Preparing homemade meals for your dog isn't the most convenient way to feed him, but when done right it is the healthiest. Making homemade food allows you to cater every meal to your dog's exact nutritional needs. Pressure cooker homemade dog food makes cooking for your pup a little bit easier.
Some people worry about the safety of pressure cookers, but as long as you use them properly, they are perfectly safe. Today's pressure cookers are made with safety features and advanced technology to prevent accidents.
In the video guide above, I am using the COSORI 8-in-1 Pressure Cooker (which I recently reviewed here) because it has safety elements in place that make me feel comfortable when using it. For example, it will not turn on unless the lid is securely locked. There is also a small float that pops up when pressure is built up inside the cooker and drops when the pressure is released.
When shopping for a pressure cooker, look for one that offers multiple safety features and backups in case the seal fails. For me, the biggest benefit of making pressure cooker homemade dog food is that it is much faster than preparing a meal in a slow cooker or making it on the stovetop.
Pressure Cooker Homemade Dog Food Recipe
Your dog's nutritional requirements are based on a number of variables including:
- activity level
- overall health condition
This is why it is so important to discuss this (or any other) homemade dog food recipe with an expert. Before you switch your dog's diet, whether you're going with a commercial food or a homemade option, you need to be sure that it will give him the nutrition that his body requires.Print
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Homemade Dog Food
This limited ingredient recipe would be a great choice for dogs with food allergies or digestive sensitivities. Just be sure to discuss the change with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist. They may recommend substituting ingredients or adding supplements to make this meal 100% balanced for your dog.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: about 9 cups of food 1x
- Category: Cooked Food
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup dry brown rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
- 1 cup carrots (chopped)
- 1 cup celery (chopped)
Add the olive oil, ground turkey, brown rice and water to the pressure cooker. Cook the food on high pressure for 20 minutes.
Allow the cooker to depressurize. Open the lid and stir the ingredients until well combined. Be sure to break the ground turkey into pieces that are appropriately sized for your pet.
Add the vegetables. Give the pressure cooker homemade dog food a good stir, put the lid back on and cook on high pressure for an additional 5 minutes. Allow the cooker to depressurize before opening. Once the food has cooled, you can feed it to your dog.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 99
- Sugar: .5 g
- Sodium: 38 mg
- Fat: 3.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.2 g
- Fiber: .7 g
- Protein: 7.9 g
- Cholesterol: 26 mg
Serving Size Recommendation: You can serve this pressure cooker homemade dog food to your pup 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 the 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 leftovers 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 treats 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.