Healthy Homemade Dog Food

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Our Tasty Low Carb family not only consists of Joanie and Chris, but also two Havanese Sisters – Lulu and Kiki! If you have pets you know how they become part of the family and an integral part of your life. Our dogs are dependent upon us for virtually everything – in return they offer unconditional love and lots of fun. For that reason, we only make them Healthy Homemade Dog Food! We use only the best ingredients with no fillers or added sugars or spices. We also make all of their dog treats at home. Their food is very low carb!

Our furry family members are Chocolate Havanese. Often called “silk dogs,” most in this breed are white with brown or black markings. Many are brindle in color. Lulu and Kiki are 9 1/2 and 9 pounds in weight, although they look heavier with all their fur. They do require frequent brushing, but they are hypoallergenic and they do not shed. As you can tell, they are very much a part of our low-carb family – you do get attached to your pets!

Only the Best!

Why Homemade Instead of Purchased Dog Food?

Myths and misconceptions abound on the Internet regarding homemade dog food. Also, there are a myriad of conflicting nutritional recommendations ranging from the 30-70% carbs found in commercial dog food to raw frozen foods that contains no carbs. Some owners feed raw meat and bones and say their dogs thrive.

However, many raw materials that are unfit for humans are legal for dog food. These may include spoiled supermarket food, slaughter house waste such as organs, heads, hooves, beaks, feet and other appalling ingredients. Ingredients often have vague names such as “animal by-product meal” and “meat by-product meal.” Read the article, “The Shocking Truth About Commercial Dog Food” by Dog Food Advisor. It will convince you that making homemade food is a safer alternative to much of the commercial food.


Before commercial dog food, dogs ate table scraps – real food. During the Great Depression dog food companies marketed their products as an economical alternative. To boost their market, dog food companies advertised that their food was required for good health. Table scraps and real food suddenly became harmful. Pet food companies stepped up the onslaught and began using veterinarians to endorse their products.

Today, commercial dog food is a multi-billion dollar industry that is often more concerned with profits, marketing gimmicks, and cheap ingredients. Dogs are hardy, resilient and capable of handling foods that may not be biologically appropriate, but just because they are alive and surviving does not mean they are thriving! There are some more conscientious manufacturers who do take pride in using better quality ingredients. If you must, search for those; we prefer to know exactly what our dogs are eating and know what they are not by making their food at home from scratch!

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Since the rise of commercial foods dogs have suffered from chronic allergies and infections, obesity, digestive issues, cancerous tumors, diabetes, and a range of other health issues. Dogs do not need processed foods containing carb-heavy fillers, by products, plant proteins, artificial colors and flavors and preservatives. The bottom line is, if it isn’t something that we would eat, then do not feed it to your dogs!

Healthy Food – All Natural!

Healthy Homemade Dog Food Ingredients

According to WEBMD your dog needs protein from animal meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. They need fat from meat or oil and carbohydrates from grains or vegetables.  In addition, essential fatty acids from plant oils, egg yolks, oatmeal, and other foods. The question is in what amounts? After much research, we created a recipe that our dogs love – they are healthy, have tons of energy, and their coats and eyes shine!

The listed ingredients are used most of the time. Fresh meats like lean ground beef, ground turkey, and chicken gizzards provide a heavy dose of protein. Tuna, salmon, or sardines are always used. The eggs also add protein and essential oils. There are fruits and vegetables in the mix and even rice for digestion, although no wheat grains or sugars! Our homemade dog food is human grade. The main point is we know and control what goes into their food!

Joanie does vary the fresh meats and fish, sometimes using fresh pork, chicken livers, or boiled chicken. She will often substitute pumpkin for sweet potatoes, oatmeal instead of rice, and other combinations of vegetables including green beans, celery, and carrots. The only constants are the eggs, apple, cottage cheese, and coconut oil.


Just For the Picture – They Really Get 1/4 Cup.

Nutrition

Lulu and Kiki are active and fairly young. The charts tell us that to maintain their healthy weight they need approximately 275 calories per day. We feed them twice a day. They do get healthy homemade reward treats for good behavior. Our recipe below provides them with approximately 260 calories per day – the rest comes from those healthy treats.

Their Coats and Eyes are So Shiny!

To get an idea of the nutrition level our recipe provides we used FDA standard calculators we use for all of our recipes. We worked on the assumption that since their caloric intake was approximately 13% of the standard label guidelines for humans that their nutritional needs, as outlined by the FDA Daily Values would mirror similar percentages. For their size, multiplying the FDA Daily Values by 13% would yield a normal carb intake of 39g per day, normal fat would be 8.45g per day, and normal protein would be 6.5g per day., However, we disregard these norms since we know we want a low-carb, high protein, moderate fat intake. We focus on these key nutritional elements.

If you double the numbers below for 2 servings each day you find that their food is low in carbs (10.4g), high in protein (25.4g), and provides moderate fat (10.4g) intake. The recipe is a bit low in calcium, so we do give them a calcium supplement and vitamins for balance. Most of the literature today for dog nutrition calls for a high-protein low-carb diet – we think our recipe is perfect for their health.

Happy – Healthy – Hungry!

The normal portion for each meal is only 1/4 cup since our dogs are small. It would be a challenge to cook for two 90 pound dogs!

Joanie loves to cook for Lulu and Kiki. She says, “they never complain, are so grateful and are always aware when I am cooking for them. They know at the end they will get a sample. It is truly a labor of love!” They are happy and healthy and living a Tasty Low Carb lifestyle!

Healthy Homemade Dog Food

Balanced nutrition for you dog! No fillers, no added sugar, no unidentifiable ingredients - just made tasty and homemade with love!
https://www.tasty-lowcarb.com/healthy-homemade-dog-food/
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
KeywordHomemade Dog Food
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Servings48
Net Carbs5g
AuthorJoan and Chris

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground beef
  • 2 pounds Ground turkey
  • 14 ounces Tuna (2 cans, in water)
  • 1/2 pound Chicken gizzards
  • 1/2 cup Cottage cheese
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup White rice (cooked)
  • 6 ounces Sweet potato
  • 6 ounces Green peas (cooked)
  • 6 ounces Cauliflower
  • 6 ounces Broccoli
  • 1/2 Apple (medium size)
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut oil

Instructions

  • Cook rice per label instructions. In a second pot boil the chicken gizzards until cooked thoroughly - about 10 minutes. Add eggs to this pot for the last 5 minutes to hard boil.
  • In a third very large pot cook the ground beef and ground turkey until browned. Drain off most of the fat and remove from the heat.
  • Use a food processor to grind the raw peas, raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, 1/2 apple (cored and seeded), cooled gizzards, and peeled eggs. This may take two batches.
  • Microwave sweet potato for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  • Add all ingredients, including the canned salmon or tuina, to the large pot with the beef and turkey. Add cottage cheese and coconut oil at the end. Mix well with a wooden spoon to incorporate.
  • This will make two weeks food for two nine pounds dogs. Place in freezer bags, label, and date.

Notes

When you switch to homemade nutritious food you should incorporate the homemade food gradually with their regular food, as you would with any food change. This will avoid any digestive problems.

NUTRITION

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.2g | Protein: 12.7g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Net Carbs: 5g
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55 Comments

  1. Fiona Bagley

    Our ten year old boy, Dingo, had a large intestinal tumor removed 9 months ago, his cancer has returned, his prognosis is maybe up to 6 months with chemo. We are not putting him through that. We are going to battle, natural foods, low carb, high protein, no sugar. Not going to feed these tumors! Thanks for your recipe. I may add a little turmeric as that has cancer fighting properties. We are also adding CBD oil to his regimen. Will update after he has been on new diet for a little while..again, thank you for recipe.

    • Joan and Chris

      So sorry to hear about Dingo. It sounds to me that you are doing everything you can for his well being. I believe our food may be a good choice. It is low carb, high protein, and no sugar or additives. The CBD oil will help and turmeric is fine. We will say payers and wish him well. Thanks for your comment . . . Joanie.

  2. I have another question… does cooking vs not cooking the vegetables ahead of time effect the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables?

    • Joan and Chris

      I did not cook them in our recipe. It would result in a loss of some of the water soluble vitamins and nutrients, so raw would be the most nutritious. Our dogs have no problem with raw vegetables. We do soften the sweet potato, however, as it is easier to mix. They just love the food, and have been so healthy for years now on the recipe we posted. Thanks for the questions and good luck . . . Joanie.

  3. Hello! I was wondering what the fat content of the hamburger you used was? I am interested in trying this recipe for my lab and blue heeler. I already make homemade food but I was unsure of my calorie count. I like that you already have all of the fine details complete for me!
    Thanks!

    • Joan and Chris

      We generally look for very lean ground beef. For our food, we like a 80-20 blend as the fat is fine on Keto/lowcarb. However, for the dogs we look for a more lean mix. As long as you drain the fat you should be fine with 80-20. The recipe, as stated, used a 90-10 mix. Making homemade food your dog is wonderful – we love making our recipe for ours. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  4. Vanessa Esperanza

    Lulu and Kiki are so cute! I have two small pups as well, James and Pip. I’ve been making their food for a couple of years now and I really appreciate the recipe. I also add in a supplement mix called Azestfor to make sure they are getting all their vitamins. Keep up the good work!

    • Joan and Chris

      Thanks for the comment. Making homemade food for you pups is truly a labor of love – they thrive and love it! Vitamins are a great idea to make sure they get all they need. We do give ours calcium and it really helps. Our best to you, James and Pip . . . Joanie.

  5. Sandi Hackett

    Miss Molly, my small chiweenie dog has gained so much weight over the last six months, and I blame myself. I have cut down her snacks now to just a couple a day……….but I get so confused on the amount of food to give her. Then I came across your recipe and like it the best of all. I will be making it very soon and I think with 1/4 cup twice a day, I will see a big difference. I don’t want her unhealthy and like a butterball that can hardly walk (I have seen little dogs like that) so I want to get right with it. I have a question about the rice….was wondering if brown rice could be used in place of the white rice. Thank you so much…love your site! Also, she isn’t a real active dog….but will be out walking as soon as the snow decides to melt!

    • Joan and Chris

      Hi Sandi, our Havanese are 9 1/2 and 9 pounds and have maintained their weight and health for years with our homemade food. They each eat 1/4 cup, twice a day. Not sure how much Miss Molly weighs? One quarter cup would contain about 130 calories and our dogs needs about 275 calories a day to maintain their weight. So they get about 260 calories from their food and the rest from our “Fishy Treats.” You can see that recipe on our site. Normally dietitians say about 25-30 calories per pound for a grown dog.Looks like your are on the right track – maintaining a healthy weight is so essential and we find our low carb, high protein food is perfect. We use white rice, but brown rice is a bit higher in protein and with less fat. It would be fine. Good luck and thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  6. I have a 7 year old Coton De Tulear who is about 12 lbs. He seems unhappy with his kibble (nutro ultra small breed adult). I want to try this recipe and transition him to homemade foods. I have no idea how much he actually eats in a day as the food is always available to him and he self limits. He is not overweight and he is not very active. I just think he would be more excited to have fresh food because he is always begging while we are eating even though we do not feed him table scraps. I am also sure it will be healthier for him. I am worried about the transition and the digestive issues. I am uncertain how to feed him 75% old food and 25% new food and gradually change. Do you have any advice for for us? (snowy thanks you in advance)

    • Joan and Chris

      It is always best to introduce a new food gradually. We suggest feeding twice a day and remove the bowl in between. Dogs should not graze. A 75-25 start with the new food is a good idea and gradually increase our food over a two week period. Our dogs are 9 pounds and eat about 1/4 cup each, twice a day. Since your dog is 12 pounds and that is 33% more than ours, you would likely find his weight would remain the same if you used 33% more than our dogs get. If our math is correct that would be 1/3 cup twice a day. Of course, introduce it gradually to get to that point. Check the weight to make sure it is where it should be and adjust the food, as needed. You will notice a change in his stools – he will not have as many and they will be smaller as he will be digesting and absorbing more healthy food. Good luck. Let us know how he likes his new food . . . Joanie.

  7. My 25 lb beagle mix seems to like this food. I’ve had a ruff time getting him to eat since his big sister passed in September. Have tried every kind of food there is, with only random luck. I’m keeping my fingers crossed with this one. Thanks for sharing! ?

    • Joan and Chris

      Our Lulu was a fussy eater when she was a pup – breeder encouraged all raw food. Once I started making our well balanced, all natural, and low-carb homemade food she has been the best eater. Her younger Sister Kiki has always been a ravenous eater and now the two of them maintain a consistent weight, clean up every morsel of food, coats are so shiny and they are so healthy. We have had so many positive comments on the food and we feel the recipe is a proven winner! We really hope your beagle enjoys the food and prospers! Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  8. My Joe Buck is a 11 yr old silky, yorkie mix, he found me about 9 years ago. He needs to lose about 6 pounds according to his vet, she says he should be eating about 350 calories daily. I have been making his dog food for about 1 year now and obviously not feeding him the right amount or kind of foods. Please advise what I should be feeding him and the amounts to help him lose weight. He has allergies to grass and pollens and is on medications right now to help him breath better and other meds for skin irritations for about the next two weeks. He is not very active but so sweet and mellow. I am a novice at homemade dog food. Please help.

    • Joan and Chris

      Our dogs eat 260 calories a day. Each 1/4 cup of our recipe is 130 calories. If you feed your furry one 2/3 cup of our food each day he would have a total of 350 calories. You might want to try 1/3 cup twice a day. If he does not lose weight then cut the amount down. You will know that his food is balanced. Give it a try for a couple weeks – you should be surprised. He will eat well and have a balanced (yet low carb) diet. We have received many positive comments from dog lovers who really appreciate the benefits of our low carb and high protein balanced food. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  9. I have a 10-year-old Min Poo who recently had surgery to have lumps and bumps removed and a dental cleaning. His glucose reading was 7 mmol/L prior to surgery but his fat level was too high to test his thyroid. The vet suggested a low fat Kangaroo diet several weeks before surgery. After surgery the fat content reduced enough to run the test but his glucose spiked to 28.6. It was suggested he start on insulin but we asked to change his diet back to what we were feeding him before (homemade gr.beef/veggies/eggs w/shells and a little rice), as the diet change to low fat was too high in carbs for him. I
    t was agreed to try for 4 days but to feed him a diet that included all his minerals and vitamins and a “just add meat” with lentils (slow carb) dog food was suggested. After 4 days he read at 23 mmol/L so we asked for a little more time. After another week, still no luck with getting it down so started on insulin (14 days now).

    I was going blind giving 2 units 2xday and wasn’t happy with how he was looking and decided to purchase a glucose meter. I was shocked when his first reading was 30.4 mmol/L. I was unsuccessful getting his blood since then for the meter to read, so I visited the vet for help. We tested the sample and his glucose was 31.7 (4 hours before his scheduled feeding). His glucose went up rather than down over a 10-day period. He had already lost 1kg since the surgery and we are trying to stop additional weight loss but he lost another .3 kg in the 10 days so it wasn’t being controlled at all.

    I immediately made your recipe that night (minus the rice and sweet potato (used suggested pumpkin)) and being fearful of his recent readings, decided not to transition him as he is food driven and usually only takes 1 – 2 meals to convert. Yesterday his morning/night time readings were 25.1 / 27.0 mmol/L. I was disappointed his night time was higher but thought it won’t happen overnight. This morning, after 1.5 days (3 meals) his reading was 16.8. We were over the moon with excitement to see such a drop in such a short time. The aim is to get him down to the 4-6 range.

    I haven’t figured out his needs but last night I totally messed up and gave him 6 oz. then realized cup measurements don’t convert to ounces the same way. It was WAY TOO MUCH (mind you he did not complain and his body was starving him). This morning I’ve cut him back to 3.5 oz 2 x day. He now weighs 6.3 kg, down from 7.6 just before surgery.

    So I must end with a big Thank You. I’m grateful for your sharing and hope my story will encourage someone in a similar situation to give it a try.

    • Joan and Chris

      The love you show for your dog, your story, and efforts to help him really warm our hearts. We are not expert dietitians, but we do know what works for our Havanese sisters. They are healthy and happy. If our homemade dog food will help control your dog’s numbers and weight we are ecstatic. That is why we do what we do. Please let us know his progress. Thank you for sharing . . . Joanie.

  10. Karen Smith

    I have a Havanese puppy!! So happy to see a recipe tried and true for Havanese. I’ve tried many different foods: raw (both frozen and homemade) and freeze dried raw. She was on a gently cooked puppy food for the first month I had her. No matter what I give her, she will only eat a couple times and then stops abruptly. Is this common with this breed? What adjustments, if any, do you feel I should make for a 5 month old puppy (5 pounds)? Thank you!

    • Joan and Chris

      When we got Lulu I tried raw food, and freeze dried. As you found, she became very finicky and was not gaining weight. However, it is not common to the breed. When Lulu was 11 months old we got Kiki and I started making my homemade recipe for them. Kiki has always been a ravenous eater and perhaps influenced Lulu. What I do know is that as soon as I perfected our homemade recipe Lulu became a great eater, gained weight, and we have never looked back. Perhaps it was a puppy thing. They now smell their food cooking; it fills the kitchen. Puppies usually do need a bit more food so even though your puppy weighs less, she may do fine with 1/4 cup twice a day. Try and see how she likes the food. Based upon what others have said and our experience this should work well for you. Thanks for the comment and let us know how your Havanese puppy likes the food. Joanie.

  11. My Wheaten had anal cancer removed, has ports on both sides to remove fluid from her chest weekly and she is incredibly finicky. My dog is 36.8 lbs., what would I increase the serving size to? One cup per meal for two meals a day? Since my dog also has acid reflux feeding her three times a day is ideal for her. If I am able to continue feeding her three times a day what would the serving size be for that?

    • Joan and Chris

      So sorry for the illness. Hopefully your dog will love the food and end the finicky nature. Our first suggestion would be to make a batch and make sure your dog loves the food. Our 9 pounds dogs eat 260 calories per day and that equates to 1/4 cup two times per day. So, they basically eat 1/2 cup per day and your dog is 4 times their weight. If eating 3 times a day is best then keep that routine and divide accordingly. A general rule of thumb for a medium size dog who has normal activity would be about 25 calories for each pound. That would equate to about 1,000 calories for your dog or about two cups a day. Give it a try and measure the weight to get to the right amount for maintenance. Thanks for the comment and best of luck.

  12. Anne-Marie Reynolds

    I have a dog that needs to lose about 20lbs, will this suit her and how much should she have per day? The vet tried to get me to pay for a special food but I refused and said I would try natural foods. My dog is 9 and spayed and I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle with her weight. Thanks

    • Joan and Chris

      This will depend upon the actual weight your dog needs to become based upon her breed and size. If the preferable weight for your dog is 50 pounds then you can establish the calories needed each day to maintain that weight. If your dog is inactive then around 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day would be a good starting point. Start with that and see if the weight begins to drop. Here is a website that should help = http://slimdoggy.com/calculating-a-dogs-daily-calorie-needs/ You do not want a hungry dog and just like with humans, weight loss should be gradual. We do know our food is healthy and nutritious and our dogs have maintained a steady weight for virtually their entire life and just love the food. Let us know how you make out with the food. Thanks for the question.

  13. Looks like what we are looking for but how much is one serving for the 132 calories. Thank you.

    • Joan and Chris

      The serving size is 1/4 cup for 132 calories. Our 9 pound dogs need 275 calories per day. So they get 1/4 cup two times per day. The remaining calories come from our homemade treats. We know your dog will love the food and you can rest easy knowing what is in it! We just posted a delicious “fishy treat” for dogs. Thanks for the comment.

  14. Do you think this is low carb enough for a dog who has been diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor cancer?

    • Joan and Chris

      So sorry to hear about your dog. Our homemade food is very low carb, but we do advise consulting your vet when your dog has a serious health issue.

  15. Hi there!

    Love the sound of your recipe, I have decided to make this for my small chihuahua mix, Bean.
    She started having some serious reactions to her Primal Freeze Dried raw nuggets and since then I have decided to make food myself so that I can control exactly what she eats.
    I know you said you give your pups some extra vitamins and supplements, I wanted to ask you which particular ones you give them? I asked my vet when we went in and she informed us about BalanceIt, https://secure.balanceit.com/marketplace2.3/home/8-balance-it-canine.html
    Do you by chance give them the same or something different and how much do you put in each meal.

    Looking forward to hearing back!
    Warm hugs!

    • Joan and Chris

      Our recipe should be perfect for your little Bean. Our Lulu and Kiki are around nine pounds, like chihuahua’s can have reactions to processed foods. They love the recipe and we feel great about it being human grade and all natural. We use Nupro Original Gold supplement. Each dog gets about 1/8 of a teaspoon mixed in with their 1/4 cup meal. Joanie usually mixes a bit of Sea Kelp in with the Nupro in a jar so there would be some Sea Kelp in their food also. We like a bit more calcium and this helps. We have not tried Balanceit, but we will look at their site. Nupro has no grains, no fillers, no sugars, no wheat, and no preservatives. If you click on the words in this reply you can purchase the supplements. Good look – let us know how Bean likes the recipe, and thanks for the question.

      • Ellen Hall

        Hi, I have a 10 month old Great Pyr that has struggled with yeast allergy for about 3 months now. We’ve tried 6 different kibbles, all high quality low grain or no grain low sugar etc and our puppy doesn’t seem to get any better. Just loses more and more fur daily and many hot spots/rashy/ itchy spots. I want to try your food but I’m not sure how much he will eat. He weighs about 88 lbs. he’s currently eating about 2 cups of kibble a day sometimes more. And seems satisfied and growing proper.

        • Joan and Chris

          Sorry to hear about the problem with your puppy. As you can see with our post, we do not feed our dogs any processed dog food. The advertisements claiming how healthy the food is are designed to sell food, period. Our dogs have never had any skin allergies and just love our food. You will have to adjust the amount you provide, based on maintaining a good weight. Your dog is bigger and active and likely needs at least 2,000 calories a day. Our food is about 550 calories per cup. Based upon that math at least 3 1/2 cups would be a good starting point (per day). Adjust accordingly based upon any weight fluctuations. We also recommend two supplements – Nupro Original Gold and Sea Kelp. Just follow the directions on those. Food allergies can be difficult, but healthy food is a good starting point. You will be busy in the kitchen since your dog is much bigger than our little ones, but it freezes well and it is a “labor of love.” Good luck and thanks for the comment.

  16. Is this recipe good for puppies?

    • Joan and Chris

      Puppies do need to make sure they receive all the nutrients and vitamins for growth. Puppies should also receive a few more calories as they are active and growing. The vitamin suuplement we use (Nupro) is very balanced and we also add sea kelp. We have used these since our dogs have been puppies. We think the recipe is great for all dogs – ours have been healthy and happy and have maintained their weight even while growing. Give it a try. Thanks for the comment.

      • Thank you for replying. I did a quick search and there is a lot of different types of supplements for dogs from Nupro, is there a specific one you would recommend? I am going to be feeding my 2 puppies (that I have raised since they were 3 weeks old) and a senior hotdog. 🙂 Another question, I am going to be grinding my own meats and instead of ground turkey, I will be getting chicken thighs and drumsticks for grinding. When adding it to the ground beef, would I need to worry about too much bone from all the chicken or will that be fine for ensuring they are getting enough calcium and other nutrients/minerals from the bones?

        • Joan and Chris

          We use the Nupro Original Gold. You can find a link for purchase by clicking on the words. It conatins no grains, no fillers, no artifical sugars, no wheat, and no preservatives. They have been around for many years and do make a variety of supplements. The “Gold” formula works well for most mature dogs and should help yours stay healthy. They do make a small dog product for the puppies, but it is pretty much the same thing. Nupro Gold also contains calcium for bones – we usually recommend canned salmon for its calcium, as well. The raw bones are not necessary. Grinding them could cause slivers of bone. Meats ground without bone would be fine, but we do cook our meats, as you can see from the recipe. Try our recipe, as is, and see how they react. Our dogs are healthy, have shiny coats, maintain a consistent weight, devour the food, and never have digestive issues. Good luck and thanks for the comments!

  17. Thanks for this great recipe. I have a Rotweiller and she is very much overweight. How much calories does she need per day? Im also going to cut out the carbs when I’m making this recipe.

    • Joan and Chris

      The first step would be to determine her ideal weight. Your vet can probably help with that. Our rule of thumb is about 25-30 calories per pound. Our dogs are around 9 pounds, so somehwere between 225 and 270 per day in calories for them. Our recipe yields about 132 calories per quarter cup so we feed them 2 times a day. When trying to lose weight it is best to feed smaller portions and 2-3 times a day and never let the dog just graze on food left out. Calories can get a bit tricky since many also factor in the age and how active the dog is in her daily routine. Like humans, exercise plays a roll. You might also reduce the amount of food gradually so she loses gradually. Good luck!

  18. I have been reading about homemade dog food and I think I like this one the best. I have two small mixed terriers – one 9 pounds and one about 17 pounds. The later one has a tendency to gain weight even though I don’t feed them more than 1/3 cup plus maybe a tablespoon or so of canned to mix it (to make it more enticing to picky dogs). I feed them twice a day. They are on dog food that is high grade (no grain, no additives) and 350 calories for 1 cup serving. I really think store dog food is still too fattening for the 17 pound dog. We do exercise – 2 small walks a day plus one long one. In looking at this recipe they would be over the moon for it! They both balk at most store bought foods but now really like the one they are on. Because of dog food recalls every time I turn around it seems, I have been thinking about making my own. The only question I have is friends say to make sure there is enough good Omegas and calcuim. By this recipe I would think there would be enough. They add eggshell powder – but don’t think it is necessary with this one. Please let me know. I want to make sure they get all the nutrients needed. Chicken gizzards are yucky to me – can I substitute with some other nutrient that is not “organ” meat? The little one is 1 year and the bigger one is 3 years. Both rescued from high kill shelters in Houston and brought to CO by a pet transport rescue operation.

    • Joan and Chris

      Our oldest Havanese was a picky eater as a pup. We tried everything. Now she is “over the moon” for our homemade! Both dogs are and both have maintained a healthy weight with no digestive issues. You can substitute a can of salmon in place of the organ meat. To make sure they get enough calcium we give them a small amount of “sea kelp” and a vitamin supplement called “Nupro.” You can get the sea kelp by clicking the word. The same would apply to Nupro. Good for you for rescuing the fur-babies! Thanks for the comment and let us know how they like the food.

  19. Sheila Inglin

    Thank you so much for the awesome recipe, can’t wait make this my Maggie Mae, my sweet lil’ 9 yr old min-pin/ schnauzer mix!! ? She is grainfree, low-carb, needs to lose a few pounds!!! Glad I found you my Google search!!! TY ???

    • Joan and Chris

      Thanks for the kind words. Your lil’ Maggie Mae will love the food, lose pounds, and be healthy and happy! Spread the word. We also have a delicious dog treat recipe that our girls love.

  20. Hello, could you give a guideline on what size is a cup? I’m British and we don’t often measure in that way. Thank you x

    • Joan and Chris

      Our recipe has a US Customary to Metric conversion button below the ingredients. Just click on Metric and you will see the conversions for each ingredient. For example, one cup of rice equals 185g and 6 ounces of peas, cauliflower, and broccoli equals 170g. Of course, for liquid measurements it would convert to ml. One cup liquid would equal 250ml. I hope that helps. This is why our dogs have us, to figure these things out. 🙂 Let us know how the food works out for you. Thanks for the comment.

  21. Hello! I’m excited to try this recipe! Are there any vitamin supplements you recommend giving with this food?

    • Joan and Chris

      We know your furry friend will love the recipe – please let us know. We supplement our homemade dog food with Nupro, an all natural vitamin and mineral supplement. You can find it by clicking the word here. Our dogs have so much energy, have been so healthy, and have such shiny coats. We also just posted healthy “fishy treats” that they love. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  22. Please tell us the serving size used for your nutrition guide. Is it per cup? I am that poor individual that needs to cook for two 90 pound dogs. I have them on a strict calorie diet and I want to try this recipe. Thank you!

    • Joan and Chris

      The serving size is 1/4 cup for 132 calories. Our 9 pound dogs need 275 calories per day. So they get 1/4 cup two times per day. The remaining calories come from our homemade treats. Divide your required calories by 132 and multiply that by 1/4 cup to determine how many cups per day. Example: 1500 calories per day divided by 132 = 11.36 servings times 1/4 cup yields 2.8 cups per day. Check our math and let us know how it works out. We know your dogs will love the food and you can rest easy knowing what is in it! We just posted a delicious “fishy treat” for dogs. Thanks for the comment.

  23. Our elderly dog was diagnosed recently with diabetes. Is this recipe considered low carb enough to be safe for a diabetic diet? He’s 60 pounds and I’m not even sure of the amount of food to give him.

    • Joan and Chris

      So sorry to hear about your dog. Diabetes in dogs is difficult. We trust you have a good vet for advice and we would defer to him/her. Meat-based high protein diets with restricted carbs are best for diabetic dogs. We have seen recommendations for diabetic dogs calling for 30% carb and fat and 40% protein. Our mix is 23% carb and fat and 54% protein. Our homemade food is balanced, but defintely low carb. However, you can lower the carb content in our recipe by eliminating the cooked rice. You can substitute more healthy fruits and vegetables that would provide less carbs. Also, substitute pumpkin for sweet potatoes, the less starch the better. We would suggest feeding your dog its normal amount twice a day and no grazing to avoid spikes. Ask you vet about a healthy weight and adjust the amount of food to maintain that number.

  24. Is this diet ok for my pitbull that have yeast troubles?

    • Joan and Chris

      The first suggestion would be to eliminate store bought dog food or kibble. They use corn, wheat, or other grains as binders. They are heavy in carbs and yeast feed on carbs. Our homemade dog food is a balanced diet that is very low in what would be considered unhealthy carbs. It should help – try it. You may wish to substitute pumpkin for sweet potatoes, but definitely no white starchy potatoes. You could also eliminate the white rice and add more healthy fruits and vegetables to provide less starchy carbs. If you alter our diet, make sure you give your dog vitamin supplements. The coconut oil in our recipe should help with itching. Good luck and we hope our recipe helps.

  25. Karen Robinson

    I’m going to try your homemade dogfood. May I have the recipe for the tasty treats

    • Joan and Chris

      Try the dog food. Your dog will love it! We plan to post the treat recipe this week so please come back or sign up on our home page for automatic recipe updates and you will be sure to receive it. Thanks.

    • Joan and Chris

      We just posted the healthy dog treat recipe. Click here for the recipe. We posted it it our “Low Carb Essentials” category. Hope you like both recipes.

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