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When done right, homemade dog food can offer your pet a well-rounded nutrition. It's particularly beneficial for special needs dogs, like those with kidney or heart disease, obese dogs, and liver issues. Try some of these most healthy homemade dog food recipes below to spice up your pet's diet.

Do It Correctly – Discuss These Recipes with a Vet

Before changing a dog’s diet, particularly if your pet has serious health conditions, always discuss this change with your vet. Show them this list of recipes, let them know what you plan to feed your dog and ask for their input on healthy variations.

There's no healthy homemade dog food recipe that's a perfect fit for every dog.

While these recipes can sometimes be a better choice than commercial diets, feeding this way can also be detrimental to your pet's health if you're not paying attention to the nutritional content of these meals and comparing them with nutritional requirements.

Well-balanced meals are key. For example, if your homemade dog food meal contains too many vitamins, it could cause vitamin toxicity. On the other hand, if it doesn't provide the dog with enough nutrients, it will cause nutrient deficiency or malnutrition.

You must also know how much to feed your dog and what portions of these healthy homemade dog food recipes are appropriate, as well as what supplements you'll need to include to make up for the lack of nutrients that your pet requires.

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20 Most Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

1. Turkey, Rice and Greens Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 1 shredded zucchini

Directions:

Cook the rice according to package directions, as you have to do with a few of the other healthy homemade dog food recipes on this list. Heat the oil in a large pot and brown the turkey. Crumble the cooked turkey, then stir all ingredients together. Cook the food until the spinach is wilted and the mixture is heated through. Cool before serving.

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2. Tapioca and Egg Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole chicken eggs
  • Calcium carbonate dosed as directed.
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken fat
  • 2 cups cooked tapioca
  • Multi-vitamin and mineral tab. dosed as directed.

Directions:

Hard boil the eggs and allow them to cool completely. Add the chicken fat to a skillet and combine all ingredients while heating. Dice the hard boiled eggs, and add them to the pan. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Allow to cool completely before serving.

3. Salmon and Broccoli Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 2 portions salmon with skin
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 3 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 squash
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Chop your broccoli, squash and carrots and steam until cooked. Shave potatoes and bake in the oven until cooked through. Cook salmon in 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet. Once everything is cooked, allow it to cool and mix together well before feeding.

Beef, Beans and Veggies Dog Food

4. Beef, Beans and Veggies Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 1 ½ cups squashed diced
  • 15 oz. drained/rinsed canned kidney beans
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 ½ cups carrots chopped

Directions:

Add all ingredients and 4 cups of water to a slow cooker. Stir. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours, stirring periodically. Turn off the heat and stir. Let cool completely before serving.

5. Meat Muttfins for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 grated potatoes
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 4 grated carrots
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cups water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 ˚F and grease 36 muffin cups. Add rice and water to a saucepan and cook according to package directions. Let rice cool completely. Mix together carrots, potatoes, beef, celery, and eggs and stir well. Add the other ingredients and mix. Spoon mixture into muffin cups and cook for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool before serving.

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6. Muttloaf Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (lean is best)
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mixed vegetables

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Using your hands, combine all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Grease a loaf pan and gently press the ingredients into the pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool then slice before serving.

Chicken Cake for Dogs

7. Chicken Cake for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. minced chicken
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup corn
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup carrots

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 340˚F. Cook the peas, carrots and corn on the stove until tender. Peel the apple and chop. Cook rice according to package directions. Use a potato masher to mash the vegetables. Add the egg to the vegetables WITH shell and mash completely.

Mix the chicken apple together in a clean bowl and combine thoroughly. Add cooked rice to the vegetable mix. Grease cake pan and layer half the chicken mix in the bottom of the pan.

Layer 2/3 of the vegetable mixture over the chicken. Use the leftover chicken to make another layer. Top the “cake” with the leftover vegetable mix. Cook for 35 min or until cooked through. Cool before slicing and serving.

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8. Salmon Scramble for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. cooked skinless, boneless salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Cook salmon and spinach in the skillet until heated. Break eggs into the skillet and stir while cooking for 2 mins. Mix together, remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.

9. Chicken and Greens Skillet Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast sliced.
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 handfuls green beans
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 zucchinis chopped

Directions:

Cook the quinoa according to package directions then set aside to cool. Add chicken slices to a skillet and cook until browned. Add vegetables to the skillet and stir. Mix in the cooked quinoa. Allow to cool completely before serving. This is one of the simplest healthy homemade dog food recipes to prepare.

Homemade Turkey Egg Meatloaf for Dogs

10. Turkey Egg Meatloaf for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • ground turkey
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 raw eggs
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup chopped carrots

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Combine the carrots, turkey, and peas in a bowl and mix well. Stir in the raw egg and oats and mix with your hands to get a loaf like mixture. Grease a loaf pan and spoon half the ingredients into the pan. Add the hard boiled eggs on the center-line of the pan then cover with remaining ingredients. Cook for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely before slicing.

11. Chicken and Rice for Tummy Aches

Ingredients:

  • 2lb. ground chicken
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 peeled, diced carrots
  • ¼ cup canned butternut squash
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

Directions:

Cook chicken thoroughly in a skillet. Drain chicken fat and set aside. Blend eggs in a blender with shell then stir into the chicken. Cook chicken and egg mix until cooked through.

Add 2/3 cup chicken mixture, 2 tbsp. carrots, 1/3 cup rice and 1/3 cup chicken broth to blender and puree. Mix leftover chicken with carrots and rice in a large bowl. Stir in puree until combined thoroughly. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon out round portions. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

12. Beef and Liver Homemade Dog Food

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 3 oz. finely chopped liver
  • 4 cups rice
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables
  • 9 cups water
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Add the water, rice and oats to a large saucepan and bring to boil. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 mins or until water has absorbed completely. Spread the mixture in a container to cool. Once cool, cut into servings and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs

13. Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cooked diced white meat turkey (NEVER use deli meats)
  • ½ cup plain mashed potato
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ½ cup steamed vegetables of your choice

Directions:

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a saucepan. Whisk egg into the mashed potatoes. Stir potatoes, veggies, and turkey together to mix. Cook in the pan while stirring until eggs are cooked thoroughly. Cool thoroughly before serving.

14. Homemade Winter Stew for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • l beef stew meat
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 potato
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks. Bake the potato chunks until firm but tender. Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook beef through. Set cooked beef aside and add the water and flour to the skillet. Stir while heating until you get a gravy. Mix in the rest of your ingredients into your gravy and cook until heated through. Allow to cool before serving.

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Homemade Turkey Chicken Casserole for Dogs

15. Turkey Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 25lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cored/seeded apples chopped
  • carrots peeled, chopped
  • peas

Directions:

Another of the most healthy homemade dog food recipes, this Turkey Chicken Casserole is easy to prepare. Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and cover with water. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. Turn off heat and stir thoroughly. Allow to cool and mash slightly before serving.

16. Homemade Doggy Omelette

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cooked salmon fillet sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ diced green pepper

Directions:

Add a little olive oil to a skillet and heat on medium. Whisk the eggs before adding to the heated skillet. Cook slightly before adding the salmon and peppers. Fold the egg in half and cook until cooked through. Remove from heat and cool before serving.

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Homemade Doggy Meatballs Recipe

17. Doggy Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • ½ cup cored, seeded apples grated
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Omega oil
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

Directions:

One of the easiest healthy homemade dog food recipes to prepare, you simply use your hands to combine all of the ingredients together thoroughly for this one. Break ingredients into small pieces and roll into meatballs. Cook through in a skillet or bake in the oven until cooked. Allow the meatballs to cool completely before serving.

18. Healthy Sardine Cakes for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 3.75oz. cans sardines in water
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups plain mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tsp. dill seed
  • ¼ Tsp. ground egg shell
  • 1 Tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350˚ and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain the sardines completely and chop. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Use your hands to make cakes out of the ingredients. Place the cakes on the baking sheet and bake for 10 mins on each side or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.

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Healthy Chicken and Turnip Greens19. Healthy Chicken and Turnip Greens

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 12 oz. pureed carrots
  • 8 oz. pureed peas
  • 8 oz. pureed squash
  • 18 oz. chopped turnip greens
  • ¼ Tsp. ground eggshell
  • ¼ Tsp. turmeric

Directions:

This is one of the healthy homemade dog food recipes that takes a little work to prepare, but it will pay off when you see Fido enjoying it. First, boil the chicken in a large soup pot until cooked through. Set the liquid aside and let the chicken cool slightly. Remove chicken meat from the skin and bones. Shred the chicken meat, throw out the skin and bones.

Combine all ingredients together in the soup pot including left over chicken stock and stir. Cook on low until everything has cooked through. Cool before serving.

20. Low-Fat Shepherd’s Pie Bites for Dogs

Ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • 1 1/3 cup plain mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup peeled, chopped carrots
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ Tsp. ground egg shell
  • 1 Tsp. parsley
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. Divide mixture between 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. Cool before serving.

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