Homemade Chicken & Vegetable Dog Food Recipe
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More pet parents than ever have recently decided to turn to homemade dog food. But can you make a nutritionally complete homemade dog food?
While many pet parents are concerned that they won’t be up to the challenge of producing complete and balanced meals, we turned to experts who have experience with homemade dog food to find out what it takes.
This recipe will make approximately 15 lbs. of food, enough to feed a 40 lb. dog two meals per day for a week. It contains 1,200 Kcal/kg or 34 Kcal/oz. This recipe was created with the help of an animal nutritionist, Dr. Susan Lauten, and is balanced according to NRC Guidelines.
Directions reference the use of an electric pressure cooker, but a variety of other methods, from slow cookers (aka crock pots) to poaching, roasting, sous vide or steaming are also options. However, it is much easier and faster to use an electric pressure cooker.
The ingredients are fresh and uncooked unless otherwise noted. The amounts must be followed closely, but there is leeway in the choice of fruits and vegetables that can be used, and you can use thawed-out frozen varieties too. The supplements are specific brands and provide a unique mix of necessary vitamins and minerals. It is important to use a kitchen scale to weigh each ingredient. You’ll also find that in this homemade dog food recipe, we use organ meat including chicken hearts, livers and gizzards.
Because this recipe has a large volume of ingredients, it should be made in two batches; it will not fit into one pot, even the larger sizes. These cookers should not be filled to more than three-quarters of their capacity. The recipe can also be cut in half, to make 7½ lbs. of food. Note that an 8-quart model was used in testing this recipe.
Claudia Kawczynska was co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Bark for 20 years. She also edited the best-selling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot.