More and more people are getting interested in making homemade food for their dog. In the years I have been feeding my dog a well-rounded meal, she has remained healthy and active, with a soft coat and no dandruff. Every vet we have been to has commented on the lack of tarter build up on her teeth, assuming that I must be brushing her teeth on a regular basis. I didn’t stick a toothbrush in a dog’s mouth until after she was 10 years old.
It can also be much cheaper to be making your own dog food. I spend an average of $10 or less on one batch of food that lasts about a week.
We experimented a bit with different variations of food before settling on this easy recipe. Jaya used to get a combination of some kind of grain, with raw meat, a vegetable, and a form of dairy, either cottage cheese or yogurt. She still gets to lick the yogurt containers clean in this household, an activity she looks forward to when she sees that I am finishing the last of the yogurt.
The best thing about this recipe is that it can also be a meal for humans. I have been told many times by guests in my house that they might dip into the dog’s food as a midnight snack.
So try it! And by try it, I mean, feed some to your dog and to yourself. 😉
However, you should consult with your vet if you are considering switching your dog’s food, especially if they are used to getting the same thing on a daily basis. It will be best to start slow, as a mix of the two, to let the dog’s digestive system adjust to the change.
Please share any comments, concerns, or suggestions!
Homemade Dog Food
2½ cups rice (any kind will do)
5 cups water
1 lb of meat of choice (hamburger, ground turkey, etc)
1 lb package of frozen mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc)
¾ cup nutritional yeast flakes
- Combine the first four items into a large pot on the stove. A rice cooker is ideal if you have one big enough!
- Start on high heat to bring to a boil, then lower the heat down to a simmer.
- Add the nutritional yeast in and stir it in. I usually stir half in at a time. You may use more or less than the intended amount, it is up to you.
- When the rice is done, it’s done!
- Jaya, who weighs 32 lbs, eats this food twice a day; once in the morning, about a cup worth, with an egg on top, and once at night, about 1½ – 2 cups. In that amount, it lasts about a week.