to know if the food can be frozen once made and served as needed? I would find that much easier to make with my busy schedule.

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Oh my goodness Debbie I didn’t even know what type of a dog a Shortie was, but I am so glad you gave me the opportunity to have a deep dive on Google! What cute pups!!! I agree with you about being concerned about teh processes that dog foods (both low quality and higher grade vet recommended ) go through! I was just as concerned! YES, you can absolutely freeze the food. Its probably easiest to measure out in portions and freeze then just pull as much as you need, when you need it!

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  16. Madison Finley November 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Awesome post! I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

      You are so welcome Madison! If you give it a try please come back and let me know in the comments by rating and reviewing the recipe. Those comments and reviews help Google point other people to this page for their pups too!

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  17. Jennie Barbarino November 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Thank You, Our Plott-Lab Puppy Loves your recipe! Our Pup brought up her dry food one evening, I was horrified to see how the food expanded. How can this be healthy for a dog? Right now, we are giving her 25% dry food in the morning the rest is fresh food. I think she’s much happier and not bloated at all! One question- I re-heat the food in the microwave for 30 seconds to take the chill out, is this okay? <3 Our Zoie thanks you!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 11:59 am

      Hi Jennie! How lucky your sweet pup is that you recognized this and are making a transition. Our older dog always had horrible bloat and gas issues on any type of kibble no matter what we did. He doesn’t have that issue at all with this recipe! You can absolutely microwave it for a bit to take the chill out – our dogs love a warmed bowl of food too! If you wouldn’t mind giving the recipe a star rating I would really appreciate it! Those comments and reviews help Google point other people to this page that are searching for alternatives for their pups too!

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  18. Janice November 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for far too long! Thanks for the recipe and guidelines. I have been winging it for 4 days now using many of the ingredients you have mentioned. Why: Anna the lab mix had the worst breath! She was a poop eater as a puppy, so I kept blaming it on that (maybe she still sneaks a bite or two). But there is no real evidence she is still doing that. We fed her premium dog food. In every way (except her breath) she is ultra healthy. She can run 16 miles with my husband and still want to play frizbee. After only 2 days of “people food” her breath had improved. After 4 days she is so much better. I’m sad it took me so long to finally make the shift, but I’m convinced now!!!!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      WOW Janice! No way, that is INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you smooch for taking the time to come back and comment, rate, and let me know about your experience. I am always so fascinated hearing how this recipe is changing lives. Big hugs to Anna with her fresh breath from us!!

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  19. Brooke November 15, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Oh wow! This recipe is magic. My dogs are the pickiest eaters in the world. We have tried so many dog foods, wet, dry, toppers, and nothing has worked, until now. They loved it and were wanting more. This is definitely something that is worth doing, and that I will be doing in the near future. Thank you so much, I am so exited that they are eating and enjoying what they are eating!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Brooke that is amazing news!! Thank you for taking the time to comment, rate the recipe, and let me know how teh food has worked for you and your dogs. It really means so much to me!

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  20. Laura November 13, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    This recipe looks amazing. I was trying to find ways myself to begin a healthier homemade diet for my 2 Goldendoodles (60lb & 40 lb), 2 rat terrier mixes (18lb & 24lb), and 1 cocker spaniel. (35lb) I was wondering how much food does this recipe yield approximately where I could get a better idea on figuring out what I would need to plan on making for 177 lb’s of babies per day…LOL.

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Laura! Wow you really have your hands full of cute pups over there!! The amount varies based on what size carrots and eggs you are using which is why I do not have an amount listed, but next time I make a batch (which should probably be tomorrow) I will measure it out for you in cups and let you know!

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  21. Martyna November 4, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Could we portion it, freeze it and then feeding it frozen to our dogs?

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Martyna,
      You can absolutely portion it and freeze it, however I would suggest thawing before feeding, at least partially. When I freeze it I always pull what I need from the fridge for the current feeding that day and then pull the next day’s frozen portion up from the freezer into the fridge.

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  22. Tiffani Pierce November 4, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Just switched my aussie and german shepherd over to this!! my aussie had stomach issues with commercial processed foods and i do not trust what they are eating in them! and my german shepherd needs a highly balanced diet! They have already been on supplements which i’m now adding into this good! truly amazing and they absolutely love it. my aussie eats it right when i give him it, which he never did before. thank you for sharing!!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      That is amazing Tiffani!!! I am so glad to know that your Aussie is happier eating this food than the previous foods you tried. Our pups stomach issues all went away after starting him on this diet. He is literally thriving when according to his original diagnosis we shouldn’t even have him here with us anymore. Thank you for taking the time to comment and review this recipe, it helps others find this post that need it!

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  23. Nean November 4, 2020 at 8:37 am

    First, I want to say that I have been wanting to make my 2 canines home cooked foods for years, I have a 4 year old female Siberian Husky, and a Male mix Pitbull/Black Mouth Curr.
    The husky can be quite temperamental per finicky eating, the Curr will eat anything. Being a cook myself and knowing my way around a kitchen and preparing wholesome foods for my own family, I found myself being quite intimidated with making my own dog food, Until i came upon this Blog of yours, I want to say thank you, for giving me the boost I needed and resources to break through a new world of cooking for my fur babies. I started them on this home cooked meal (of course I started slowly) and I have to tell you, My husky begs me for her meals in the morning and at night, she loves it so much that she will eat slowly and savor every bit of it. I also made the blend of spices you recommended to sprinkle on their food, neither of them seem to mind it in there diet either. the only thing I have left to do is buy the dog green’s. I am looking forward to cooking up the other recipes you’ve posted. Thank you again for inspiring me to allow my pups a healthier happier life.

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Nean, oh my goodness how exciting!!!! I love stories like yours – we should all enjoy eating, even our sweet pups and I am so glad that yours is LOVING this recipe!

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  24. Alma Llanos November 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Hi I’m new to the dog food recipe game. After I make my batch and refrigerate, do I hear it up or just give it to them cold? Thank you again!

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    1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Alma, you can absolutely feed it cod straight from the fridge!

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  25. Dustin October 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    forgot to rate the recipe 😛

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  26. Kimberly Coppage October 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Thank yiu for sharing this recipe!
    I’m getting ready to try it, but wanted to ask how I should transition from raw to this way of eating?
    Should I gradually mix it in with his raw a little more each day? Or, since it’s cooked give it at separate times a little more of this and less of his raw each day?

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    1. [email protected] October 27, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Kimberly!! Ok, that is a tricky one because dog’s digest raw food at a different rate than cooked food or kibble which can lead to tummy upset. I honestly would probably check with the vet for the best way to transition they have probably dealt with it before, Typically you do what you mentioned in your comment – gradually mix it together with teh new food increasing and teh old food decreasing, I am just not sure how raw food plays into the equation. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

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  27. Jann October 23, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for your post. I have been looking for a good homemade dog food recipe and now I have found one. I dont know whether this has been asked but can i use frozen diced mixed vegetables in this recipe and how much would you suggest?

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    1. [email protected] October 27, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      That is a really great question Jann and yes – you totally can! Just make sure that the vegetables in your mix are ok for them to eat. Carrots, peas, and green beans are all great choices, sometimes I just buy small bags and toss one into their weekly batch for a little variety. You could add 2-4 cups to the entire recipe without any problems!

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  28. Olivia Borlovan October 21, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! My dog has had acid reflux for the longest time, and I’m at my wits end trying to find a dog food that has grains with ingredients I would deem safe for her. I looked at feeing raw probably a year or two ago and the cost was so much higher than kibble I didn’t end up making the switch. I feel like with as expensive as some of the dried foods I was looking at were though I may as well…

    When making this recipe, were you able to determine if the correct levels of nutrients, proteins, carbs, fat, ect were being met for a canine’s needs?

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    1. [email protected] October 27, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Olivia, your poor pup! Acid reflux is just so uncomfortable. I do not have a nutritional calculator for a canine’s needs to calculate those types of facts for you, but I did approve the recipe with my vet along with the Dog Green’s vitamin powder that is mixed in at each feeding. We have been feeding this way for a year almost now within issue, but I do understand your concern with how it all breaks down. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

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    2. Dr M Hughes November 24, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      Those kinds of concerns can be overcome with supplementation. I have started feeding my 19 week old Papillon puppy this recipe, as well as another recipe that uses chicken. She also gets a small amount of flax seed as well very good puppy supplements mixed in with her food. Dogs that are being fed a commercial food, even a very good one should also be supplemented.

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  29. Mary October 20, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! My 14 year old Shih Tzu had become very picky about his food. I have tried several kinds of canned food to go with his kibble only to have him turn his nose up at it(can we say expensive). I stirred up a batch of this for him he ate it like he was starving. It’s actually funny to watch him eat because he will take a bite spit it out seperate it (all over the carpet) then eat it like a kid who doesn’t want food touching each other on the plate. The only thing I should’ve done was start him on it slower because he got very loose poops and wasn’t a happy boy.
    I’m going to try some ot the other ideas in the suggestions see how he likes that, but he will never go back to store bought dog food again.

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    1. [email protected] October 21, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Oh my goodness Mary – your pup is a lucky boy!!! It is super important to start slow and work up when changing diets, but I am so glad to know that he is excited about dinner time. Everyone should enjoy eating!!! Thank you for the 5 star rating, it helps other people on the internet that need this recipe to find it!

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  30. Jo-Ann October 19, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Hello,
    I hope all is well. My dog Fetch as recently diagnosed with kidney disease and was given a prescription for Hills Science Diet today after I asked for it. The vet had indicated that we had to change his diet without giving any resources.

    After much thought, I would rather feed him homemade meals and luckily I found your website. Thank you! When I clicked on the link for the Dog Greens, it says that the product is not available. Do you know of a substitute or any other platform to buy it from. Many thanks and be well.

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    1. [email protected] October 20, 2020 at 6:05 am

      Hi Jo-Ann! I am so sorry to hear about your dog, Fetch’s diagnosis!! I had a very similar experience when our Hooch was diagnosed. The RX diet was expensive, had a ton of fillers, he didn’t like it at all, and I just felt like there must be a better option. I am so glad you found this recipe, it truly changed our lives here! I looked at the links for Dog Greens and it says they are available now – maybe they were out of stock yesterday? Let me know if you have any issues with them at all today when you try again.

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  31. Jada October 13, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I will definitely try it out for my Lhasa Apso Bella. She is extremely picky but luckily she eats the food items in the recipe. We bought dog food and dry food but it’s just at home lying there. Can you also recommend some other recipes I can make for her?

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Jada!! Oh my goodness, I hope Bella loves this recipe!! Everyone should enjoy meal time. I have a few other recipes for our dogs she may like. Our digs are really loving the fall inspired version of our homemade dog food that I shared recently so I think that would be a great next recipe for you and for her! If you give the recipe a try and have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

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  32. HT October 12, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve been feeding my Standard Poodle (4 years old and 65lbs) with one of the services that ship frozen food every 2 weeks. I’m impressed with the food, but the cost is too extreme to continue but I won’t go back to dry kibble or canned food. I’m curious if I could make a larger batch of this, mix it and freeze it for use. I’d like to make at least 2 weeks at a time so that I’m not having to cook daily. Can you advise as to how long I could freeze a cooked batch

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I agree those mail order fresh food for pet services prices can be ridiculously expensive!You can absolutely freeze this in larger batches and it will keep for months. If you give the recipe a try and have the time I would be so gratefulif you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

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  33. Stuart Bailey October 10, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Our soon to be 19 year old Min Pin rescue has elevated Kidney readings. After the Vet visit yesterday I went shopping and got all of the ingredients to make the recipe. She wolfed it down this morning. She has been on Fresh Pet but the veterinarian say that is way to rich for her. Thanks for giving the world the information to keep our pets healthy.

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      Oh my goodness Stuart, I am so glad that your dog liked the recipe and you think that it will work for you!! Your sweet pup is so lucky to have you researching for her!
      If you have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

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  34. Debbie October 9, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Your recipe sounds wonderful and I am anxious to try it on my dog. I was wondering if there is enough calcium in it. I always wanted to make my own dog food but was always afraid of not meeting all the nutritional needs.

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Debbie! I hope your dog really loves this recipe if you give it a try. Rutubaga’s are a GREAT source of calcium and dogs can eat as much of them as their little hearts desire. My dogs don’t mind it grated raw into their food, but it does have an intense aroma. If you give the recipe a try and have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

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  35. Dustin October 8, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    So I just cooked this entire recipe and it looks like way too much rice. Then I realized your recipe says “6 cups cooked rice” which is only 2 cups of rice. I cooked 6 cups of rice so now I have 18 cups of cooked rice. For future reference, just put “cook two cups of rice” because now i gotta run and go get 4 more pounds of chicken and 6 more carrots and another bunch of parsley to make up for all this GD rice.

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Dustin, I am so sorry that the recipe as written was a problem for you. It is a standard wording in recipes, but I understand how it may be confusing. I added a note to the recipe card that explains that 6 cups of cooked rice is 3 cups of dry rice. As far as the extra rice goes – teh dog food freezes really well when made in big batches or I do have lots of recipes that call for cooked rice here on This Mess is Ours like my Sheet Pan Fried Rice.

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      1. Dustin October 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm

        Thanks for the correction! But you’re still a little off. The raw to cooked ratio is 1:3. So 2 cups raw rice = 6 cups cooked rice. Your notes say 3 cups raw rice, which would still end up being too much rice (9 cups). As for it being a standard wording in recipes, I’ve been a chef for 27 years and never seen a recipe that called for cooked rice (other than sushi). Either way, thanks for the recipe!

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        1. Dustin October 30, 2020 at 4:06 pm

          About to make my second batch!

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  36. SandraPearson October 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Hi I have been feeding my 2 beautiful girls whom I adopted from the humane society Origen n or Acana. Why because I believed they were the best of the best..only to b FRICKEN found out from research that they 2 are on the LIST of LAW SUITS..not to mention they are FRICKEN EXPENSIVE..I am FRICKEN..NUTS and going MENTAL..WHY because the same list of dog food that are putting them in danger are also on the same list of best foods to feed my GIRLS..I have always had this saying my GIRLS will eat well an d I will be eating sandwiches 🤪 that was true then and that is true now I just started my own homemade dog food not the most knowledgeable just trying to give my GIRLS better than ORIGEN n ACANA..SO GOING FOWARD..HOMEMADE IT IS..AS a human whom took on the responsibility of 2 BEAUTIFUL RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK/PITTBULL mixes..I LOVE 💕 my GIRLS and it is my RESPONSIBILITY to give them the BEST..going forward if I can ingest so will they with a few exceptions..AND I have 2 messages going forward PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE think before u decided to bring an animal into your HOME..IT IS A HUGE..BIG..ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY..which I failed to comprehend but here I am..suddenly REALIZING what that is being RESPONSIBLE..BUT I ALSO REALIZE THAT I AM ALL IN..FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION..AND I WILL NOT FAIL..We recently put up fencing for the one acreage we have..my BEAUTIFUL BABES get to run in and out as they please..they are also potty trained..fenced trained.. and MOST IMPRESSIVE they listen..sometimes it takes 2 commands..which is awesome considering one of my GIRLS weighs almost 90 pounds..MUCH ALOHA..❤️

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Oh my goodness Sandra your girls are so lucky to have you and I can tell just how deeply you love them! I totally feel your frustration with the dog food industry. I am there with you also. I hope your pups love homemade food and our recipe! If you give the recipe a try and have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

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  37. Jen October 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Hello, I am wondering how many cups of food the 1X batch makes?

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    1. [email protected] October 8, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Hey Jen! Great question – I made the recipe again today and it came out to roughly 4 quarts or 16 cups of fresh food. The amount will vary slightly based off of what size eggs you use and how large your carrots are as well.

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      1. Jen October 9, 2020 at 12:25 pm

        Awesome! Thank you for letting me know.

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  38. CAROLYN September 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    My dogs appreciate your recipe, Thank you, it was especially helpful to have an idea of how much to feed per pound of weight, my pals weigh 20 lbs so they will be getting 1 cup 2 times a day. Roxie had been having trouble with her digestion and now, a week later she is perky and not throwing up or pooping raspberry jam, not scratching either. I suspected the food I was buyiing and tied “sensitive tummy” but that really did not help like the homemade food has.

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Oh my goodness Carolyn! You just made my day, I am so glad to know your pups love this recipe and that is helping them with sensitive tummies. If you have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet searching for homemade recipes for their pets find it as well!

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  39. Robert September 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for this great meal idea! I make my own dog treats with many of the same ingredients, rolled out, cut with a pizza cutter and baked to a safe temperature then dried on low in the oven over night. They love when I add natural ground peanut butter too!
    My 9yr old schnauzer now has periodontal disease and is having a more difficult time with dry dog food. Thank you for this recipe! I’m sure she is going to love it! I’m going to make it today! 🐶

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      Oh my goodness Robert, your homemade treats sound like something my dogs would be over the moon excited about!!! I am so glad this meal time recipe will help your pup – there is nothing worse than mouth pain!

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  40. Lucy September 23, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Hello,
    Thanks for the recipe! I have a question though… should we be including calcium into our dogs’ diet? If so, what should I use as an addition to the above recipe? I’ve mage several types of variables on the above up
    To now, and I was grinding up egg shell in the nutribullet and adding that, but not sure if there is anything better I can use? I suppose a spoon of natural yogurt? Or am I worrying too much?
    Thanks!

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      Hey Lucy! Great question – you can absolutely do the egg shell thing, you can add plain Greek yogurt to your dog’s meals, or you could grate in raw rutabaga to their meals. Rutabaga is an excellent source of calcium and our dogs love it in their food. They aren’t is much fans of it raw or dried into chips though. Dogs can eat as much rutabaga as they want too which is great!!! Just be warned, rutabaga’s have a very strong aroma so start slow adding it into your dog’s food. If you have the time and your dog loved this recipe I would be so grateful if you would give the recipe a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet searching for homemade recipes for their pets find it as well!

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  41. Jayme Mcgrane September 22, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Incase I missed it, can you tell me the breakdown of percentages of the protein/carb/vegetable ( and then I’ll add the other recommendations such as the oil).
    Thank you !

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    1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hey Jayme – I worked with my vet to develop the recipe, I do not have the percentages listed in the post but do have nutritional information of each ingredient thoroughly laid out in the post above.

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  42. Jayda September 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I’m totally amazed with such amazing recipe. I’ve never tried the combination and most healthy ingredients. It looks interesting. I’ll give it a try. thanks for sharing and keep on sharing.

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    1. thismess September 22, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Hope your pups love it when you try it Jayda!

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  43. Richard Paolucci September 18, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for sharing and your excellent advice for feeding dogs healthy homemade food. I enjoyed learning about some different homemade meals for dogs. I will definitely follow your advice on how to keep my dog healthy in the future. Excellent article.

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    1. thismess September 19, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Richard for taking the time to comment 🙂

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  44. Jackie September 16, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    It says 50% percent protein, but 6 cups rice seems like too much for 2lbs of meat ??

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    1. thismess September 17, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Hi Jackie – Thanks for taking the time to comment!
      I am not sure where you saw the figure that a dog’s diet should consist of 50% protein, but that is actually way too much!
      A general guideline, according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials, requires adult commercial dog food to contain a minimum of 18 percent crude protein on a dry matter basis (meaning what’s left after all of the moisture is extracted from dog food). Commercial food for growing puppies and nursing mothers has a required minimum of 22.5 percent dry matter protein.

      Some veterinarians, including ours, caution against feeding high amounts of protein to dogs with kidney disease, as well as to senior dogs. Our Hooch falls into both of those categories since he is 11 and has kidney disease.
      We have had this recipe approved by our vet for both of our dogs, but if you have concerns you should absolutely check with you veterinarian before changing your dogs food over to a homemade diet. I hope this helps!!

      You can read the entire article where I pulled the above information from on the Hill’s Diet website here: https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/nutrition-feeding/too-much-protein-in-dog-food

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  45. Fiona Westover September 16, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    What was the green powder and oil you added at the end in the video?

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    1. thismess September 17, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Hi Fiona!! The green powder is called Dog Greens. I mention it a few times in my post. It is a vitamin and mineral blend that I add to their food to be sure they are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients they need each day. the oil I drizzled over the pan is actually olive oil! You want to add an oil that is rich in Omega 3’s and 6’s. You can find oil blends online, but they are a bit pricey. Olive oil and Safflower oil are great choices and I typically keep them on hand at all times, so I just use one of those.
      Hope this helped 🙂

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  46. Heidi September 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    I started feeding my 8 year old dog similar recipes. I change between rice and lentils and now enhanced with recommended oil and parsley. No stomach issues and Toto is quite happy. He did not have any chronically health issues but I hope this will support his aging process.

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    1. thismess September 14, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Hey Heidi!! I have never thought about feeding our dogs lentils – I will definitely have to look into that more as I think they would really love it! Honestly, I wish I had made the switch sooner in Hooch’s life to preparing his meals myself. I truly believe we would have avoided some of the health issues he has now in his senior years if we had. My hope for our 1-year old rescue dog Rebel is that by feeding her this way for her entire life we can avoid health complications and keep her at peak performance and health levels well into her senior years! I hope the same for your sweet dog Toto who is so lucky to have you preparing meals for him!!

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  47. Cyn September 10, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I have a very picky eater on my hands and I am going to try this. I am just curious how long does a batch keep for in the fridge? And it’s ok to substitute any ground meat and safe veggies for dogs?

    Thank you so much!

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    1. thismess September 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Hey Cyn! A batch of this food will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge, although it may get a bit stinky due to the hard boiled eggs. If you think you will have more than what your pup can eat in that period of time you can always portion out meals and freeze individually. Then just thaw what you need for feeding each day. You can any ground meat – bison, beef, turkey, pork…as long as it is unseasoned. Feel free to swap up with dog friendly veggies too, our dogs LOVE carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, green beans, lima beans, peas, corn, and fennel. But, they literally loathe celery for some reason and its really good for them! Good luck with your pup, I hope that you can find a recipe that they really enjoy to eat:)

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  48. Tracy M September 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Hi there! You stated your 80lb dog eats 4.5-5 cups per day, but previously said to give 1C for every 10 lbs. Are you giving kibble for the rest of the meals?

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    1. thismess September 14, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Hi Tracy!! Great question – I’m sorry the information was confusing. For a healthy 80LB dog like Hooch it would be 8 cups per day assuming you aren’t adding in lots of extra treats throughout the day. Which I would split into 2-3 meals because it’s easier for their bodies to digest smaller amounts throughout the day, especially dogs with health issues like kidney disease. That being said – our Hooch eats less of this food per day because I supplement him with other feedings. So, for breakfast he normally has a Greek Yogurt and Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl with his dog greens vitamins, he has quite a few dehydrated sweet potato and banana treats throughout the days well, and he eats 4-5 cups of this recipe per day divided up into 2 feedings. All in all, he is getting the same calorie intake – we just also wanted to make sure he was getting probiotics and pumpkin each day to help his gut stay healthy as his kidney disease progresses.

      I know it is a lot – I hope this helps! Start with the recommended amount for your dog’s weight and then go from there. You don’t have to add any other types of foods into their diets I am just solely trying to manage our dog’s kidney disease symptoms through food as best I can. We have found that the yogurt and pumpkin have cleared up the chronic diarrhea he was having which is a side effect of kidney disease.

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  49. Gabby September 9, 2020 at 2:47 am

    This recipe is great. I’ve been a veterinary nurse for 25 years. I’ve been making my own dog food for just as long. I also thought oats were bad for dogs but I’ve just started adding a bit to my rescue greyhounds food. She’s hypothyroid so I also add a few more carbs to keep some weight on her. Her coat is shiny and she has no other medical problems. I Have also started adding boiled eggs occasionally and she loves them! My chihuahua has liver issues and I’ve found a homemade diet has kept t him from relapsing. His diet is a little different with low protein. He has more vegetables than meat.

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    1. thismess September 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much for commenting Gabby! I love hearing how you are feeding your dogs too! We have seen such amazing results with Hooch’s lab work after making the change to this diet that we just had to share the recipe. My dogs start drooling as soon as I pull the Instant Pot out to make hard boiled eggs – they love them SO much! Ha!

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  50. Beverly Blair September 8, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    So your 80-lb dog and your 40-lb dog eat the same 4.5 – 5 cups per day?

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    1. thismess September 14, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Hey Beverly! Great question – I’m sorry the information was confusing. For a healthy 80 LB dog like Hooch it would be 8 cups per day assuming you aren’t adding in lots of extra treats throughout the day. Which I would split into 2-3 meals because it’s easier for their bodies to digest smaller amounts throughout the day, especially dogs with health issues like kidney disease. That being said – our Hooch eats less of this food per day because I supplement him with other feedings. So, for breakfast he normally has a Greek Yogurt and Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl with his dog greens vitamins, he has quite a few dehydrated sweet potato and banana treats throughout the days well, and he eats 4-5 cups of this recipe per day divided up into 2 feedings. All in all, he is getting the same calorie intake – we just also wanted to make sure he was getting probiotics and pumpkin each day to help his gut stay healthy as his kidney disease progresses.

      I know it is a lot – I hope this helps! Start with the recommended amount for your dog’s weight and then go from there. You don’t have to add any other types of foods into their diets I am just solely trying to manage our dog’s kidney disease symptoms through food as best I can. We have found that the yogurt and pumpkin have cleared up the chronic diarrhea he was having which is a side effect of kidney disease.

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  51. Privina September 4, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Do you think it’s ok to feed kibbles as treats and homemade food as mains ?
    I love your blog!!

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    1. thismess September 4, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Privina, thank you SO much! We actually had purchased a huge bag of expensive puppy kibble for our dog Rebel right before we received Hooch’s health diagnosis that ultimately led to creating and feeding this recipe. In order to use it up we actually mixed her food with 75% fresh food + 25% kibble. We also use still use a high quality kibble for her as training treats. So, yes feel free to use your kibble as treats:)

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  52. Elizabeth September 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    You are the absolute BEST thank you so much for including Rascal and I in your post, we’re honored! I love Hooch’s story and you’re the best freaking dog Mom! xoxox

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    1. thismess September 4, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Oh my goodness, you are just the best Elizabeth!! I love how you got to the bottom of what was happening with Rascal, you too are an amazing dog mom! I just couldn’t put this post up without linking to your story – I am sure it has helped so many other dog owners.

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  53. Michelle September 1, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if I could add liver or chicken gizzards to this recipe? I heard they are really healthy for dogs. I’m thinking of switching my dog to homemade and I like this recipe. And if I can add these, how much would you recommend? Thank you!

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    1. thismess September 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Hey Michelle,

      I feel sure that you can add cooked organ meats to this recipe although I personally don’t have any experience feeding them to our dogs. I know some organ meats are really good for them but I would be sure to look into how often and how much they should be eating them before I fed them at all. I read a handful of articles on the topic from sources that I trust and this one seems to be the best as far as answering questions like how much you should feed them, how they should be prepared, and what types of organ meats are the best to use. I hope this helps and I hope your pups love our recipe if you give it a try! Here is the article I mentioned above: https://blog.myollie.com/the-benefits-of-organ-meats-for-dogs/

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  54. Liz September 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Omgsh I decided to your recipe with my boys. I have 2 beagles who would eat anything and a 12 pound terrier who turns his nose up at anything veggie related, so I thought he would eat around the carrots. I also purchased Dog Greens that I add to each serving. They are like wild animals eating. They LOVE it so much. The only complaint I have is that one of my beagles barks at me the whole time I’m cooking because he knows it’s for him! Lol

    Question. When you switch up the rice with oatmeal, do you use the same amount? I saw someone mentioned pumpkin. Would you add that or substitute it for one of the other ingredients?

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    1. thismess September 2, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      That is great news Liz, I am SO glad! It does my heart good to know your Terrier is loving the food too. 🙂 Aren’t the Dog Greens the best an oh my goodness I know EXACTLY what you mean about the dogs knowing that you are making their food. Hahaha! Our dogs are like giant, noisy, drooling area rugs that take up the entire kitchen as soon as the Instant Pot comes out of the cabinet to start the eggs. Ha!
      So, I have added small quantities of oatmeal with zero issues but it can have adverse effects in large doses. I was actually just responding about oatmeal to another comment on this post when I saw yours so I am going to paste in the information that I found for them on adding oatmeal into your dog’s diet here for you too….

      While oats can be a problem in large amounts they are ok to feed in small doses and are actually frequently found in commercially prepared dog foods as a carbohydrate alternative. Generally speaking, you can feed your dog 1 tablespoon of cooked oatmeal for every 20 pounds of the dog’s weight, but it probably should be more of an occasional treat than a daily thing. Of course, the oatmeal has to be cooked and free of any additives or sweeteners and it shouldn’t be overly processed instant oatmeal. Just plain old fashioned oats nothing else 🙂

      Here is an article from the AKC about oatmeal that was super interesting: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-oatmeal/

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  55. Tami September 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Is this okay for a 5 month teacup mini golden doodle?

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    1. thismess September 2, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      Hey Tami!!
      We started feeding our puppy Rebel this recipe at about 6 months old when we adopted her and she is in optimal health! We made a slow transition and actually split her food 75% homemade food + 25% good quality puppy kibble until she reached almost a year then we eliminated kibble all together. If you are concerned though you could always check with your vet and they could advise what age is best. I hope this helps!

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  56. Sue August 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    My Staffy absolutely loved this, her head did not come out of the dish until she had eaten the lot.

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    1. thismess September 1, 2020 at 6:47 am

      Hooray Sue!!! That just made my day – thank you for sharing!

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  57. Kathye Stanfield August 27, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Trying this today! Thank you for this easy recipe.
    My Boykin/English spaniel will be 2 years old in Dec 2020 and has recently begun throwing up bile first thing in the morning….being “helicopter DOG mom” I am concerned the high price kibble is not meeting her nutritional needs.
    We walk (well truthfully I walk, she runs) 2 miles every morning and I want her to be on a healthy diet and this recipe seems to fit the bill!
    Thank you for sharing!😊

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    1. thismess August 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Kathye I am so glad that your search led you here and I hope this recipe works wonders for your dog like it has ours!! Keep me posted how she is doing ok?

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    2. Ann December 31, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      My dog also used to throw up yellow colored bile first thing in the morning. I then started giving him a little snack just before bedtime and the throwing up of bile stopped completely. I read the bile is a sign of stomach being too empty.

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  58. Darcy Gabriele August 25, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I am curious what your dog was eating before their kidney disease diagnosis? We just got the news a week or so ago so I am doing all the research I can!

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    1. thismess August 26, 2020 at 6:48 am

      I am so sorry!!! I know how devastating that news can be. He was actually eating Blue Buffalo brand before his diagnosis. He was a bit overweight at the time of his diagnosis since he is older, but not obese. We were truly shocked and not expecting that diagnosis. I hope the information in this article helps you and your pup!

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  59. Futouristo August 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The dogs love it!

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  60. Joshua August 23, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I make my boys something similar as an addition to their kibble, but mostly because they’re so damn picky. I’ve been considering dialing up the homemade though and I like this recipe.

    I know it takes longer, but have you ever tried baked brown rice? I will admit I also “cook” the food for the dogs as well. I’ll heat a little unprocessed coconut oil in a skillet and mix the food/kibble together. They love it and I think the heat of the food helps slow them down when they eat too.

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    1. thismess August 24, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      My dad’s dog is on a 80% human grade food 20% kibble diet and it works for them. With our dog’s medical needs I just eliminated it all together to make sure everything they were ingesting was as clean as possible. I have never tried baked brown rice – i am going to have to Google that for sure!!! My dogs really dig a warm dinner, so on dog food making day they get REALLY happy!!!

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  61. Angela August 21, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I’m confused as to how much to feed my 100 lb dog and my 90lb dog. In the beginning you said 10lb of weight to 1 cup of food but in your notes you said your 80lb senior only get 4 1/2 – 5 cups daily. What should I do ?

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    1. thismess August 24, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      Hey Angela! Whoa – you have a BIG dog!! The standard vet recommendation is 10lb of weight to 1 cup of food, our senior dog eats a bit less than teh recommended amount each day. I am sorry that was confusing, I will edit it to make sure it makes more sense.

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  62. Claire Parker August 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I have two small dogs, one loves to eat, the other a very reluctant eater. They are now on a high quality canned food ($$$) and prescription dry as the one who loves to eat was gaining too much weight. I’d love to find one food liked by both and your recipe in a crockpot is Inspiring me to try making my own. Is the amount served one cup per 10lbs at each meal? Thx for any advice.

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    1. thismess August 24, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Oh goodness – we know those costly prescription diets all too well over here!! I hope this recipe works for your pups!! Yes, the amount served is 1 cup for every 10lbs of pup!

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      1. Dee Dee Mead September 27, 2020 at 10:55 pm

        I thought it was 1 cup per 10 pounds per day, not at each meal?

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        1. [email protected] October 13, 2020 at 7:35 pm

          Hi Dee Dee, We feed our dogs two smaller meals each day. It is 1 cup per 10 pounds of weight each day yes, but especially with dogs with kidney disease it is important to feed smaller meals more frequently.

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        2. Jeanne November 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm

          It is one cup per 10 lb of dog, so, 1/2 cup twice a day for a 10 lb dog.

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          1. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

            Hi Jeanne, yes, that would be my assumption as far as how much to feed however, if your dog still seems hungry you can always add in a bit more at each feeding until you find your dog’s happy spot!

  63. Sarah Boothby August 10, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and info! I’ve been irked at the price I’m paying for Dogfood, as I question the wholeness of the ingredients altogether. I’ve actually created a similar Dogfood in my kitchen when I run out of store bought. But I’ve questioned if it’s all okay for him. I guess it’s not rocket science with a little bit of study, and very helpful articles like yours. Thanks so much!
    Q: Can you tell me if whole fish, such as 3-4 inch bluegill would be beneficial? (My son likes to fish.)

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    1. thismess August 13, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Sarah, I FEEL you on questioning the dog food you are purchasing! It is so incredibly easy to make the swap over to making your pet’s food yourself, it does just require a bit of research. I hope our recipe is a launching point for you and you can develop a recipe that suits you and your pup perfectly.
      As far as fish goes, it can be a part of a healthy diet for your dog, provided it is fully cooked without any additional oils and seasonings, does not contain any bones, and is not a species prone to high levels of mercury such as tuna. I have a son that loves to fish as well, so I know those small Bluegill all too well. My main concern with fish in general would be the bones which are quite small, brittle, and dangerous. They can lodge themselves in your dog’s mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, sometimes even perforating the organ wall. I personally, would probably avoid those just to be safe.

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      1. L montaine October 7, 2020 at 4:57 pm

        You could give mackeril in the can

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          1. Clara October 16, 2020 at 12:37 am

            I was just wondering if I were to sub in frozen carrots, how much would I use? And it’s 3 cups rice (uncooked), correct?

          2. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 8:57 am

            Hi Clara!!! So, carrots are one of those lovely ingredients that dogs can eat to their heart’s content. I would probably add somewhere between 1 and 1/2 cups frozen carrots to replace the fresh. Yes, you are correct about the amount of uncooked rice. 3 cups uncooked will double into 6 cups cooked. I hope your dog loves this recipe – if so, would you please come back and give it a star rating? I would appreciate it so much! Thank you!!!

  64. Christy Davenport August 3, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Sorry I posted the last question too soon. Also I was told that Zuchinni, sweet potato, peas, and beans are also good, What do you think of adding these in? As well as the cooked liver.

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    1. thismess August 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      No problem at all Christy!! Since our older dog has kidney disease we avoid organ meats all together. In moderation organ meats are good for dogs without underlying health issues, but too much liver may be toxic to dogs because of its high vitamin A content. Our dogs love zucchini, sweet potato, and beans! Feel free to incorporate any of those!

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  65. Christy Davenport August 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    What about adding liver. I was told best to boil it and then could be put in>

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    1. Laura Neel August 27, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      At one point you mentioned to NOT mix raw foods with cooked. I’m confused about the shredded carrots in the recipe. Are THEY left raw, or are they cooked before mixed in? Are all other vegetables mentioned cooked before being mixed in? Certainly, things such as squash and sweet potatoes are cooked, but what about others? I’m excited to cook for my pups; I just want to get it right! Thank you! Laura Neel

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      1. thismess August 28, 2020 at 7:30 am

        Hey Laura,

        I’m sorry that was confusing, but I am so glad you left a comment, let me try to explain it a little clearer. If you make the decision to feed your dog a ‘raw diet’, which is a diet primarily made up of raw ground meats/organ meat, raw eggs, and some vegetables, it is important that you do not mix in cooked treats or offer kibble as well. A ‘raw diet’ digests at a different rate in our dogs bodies which could potentially lead to a serious tummy upset. Raw fruits and vegetables, mixed into food or fed as treats in-between meals as part of a 100% human food diet or a diet mixed with dog kibble is absolutely ok! For what its worth, neither I personally, nor my vet recommends feeding a raw diet – raw diets are really hard to get right and dogs are just as prone to food poisoning as us humans are.
        I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any other questions you might have!

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        1. Jen September 1, 2020 at 1:30 am

          Great recipe, thanks. My 5 lb yorkie seems to be different than
          most. Her health and digestive system thrives best with a combination of raw meat and cooked meat with cooked veggies – all fed at the same time (2 oz twice per day). The vet and I think it’s because the raw and cooked meats do break down and digest at different speeds like you said. The raw digests real quickly in my yorkie and the cooked meat seems to soothe and sustain her until her 2nd feeding. When we combine raw and cooked, then her once per day small stool is great (soft and solid) and she and her tummy seem very happy. If we feed all raw, she does not do well. If we feed all cooked, she doesn’t do well either. Bizarre, I know.

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          1. thismess September 1, 2020 at 6:50 am

            Wow Jen! It just goes to show that we are all created a bit differently, even our pups, and one blanket diet definitely doesn’t work for everyone! I am SO glad you have found what works best for you and your sweet pup. There is no doubt in my mind that you have spent a great deal of effort an energy getting to this point where you know exactly what works for your pup! I am beyond thrilled for her and for you!

          2. Darlene DeLaurelle October 7, 2020 at 8:20 am

            I posted what I make my 5 dogs eat but I failed to mention how much they Love the food! Their coats are shiny and they have stopped shedding. They have actually lost weight even though I am feeding them more. They are pooping less. They are very happy now and can’t wait till meal time! Very rewarding to me to know my buddies love the new food! Thanks for your receipe!

          3. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 7:07 pm

            Oh my goodness Darlene your dogs are so lucky to have you!!! I have got to look into ricotta for my dogs! I am so glad you like the recipe and hope your pups love it as much as ours do! As far as herbs go, they are really great for dogs just like us! i wrote an entire blog post all about it recently. Simply click on the link to read 🙂

  66. Donna Paterson August 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Made this recipe using turkey, fast easy, per day, I costed it out to $2.90 to give my girl a yummy breakfast and dinner!

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    1. thismess August 3, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Hooray Donna!!! That is amazing and what a lucky pup you have! It does my heart so much good feeding our dogs home cooked meals and I can tell by your comment that it is going to bring you the same type of joy.

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  67. karen snapp July 25, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you a thousand times! Something has to change and “it” is doing it myself. I will cook and feed my dog Ruger like myself and my boys for sure. Take a look at the grocery store shelves and see how our family pets rank in the commercial FOOD world 🌎
    What a shame! I am going to cook for my Ruger as well!!

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    1. thismess July 29, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Good for you Karen, your sweet Ruger will be so grateful that you make the change and I have to admit it does my heart good knowing that I am nourishing my pups with whole foods instead of processed kibble. It is extra work, but the rewards far outweigh the effort I put in.

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      1. Linda September 11, 2020 at 6:21 pm

        My dogs are 8 lb and 11 lb 1 cup / 10 lb is that just once a day

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        1. thismess September 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

          Hey Linda!! Oh my goodness your dogs are so tiny compared to ours! You can split the recommended daily amount which is 1 cup per 10 lbs of weight into multiple meals – I know our dogs digest their food better when we feed them smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to one large one. i hope this helps, let m know if you have any other questions!

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          1. Darlene November 14, 2020 at 8:29 am

            I have 5 dogs so making their food takes about 5 hours every 10 days. The change in them has been astonishing! The two overweight dogs are now lean and mean and the other 3 have so much energy. I have a 12 year old Llasho that looked like he was nearing his end of life but now he runs like a puppy, his eyes are bright again and his arthritis doesn’t seem to bother him! I buy chicken breasts and thighs deboned and cook them outside water in a propane fryer. I peel sweet potatoes and put them in the pot. Inside I cook brown rice in an instapot. I use peas and green beans and use the food processor to puree everything. I puree chicken, add olive oil The vegetables have to be pureed for the dogs to get the vitamin benefits, they don’t digest pieces of vegetables. They get canned pumpkin twice a day with their food and a raw egg 4 days a week. They also get snacks of sliced apples, pears and raw cranberries. I choose not to give them broccoli or cauliflower because it upsets some dogs stomach. I put Chia seeds in water and put some on their food daily. This is not cheaper than buying the recalled dog food but I can’t stress the improvement in all the dogs health! Thank you so much for posting your receipe! I researched for days before I decided to do this.

          2. [email protected] November 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm

            Darlene you are incredible!!! How lucky your dogs are to have you in their lives and WOW what a change in their health and mobility. We too saw increased playfulness and more energy all around from our 11 year old dog once we swapped him over to this diet. I LOVE that your adding chia seeds to their diet – I use a lot of hemp seeds here. We also add pumpkin and snack on apples and cranberries as well. It sounds like we could probably tap;k for hours about all of teh research we have both done here. Thank you for sharing some of yours with me!

    2. Darlene DeLaurelle October 7, 2020 at 8:07 am

      I started recently making my 5 dogs food after watching a video about manufactured dog food and realized the poor quality food I was feeding them. I buy meat on sale, chicken, beef or turkey. I make a batch for a week. I add brown rice, boiled eggs, fresh carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, olive oil and cottage or ricotta cheese. I mix all in food processor. I have 3 10+ dogs with poor teeth. Once a day they share an apple or a pear and I make them frozen treats out of plain yogurt and peanut butter and freeze in ice cube trays. I have not tried any herbs. Why should I? Thanks.

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  68. Michelle July 23, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I have been making homemade dog food for my 75lb American bulldog for what seems like 400 years, but is actually only something like 8 months. I make a similar mix, but add sweet potatoes and cook ground Turkey instead of sirloin. We occasionally mix up the grain with oatmeal. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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    1. thismess July 29, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Good for you Michelle, your sweet dog is so lucky to have you!! My dad has an American bulldog that he rescued, they are such a great breed. We sometimes swap it up for our pups with sweet potatoes and turkey as well and they LOVE it!!! I will definitely have to try mixing up the grain with oatmeal! I bet our dogs would really dig that!

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      1. Patrick October 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

        Hi just to let you know…I thought that brown rice was good for my dog but she became very sick…after researching this extensively I found out that if given in a very small amount say a half to 1 cup it is okay occasionally…the reason why is dogs digestive systems have very hard times breaking down the brown rice because of the whole grain compared to white rice which is shucked…I thought brown was more healthier..it is for humans not for dogs…thanks.

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        1. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

          Hey Patrick – I am so sorry your dog had a problem with brown rice!! It can be tougher to digest, especially for dogs that are more prone to upset tummies. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We haven’t had any issues with our younger dog with brown rice, but do feed our dog Hooch that has kidney disease white rice these days as it is lower in phosphorous and easier for the kidney’s to process. I have a friend who has a dog that is allergic to rice all together, I guess its rare but true. Your dog is so lucky to have you looking out for her!

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    2. Mac August 19, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Oats are not good for dogs, I encourage you to do some more research.

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      1. thismess September 2, 2020 at 1:26 pm

        Hey Mac,

        I appreciate your comment and was super curious so I did some digging about oats! While oats can be a problem in large amounts they are ok to feed in small doses and are actually are frequently found in commercially prepared dog foods as a carbohydrate alternative. Generally speaking, you can feed your dog 1 tablespoon of cooked oatmeal for every 20 pounds of the dogs weight, but it probably should be more of an occasional treat than a daily thing. Of course, the oatmeal has to be cooked and free of any additives or sweeteners and it shouldn’t be overly processed instant oatmeal.

        Here is an article from the AKC about oatmeal that was super interesting: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-oatmeal/

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        1. Jeanne September 6, 2020 at 5:29 pm

          Just yesterday my little Lola (Shih Tzu/poodle) decided she doesn’t want blue wet food or any type of dry food. So I am cooking her food as we speak. I baked a potatoe, cooked a small amount of spinach and cauliflower, and boiled some chicken. Sure hope she eats it. Tomorrow I will go to the store and pick up sweet potatoes and brown rice and make her a more nutritious and balanced meal. Also I will purchase some vitamins at the pet store to supplement whAt I am cooking. Wish me luck. Ooops I’m planing on drizzling a bit of olive oil on her food. Thank you for your recipe I will make it tomorrow.

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          1. thismess September 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm

            Jeanne I hate to hear that your poor Lola has been having a hard time with her food lately, but she is so lucky to have you caring for her! Hopefully, a little home cooked meal is all she needs.

          2. Erica M. October 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

            I have a Shih tzu also and want to start him on homecooked food, just because I feel it’s healthier, but just don’t know where to start to make it a well balanced meal. How much of each food group should I include? What supplements does he need? Can you give me any advice please.

          3. [email protected] October 16, 2020 at 6:49 pm

            Hi Erica, I know just how daunting the task of making food for your dog can be. The recipe and blog post above has everything broken down for you including the vitamin and mineral blend we use for our dogs. Outside of that you can absolutely discuss with your vet what your options are for feeding a diet of 100% human grade dog food. If you do give the recipe a try and have the time I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. That helps other people around the internet find this recipe as well!

    3. Marie Losee December 14, 2020 at 6:22 am

      I’m so excited to try this. I’ve been looking for something to try for my dog rather than buying food. He has skin allergies and we’ve figured it is due to his food, he has to eat all natural foods with no additives. And no wheat products. Homemade will be a lot easier. Cant wait to try.

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