Caring for a dog with a sensitive stomach can be a challenge, especially since most commercial dog foods are likely to trigger health problems in these dogs and usually upset their stomachs. As an alternative to store-bought sensitive stomach dog foods, you can prepare your own homemade meals, either daily or once a week (and freeze or refrigerate them).
We've published many dog food recipes here on Top Dog Tips before, and while some of them may be a good option for your problematic pup, many won't. I've gone through a list and found five best homemade dog food for sensitive stomach recipes that are likely to work for most canines. Some meals should be served in multiple, smaller portions or they can upset your dog’s stomach. The daily serving size for dogs with sensitive stomachs should be 1 cup for every 25 pounds of weight per day, spread across multiple meals.
If none of these meet your pet's needs, I recommend you also check out Samantha's home made dog food recipes for sensitive stomach, digestive disorders and stomach upset. She's published a few of those, but these five are my favorite:
- with chicken and veggies
- pumpkin-based biscuit treats
- for digestive disorders
- for stomach upset
- cakes with rice and chicken
The good thing about making DIY meals for your dog is that you can make adjustments. If you see some ingredient that you know won't work for your pup, you can make a substitution – here's Samantha's article on how to do this right. And finally, remember that every dog is different and these may not be well-balanced for your specific canine. Discuss these recipes with a veterinarian before preparing them regularly.
The 5 Best Homemade Dog Food for Sensitive Stomach Recipes
White Rice and Chicken Recipe
- 2 cups of white rice
- 1 ½ pound of chopped chicken meat
- 1 ½ cups of vegetable mix
- 4 ½ cups of water.
First, heat a big skillet and add rice, meat, vegetables and water in it. Cook it on medium heat until the mixture boils. Then cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 15 minutes to cook all the ingredients properly, especially the white rice.
This is a very simple recipe that suits dogs with sensitive tummies since both chicken and rice have a calming effect.
Homemade Hamburger Meal
- 1 cup of hamburger meat
- 1 tbsp. of canola oil
- ½ cup of cooked oatmeal
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 2 tbsp. of cottage cheese
- 3 tbsp. of beans
- 3 tbsp. of carrots
First, fry the hamburger meat in a skillet on canola oil. When the meat is fried, add finely chopped the hard-boiled eggs. Then add all the other ingredients to the mix and wait for it to cool down.
Oats are a great addition to this meal because they are rich in nutrition. And while dogs don’t usually care for them, they will gobble this meal up because of the hamburger meat.
Chicken Breasts with Rice and Pumpkin
- 1 ½ cups of white rice
- ½ cup of chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
- ¼ cup of plain yogurt
- ¼ cup of canned pumpkin
- ½ cup of vegetable mix (optional)
Cook white rice according to the instructions on the box. Put the chicken breasts in a large pot and cover them with water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Shred the chicken into pieces and mix it will the rest of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
This is a simple recipe for bland food which is easy to digest. Yogurt can soothe the inflamed stomach, while canned pumpkin can help make your dog’s bowel movements regular and firm up his stool because it is rich in fiber.
Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
- 1½ tablespoons of cottage cheese
- ½ pound of minced chicken meat
- ½ cup of grated carrots
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
Mix the chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots in a pot and put it in the microwave. Heat it for about 4 minutes. When the mixture cools off, add the cottage cheese and serve it to your pet.
Carrots are great for reducing stomach irritation and they are also full of vitamins. They can help your dog improve his digestion and relieve constipation or diarrhea.
Treats for Dogs with Sensitive Stomach
- 1 cup of rice flour
- 1 cup of quick cook oats
- ¼ cup of no-salt chicken broth
- 4 tbsp. of olive oil
- 3 oz. of apple sauce
- ½ cup of diced carrots
- ½ cup of diced green beans,
- 1 tbsp. of baking powder
- Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with some olive oil. Mix all dry ingredients in on bowl and mix all wet ingredients in another. Then, stir dry ingredients into wet ones. When you get a smooth mixture, shape your cookies and place them on the sheet. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes and allow them to cool before serving.