How to make homemade dog food

Updated February 21, 2017

Sometimes the dog food you buy in stores are not safe and to be on the safe side you will want to feed your dog homemade dog food. Should that ever be the case, all that is required is a simple mix of meat, vegetables and starches.

Know that it is wise to check with your vet before switching to homemade dog food.

Understand that dogs need a diet that consists of 40 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch. Follow this formula to ensure that your dog has a well-balanced diet.

Consider the fact that many experts believe commercial dog food is actually unhealthy for dogs. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans.

Try making a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrot for your own dog food. Meals made of ground beef, brown rice, brewer's yeast and carrots are also popular.

Rotate the foods you feed your dog so that the dog gets a variety of foods.

Use oatmeal, pasta, rice or potatoes for your dog's starch requirement.

Keep cooked dog food in the refrigerator no longer than three days.


When you first switch to homemade dog food, try mixing commercial dog food to the food you have prepared to help your dog make the transition.


Do not feed your dog chocolate. The American Animal Hospital Association lists raw and spoiled garlic as poisonous and potentially fatal to dogs. Use garlic only in small doses and make sure it is cooked.

Things You'll Need

  • Garlic
  • Dog Food Bowls
  • Eggs
  • Meat Grinders
  • Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Starches
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