Just like you would follow a recipe for your family dinner, your pup will appreciate a home-cooked meal as well; probably even more than your kids. A raw diet for your pet is a commitment, especially if you’re preparing from scratch. Recipes to follow are super helpful and keeps the prep work and your dog’s meals exciting, fresh, and creative.
Ensuring your furry companion gets balanced and nutritious meals is a top priority for any responsible pet owner. With the rise in popularity of homemade dog food and various recipes available, it's essential to recognize that not all dogs have the same dietary needs. While these recipes may provide different measurements and reasoning behind them, it's crucial to remember that each dog is unique, varying in breed, age, and weight.
Your veterinarian is a valuable resource who can provide personalized advice based on your dog's specific health condition, dietary requirements, and activity level. They can assess your dog's current health status, identify any underlying health issues or dietary deficiencies, and recommend appropriate ingredients and portions tailored to your dog's unique needs.
There are endless recipes that your dog will love and we’ve scoured the internet so you don’t have to. Here are five recipes that check all the balanced and nutritious boxes so you can feel great about what’s in your dog’s bowl.
All these recipes can be served fresh or frozen.
Remember not to leave raw meat out too long and always wash out your pet’s bowl to prevent the spreading of bacteria.
Raw Dog Food recipe #1
This first recipe comes to us care of DogsNaturallyMagazine.com and is very simple. It’s a good one to start with if you just recently put on your raw dog food diet chef’s hat.
Chicken thighs or breasts (35%-50%), easy to purchase at your local supermarket which are full of protein and a staple for your dog’s balanced diet
Ground chicken bone (12%-15%), easier than you think to make … you can also purchase pre-grinded animal bone online
Raw or lightly boiled chicken eggs (5%), something easy to grab from the fridge
Organic carrots (5%-20%)
Organic green beans (5%-20%)
Raw dog food recipe #2
This next recipe comes to us from Topdogtips.com. They call this one “Chicken and turkey with a fish twist”. Are you getting hungry yet?
Ground chicken and turkey bones (12%-15%), easy to do on your own or can be bought pre-made
Herring (35%–50%), a wonderful source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and essential oils
Chicken and turkey hearts and liver (10%–30%), ask your butcher to supply these muscle meats as they are an important factor in your dog’s raw diet
Lightly boiled chicken eggs (5%), this protects against Salmonella
Organic spinach (5%–10%), just like Popeye, your dog will get strong with this high vitamin and mineral vegetable
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans (5%–10%), you probably have a can or two in your pantry already … they provide a large amount of natural fiber
Raw dog food recipe #3
Thank you to Runningtothekitchen.com for this great raw dog food recipe and for sharing tips on recipe portions and best practices.
Ground Beef (2 ½ pounds), easy enough to purchase or find at home
Chicken livers (4 ounces), if you like chopped liver or liver and onions, this will be familiar to you - if not, just ask your butcher
Chopped carrot (1)
Small cored apple (1), aApple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide and should not be consumed by pets or humans
Baby spinach (1/2 cup)
2 whole eggs (including shell)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Raw dog food recipe #4
This Grandma's Meatloaf recipe comes to us from Lovetoknow.com. Now when your pup stares at you with those big brown eyes to try and snag some meatloaf off the table, you can make him his very own loaf, raw style.
Ground beef or beef chuck (50%), easy to buy at your local supermarket
10% Beef hearts and livers (10% ), give your butcher a ring
Chicken necks (10% ), you can use bone meal powder if you don’t want to grind yourself
Coconut, olive, or flaxseed oil (10%), healthy fats give your pup energy
Green beans (10%)
Raw dog food recipe #5
This recipe is the most important one of all as we saved the best for last. Your recipe for raw diet prep success is going to vary, as everyone prefers different ingredients. With this particular recipe below, the components are essential and the foundation for your raw diet journey.
Love (25%), no explanation needed
Knowledge (25%), it may take a while to get in the raw diet groove but you’ll get there … do your research, talk to your veterinarian, and learn as much as you can about the raw diet culture
Support (15%), join raw diet support groups … it’s always nice to surround yourself with a community of like-minded pet parents you can lean on for advice, recipe ideas, and solutions
Guts (5%), yours, not an animal’s … a raw diet is not for the faint of heart, so great job for trying something that’s anything but appetizing for you to ensure your dog thrives
Patience (15%), it will take time to figure out what works best for your dog’s health … it will take time to find the best resources for your raw ingredients … some recipes may be an absolute failure while others will become your pet’s favorite meal
Rules (15%), from how to handle raw meat to a balanced diet, know the rules of the raw diet world
You’ll notice that different recipe sources have different theories, percentages of fat, calories, vitamins, and other vital ingredients.
Watch your dog closely for signs they may not be thriving and always utilize your vet for guidance. Most importantly, have fun with recipes, trying your own combinations, and creating health and wellness for your pet.
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