homemade dog food recipes

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Discover the joy of preparing nutritious meals for your beloved canine companion with these 9 homemade dog food recipes. Tailored to suit various dietary needs and preferences, these recipes offer wholesome ingredients and simple preparation methods to ensure your furry friend receives the best nutrition possible.

1.   Beef Gourmet Dog Food Recipe

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Image Credit: pearl_sango_rawfoodlife from Instagram


  • 1 lb Chicken or Turkey
  • 5 cups brown rice 
  • 4 cups veggies – Carrots, Broccoli, sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsps coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Daily Multivitamin in powdered form


  1. Add coconut oil to your pan.
  2. Pan-fry the chicken after cutting it into pieces.
  3. Boil rice in a separate pan.
  4. Combine cooked rice and your choice of veggies with the chicken mixture.
  5. Stir until well mixed.
  6. Incorporate powdered nutritional supplements.

Recipe from: House that barks

2.   Homemade Salmon for Dogs

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Image Credit: AZESTFOR


7 ounces cooked salmon
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked broccoli
5 teaspoons of Azestfor Vitamins

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Recipe from: AZESTFOR

Watch the below 1 min video for full instructions on how to make this homemade dog food recipe

3.    Lean Ground Sirloin Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Lean Ground Sirloin Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe
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To simplify the preparation of this homemade dog food and minimize both time and dishwashing, you can use the Instant Pot to cook the hard-boiled eggs and rice.

First, cook the eggs, then simultaneously prepare the rice in the Instant Pot while browning the sirloin and gathering all the fresh ingredients.


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

2 pounds ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained

4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced small

3 medium sized carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

¼ cup minced curly parsley

3 tablespoons of olive or safflower oil

Recipe from: this mess is ours

Watch the below 1 min video for full instructions on how to make this homemade dog food recipe

4.    Yummy Chicken and Veggies for Dogs

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Image Credit: Damn Delicious

This recipe from Damn Delicious was born out of the requirement to provide a bland diet for a sick dog. This was after a vet’s advice to feed the affected dog chicken and rice without a shred of seasoning.

With a balanced proportion of 50% protein, 25% grains, and 25% vegetables, this homemade food provides a perfect blend of wholesome homemade nourishment.

You can also prepare this meal in batches that will be portioned into single servings labeled with the date, and stored in the freezer for future use.


  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • ½ cup peas, canned or frozen


  1. Cook rice in 3 cups of water in a large saucepan following package instructions; then, set it aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sizable stockpot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Brown ground turkey for about 3-5 minutes, ensuring to crumble it as it cooks.
  3. Incorporate spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice into the pot. Cook until the spinach wilts and the mixture is thoroughly heated, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool down entirely before serving.

Recipe from : Damn Delicious

Curious about what to feed a dog for an upset stomach? We’ve compiled an article on the topic to help you navigate the possible options – be sure to check it out!

5.    Instant Pot Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

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Image Credit: Kari from Southern Bytes 

With an instant pot, you can follow this recipe to provide your dog with a nutritious meal free from preservatives and additives.

The instant pot makes the kitchen work much easier while bringing out the cooked wholesome goodies in one package.


  • Protein: Ground beef or chicken
  • Healthy Carbohydrates: Choose from options such as rice, oats, rinsed quinoa, or barley. Additionally, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, real corn (off the cob), or purple potatoes can be added based on your dog’s preferences.
  • Frozen or Fresh Vegetables: Chopped into bite-size pieces.
  • Chicken or Beef Bone Broth: Homemade or store-bought, ensuring it doesn’t contain onions.
  • Coconut Oil: Optional; can be substituted with fish oil when serving.

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6.    DIY Healthy Food for Dogs with Allergies

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Image Credit: Where’s The Frenchie 

This homemade food recipe is great for dogs with allergies. In this recipe, Nikki used ground beef, whole grains, vegetables, and apples, and added a tablespoon of multivitamin supplement.

In addition to being affordable, this recipe provides a nutritious option to keep your canine buddy in good shape. There are no allergens and fillers which are common in store-bought food.


  • 3 lbs ground beef (or any protein)
  • 1 cup uncooked millet (or any other whole grain: quinoa, rice, pasta)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • half of a zucchini, shredded
  • half of a squash, shredded
  • 1 apple, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp calcium powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • Include several tablespoons of Canine Complete, a multivitamin supplement with probiotics and minerals. You can add half a scoop to each serving bowl. This supplement should provide everything your dog needs, but research may be necessary as every dog is unique.


  1. Boil 1 cup of whole grain in water until soft and easily digestible. Drain excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, shred or chop the veggies.
  3. Cook ground beef in olive oil, draining excess juices.
  4. Combine all ingredients; no need to cook the veggies as overcooking removes natural nutrients. The heat from the meat and whole grain will soften them slightly.

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7. Ground Chicken and Bean Homemade Dog Food

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Image Credit: Katie from A Fork’s Tale

Here’s another easy-to-make dog food you can try today. Some of the main ingredients include chicken, kidney beans, butternut squash, peas, green beans, carrots, and white rice.

You can interchange the ingredients based on your dog’s preferences. For example, you can use hamburger or turkey instead of chicken. The fresh veggies can also be swapped in later recipes.

Read the full recipe to get further suggestions on multivitamins and joint supplements that can work wonders to keep your dog fit.

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8. Finely Minced Meat DIY Dog Food Recipe

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Image Credit: Delicious Table 

This recipe uses finely minced ground meat and a combination of fresh vegetables, but you can make substitutes according to your dog’s needs.

Using different vegetables when making your dog’s food at home can provide varied nutrients and help prevent the waste of excess produce.


  • 3 pounds ground beef 7 cups cooked crumbled ground beef
  • 2 cups brown rice or swap white rice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 28 ounces beef stock (optional) + ½ cup water 28 oz = 3.5 cups, add ½ cup water for proper ratio to make rice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh broccoli, shred or cut finely or a 12 oz frozen bag
  • 2 cups fresh carrots, shred or cut into small coins 2 large carrots
  • 2 cups sweet potato, small cubes or shred 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


  1. Prepare Rice:
    • Rinse the rice under cold water in a fine mesh strainer for about 30 seconds to remove starch.
    • Use a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water (adjust according to package instructions).
    • Optionally, substitute water with beef, chicken, or vegetable broth for enhanced flavor.
    • Bring the broth or water to a boil, then add rice and salt (omit salt if using bouillon). Adding a tab of butter is optional for improved taste.
    • Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for 18 minutes (30 minutes for brown rice). Avoid removing the lid during cooking.
    • Once done, turn off the heat, replace the lid, and let the rice rest for several minutes. Fluff it up with a fork before serving.
  2. Prepare Veggies:
    • Chop, shred, or process all vegetables according to your dog’s preference. Finely shredding in a food processor is suitable for small dogs.
  3. Cook Ground Beef and Veggies:
    • Brown and crumble 3 lbs of ground beef in a large skillet, then transfer to a large bowl.
    • In the same skillet, briefly sauté carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes until just soft over medium heat.
  4. Mix Dog Food:
    • Combine warm rice, sautéed veggies, and fresh spinach with the ground beef in the large bowl. Mix thoroughly using a large spatula.
  5. Portion and Store:
    • Divide the homemade dog food into 4-5 cup portions and store them in zip lock bags or an airtight container.
    • Freeze the portions and thaw one bag per week as needed.
    • Reheat a serving for your dog in the microwave for 30 seconds before serving. Optionally, add some dry dog food to stretch out the homemade batch.

Recipe from Delicious Table

9. Pumpkin Waffles

waffle for dogs

Celebrate your dogs birthday with breakfast in bed! This easy, 5-ingredient pumpkin waffle recipe is a delightful treat that your dog will adore!


  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg

Waffle toppings

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Peanut butter
  • Dog treats


Combine oat flour and baking soda in a bowl. Mix in pumpkin, applesauce, and egg until fully blended. Pour the mixture into a waffle iron and cook for approximately 3 minutes or until the waffle iron indicator light turns green. Top with your preferred dog-friendly toppings and serve!

Recipe from Right Back Spatula

Check out the below cutest Video of a Dog enjoying a Pumpkin waffle

Video Credit: whereskaia from Instagram
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Laura is the founder of Furs'n'Paws. She is a also a pet writer and expert with more than 20 years of experience of working with dogs and cats. She developed a very strong love for animals at a young age. Her passion led her to establish a thriving pet sitting and dog walking business in Dubai. As an expert in pet training, behavior, and nutrition, Laura is committed to helping pet owners and pet lovers by offering high-quality information on a wide range of topics.

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