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 an updated with additional recipe links 9/14/2020***

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! 

A dog laying on a floor

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: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: varies
  • 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 carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

1/41/2 cup minced fresh parsley or 1/4 cup dried herbs ***see my Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend post for a full list of herbs to feed your dog.

3 tablespoons of olive or safflower oil

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients together in a large container and stir to combine completely. Store 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 puppy Rebel eats 2 – 2 1/2  cups of food twice per day.

We go through a batch of this food pretty quickly with two big dogs, which means I am making a double batch at least once or twice a week! However, 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.

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.

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Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend recipe

It’s no secret that fresh herbs and spices are beneficial to a person’s health and diet, but did you know that your dog’s diet could benefit from the addition of them also!? In the summer months, it’s easy to include green leafy herbs like parsley and basil in our dog’s fresh homemade food because I have lots growing in the garden. But, when fresh herbs are sparse I turn to my spice cabinet where I keep a little jar of spices labeled ‘Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend’. This easy to make custom spice blend combines dried parsley, basil, dill, rosemary, and oregano for a seasoning blend your dog is sure to love!

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.

 

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103 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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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  6. 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!!!

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Futouristo August 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The dogs love it!

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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