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How to Make Homemade Stew for Your Dog

Make this easy chicken stew for your pup.

by Roschelle Heuberger, PhD
March 15, 2022
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It’s easy to learn how to provide our dogs with nutritious, delicious homemade meals that are reliably safe and made with little or no fuss. You’ll find that dogs love this recipe for homemade dog food stew, and it’s simple to make with basic ingredients that you have at home.

Homemade meals may even make it possible to feed your dog well for less. A 15-pound bag of high-end dry dog food costs approximately $42, and a 5.5 oz. can of high-end wet food runs approximately $2. Feeding a medium-sized dog two cans of wet mixed with two cups of dry food costs about $5 per day. That doesn’t include the treats, bones, and tidbits that inevitably make their way into their tummy. Compare that with four cups of Puppy Stew at $2.25 per day. 

Puppy Stew Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional)

  • 2 cups brown rice or barley

  • 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans

  • 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice*

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano

  • 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil

  • 1 tsp. iodized salt water

DIRECTIONS

1. Place all ingredients in a 3-gallon stockpot and add enough water to well cover.

2. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover.

3. Cook for two hours until all ingredients are soft and liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. If needed, add small amounts of additional water to keep the mixture from going dry.

Nutritional Information

Energy: 342 calories

Protein: 23 grams

Carbohydrates: 31 grams

Fat: 14 grams

Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram

Dietary fiber: 7 grams

Calcium: 65 mg

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If you choose to feed your dog homemade dog food, it is important that you understand and provide what your dog needs to stay healthy; veterinary nutritionists can assist in developing suitable homemade diets. While caution was taken to give safe recommendations and accurate instructions in this article, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s reaction to any food or ingredient. Readers should consult their vets and use personal judgment when applying this information to their own dogs’ diets.

*While tomatoes have been listed in some places as toxic, the toxicity actually comes from unripened (green) tomatoes, tomato leaves, and tomatoes stems — not fully ripe tomatoes.

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Roschelle Heuberger, PhD

Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, is a Registered Dietitian, an Associate Professor of Nutrition and director of the Clinical Nutrition graduate program at Central Michigan University.