If your dog is a picky eater, chances are you’ve fed him a variety of pet foods and human foods just to get him to eat regular meals. Did you know this could make your dog’s fussy habits worse? Find some recipes for homemade dog food for picky eaters is a better option than feeding Fido meals prepared for humans.
Human meals are not nutritionally balanced for dogs. The prepared and processed foods that humans eat are not healthy for our four-legged companions. If you try to get a picky eater to eat by adding human-food ingredients to their kibble, you might actually be conditioning them to do so even pickier.
Once your dog has become accustomed to having human food toppers in their kibble, they may eat fewer kibble and be on the lookout for the more enticing human food. In this case, it’s best to discuss a homemade diet with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist.
It is imperative that you create recipes with the help of a dog nutrition expert. The nutrients your dog needs will vary based on age, weight, activity level, health status, breed, and many other factors. Your dog’s nutritional needs will change as he grows and develops. An expert will help you provide balanced nutrition for your pet at every stage of life.
If not done properly, switching to a home-cooked diet can leave your dog with life-threatening nutritional deficiencies. simply put, You can’t just search the internet for recipes. This homemade dog food for picky eaters may be suitable for your pet as is, or your vet may recommend adding supplements or additional ingredients to meet your dog’s unique nutritional needs.
Homemade dog food for picky eaters
A study of University of California, Davis, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine show that most homemade dog food recipes are nutritionally unbalanced. In the study, the researchers selected 200 recipes from 34 different sources, including online resources, books and veterinary textbooks.
From these 200 recipes only 9 had a balanced diet at levels that meet minimum standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials for adult dogs. Of the 9 recipes that ensured a balanced diet, only 5 provided adult dogs with essential nutrients at concentrations that met the minimum requirements of the National Research Council.
Because of this, it is extremely important that dog owners take cooking for their pets seriously. While this recipe will certainly tempt a picky eater, it may not provide 100% balanced nutrition for every dog. Be sure to discuss this diet option with your vet before making the switch.
Recipe: Homemade dog food for picky eaters
This is an easy recipe that can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. In the video above, I cooked the food on my stove. If you wish, you can combine the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on the lowest setting for 4-6 hours.
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Total time: 35 minutes
- Yield: around 10 cups from eating 1x
- Category: cooked food
- Method: stovetop
- Kitchen: Dog Food
- 6 cups water
- 1 Pound boneless chicken (diced)
- 2 cups dry brown rice
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrot and cauliflower combo
Place the water, ground turkey, brown rice, and rosemary in a large skillet. Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the food. Bring the recipe to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the frozen vegetables and cook over low heat for another 5 minutes. Once the recipe has completely cooled, you can serve it to your pup.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 119
- Sugar: 0.6g
- Sodium: 32mg
- Fat: 2.2g
- Carbohydrates: 16.1g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 8.5 g
- Cholesterol: 20mg
Serving size recommendation: This homemade dog food for picky eaters is ready to serve to your pup once it has cooled. I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. So a 25 pound dog would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.
This is only a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, require more calories than these. Lazy pets and older dogs may not need as many.
It is best to ask your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for your dog. They’ll also help you evaluate the meal to ensure it meets your pet’s unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will help you choose the best supplements and/or multivitamins.
How to store: You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or freeze them and they 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.