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Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew Food for Dogs with Digestive Problems

Digestive problems in dogs can range from mild, short lived issues to severe, long-term diseases. It may be as simple as your dog having eaten something that he shouldn't have or it could be a parasite, bacteria or virus that is causing the problem. Before switching your pup to food for dogs with digestive problems, it's best to seek help from your veterinarian to find the root cause of the issues.

Dogs are well-known for eating just about anything. From getting into the garbage to eating things they've found in the woods, canines will eat some pretty gross stuff! Unfortunately, eating these things is what usually leads to digestive upset.

Signs of digestive problems in dogs include:

  • abdominal pain
  • excessive drooling
  • constipation and/or diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite

As I mentioned, if you are concerned that your dog may be having digestive troubles, seek veterinary help immediately. While the problem may pass on its own, digestive disorders could lead to serious and irreversible health problems if left untreated. While it may just be that he ate something yucky, it could also be a blockage or serious virus that requires medical attention.

Do not switch your pet to this food for dogs with digestive problems without consulting your veterinarian first. They can guide you on the proper treatment depending on the cause of your dog's stomach troubles. They can also help you to determine if this recipe will provide your dog with balanced nutrition.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Food for Dogs with Digestive Problems

food for dogs with digestive problemsLike humans, some dogs just have a more sensitive digestive tract than others. If your dog has food sensitivities or mild digestive problems, making homemade food may be the easiest way to treat the issue. You can easily substitute ingredients if need be.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew Food for Dogs with Digestive Problems

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Before switching your pet to homemade dog food for digestive health, it's best to ask your veterinarian for advice. They will evaluate your dog to decide if this recipe will provide the balanced nutrition that he needs. They may recommend a slight change in ingredients or the addition of supplements.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 16 cups of food 1x
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


  • 2 ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups diced carrots
  • 1 ½ cups diced sweet potato
  • ½ cup garden peas
  • 4 cups water


Many owners don't have the extra time to prepare homemade dog food for their canine companions. Of course there is still a bit of prep work, but using a crock pot makes it possible for even the busiest dog owner to feed their dog a homemade diet.

As with most slow cooker recipes, this one is very simple to make. It takes me about 15 minutes to cut up all of the vegetables for this recipe, and that's all the work you need to do.

Just add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and stir the dog food occasionally as it cooks. You can cook this recipe for 4 hours on the ‘high' setting or 7 hours on the ‘low' setting.

Once the food has cooled completely, stir until all of the ingredients are equally combined and serve it to your pup.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 47 mg
  • Fat: 2.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 12.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 32 mg

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Serving Size Recommendation: You can serve this food to your dog as soon as 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 just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

It's best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for you dog. They will also help you evaluate meal to make sure it will meet your pet's unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.

How to store: You can store the leftover dog food for dogs with digestive problems in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them, and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so that it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section.If you're new to home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.