Offering a dog a vegetarian diet can be a controversial subject. Your veterinarian, canine nutritionist, friends and family will likely all question your decision. Some dogs may require a vegetarian diet due to illness or allergies, but these cases are very rare. Usually owners who choose to serve meatless homemade dog food do this for personal reasons.
The problem with a meatless diet is that it doesn’t provide the complete, balanced nutrition your dog needs. That’s why it’s so important to consult your veterinarian before switching your dog to a meatless diet. Better yet, consult with a trained canine nutritionist who can guide you in creating meatless recipes that provide your pet with the right nutrition.
Working with an expert ensures your dog is receiving the right nutrition that will keep your pet healthier, happier, and extend their lifespan. They will recommend additional supplements to add to your pup’s vegetarian diet to make up for the missing nutrients. When done right, a vegetarian diet can be a very healthy way to feed your dog.
Meatless Homemade Dog Food Recipe
If you’ve already cleared this diet with your veterinarian, this meatless homemade dog food recipe could be a great addition to your pet’s diet. Keep in mind that it is not 100% nutritionally balanced, so you will need to add the necessary supplements before feeding it to your pooch.
Recipe: Meatless Homemade Dog Food with Peanut Butter
There can be several reasons to choose a meatless diet for your dog. The most common reasons are ethical (when owners have become vegetarian, they want their dogs to be too) or health reasons. Either way, it’s important to discuss this diet change with your veterinarian or a certified canine nutritionist.
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Total time: 35 minutes
- Yield: around 15 cups 1x
- Category: cooked food
- Method: stovetop
- Kitchen: Dog Food
- Diet: vegetarian
- 3 sweet potatoes (diced)
- 3 cups peanut butter
- 6 cups water
- ½ cup Brown rice
- ½ cup Andean millet
- 1 cup lenses
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup linseed oil
Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa and lentils. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove the food from the heat. Add peanut butter, apple cider vinegar and flaxseed oil. Stirring the mixture will melt the peanut butter and allow all the ingredients to combine evenly.
Once cool, you can feed your pooch the meatless homemade dog food.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 252
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 134mg
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 17.8g
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Protein: 9.1g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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 meatless 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 homemade dog food and treat recipes each month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, visit our Recipes section. If you’re new to homemade dog food, I recommend reading more about How Much to Feed to understand portion sizes, What Supplements to Use to Prepare Balanced Meals, and How to Store?. Tips for making homemade dog food easy and simple to store in the fridge or freezer.