We spend about $50 per month feeding our dogs organic, delicious, homemade and healthy meals. Quality canned dog food is definitely more convenient than making our own (although slightly more expensive), but we feel good knowing exactly what’s in our precious pups’ food! This healthy food is preservative-free, simple to make and GREAT for your dog! Our recipe makes approximately 15 cups of dog food, which we freeze in pint-size plastic, BPA-free freezer containers and simply pull them out of the ice-box as needed.
In the morning, each dog gets an organic chicken neck that we order directly from the Whole Foods meat department. These come in a 40lb box, which costs about $50 and will usually last about two months, as we give our dogs one chicken neck each morning and one serving of the homemade dog food in the evening. Chicken necks are beneficial because they are made of cartilage, which helps clean their teeth and provides calcium. The rest of the neck is protein and some good fats. Bone, on the other hand, can be very dangerous for your dog.
We double the recipe to provide our two small (15lb) dogs with two months worth of daily meals or about 60 servings. Portions should be adjusted to your individual pet’s health needs and lifestyle.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
3 pounds of lightly cooked ground meat, with 5-20% fat content, like ground turkey
1 pound of finely chopped organic liver (we blend it in the Vitamix for a few seconds)
4 to 6 teaspoons of powdered calcium carbonate supplement, like Animal Essentials Seaweed Calcium
(2) 3.75 ounce cans of sardines, in water or oil
4 teaspoons of fish or flax oil for Omega-3 supplement
8 cups of chopped fresh fruit or lightly cooked and chopped vegetables, like blueberries, carrots and peas
8 cups of well-cooked whole grains like rice, barley or a mixture of grains. Try to avoid corn.
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and diced
1 bunch of kale, chopped
1 bunch of parsley, chopped
Fortify this mixture by adding a multi-vitamin supplement specifically for dogs, like Animal Essentials, K9 Plus, Healthy Powder, Transfer Factor. Be sure that you use a vitamin supplement specifically formulated for dogs because some human supplements are toxic to pets. You’ll want to add the nutritional supplement based on the total quantity of the recipe created and the manufacturer’s per serving instructions. For example, this recipe makes about 15 cups of dog food, so add the amount of supplement needed for 15 one-cup servings.
Brown the ground meat and liver, then add eggs, sardines and fish oils. Continue to stir over medium heat until eggs are just cooked. Turn off the heat. Mix in kale, parsley, sweet potatoes, and other cooked vegetables and/or fresh fruits, then fold in cooked grains. Lastly, remove the mixture from the stove before you stir in the calcium and other vitamins, which can be destroyed by too much heat.
When cooled, spoon into pint-sized freezer containers and freeze until needed.