They greet you when you come home. Tails wagging, tongues out, and you know you’re the best part of their day.
No, ladies, I’m not referring to your husband. It’s the family dog. They’re man’s best friend, the lady of the home’s faithful protector, and the children’s favorite playmate.
What can you do for such a special family member to show your love in return? One way is by giving them delicious food.
I’m not advocating spending an arm and a leg on expensive store-bought foods which claim to be healthier. Instead, I’m going to bring you some useful recipes for homemade dog food which should make your furry companion tail-wagging happy, and your wallet happy too:
Before we get started, please check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet. Also, be sure to do your research to know which foods are best for your do. For example, peanut butter should not contain xylitol and can only be used in moderation. When in doubt, contact your vet. We are not responsible for your experiences and outcomes when feeding your dog from the recipes below.
1. Easy Crockpot Dog Food
I don’t know about you, but when I can make something in the crockpot, I’m automatically more likely to do it.
This dog food recipe is no different. It consists of ground beef, brown rice, beans, butternut squash, carrots, and peas. Sound delicious and healthy!
2. Mutt Loaf
My kids love meatloaf because it’s delicious. No wonder our dogs would love a version of this loaf as well.
Instead, the dog variety is known as ‘mutt loaf‘ which consists of carrots, peas, beef, bread crumbs, tomato puree, eggs, cheese, and hard-boiled eggs.
3. Cooking for 10 Dog Food
This recipe seems to be the easiest and most cost-effective option yet. They begin the recipe with a five-pound roll of ground turkey.
From there, five pounds of brown rice and five pounds of frozen vegetables are added. This dog food recipe is enough to make dog food for three dogs.
4. Alisha’s Homemade Dog Food
By the sound of this recipe, her dogs are eating well. Their food is made from two whole chickens (which were about to go unused in her freezer.)
She added hard boiled eggs, carrots, peas, celery, white rice, and apple cider vinegar. It sounds like a healthy mixture most pups would love.
5. The Tummy Woe Solution
If your dog is having tummy issues, consider trying this homemade dog food. The article claims a solid dose of protein could help ease stomach issues.
Therefore, the recipe calls for rice, chicken chunks, vegetables, and water. If your dog is like mine, they’ll lap up those ingredients.
6. Homemade Delicious Dog Food
This dog food recipe is one which claims to be quite healthy for your pup. It includes ground chicken, rice, spinach, peas, carrots, and zucchini.
If your dog isn’t a finicky eater, it’ll probably enjoy the rich vegetables along with the high amount of protein.
7. Turkey and Veggie Dog Food
If you find a great deal on ground turkey or even if you want to ground leftover turkey after Thanksgiving, this recipe could utilize it for you quickly.
It calls for ground turkey, turkey or chicken livers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and olive oil.
8. Make Ahead Doggie Stew
This recipe can be made on the stove, in the crock pot, or made and stored until later use. It’s a very versatile recipe which makes it great for the busy dog owner.
This recipe has chicken thighs, chicken livers, carrots, green beans, apples, peas, parsley, and olive oil.
9. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Dogs love peanut butter. My dog will lick her nose, lips, and the inside of her mouth for a prolonged amount of time to make sure she gets every last drop of peanut butter when we give it to her.
Which is a great reason to make your dog homemade peanut butter treats. They’re easy to make and require only basic ingredients.
10. Anti-inflammatory Dog Biscuit
The same way anti-inflammatory foods are great for us, they’re good for our dogs too. They’re also easy to make.
You’ll need oats, ground flaxseed, turmeric, water, and egg. By mixing and baking these ingredients, your dog will have a delicious and healthy treat in no time flat.
11. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Doughnuts
Okay, if your dog doesn’t already love you with every ounce of their being, they will after you make them these treats.
These doughnuts are made with flour, oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, and eggs. They’re topped with Greek yogurt and bacon bits.
12. Wink’s Homemade Dog Food
This dog food recipe requires a few more ingredients, but remember, the more ingredients can sometimes mean more nutrients and flavor for your pup.
When making this recipe, you’ll need brown rice, chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, parsley, kale, eggs, and an apple.
13. Homemade Dog Food in the Instant Pot
If you’re a busy dog owner but would love to know what ingredients are actually in your dog’s food, you’ll love this recipe.
It contains ingredients such as basmati rice, apple cider vinegar, meat, chicken livers, veggies, bananas, coconut oil, and ground flax seed. Yet, they all come together quickly and effortlessly in your Instant Pot.
14. Sweet Potato Dog Treats
These dog treats are great for your dog, inexpensive, and easy to make. You’ll slice the sweet potatoes into round chunks or slivers.
Allow them to dry, bake them in the oven for an hour and a half, and let your dog chew and enjoy the flavor (and nutrients) of these sweet potato treats.
15. Apple, Peanut Butter, and Oat Dog Treats
Are you tired of paying an arm and a leg for dog treats you aren’t even sure what’s exactly in them? This dog treat recipe will make it to where you won’t have to buy dog treats again.
They contain oats, flour, apples, peanut butter, and egg. You mix the ingredients, cut them into shapes, and bake for 15 minutes. Your dog will love them!
16. Veggie Stew
Are you someone who would prefer your dog to follow a vegetarian or even vegan diet? This recipe could be what you’ve been looking for.
It contains garlic, pepper, zucchini, squash, eggplant, potato, and oregano. You prepare it like you would any stew and can even top it with cheese.
17. Homemade Dry Dog Food
Do you like the idea of knowing what your dog is eating, but you don’t want them on wet food? We have a recipe for this.
This dog food recipe has beef, coconut oil, veggies, and other spices. What makes it dry is how long you cook it in the oven.
18. Easy Bacon Bit Dog Treats
This recipe is going to be a winner with the dogs because of the rich bacon flavor it brings to the table. Obviously, bacon is included in the recipe.
However, it also has eggs, bacon fat, powdered milk, flour, wheat germ, and cornmeal. They’re transformed into neat little bite-sized balls of bacon your dog will be happy to eat.
19. Strawberry Banana Dog Treats
Does your dog love the sweet flavor of fruits? They’ll love this recipe. It’s filled with rich fruity flavor dogs are drawn to.
This recipe has strawberries, egg, peanut butter, oats, and bananas in the mix. Put it all together, and it turns into the perfect cookie for your pup.
20. Apple and Chicken Pup Pops
This may sound like a weird concoction for us as humans, but to your dog, it sounds like a delicious dream.
21. Sweet Potato Spinach Bites
Are you looking for a way to keep your dog more on the vegan side of life? This recipe could help you to accomplish this.
They have a recipe for their V-Dog Kibble. You add some of this with spinach and sweet potatoes to make these tasty dog treats.
You now have over 20 different options for homemade dog food and treats. Your dog should enjoy them, and you should feel at ease knowing what your pup is consuming.
Again, be sure to check with your vet before trying any of these recipes to make sure it’ll be a good fit for your furry companion.