Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Simple is usually best. This recipe is not fancy, but the most effective one we have created over the many years. Turkey, grinding the entire bird including the bones to a fine ground meal, however, can be a viable alternative for the ground beef to bring variety and additional calcium and minerals.

Ingredients per 14 liter Pot

  • 3+ lbs ground Beef (not extra lean, regular is best) – browned
  • 5 lbs of red potatoes – shredded or diced
  • 1 lb of cored and shredded or diced apples OR 2 cups of shredded or ground winter squash (with skin, seeds and pulp).
  • 7 cups of Large Flake Oats/Oatmeal (SLOW cook NOT quick cook or Quick Oats)

Fill pot to 10 liter level and add all ingredients EXCEPT for Large Flake Oatmeal.

Place stove element on High setting.

Bring to Boil. Reduce to medium low heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently.

Add Large Flake Oatmeal and fill water to 12 liter level.

Bring to boil.

Simmer for 20 minutes while stirring frequently.

Turn off heat. Stir every 15 minutes for the next hour.

Cool and refrigerate.

Can be portioned and frozen.

1 cup of food, 3 times a day, or 1.5 cups, 2 times a day, for a medium energy 50 lb dog The quantities can be adjusted as each dog is unique and has unique requirements.

• All stirring should be done very well deep down to the bottom of the pot so food does not stick and burn.
• Vegetables must be kept below 20%. Even the best vegetables and fruit will make them ill if the daily total exceeds the 20%.
• Treats of carrots, blueberries, cucumber can also be added as substitutes or in small amounts remembering the 20% rule.
• Ensure that the potatoes are cooked very well. Raw, or under cooked potatoes are very bad for dogs.

Home ground bone meal can be mixed into the food at mealtime.

1/6 teaspoon of cooked powdered eggshells per cup of food can be used periodically as a bone meal substitute.

Preparing eggshells:

Lightly rinse eggshells and bake at 350 degrees for 10- 15 minutes then powder in a coffee grinder.

Tracey

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