Large breed dogs have unique nutritional needs. If you do not provide them with proper nutrition, large dogs can suffer from nutrient deficiencies, obesity or it could even stunt their growth. This homemade dog food for large dogs recipe is appropriate for most adult large breed dogs, but be sure to check with your veterinarian to see if they recommend adding any supplements to meet your dog’s needs.
Commercial dog food for large breed dogs and large breed puppies is nutritionally balanced for their unique needs, unfortunately the same cannot be said for homemade recipes. Most recipes that can be found on the internet or in books are not nutritionally balanced for canines, even recipes that state they are recommended by or formulated by veterinarians.
It is important that you seek the help of your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist when planning a diet change for your canine companion. They are the only ones that can tell you exactly what your dog’s unique nutritional needs are. Without a lot of difficult, time consuming research, it would be impossible for you to figure these needs out on your own.
Your dog's nutritional needs will vary based on his age, weight, breed, activity level, overall health condition and many other factors. His nutritional needs will also change many times over the course of his life. This is why it is extremely important that you discuss any changes in your dog’s diet with a trained professional.
Homemade Dog Food for Large Dogs Recipe
- 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken (cubed)
- 1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 egg
- 1 apple (cored and peeled)
- 1/2 cup green beans
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup carrots
Preheat your oven to 340°.
I used green beans, peas and carrots for the vegetables in this recipe. You could use any other dog-friendly veggies as a substitution if you wish. The first step to preparing this homemade dog food for large dogs is to cook the veggies until tender. You can boil or steam them.
Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packaging. Mash the veggies with a potato masher. Next, add the egg (shell included) to the veggies and mash completely. Add the rice to this mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the chicken and apple chunks. Then, grease a casserole pan.
As you will see in my video guide, the next step is to layer 1/2 of the chicken mixture on the bottom of the pan. Now, layer 2/3 of the veggie mix, the other 1/2 of the chicken mixture and then the final 1/3 of the veggie mixture goes on top.
Bake this homemade dog food for large dogs in your 340° oven for 35 minutes. Once the meal has cooled, you can serve it to your pet immediately.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freeze for up to 3 months.
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