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Recipe for Healthy, Nutritious, Homemade Dog Diet

Recipe for Healthy, Nutritious, Homemade Dog Diet

If your pooch is like another member of your family, then keeping him fit and healthy and knowing that you have control of what he eats is important

If you are simply hate waste, then feeding your dog a homemade diet can help avoid food waste. As well as buying ingredients specifically for your dog, you can include your leftovers.

Either way, you’ll also be certain that you’re feeding fresh, wholesome ingredients without “fillers” and chemicals. With this diet, your aim is to feed your dog a balanced diet of the nutrients he needs:

Protein: lamb, beef, poultry, egg or fish

Carbohydrate: potatoes, rice, oatmeal, barley or pasta

Fats: vegetable oil

Fibre: vegetables such as carrots, green beans or sweet potato

Vitamins and minerals: a commercial supplement and it must include calcium

What you will need:

Equal volumes of cooked protein source, cooked carbohydrate source and raw or cooked vegetables - total weight depending on your dogs size and energy levels.

Vegetable oil – 1/4 of a teaspoon for every 4.5kg of body weight.

Vitamin and mineral supplement (follow pack instructions).


Mix everything together and add warm water to moisten if necessary.

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Rachel H

These meals are great frozen. I find it easiest to make enough dishes for a week at a time in portion sized containers and place them all in the freezer. Then, every night I simply pull out one container from the freezer so it will be unthawed for the next day. Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Jessie P
Dog Lover

Is this suitable for freezing? I love this idea - I want to try it - but I certainly don't have time to even cook myself such a lovely dinner, let alone the dogs! Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Science Notes

Wild ancestors of our pet dogs ate a diet which consisted of about 80% meat, bone and offal, and about 20% plant material, which often came from the stomachs of their prey.  When prey was scarce, they would eat fruit and other vegetable matter. 

Dogs can’t thrive on a meat-only diet, as it’s low in calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

Related Tip

Make changes to your dog’s diet gradually, over 1 to 2 weeks, to avoid digestive upsets.