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Recipe: Homemade Low-Carb Dog Food

Our pets are an  extension of our families. We want to take care of them as well as we take care of our human family members, and a big part of that is ensuring they have good meals to eat every day. If your pup needs to cut some carbs, this homemade low-carb dog food recipe may be what you're looking for.

Carbohydrates are known as macronutrients, the same goes for proteins and fats. They are the ones that provide calories for the body. In a low-carb diet, the calories you normally get from carbs are replaced with protein-rich foods and other fats.

Dogs that are suffering from diabetes can benefit from low-carb foods. Mainly because Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by excessive intake of carbs and sugars. Low-carb diets can help normalize the dog's blood sugar levels and even stimulate weight loss.

Another great benefit that dogs can gain from this diet is that they become more lean and fit. A low-carb diet can help with your dog lose weight. Dogs that are allergic or sensitive to grains and carbs can also benefit from homemade low-carb dog food.

Homemade Low-Carb Dog Food

low-carb dog foodNot all dogs will benefit from a low-carb dog food. Be sure to discuss this dietary change with your veterinarian. A balanced diet is essential to overall health and well-being of your dog. Your vet may approve this recipe with the addition of a few ingredients or supplements to make it nutritionally balanced for your pup's unique needs.


Recipe: Homemade Low-Carb Dog Food

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One of the great things about making your own homemade dog food is that you control the ingredients that are being used. I recommend using the best quality ingredients that you can afford. Look for organic, all-natural ingredients whenever possible.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dog-friendly vegetables (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup dry brown rice


Preheat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef and chop it into small pieces as it cooks. Continue to stir and break the meat apart until fully cooked.

Add the rice and vegetables to the mix. Allow the recipe to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the salt and be sure to stir well. Allow the food to cook completely before serving to your dog.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: .2 g
  • Sodium: 115 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: .4 g
  • Protein: 17.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 51 mg

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How to store: You can store the leftover dog food 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.