Unless you plan to study canine nutrition yourself, it is imperative that you speak to your veterinarian and/or a canine nutritionist before transitioning your pet to a home-cooked diet. Even homemade dog food recipes formulated/recommended by veterinarians may not provide all of the essential nutrients your dog needs.
If the diet you feed is not nutritionally balanced, your dog can become nutrient deficient within a few days. Likewise, consuming too much of a particular nutrient could actually poison your pet over time.
It’s important that you work with a professional to find out the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals that your dog’s body needs on a daily basis. They can also help you figure out how many calories are in the recipes you’re feeding and how many calories your dog should be eating each day.
Easy 5 ingredient homemade dog food recipe
Your dog’s nutritional needs are based on a number of variables, including:
- activity level
- general health
This is why it’s so important to review this (or any other) recipe for homemade dog food with an expert. Before you make any changes to your dog’s diet, whether you choose a commercial food or a homemade option, you need to be sure it’s giving him the nutrients his body needs.
Recipe: Easy 5 ingredient homemade dog food
When you prepare your dog’s food at home, you have full control over all the ingredients used. You can choose to use organic ingredients or make a grain-free recipe. I recommend using the healthiest ingredients you can afford and adding variety to your pet’s diet to keep them healthy and happy.
This easy recipe uses only 5 ingredients. Your vet can guide you in adding other ingredients to provide the exact nutrition your dog needs. Either way, this recipe is easy to make and store.
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Total time: 25 minutes
- Yield: around 14 cups from eating 1x
- Category: cooked food
- Method: stovetop
- Kitchen: Dog Food
- 3 cups cooked organic brown rice
- 2 pounds of lean ground beef
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 3 medium carrots (diced)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
Brown the ground beef completely in a pan. Drain the fat. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Hard boil the eggs, cut the carrots into small cubes. If your dog doesn’t eat raw vegetables, you can steam the carrots until they’re tender.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined. When all the ingredients have completely cooled, you can serve your pet this homemade food.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 144
- Sugar: 0.7g
- Sodium: 31mg
- Fat: 4.7g
- Carbohydrates: 17.1g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 7.9 g
- Cholesterol: 20mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food per 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is only a guideline. Lazy pets and older dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian regarding the best portion size for your dog.
How to store: You can store leftover homemade dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze it and it will keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For more informations
We post many recipes for homemade dog food and treats each month. For more recipes, cooking tips and pet food advice, visit our Recipes section. If you’re new to the subject of homemade dog food, I recommend reading more about How Much to Feed to understand portion sizes, What Supplements to Use to make balanced meals, and Storage for tips about the simple and easy way to store homemade dog food in the fridge or freezer.