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! 

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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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

Easy Homemade Dog Food

  • 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

Description

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!


Ingredients

Scale

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 curly 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 curly 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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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.

 

312 Comments

  1. Ashleigh Schultz September 4, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Hi! I am new to homemade dog food and plan to make this recipe tomorrow! Question though! I have read for humans that freezing hard boiled eggs can be not good (not sure if that’s just due to taste or actual safety) can you confirm that you freeze some of this recipe to use for later times and have no issues?!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours September 6, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Hi!! Great question. So, typically freezing yolks is fine, the issue for humans is actually the texture of the whites after freezing. Hard-boiled whites become a little tougher and can be watery when frozen, but our dogs have zero issues inhaling it. It isn’t a safety issue with freezing it is textural for people after thawing. I hope that makes sense.

      Reply
  2. Liz August 20, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I just started making food for my 2 Pitts and they absolutely love it! I have a questions about the breakfast bowl. Is that something you give your dogs everyday? Can I use herbs that are already packaged, like a McCormick brand?

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      I am so glad your pups like it!! I provide my dog’s with yogurt bowls a few days a week for an added boost of protein and fiber. YOu can absolutely use packaged dried herbs.

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  3. Patty August 18, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    My dog loves this recipe. Out of curiosity, have you ever tried using dried curly parsley in place of fresh curly parsley?

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      You can totally used dried! I just had a really hard tie finding specifically dried curly parsley. I wrote an entire post about seasoning dog food with dried herbs, you can see it here! Homemade Dog Food Seasoning

      Reply
  4. Dogs dudes August 15, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Thank you for the important content.

    Reply
  5. Katie August 10, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Let me start by saying that I have the least food motivated dog I’ve ever heard of. He thought twice about eating bacon- BACON!

    That same finicky German Shepherd also has a lot of skin issues- allergies and the like. This year, they’ve been exceptionally bad, and I wanted to see if proper food could help him out while we experiment with medications from the vet.

    So, I’m slaving away making this recipe (much harder than simply scooping food into a bowl), and in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “what if he doesn’t even eat it?”

    That picky little boy ate this up so fast. The real test will be the next few days when it’s less fresh, but I am astounded. So much so that I had to write a review.

    Thank you for this recipe. I did some crappy math, and it comes to about $4 a day to feed an 80 pound gsd- super affordable, super great!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Oh my goodness Katie!! What an amazing testimonial and I for one am super impressed at your math with that cost! I hope that your pup continues to love this food as much as ours do years later. It never gets old for them. I do change the seasonal dog friendly produce sometimes or add some blueberries which I think keeps it interesting for their taste buds.Keep me posted!

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  6. Paula M Jones August 9, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    I have a 15 yo Boston mix and a 7 yo, I’m unsure of her breed mix (both are rescues). They love, love, love the meat, egg and veggie mixes I have made using your recipe as a guide, based on what I have on hand. But, they barely tolerate the baked sweet potato treats and so far won’t do more t smell the apples I try to feed them, even if I am eating the apple. Tried the pumpkin and yogurt bowls this morning and the older dog won’t touch it and the younger one barely tasted it before walking away. I mixed dried herbs (wasn’t able to plant anything this year as I was dealing with chemo and radiation earlier). I did add some weak chicken broth to the last batch of food I made, just because it seemed so dry without liquid, even with the oil. I have enough for 4 or 5 days in my refrigerator and portioned meals for 5 days more in the freezer. I may be feeding them too much, but they seem to be tolerating the change well. I still have plenty of dry kibble on hand for.supplements if they need it later in the day. Love being able to spoil my babies just a little since I can’t do much with them right now. After all, this is their house and they just let me stay here!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Oh my goodness Paula, I am sending you so much love for your health and healing! Your sweet pups are so lucky to have you. While our younger dog is a very adventurous eater our older dog who ate kibble and dog treats most of his life is not. I find I have to test him with things, but he has tastebuds. He wouldn’t eat apple chunks for the longest time, so I tried grating and mixing them into his food one night and he liked that. We worked up from there starting with thin slivers and moving to now chunks. He loves crispy unsweetened banana chips, but hates bananas and will only eat a treat with banana baked into it if its warm. See what I mean… picky. Sometimes they just don’t like things just like us and I just try to be ok with that. 🙂 Take care of yourself!

      Reply
  7. Lynn Peabody August 5, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Hello!
    For your homemade dog food recipe that calls for minced sage, would it be ok to use dried sage like McCormicks seasoning or bulk sage from Amazon? Same with the Parsley, dill, rosemary and oregano? What would the portion size be vs the fresh minced herbs?
    Love your dog recipes! Thank you for sharing!

    Lynn Peabody
    Leland, Mi

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Lynn!!
      Great question, yes you can use dried. Because dried herbs are often more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you will need less. That means the correct ratio is one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs. I have a dog food seasoning recipe that talks all about this that you can check out here: Homemade Dog Food Seasoning

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  8. Simten August 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Meg,

    I am so lucky that I could find your page and recipes.

    My master (Dort – meaning 4 in all languages; Pekingese, 15 years old) has been living with sensitive kidney – on the edge, they say.

    We have been on Renal Diet for a couple of years until she started to tell me that she will not be taking that anymore.

    I searched for alternative for some time. And finally, I found your page!

    Today, I tried the recipe. The cutie loved it; her usual joy returned.

    I will be continuing with your recipes.

    Just a question: Are all the recipes that you share for dogs with kidney problems?

    Best,

    Reply
  9. Patty August 1, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for taking the time to create this recipe. My 14 year old dog absolutely loves this homemade dog food recipe. It is gone in a heart beat. Out of curiosity, can I use dried curly parsley (using your DIY recipe) in place of fresh parsley? If so, how much? Thank you again!!!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      You absolutely can replace the fresh parsley with dried it is 1 teaspoon dried for 1 tablespoon fresh. 🙂

      Reply
  10. Thicha July 31, 2021 at 4:01 am

    I have a 3.5 lb., 13 years old Yorkie who was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease (which may be the result of the underlying inflammation in her gallbladder). She was raw fed for a year prior to her diagnosis and the vet is suspecting that her body might not be able to handle bacterias in raw food as well as younger dogs would be able to so I am about to transition her to this recipe and hope she will thrive on it, so thank you so much for sharing! One question though, I am not sure if you’re supposed to measure the weight of the meat when it’s raw or when it’s cooked as I am pretty sure it will weight less due to moisture loss during the cooking process?

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Hi! Thank you for sharing your story with me – your poor pup and poor you! That measurement is for uncooked, so yes it does cook down a bit. Please, keep me posted on how y’all are doing!

      Reply
  11. Mimi July 30, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Hi! First off thank you for all the post you have taken time to make ! Your information is so helpful and saved me lots of time of doing the same research! I started transitioning my 2 year old rescue and my 10 year old malitpoo this week. They absolutely love it ! 5 days in with no belly aches or potty accidents. But I have noticed their stool is obviously a lot softer. I know for the first few days to expect softer stool. But I’m not sure how long that should last or if I should add something else to get the stool a bit more firm. Overall they have been extremely happy with this change
    of food! Can’t wait to try the yogurt and pumpkin recipe!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Mimi!! Sometimes the transition to a new diet can take a little bit to work through which is why we suggest a slow transition incorporating small amounts of this with the food their bellies are already used to then slowly decreasing the levels of that and increasing the levels of the homemade. I hope that makes sense. I do have a doggie “medicine cabinet” at our house, because ya know sometimes stomach issues just happen. I wrote an article about it here:What I’ve learned about Dog Vitamins + Kidney Disease It has a great anti-diarrheal that is developed by vets and just mixes into their food. My dog’s have never needed it longer than a day or two with any issue they have had.
      If you are dealing wit tummy trouble I would wait before adding in the yogurt bowls until your dog is 100% and then slowly see if yogurt is ok and pumpkin. Pumpkin has lots of fiber – so you definitely don’t need more of that if stools are soft at the moment. Hope this helps!!

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  12. Ada Alfaro July 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Hi Meg
    I’m also tired of buying dog food and I’m looking for an alternative, I love these recipes. Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes. I do have a question how long can these recipes be refrigerated for.

    thank you
    Ada Alfaro

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 11:47 am

      Hi Ada! You are so welcome, thank you for rating the recipe and commenting!! You can safely refrigerate for up to 4 days. Any more than that I would portion and freeze.

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  13. Mary Jane July 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Meg,
    I love your recipe, plus all the variations that can be used. Our 3 yo, 40 pound pup, Remi, loves this. I make a big batch and freeze it in sandwich bags. Works like a charm. I usually warm it a bit in the microwave before giving it to him from frig. He loves it. I hope to stop using his kibble—Blue Mtn—but so far we use it to supplement his meals, though lots of the time he doesn’t eat it. I plan to start him on the yogurt pumpkin morning bowl and the treats during the day you mentioned.
    Thank you for this blog—it is so informative. My one question is about serving size. I get that he should have four cups per day given his weight. Do you have a grams measurement for 1 cup, because depending on how compact it is, the weight can vary. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours July 19, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Mary Jane! Thank you for your comment and I am so glad that Remi is loving the meals. I actually have not weighed out a cup measure in grams, but I can work on adding that to the recipe during our next update. Such a great ides, thank you!

      Reply
  14. Christie June 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve been stalking your dog food recipes for a while and decided to for it today! Question – can any of these recipes be frozen? I would like to make a large batch, if possible. If not, how long can they keep in the fridge?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours June 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Christie!! Oh my goodness I am so glad you are here and giving the recipe a try! You can absolutely freeze this food if you make a large batch. In the fridge it should keep for 4-5 days.

      Reply
  15. Paige June 28, 2021 at 8:31 am

    My Large Breed dog has a Grain sensitivity. can you substitute sweet potatoes/potatoes for the rice? As well as what other proteins have you found to work.

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      You totally could make that substitution. My dogs tend to do really well with turkey, sirloin, and even buffalo. Chicken doesn’t sit well with them, but chicken has been known to be an issue since some dogs can have an allergy to it. While other dogs can eat it just fine. I have tried ground unseasoned pork before as well and they loved it with zero issues.

      Reply
  16. jodi m hassett June 28, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Thank you! It may have already been said, but i am grinding up the shells as i speak to use as calcium in this recipe.

    Reply
    1. meg@thismessisours June 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Hi Jodi! Yes that is so great, we do that too! I am currently working on a whole blog post about it so everyone can see just how easy it is!

      Reply
  17. aissa June 26, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    is there any way to train my dog to eat some vegan food
    cuz am vegan person and evrytime i try to give my german shepherds a vegan food he dont eat it

    Reply
  18. Edward Pullen June 23, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    How do I make my dog eat eggs? He hates its smell

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    1. meg@thismessisours August 19, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Edward you can try grating the very small on a cheese garter then stirring them into the food and that might help.

      Reply
  19. Susan Barrett June 22, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Fantastic recipe! I made it for my jack russell terrier and she loves it! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. meg@thismessisours June 24, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I am so glad Susan! Thank you so much for rating and reviewing the recipe!

      Reply
  20. Jeanett June 15, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Oh my gosh the difference this has made with just one feeding! I have a very picky rescued yorkiepoo, he gobbled this up and didn’t experience a tummy ache or bathroom problems. This has been a godsend since I have spent SO much money on dog food he refused to eat. He has more energy and he slept well last night. I did have a problem finding curly parsley though. The store offered flat and Italian parsley. Is it ok to use Italian parsley? Again the biggest thank you for helping me to feed my prescious dog correctly. LOVE.

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    1. meg@thismessisours June 16, 2021 at 6:58 am

      Oh my goodness Jeanett!! What an amazing success story. Thank you so much for sharing! I am just beyond thrilled for you and your pup. When it comes to parsley for dogs, you should only feed the curly variety. So, if you can’t find that I would substitute it with another fresh dog friendly herb like basil or dill or even oregano in small quantities. You can read all about dog healthy fresh herb choices in my Homemade Dog Food Seasoning post. Keep me posted how you and your sweet Yorkiepoo are doing!!!

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  21. T.J. June 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve made this many times now and it’s always a hit.

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  22. Andrea June 1, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Hi! I’m so excited about this recipe – I’m going to make it for my 8 week old Chinese crested puppy. Is there anything I should add to this for a young puppy? Like eggshells or do you think it will be fine as is?

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    1. meg@thismessisours June 14, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Hi! How exciting – I bet you have your handsfull! I would add a calcium supplement – we sanitize and grind up eggshells at home for this and just add it to their food every day. Also, for our dog Rebel we add a dehydrated organ meat pwder from Dog’s Naturally. She could use the phosphorus in her food, but our older dog that was diagnosed with kidney disease has to avoid it. I hope this helps!

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  23. Jordan May 31, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Hi! Two questions, if my dog can’t have eggs, should I increase the ground beef to make up for that protein? Also, if I’m substituting canned (no sodium added) green beans, how much would you add? I wasn’t 100% sure how much 3 shredded carrots amounted to.

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    1. meg@thismessisours June 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Hmmmm… good questions. I would personally up the beef. I am honestly not sure about the canned beans. I would probably go for 2 cans – green beans are a great ingredient for dogs so a little extra wont hurt.

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  24. Cheryl May 22, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I scramble the eggs instead of having to boil and peel the eggs.
    I know my dogs won’t eat spirulina so I freeze spinach or kale in quart bags and then once they are frozen, I squeeze the bags in my hand and the greens break into small pieces and then they they dissolve easily in the warm dog food. I learned to freeze greens from the Damn Delicious cookbook.

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  25. Kelly May 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    My dog is 7 years old and about 4 pounds overweight. I just got him a few months ago so I’m learning that he is picky and doesn’t like kibble. His vet said the wet food i was feeding him was too high in fat. I live next to farmers who have 100% grass-fed meat. When cooking it there’s hardly any fat and its delicious. I knew I needed to feed him something better. I found your recipe and I’m so glad I did! I didn’t have parsley or oil (I don’t cook with oil) so this go round I didn’t use herbs. I did lean beef, carrots, peas, and green beans, oatmeal (was out of brown rice), boiled eggs, and hemp seeds for the omegas. He gobbled it up so fast! I am sooo so so so happy for this!! Thank you!

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    1. meg@thismessisours May 13, 2021 at 7:01 am

      This is great news Kelly!!! Thank you so much for coming back and taking the time to comment and share your story with us! It means so much!

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      1. Sally June 11, 2021 at 7:28 am

        How do you not have to make this like every other day? I started making it fir my dogs (which they love it…thank u!) but my big dog eats 4-5 cups twice a day and I’m making it like every other day.

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        1. meg@thismessisours June 14, 2021 at 5:15 pm

          Oh Sally, I feel your pain! I meal prep BIG batches so I only have to make it twice a week. It is an adjustment though!

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    2. MARIE BELCREDI June 2, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      I had a dog in my early years and he refused anything but fresh meat which I gave him. He ended up with rickets and I had to give him extra calcium. I se thre is no bone meal or anything rich in calcium except the eggs. Stress they enough? Especially for the puppy?

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      1. meg@thismessisours June 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        Hi Marie, thank you for your concern. Our dogs get lots of calcium from their supplements, Greek yogurt bowls, and our homemade eggshell powder supplement which we will be adding to the site soon.

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  26. Cindi L May 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it has really been a huge help with our 12 year old lab that was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. Poor Bella lost mobility as well as her appetite and I tried almost every food I could buy to entice her to eat but nothing lasted more than 4-5 meals before she tired of it. Well, she has been eating this for 3 weeks and absolutely inhales it! We are so happy! I have been making this for Bella as well as our new puppy Leia and they are both loving it. I have to add that as my husband and I both work 60+ hours a week I had to find some short cuts. I have been using frozen veggies (peas, carrots, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes and butter nut squash) and mixing that with the dried spice blend, ground meat, brown rice and scrambled eggs. I also bought the greens mix that you suggested and I feel so good feeding my pups healthy human-grade food. Thank you for sharing this!!

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    1. meg@thismessisours May 13, 2021 at 7:04 am

      Wow Cindi!!! This is amazing and I love your shortcuts!!! Our dogs LOVE frozen peas, green beans, and frozen carrots as well. I am so glad that Bella is enjoying her meals again, this just made my heart so incredibly happy!

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      1. Donna VETTER June 21, 2021 at 11:57 am

        My dog weighs 8lbs.
        Do I feed her only one
        Cup per day

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  27. Robert Steven April 23, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks meg for sharing! I loved your recipe

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      1. Enci May 14, 2021 at 11:48 pm

        Hi I absolutely love the recipe so does my puppy too. I recently lost my 8 years old dog due to congested heart failure. Turns out all the fancy expensive grain free dog food i was feeding them might have been the culprit. That’s when I decided to look for better options for my other dog. One question. since I’m feeding him this food he started scratching under his chin. Do you think this is a sign of allergy to one of the ingredients?

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        1. meg@thismessisours May 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

          Oh my goodness Enci, I am so so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet dog! That is just tragic! As far as the itching goes, I lean towards thinking you are probably dealing with a food sensitivity. You may want to just check in with your vet about testing to be safe. The top 5 (in order) foods that dogs can be allergic to are beef, dairy, wheat, chicken, & egg. If it were me, I would swap the beef if that is what you are using currently for ground turkey or chicken. See if that helps, if there is still itching it may be the eggs. Please, keep me posted on how y’all are doing and what you figure out with the itching!

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          1. Katr May 30, 2021 at 1:11 pm

            I was burned out on cooking after 50 years of it so cooking for my dogs was something I was determined to avoid. However the gross inconsistencies in the quality of foods I’m seeing in overpriced, over marketed foods from one case to the very next has me convinced manufacturers are messing with batches for their bottom line. I no longer trust any of them and my dogs have been trying to tell me that for over a year. So cooking I am and maybe I’ll even get back to cooking for myself again. Thanks for uncomplicated, healthy recipes and my dogs send a tail wag to you!

          2. meg@thismessisours June 14, 2021 at 5:31 pm

            Oh my goodness – GOOD FOR YOU!! Your comment just lit up my day and made me so happy – thank you so very much. Your pups are lucky to have you.

  28. Jenny Llacer April 22, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Thank you so much for a balanced and straightforward doggie food recipe! Our Willie is 9 or 10 years old and is usually a very playful and affectionate Maltipin rescue. We just nursed him through a sad month of pain and lethargy from his first bout of hip osteoarthritis. I’m so grateful that he got through it and now I can make him healthier food that I’m hoping will help to spare him from other illness down the road. Maybe he will also keep up his exercise and lose a pound so he doesn’t need to carry excess weight. He is 17 pounds and I add the Dog Greens, his CBD and a joint supplement. I freeze 2 cup portions to feed him 1 cup twice a day. And now he loves his food so much, no more coaxing to eat processed food! At first he balked as if he couldn’t believe I was letting him have all this “human” food! Once he realized it was really for him he dove right in and we never have to worry that he won’t love it! What a relief for all of us to get away from processed dog food. I’ve made 2 batches already and even though I don’t love to cook regularly I love doing this.

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    1. meg@thismessisours April 23, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Oh my goodness what great news!! I do love cooking for my digs too – it is so rewarding to see how happy they are to dive into their meals. Our dogs use CBD as well and it has been a huge help for our senior dg’s arthritis. Keep up the good work and keep us posted how you and Willie are doing!

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  29. Jeanne B April 2, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Looks delicious I’m excited my dog has very itchy skin and gets frequent ear infections. He’s 13 pounds how much is a serving for him? Should I use ground sirloin? Or venison?
    Thank you!

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    1. Cheryl May 22, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      I would try 3/4 cup each meal. My 8 lb yorkie eats 1/2 cup.

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  30. J. Cruise March 23, 2021 at 3:25 am

    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.

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    1. meg@thismessisours March 23, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Hi!! How exciting for you and your pup! Take a deep dive into the blog post as it covers everything from nutrition, to feeding amounts, advice for transiting your go to a home cooked diet and supplement recommendations. If you still have questions regarding any of those after taking a peak let me know here in the comments and I will get an answer for you.

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    2. Kara April 1, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Do I need to cook the veggies as well?

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    3. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:35 am

      Hi! Everything you need to know to get started is in the body of this blog post. I have also included links to our other homemade dog food recipes where there is even more information. Happy cooking! Your pup will be so happy!

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  31. Debbie March 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I have a 3 years old Yorkie bichon cross who is the pickiest little girls ever. I have tried so many expensive top of the line dog foods on the market. After a couple of weeks she will turn her nose up at everything. I found your recipe after searching for something different I could try. Well I have been using the recipe for 3 weeks now and she absolutely loves it. I plan on changing it up once in awhile but the base is perfect. Because she now is eating it on a regular basis it has made our lives so much easier regarding bathroom times too. Thank you so much!!!!

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  32. Elena March 6, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Hi, I see the serving size is one cup and there are 287 calories per cup. I have an 85 lb golden Retriver and it states on guildelines to keep calories at around 1000-1200 . I see you also have an 85 lb dog and give 8 cups per day, which would be over 2000 calories per day. Is this correct? I just want to make sure I am feeding her enough but not over feeding as she could def lose 10 lbs . We go on 3 mile walks daily . Thank you. Sounds like a great recipe I want to try

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    1. RubisMom April 5, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. I also make my 65 lb Rubi’s food homemade and the serving size of 8 cups per day is quite a bit more than what I feed my girl. I was thinking maybe it was a typo ?

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      1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:02 am

        Hi! Our vet recommended 1 cup of this fresh food for every 10 lbs of body weight. So Rubi would receive 6 1/2 cups of food over the course of the day. You could split that into 2 feeding or 1 large one. We split the feedings because dogs with kidney disease process smaller meals easier. The quantities of dry kibble you would feed vs 100% real human grade food are completely different. For example: Purina says that a dog that is 51 to 75 pounds will need to be fed 2-2/3 to 3-1/3 cups per day. Kibble has more fillers and additives which are hard for a dog’s body to process, especially one with kidney disease like ours.

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  33. Dana March 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Do you serve this warmed up or cold out of fridge? Thank you!

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    1. meg@thismessisours March 5, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Hi! I personally serve it to them cold straight from the fridge, I have heard that some people like to microwave it a bit though.

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  34. Sabrina February 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Yesterday we got the devastating news that our almost 5 year old shar-pei/lab mix, Beau, has advanced DCM heart failure, and that the grain-free dog food we’ve had him on may have contributed to the diagnosis. Sadly enough, we lost 2 other dogs in 2016, both to different cancers, so back then we switched to an expensive venison-based kibble that happened to be grain-free, thinking this was a healthier alternative.

    In the last few hours since the diagnosis, we’ve been looking for answers on the internet for possible cures and it looks like changing diet is the best shot at it. Just wondering if you have any knowledge, or have been in contact with anyone who’s dealt with this disease and maybe had some success? Or possibly a different variant of your recipie better suited for heart failure. It seems to us that home cooked dog food is the answer, just not sure exactly how to make it work

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    1. meg@thismessisours March 6, 2021 at 1:35 am

      Hi Sabrina! I am so sorry for the news about Beau and for the loss of your other dogs. That is just heartbreaking to me. I haven’t had any experience personally cooking for a dog with heart disease, but I do feel like a diet based on real, whole foods as opposed to a processed diet is a great place to start. Dogs with heart disease definitely need a low sodium diet – I would look at the treats you are feeding as well. I have read that sweet potato dog treats are good for dogs with heart disease and our dogs LOVE them, so hopefully that will help you too.

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      1. Arden April 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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    2. Therese March 13, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      My Doberman Sheba lived 3 years after being diagnosed with DCM. I would cook her food. I used bison as my choice of meat, with rice and veggies. I also had her on Omegas, CoQ10 and I had her on another supplement, right now mind drawing a blank. I had to go to a hollistic vet to give me the dosage based on her weight she was 80 lbs. DCM did not kill her she died from liver cancer three yrs and 2 months from her DCM diagnosis. She had dobie incontinence and was on medicine PPA, it is a long name. I don’t know if that played a part or not or the years of her being on regular expensive kibble, but make the changes now. It will make a difference. My dog went to vet for reg checkup in April prior to liver cancer discovery and the vet was shocked at how good her heart sounded he couldn’t believe that she had DCM I told him yes and I had the echogram to prove it unfortunately. It will not be cheap as I spent hundreds a month on the supplements and I would do again!

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      1. meg@thismessisours March 20, 2021 at 6:57 am

        Oh my goodness Therese – you and sweet Sheba went through the ringer! I am so sorry to hear about her health issues and just feel so heart broken that you don’t still have her with you. Thank you for your encouragement about ditching the processed food. It is more effort and often more of a financial investment as well, but it is so worth it in the end for these dogs!

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  35. Pina Sansalone February 14, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Hi! This recipe sounds great! Just one question, usually when I change my dog’s kibble, I introduce the new food slowly, 1/4,1/2,3/4, 1 cup swap over 2 weeks. How can I feed my dog this recipe a few times a week but still keep his kibble meals? Thank you!

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 14, 2021 at 6:48 am

      Hi Pina! This is a great question – for the first year of our puppy, Rebel’s, life we actually did something similar to what is ousted like you interested in doing. We adopted her at 6 months old, so she was used to a kibble diet. At first, she would get small amounts of this fresh food mixed in with her puppy kibble at each feeding. We started with 1/4 cup of the food mixed in with the dry kibble and worked our way up to a 50/50 mix. I hope this helps, let m know if you have any more questions and I hope your pup loves the recipe!

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      1. Anonymous March 14, 2021 at 9:08 am

        Thank you!

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  36. Leslye February 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Hi! I have 8 dogs, 7 border collies and, the boss, 1 dachshund. I have been feeding them a homemade diet since October. Thanks to you, I now also top each meal with the Patriot Greens and I rest easier knowing I haven’t missed a single vitamin they may need! Our meals consist of chicken, spinach, carrots and barley. Three times a week we add bits of apple. Occasionally we add some eggs or salmon on top just to change things up. We top with the Greens and squirts of Omega 3 Fish Oil. Everyone is doing great and looks fantastic, but I worry about my 3 who are the most active of all. I’m afraid all of my babies needed to lose weight, and that was one reason we started the homemade diet. These 3 most active ones are losing too rapidly, in my opinion. Any suggestions on what I could add to their meals to give them more fat, if needed?

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 10, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      Hi!! It is wonderful to hear what you are doing for your dogs and that they are responding so positively! I often feed our dogs pumpkin yogurt bowls, the Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and healthy fat. Our older dog Hooch was overweight when we started feeding him this diet and he quickly leaned out, but has been maintaining a healthy weight and high energy level since the weight loss.

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      1. Leslye February 10, 2021 at 7:33 pm

        Thank you so much! Our skinny-ninnies will get pumpkin yogurt bowls for breakfast!!! I love your blog!!

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        1. Kara April 1, 2021 at 10:24 am

          I have one more question. The yogurt and pumpkin bowls is that in place of a morning meal or is that just a snack in between meals? Thank you

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          1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:03 am

            Hi Kara! Sorry for my delayed response – we had a tornado here 4 weeks ago and are still without internet!!! Yes, the yogurt bowls are a supplement to the amount of daily food that we feed, not a treat.

    2. Maggie March 20, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Gosh, can’t believe I have just found you. Thank you . You have done all the hard work.

      Just a few questions if I may, my dog has had cholangitus , high liver enzymes and bilirubin. But after meds and milk thistle it has come right down. I have had to feed her a vet prescription low fat diet … kibble and wet. (She ate it mo probs, but I wasn’t happy) that condition seems to have resolved itself, but on wed she is having a pancreatitus test And although vet said we cannot go back to raw feeding, and I won’t, I don’t want to feed her this vet prescription diet any more. She is a nine year old cockerpoo, spayed, and full,of life again. So .. vet says I need to feed low ish fat, moderate protein , lowish carbs no sugar, low salt …. can’t remember what else. Do yiu think yiur food could fit the bill or cld I add or take away … I really like,the recipe. Also, when prepared, can I freeze it in portions like Butternut Box food do … they light steam their veg .thank yiu so much for all help. Maggie

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      1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:39 am

        Hy Maggie – so sorry for my delayed response! Wow, you and your pup have been through so much! In short, yes I think this recipe and our other recipes will help you. Raw diet can be very hard on a dog’s body as they can suffer from the same food borne illnesses as we do and if the food isn’t prepared correctly or sits for even a bit too long that can spell very real trouble. None of our recipes contain salt so you are good there and you can change the protein depending on what your dogs’s needs are.
        Yes, you can freeze individual portions – they can either be thawed in the fridge until ready to eat or heated up slightly.

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  37. Anonymous February 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Great recipe but by the time I read the recipe I realized it takes less time to prep and cook the dog food than what it did to actually read everything to get to the recipe.

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 10, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Well, I am glad the recipe is easy to prep! Ha! We have tried to include as much information as possible to help people if needed, but whenever you need the recipe just look for the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page. It will scroll you right down to it.

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  38. Terri Courtney February 8, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Made this for the first time tonight. I have a 12 year old schnauzer mix abd I felt terrible every time she looked at her dry dog food and walked away. I just recently started looking at home made dog food. Our dog is super active still and I want her to be around for a long time! How long will this stay fresh in the fridge?

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Terri, I am so glad that you found this recipe and I hope your sweet dog loves it! I keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days at time. Any more than that it should be frozen.

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  39. DIANA February 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    My Marley, 8 year old Shih-poo has all of a sudden become so picky with his food that no matter what type of DOG food I offered, he’d walk away. This has been driving me nuts. Yesterday I decided, since I was going food shopping, I started looking for homemade recipes. So I decided, what the heck, he loves chicken, carrots, zuccine, and loves loves rice. I bought all the ingredients and gave it a try. so far both times I offered him the new food…. BRAVO, his face did not come out of the bowl until he got every last speck of food. Today I made a medium pot of this new food, portioned it out and made individual baggies and put them in the freezer. keeping my fingers crossed that he continues to love it.
    I’m looking for some variation because he gets bored of the same food all the time. Got any ideas?

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  40. Tracie February 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    My dogs are 16 years old. One has severe arthritis and just has no appetite. I hand fed her the top, expensive canned dog food and it’s a chore. My other dog wanted the same thing but wad getting tired of it. So I came across your recipe and was very skeptical. I gave it to them and both devoted it! I can’t believe Aly (the one with severe arthritis) put her head in the bowl! I was ecstatic to say the least. But was skeptical about the second feeding but it went just as well! They love it! Thank you so much! I am going to try different meats.

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Oh my goodness Tracie!!! This is such great news, I am beyond thrilled to hear things are going well and your sweet pup is enjoying the food! I hope that she continues to enjoy meal time, please keep me posted on how y’all are doing ok?!

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      1. Tracie February 6, 2021 at 11:39 pm

        So my dogs stop eating this after a few days. So disappointing.

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        1. meg@thismessisours February 7, 2021 at 1:16 pm

          Oh no Tracie!! I am so sorry, I just hate to hear that! I know it is more work, but if it were me and my dog Hooch, I would give rotating 2 versions of food from day to day a try. Maybe the different flavors of the food and slightly different textures would keep your sweet dog interested. Who knows, it might be worth a shot! I have a turkey and veggie version of this homemade recipe that our dogs really love too if you want to give it a shot. Sending all of our love to you and your dog!!

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          1. Tracie February 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm

            Thanks! I’m going to try

        2. Dennie March 9, 2021 at 12:33 pm

          I have a Yorkie Bichon cross named Willow. She is 3 years old. I have tried so many different and expensive dog foods. She would walk away from everything after a week or so. It was so hard to keep her on a,schedule. I found your recipe by chance and I am so happy I did. I followed your recipe exactly as written. She has been on it now for over 3 weeks and she absolutely loves it. What a joy!!!! I am going to change it up once awhile but I could not be happier.

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  41. Sarah Ryan January 31, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    I am excited to try this. Do you think I could vacuum seal and freeze a bunch?

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  42. Tina E Muhs January 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Love this one!! I’ve used other recipes however this one is simple and one of my pups is allergic to many things. So this works great. I just used chicken instead, and green beans for picky eaters 😏 I also used coconut oil.

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 1, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      Tina these swaps sound delicious!!! My dogs would really dig the green beans, they munch on those like no bodies business!

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  43. Neva Edmonson January 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

    So excited to have found this recipe and your wonderful tips! I have a 3 year old Shorkie that has been on Farmer’s Dog for about 2 years now. He loves it but it’s pricey even considering my pup is only 4 lbs it still costs nearly $100 a month. I’m so excited to try this recipe, his last shipment of FD will be running out soon. One question, in your paragraph about herbs you said curly, not flat leaf parsley but in the ingredient list it says flat leaf parsley. Just want to be sure I get the right kind!🙂

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 11:56 am

      WHOA!!! That is a huge investment Neva, I had no idea those food services were so pricey! I definitely couldn’t afford that for our dogs with how much food they eat. I am SO glad you found our recipe, it will definitely save you money! Oh shoot – thank you for catching that!! I will fix that typo now, that was a mistake on my end. Definitely look for curly!

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  44. Andrea January 24, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Thank you so much for your hard work in putting together this information for us pet owner’s who are caring for our pup’s with kidney disease. First, these recipes and related info are super helpful. Second, it is so validating to know that what I have been doing aligns almost exactly to what you are doing. Ted LOVES his homemade food and eats better than he ever did on regular dog food.

    The one question I have for you is, when you state the amount your dogs eat each day, does this mean your dog eats a total of 8 cups of food per day, or do you mean to say that he gets 4 cups, split into two 2-cup servings per day.

    I ask because my 15 pound dog gets 1 cup of food, which we split into 4 servings per day (plus natural treats – he is a treat dog, for sure). This aligns to what you are doing, but I just wanted to clarify because Ted seems to be hungry all day. Our vet says it is because he loves the food – who wouldn’t love to eat like this? But, he begs worse than ever. I am just wondering if we are not giving enough food. Would love your thoughts (even though I know you are not a vet). Did your dogs enjoy eating more after you switched to homemade? I just don’t understand the begging.

    Thank you again for this supportive content. Ted and I thank you!

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Andrea!! I am so sorry it took me a bit to get back to you – we have been slammed with virtual school and work and I am just now digging through comments.

      I am SO glad that you found our recipe and that the information is helping you! The fact that you have already made the transition to a human food diet already is such great news too.
      To answer your question, Yes we split his meals up into 2 meals per day – its easier for the kidney’s to process smaller meals like this instead of feeding him all at once which is harder in their bodies. I tried to do 3, but our schedule just doesn’t permit it at this point. My dog’s are both chow hounds and are always willing to eat. My vet basically said that if he seems ravenous I can give him a bit more food and it won’t hurt. We are all unique and so are they, Ted may just need a little bit more to make him feel satisfied.

      I also think that now my dg’s know how delicious human food is they always want in on what’s happening. We keep little snack bowls around to treat them through out the day and it seems to help a lot! Our dog’s both love dehydrated sweet potato treats, unsweetened banana chips, raw cashews, and apple slices. So, I treat them throughout the day with those things pretty regularly.

      You can also try is adding a few teaspoons of plain Greek yogurt to your dog’s meal for an added protein boost that will help fill him up a bit. Also a teaspoon or two of canned plain pumpkin is wonderful too! It adds fiber and is filling.

      I hope this helps you and Ted out!!! Be sure to come back and let m know how it works out ok?!

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    2. Anonymous February 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Four cups each serving

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  45. Caro January 22, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been feeding my 11 year old dog home cooked foods for 2 months now, she is crazy for it. I feed her your required qty divided in 3 meals with a small snack at night. Everyday like clockwise she waits by the fridge – she now can tell what time it is 😉
    I alternate ground beef and chicken thighs every other week and add a bit of chicken liver. I started with your recipe and it was so helpful as a starting point so thank you! I find she likes it more cooked in a crock pot, the veggies taste like meat this way ;). Hopefully this diet will add many years to her life on earth.

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Caro this is so funny, our dogs can tell time now too!!! They literally go sit in the kitchen when the sun hits a certain point in the sky. hahaha! I love hearing your variations and will definitely give your crockpot trick a try!

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  46. Joann January 20, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    we have a senior pup and a young adult pup. Will I need to give them supplements with this food?

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Joann! I give both our senior dog and our 1 year old pup the same Dog Greens powdered supplement I mentioned in teh blog post and they bth are doing great with it! I had their labs checked at their annual physical and they are both thriving! Hope this helps!

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  47. JezMez January 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    This looks amazing and making fresh food for our Roxie, who is a 35 lb mutt and has had stomach issues and horrible fish breath her whole life (she’s 9 now) as well as irritated gums, has been on my mind for a long time. We are pescatarians, though, so could we opt for occasional fish for her instead of meat? And my big concern is the transition. Should we convert straight to this way of eating or ease her into it? Thanks so much!

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Hi!! I haven’t ever prepared fish for our dogs, but after a little research I found that Tuna, salmon, whitefish, cod and whiting (also known as hank) are all good fish for dogs to eat! Plain, cooked, steamed, or grilled versions of these fish is fine for dogs to eat in moderation. Too much fish can lead to obesity, so I would consult your vet about the appropriate serving sizes of fish for your dog, especially if you plan to feed it as a regular part of her diet.
      You definitely need to ease your dog into the transition no matter what diet you switch over too. A gradual change over the course of a week or longer is best, so their tummies don’t get upset!
      I hope this helps!!!

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      1. JezMez February 5, 2021 at 8:52 pm

        Thank you so much!

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  48. Rob January 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Hey, cant wait to try this recipe for my 2yr old Poochon who has been suffering with an on-going ear infection. A couple of questions, the nutritional info above has protein at 46% but reading the comments someone has suggested its 50% and you have advised thats way too high.. but this is 46% which doesnt seem much difference?
    Also, i’ve had a read of parsley for dogs and seen its been advised to use curly not flat, any advice on that?
    Thanks in advance and i appreciate you sharing your recipe and experiences with us. X

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm

      Hi! So, our recipe card on the site pulls information for a human based diet and its all a bit confusing, so for that I apologize. there is no way for me to pull that nutritional calculator out of the recipe card. There is a great homemade dog food nutrition calendar online that allow you to enter the specific information for your dog and the ingredients you are using. It is way more accurate.
      I was so perplexed by parsley when I was doing my research, but it is true that you should use curly parsley. The ASPCA claims that both Hamburg and Italian parsley are toxic, but really this is only true in large amounts. To be safe I just always go with curly – it’s super easy to find too!

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  49. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  50. Carole January 12, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Hi there, I have a 12 week old standard poodle and wondering if I should use the following chart as a guideline: https://topdogtips.com/how-much-homemade-dog-food-to-feed-my-dog/. 990 calories for puppies which means that I should feed her 3.4 cups per day? You’re feeding your dog 8 cups per day and so that means that he gets 2296 calories per day? Hoping someone can help me with this until I find a dog nutritionist. She doesn’t seem to tolerate chicken or salmon and so I thought this recipe would work well.

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Carole, wow that article is intense and super informative thank you for sharing it with me! I go by my vet’s recommendation which is 1 cup per every 10lbs of body weight. Your fastest and safest bet would just to be to call and leave a message for your vet to help you figure out the proper amount to feed your dog. Mine always gets back to me fairly quickly through her vet tech and it saves me from a Google frenzy and keeps us both in the know of what is happening with our dogs. I know that wasn’t the answer you were seeking, but I hope it helps! When I am confused or concerned I always fall back on my vet for help.

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  51. Amy January 12, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    How would you say this compares to the cost of kibble? Obviously it’s more economical than ridiculously priced specialty food, but how about your average dog food?

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    1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Amy! We were on a super expensive rx diet and had a puppy on a top end puppy kibble when we last bought processed dog food, so for us the savings is quite a lot. However, i need to do the math next time I shop for everything to really wrap my head around a cost comparison. As soon as I rep in supplies I will come back to you here with an answer!

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  52. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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      1. Laura January 26, 2021 at 10:18 pm

        I’ve been making a similar recipe for some time. I put brown rice, 3-4 eggs, frozen peas and carrots, and turmeric as it’s anti inflammatory (3 tablespoons per batch), in a rice cooker and cook altogether. I then cook beef or ground Turkey and mash and mix all of it together when it’s done along with olive oil. I leave egg shells on but mash finely. Source of calcium. My dog was near death and bounced back when we switched.

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        1. meg@thismessisours February 4, 2021 at 11:54 am

          Laura that is incredible to hear about your dog’s recovery!! It is amazing how they bounce back after the change – our dog was diagnosed stage 4 kidney disease when we started our transition a little over a year ago and now he has zero indicators of the disease in his body! It is such a miracle the power of real, whole foods!

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  53. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  54. Robin January 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

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

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  55. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  56. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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    2. Judy Bullard March 31, 2021 at 11:59 am

      I’ve been wanting to put my one year old chi weenie on a homemade diet for quite a while. I don’t transitioning will be hard as he prefers people food. Green beans being his favorite. My son switched his red healer to homemade food which has done wonder for her itching and skin problems.

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      1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:10 am

        It sounds like you have an easy diet transition!! That is awesome! Our dog’s have the healthiest skin and coats, we’ve been feeding this way for 18 months now. Our older dog used to have mild skin and hair issues, but not any longer.

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  57. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  58. 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. meg@thismessisours 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  59. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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    2. Michele Brown January 29, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      I just wanted to say thank you!! My three girls were on Freshpet. I felt they were healthy. Now, it is hard to find and very expensive. With your wonderful recipies I am now making my dogs’ food. They love the pumpkin and yogurt recipe. I place a few cranberries and a mint and drizzle a little honey and they have a gourmet dessert! I can’t even describe how healthy their coats are. One dog had discusting breath. After two days she can breath on me and it is neutral. You have truly changed our lives

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      1. meg@thismessisours February 1, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        Oh my goodness Michele, I am so glad you are having such a wonderful experience that just makes my heart SO happy!!! Please, keep me posted on how you and your pups are doing!!

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  60. 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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  61. 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. meg@thismessisours 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  62. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  63. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  64. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  65. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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      1. Lisa U February 16, 2021 at 5:40 pm

        Are the carrots raw in this recipe?

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  66. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  67. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  68. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  69. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  70. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  71. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  72. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  73. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  74. 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. meg@thismessisours November 24, 2020 at 12:33 pm

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

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

    forgot to rate the recipe 😛

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  76. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  77. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  78. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  79. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  80. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  81. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  82. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  83. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  84. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  85. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  86. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  87. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  88. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  89. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  90. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  91. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. 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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  104. 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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    2. Julia February 6, 2021 at 7:44 am

      This is Mika’s favorite recipe that we’ve made for her. She’s a husky lab who is even more finicky than my children are at mealtime! Thanks for all the tidbits of information as well! Very much appreciated 🙂

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      1. meg@thismessisours February 7, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        Julia, I am so glad that the recipe and sharing our research is helping you and Mika! That just fills my heart with so much joy, thank you for sharing and giving the post a 5-star rating, it really means a lot to us!

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  105. 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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  106. 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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  107. 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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      1. Maggie March 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

        Ah, my questions hv disappeared. Hope u didn’t mind. Xx one minute there then ,,,,gone?

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  108. 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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  109. Futouristo August 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The dogs love it!

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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. 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. meg@thismessisours 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. meg@thismessisours 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!

  113. 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. meg@thismessisours 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!!!

  114. 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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  115. 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. meg@thismessisours 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 🙂

  116. 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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  117. 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. meg@thismessisours 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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  118. 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. meg@thismessisours 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. Cheryl May 22, 2021 at 10:48 pm

          Brown rice can go rancid also.

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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. meg@thismessisours 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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