Chicken is one of the most common protein sources used in commercial dog food products. So, it's safe to say that it's a good source of protein to consider when making your pooch homemade meals. This chicken mince dog food recipe is made with limited ingredients and should be a suitable meal for most adult dogs.
Keep in mind that homemade dog food is usually NOT 100% nutritionally balanced for every dog. A known study performed by researchers at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine proves this to be true.
The study tested 200 recipes from 34 different sources, including veterinary textbooks, pet care books and web sites. Researchers evaluated the ingredients and the instructions for each recipe. They used a computer-based program to quantify the nutritional content of each recipe, as well as the specificity of the instructions.
Sadly, they found that only 9 of the 200 recipes provided all essential nutrients in concentrations that met the minimum standards established for adult dogs by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Of those 9, only 5 provided essential nutrients in concentrations that met the National Research Council’s Minimum Requirements for adult dogs.
What does this mean for you? It means that no matter where you find homemade dog food recipes (even those created/provided by veterinarians), you should always work with a canine nutritionist to ensure that you add the proper supplements and multi-vitamins to make the meal nutritionally balanced for your dog's unique needs.
Chicken Mince Dog Food Recipe
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 pounds chicken mince (ground chicken)
- 1.5 cups DRY brown rice
- 3 cups baby spinach (chopped)
- 2 large carrots (shredded)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 zucchini (shredded)
Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packaging. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the chicken mince to the saucepan and cook until browned.
Add the cooked rice to the chicken mince and stir until combined evenly. Stir in the spinach, shredded carrots, frozen peas and shredded zucchini. Cover the saucepan and cook on low for an additional 5 minutes.
Once the chicken mince dog food recipe has cooled, you can feed it to your pup. The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight per serving. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day.
Let's say you have a 50-pound dog. He should eat about 1 cup of food per serving, so 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the evening. If you prefer to feed your dog smaller meals, take the daily recommended amount – in this case 2 cups – and divide it into 3 or 4 smaller portions to be served throughout the day.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. You can also make the recipe in bulk and store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.