Homemade Dog Food

By May 28, 2015

Homemade DOG Food submitted by Anita W.

1 1/3 cup brown rice
1/4 cup green lentils
1 large potato, cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed
handful of kale or chard stems or several whole leaves, chopped several sprigs of parsley, chopped or 1 cube frozen
1/2 tsp salt, preferably sea salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3 1/2 cups water
1 chicken leg quarter
optional: 1 chicken liver or other giblet

Combine all ingredients in the pressure cooker pot, laying the chicken on top.
Seal and cook on high pressure for 23 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally.
Pull the chicken from the bone and mix it back into the cooked rice. Refrigerate.

Serving size depends on the nutrition requirements of your dog. I feed this as one of 2 meals daily to my black lab and it makes about 5 servings. At nearly 15 years old she is still extremely healthy and I credit that in part to this quality food.

I buy chicken quarters in a 10 pound bag and freeze the pieces individually. It can be added frozen to the pressure cooker.

When fresh parsley is abundant I chop it, pack it in ice cube trays and top them with a bit of water before freezing. I have frozen parsley cubes to add all winter.

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7 Responses to “Homemade Dog Food”

  1. Claire says:

    Is it okay to mix in the chicken skin and fat as well?


  2. Mark says:

    I’m assuming the chicken is boneless?


    meri Reply:

    Not necessary. Dogs need a lot of calcium and minerals. I pressure cook a whole chicken with sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach or whatever veggies I have lying around. When it is done cooking the bones crumble apart in my fingers, I can break the large bones easily in my bare fingers and they don’t splinter. I also toss in giblets and livers occasionally. I add instant rice to the broth. ten pounds of chicken legs, assorted vegetables, 2 pounds of giblets, and a pound of chicken livers will feed three 70 – 100 pound dogs for 4 days or so.


    meri Reply:

    My oldest Bouvier is almost 14, in a breed with a 12 year life expectancy he is doing well. He has arthritis and has slowed down. I give him tumeric and fish oil supplements.


  3. Florence banuchi says:

    T hank you for recipe .I have a yellow lab on all raw veggies n beef. Since dieT he lost 34 lbs.he is eneginic n healthy. Also on blk seed oil n turamic powder.to help with seisures


  4. Bonnie says:

    I would swap out the regular potato for carrots, better for dogs.


    Dee Dee Reply:

    I agree on using the carrot in place of the white potato. Squash or pumpkin would work nicely too.


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