Home Cooked Food Recipes for Your PuppyA balanced diet is essential for a healthy, long life, not only for us but also for our pets. When it comes to choosing the food for your puppy, the decision is not easy as an enormous variety of pet food can be found on the market: from kibble to canned food, to raw, to organic food. Despite all the choices, home-cooked food is gaining popularity. Making fresh home-cooked food for your puppy surely gives transparency of what ingredients go into the diet and gives us the freedom to avoid additives and preservatives.

This article will give you a few recipes that are suitable for adult dogs and puppies. Although these diets are well balanced if you wish to feed a home-cooked diet, please consult with a veterinary nutritionist, as an appropriate diet should be chosen according to your dog’s life stage (adult, puppy, senior, pregnancy, health conditions). 

Recipes

The following recipes are taken from the book “Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets” by Patricia Schenk. 

Diet: Ground Beef and Pasta 

The following diet is suitable for puppies and adults. It is also a suitable recipe for an elimination diet if your dog is suffering from skin conditions.

Ingredient:Quantity in imperial systemQuantity in metric system
Ground beef, 10% fat12 ounces340 grams
Pasta2 cups200 grams
Canola Oil1 tbsp1 tbsp
Bone Meal Powder4 tsp4 tsp
Salt, iodized (sodium chloride)2 tsp2 tsp
Multivitamin & Mineral tablet, kids complete1 tablet1 tablet
Zinc, 100 mg tablet0.5 tablet0.5 tablet
Preparation:
  1. Dry the raw meat on paper towels and let it come up to room temperature. 
  2. Cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. Once ready, drain the pasta and put it on the side.
  3. In the meantime, preheat a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Brown the beef on the skillet until no more raw meat is visible. 
  4. Put the meat on the side and let it cool down.
  5. Crush multivitamin and zinc tablets with a spice grinder.
  6. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend them to ensure that all ingredients are mixed well.

This recipe yields about 660 grams of food and a total of 2 kcal/g. If you are unsure how many calories your dog should eat per day, read more here.

Diet: Chicken and Rice

The following diet is suitable for puppies and adults. 

Ingredient:Quantity in imperial systemQuantity in metric system
Chicken breast, without skin8 ounces227 grams
Rice, white, long-grain2 cups200 grams
Broccoli1 cup100 grams
Canola Oil3 tbsp3 tbsp
Bone Meal Powder4 tsp4 tsp
Salt substitute (potassium chloride)0.5 tsp0.5 tsp
Salt, iodized (sodium chloride)1.5 tsp1.5 tsp
Multivitamin & Mineral tablet, kids complete1 tablet1 tablet
Zinc, 100 mg tablet0.5 tablet0.5 tablet
Preparation:
  1. Cook rice according to the information on the package.
  2. Dry chicken breast on paper towels and let it come up to room temperature. 
  3. Cut the meat into cubes so it cooks quicker.
  4. Put about ¼ inch (0.5 cm) of water in a deep skillet and bring it to a boil.
  5. Turn the heat to medium and add the chicken to the skillet. 
  6. Cook the chicken until it is done. The meat should be white when you cut it. It will take about 2 minutes. If the water evaporates quicker, add a little bit more to avoid burning the chicken.
  7. Set the chicken aside to cool down.
  8. Cut broccoli into small pieces and cook it. Set aside.
  9. Crush multivitamin and zinc tablets with a spice grinder.
  10. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend them to ensure that all ingredients are mixed well.

This recipe yields about 770 grams of food and a total of 1.6 kcal/g. If you are unsure how many calories your dog should eat per day, read more here.

Food Time

Home Cooked Food Recipes for Your PuppyYour dog was probably impatiently waiting while you were cooking. However, even though those pressing puppy eyes in anticipation cannot wait any more, make sure you serve the food at room temperature. If ingredients are cold, the palatability decreases. The diets can be warmed up but should not be heated, as the heat can destroy the vitamins present.

You can store the food in the refrigerator but for no longer than 1 day. Remember, these diets do not have any preservatives and are prone to bacterial growth if left at room temperature. If your dog does not consume the food in 1 day, you can freeze the meal.

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