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Share a Meal with Your Dog! Homemade Dog Food Nutrition (with a Recipe)

Share a Meal with Your Dog! Homemade Dog Food Nutrition (with a Recipe)

Have you ever considered preparing a healthy and nutritious homemade meal for your dog? While feeding dinner scraps is a quick and easy way to clear a plate before it heads to the dishwasher, many dog parents may not have thought to start a dinner plate made up for their dog ahead of time. Making your own dog food at home is a great way to know what exactly is in the food, and you can toss in those pet safe table scraps as an added treat before doggie dinner time!

I first want to note that I am not an expert in animal diets. I’m simply the human parent of three crazy dogs who wants to raise happy and healthy hounds by providing additional weekly to daily meal options. What I am writing is a compilation of my own amateur research and homemade dog food making trails and errors!

Now, let’s take a look at some nutritional information for dogs along with a simple food combination idea to get you started with incorporating healthful plant-based foods into your dog’s diet.

Food Pyramid for Dogs

I came across this pet blog called EntirelyPets that has pet food pyramids set up very similar to our own food pyramid, now called ChooseMyPlate. Although this pet site uses red meat as a protein example, with proper research and planning, animal protein can be replaced with plant-based proteins with ease. Over 50 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or considered obese, making it more important than ever for us dog parents to feed a proper diet complete with fresh water and plenty of daily exercise. According to EntirelyPets, a dog’s bowl should be made up of 15-20 percent carbohydrates such as grains, 10-15 percent healthy fats and oils, 25-30 percent vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, and 40 percent protein.

Share a Meal With Your Dog!

Not Lady and the Tramp style, but if you prepare a plant-based dinner for yourself, consider feeding your dog the same thing or at least adding some to their existing crunchy store bought food. For example, mix half of his store bought kibble with homemade, plant-based food.

Keeping in mind that dog’s need a balanced diet, here’s a super simple homemade dog food combination:

  • Brown rice. Long grain brown rice is inexpensive and a good source of fiber.
  • Beans. Having a variety of beans like black beans and kidney beans in your dog’s diet will provide them with protein, B vitamins, fiber, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and phytonutrients. Since dogs tend to swallow food whole instead of chewing, it is important that you cook beans thoroughly and then mash them up well.
  • Olive Oil or other. Add a tablespoon to the beans while you mash them.
  • Orange sweet potato. Sweet potatoes and yams are easier for both humans and dogs to digest. Potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B-vitamins. Like beans, cook well until soft and mash up.
  • Apples. A great source of vitamin A and C, apples are also a good way to clean a dog’s teeth. Make sure to dice up and to be safe, do not include the apple seeds in dog food.
  • Add a spoonful of nutritional yeast that has been fortified with vitamin B12 for a little extra yum!

Add other veggies that you like.

I have found with my dogs (all are over the age of 7 years) that they need to have at least two smaller meals a day when they eat the homemade plant-based food versus once a day on the conventional kibble for older dogs. If you are going to be introducing homemade food to your dog for the first time, it is best to start out by incorporating it little-by-little to their existing food until they get used to the change. Also, play around with the endless food combinations to your dog’s taste. I can’t wait to share more homemade dog food recipe ideas!

 Image Source: Andrew Becroft/Flickr

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7 comments on “Share a Meal with Your Dog! Homemade Dog Food Nutrition (with a Recipe)”

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Kim Gaynor
3 Years Ago

Hello there!

I found you through Google. I know you have an interest in making homemade food for your dog, and I thought you might like to know that I share a dog food recipe and I\'m hosting a pet food cookbook giveaway on my blog.


I thought you might be interested in entering the contest. Also, if you would like to repost the recipe/giveaway on your blog, feel free to do that!

Have a great week!

Bev Nelson
26 Jun 2015

We feed our 4 lb pom frozen food from the pet store. Dr. Becker a vet on Dr. Mercola\'s site says that any form of kibbles is like us humans having to live on crackers. Our little dog was fed kibbles for 2 years before we got her. She had runny eyes and wasn\'t at all healthy looking. Now she is improved in all areas. I really think that home made real food is the best way to go as, this bought food would be way too expensive for larger dogs.

Bev Nelson
26 Jun 2015

And by the way, thanks for the ideas. An older friend has an older small dog that couldn\'t walk up and down stairs and just laid around. Now she feeds this dog the food she eats herself ( and she wouldn\'t be the type to double check on and missing nutrients for the dog). Now the dog runs up and down the stairs with lots of energy through the day. So, I think we can get all caught up with missing elements in the food. When I was young, our dogs got the table scraps - no money for fancy dog foods. And they all lived to ripe old age with never a vet visit....

Darlene Steinis
4 Years Ago

I don't think it's wise to publish an article on dog nutrition by someone who is neither a veterinarian nor otherwise educated in dog health. I am not a veterinarian. I have, however, done some research into proper homemade diet for dogs. I do not see that that sample recipe has enough calcium in it. Evidently, home cooked foods for dogs often lacks the essential balance between calcium and magnesium. Also, I don't see any omega 3 fatty acids in this sample diet. There needs to be a proper balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The long term health of a dog suffers on such a diet by well-meaning owners. Interview Dr. Karen Becker for her recommendations. She is an authority and has written a book on the topic. I'm sure there are many other qualified veterinarians as well. Please remove this article from your site.

24 Oct 2014

I met a woman who makes all her dog\'s food. She said her vet is all for it but later in the conversation, she mentioned that vet had asked if she was making sure she gave the dog vitamin supplements regularly.

17 Sep 2017

Great advice. I wish someone would come up with a free on-line Chronometer food app for dogs and other pets. Would make life simpler. In a nut shell I tell my kids the dogs normally eat opposite of us, more meat less of the other. I have come across a lot of evidence that a balanced plant based diet can be fine for a dog, but you need to provide all the things missing, apparently a dogs body will kick in enzymes when meat is absent. The same is true with humans, different combinations work differently and it also varies per individual. Still praying for that dog nutrition app though.

Rafa Delfin
4 Years Ago

@robin - I hope you realize there are certain foods that are dangerous to dogs like chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado, garlic and much more! http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

Robin Bolender
4 Years Ago

i would never feed my dogs anything i wouldnt eat myself.my dogs never eat "dog food" we cook for them for every meal.

17 Sep 2017

Totally agree with you there, after we lost one dog to a recall we had not knowledge about and almost another, I started to research and found the chemicals in there and the lack of quality process and resources is dangerous to humans as well as the dogs/cats. Given that most humans keep the pet\'s food handy and kids will eventually experiment and eat it, that was too dangerous for me. So we cook and try to live a wholsesome life as best as our circumastance will allow.

Christine N Robinson
4 Years Ago

Yes, cats! We make dog biscuits to donate to the SPCA, but all the cat treat recipes I have found involve baking tuna in the oven, which really can't be done in the workplace!!

Brooke Persich
4 Years Ago

Matthew Shawver

Anette Uvaas G
4 Years Ago

Cool! How about cats? :)

Christine N Robinson
4 Years Ago

Well that was a disappointment.


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