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Easy Raw Dog Food Recipes With Balanced Nutrition

Mychelle Blake
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If you'd like to move your dog to a homemade raw food diet but are concerned about the difficulty, it's actually not that hard to make easy raw dog food recipes. Once you've gotten some practice, you'll find yourself making your raw dog food recipes like a pro in no time.

The 5:1:1 Ratio and Raw Dog Food Recipes

If you've read at all about the raw dog food diet, you've likely come across the 5:1:1 figure. This is the ratio used to create most recipes:

  • Five parts meat with bone
  • One part organ meats
  • One part vegetables and fruit

Healthy Fats in the Raw Dog Food Diet

Fats are an important part of a dog's diet which is why they are not excluded from a raw dog food diet, although it's best to keep them under 10% of the ingredients. Fat can come from the skin and fat sections on the meat and bones. It can also be added with supplements such as olive and fish oils.

Carbohydrates in the Raw Dog Food Diet

Some raw dog food feeders believe that carbs have no place in a dog's diet while others believe that dogs are omnivores and can benefit from the nutrients in a small amount of carbs. Non-carb feeders tend to follow the 8:1:1 ratio, or "prey diet" which does not include any vegetables, fruits or other carbs. If you're unsure about which way to go, speak to your veterinarian and veterinary nutritionists for their input on your dog's diet.

Figuring Out Easy Raw Dog Food Recipes Portion Sizes

These recipes are designed to be made for a single meal or in bulk, which can be stored in individual portions and frozen. All you need to do is figure out what your dog's daily amount of food is by weight and use these percentages to determine the number of ounces of food. Multiply that number by the number of meals you want to make if you're creating a bulk recipe.

French Bulldog eating from glass bowl

Sunday Pot Roast for Dogs

Mix together a delicious dish worthy of Sunday dinner.

Ingredients

  • 50% Beef stew meat, excess fat trimmed off
  • 10% Beef or chicken livers
  • 10% Beef tail bones
  • 5% Hemp or fish oil (or any other edible oil substitute)
  • 5% Frozen, fresh or canned carrots
  • 5% Sweet potatoes
  • 5% Frozen, fresh or canned peas
  • Probiotic, such as Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics (follow label for your dog's dosage)
  • Multi-vitamin for dogs, such as Pet MD Canine Tabs (follow label for your dog's dosage)

Directions

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and your kitchen counters, cutting boards and knives with soap and hot water prior to beginning.
  2. Wash meat and fresh vegetables thoroughly.
  3. Wash your hands again after handling the meat.
  4. Chop the carrots into small pieces (unless they are frozen/canned and already chopped).
  5. Boil the carrots and peas lightly or steam and allow to cool.
  6. Cook the sweet potato until soft and allow to cool. Cut in small chunks or mash (with skin on).
  7. Cut the liver into smaller pieces.
  8. Mix all the ingredients, except the beef tail bones, together in a bowl using a spoon or your hands. If you use your hands, it's best to wear gloves and to wash your hands thoroughly immediately before and after you mix the food.
  9. Serve the food with the bones on the side, or freeze immediately.
  10. Make sure you do one more thorough cleaning of your counters, utensils, cutting boards and your hands.
  11. Wash your dog's bowls after they finish eating.

Puppy's Summer Stew

Make a yummy stew for your young pup.

Ingredients

  • 50% Ground chicken, or a mix of ground chicken and ground turkey
  • 15% Chicken hearts
  • 15% Chicken or turkey necks
  • 10% Olive or flaxseed oil (or any other edible oil substitute)
  • 5% Frozen, fresh or canned carrots
  • 5% Frozen or fresh zucchini or summer squash
  • Kelp powder, about ¼ scoop for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight

Directions

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and your kitchen counters, cutting boards and knives with soap and hot water prior to beginning.
  2. Wash meat and fresh vegetables thoroughly.
  3. Wash your hands again after handling the meat.
  4. Chop the carrots and zucchini into small pieces (unless they are frozen/canned and already chopped).
  5. Boil the carrots and zucchini lightly or steam and allow to cool.
  6. Cut the hearts into smaller pieces.
  7. Mix all the ingredients, except the necks, together in a bowl using a spoon or your hands. If you use your hands, it's best to wear gloves and to wash your hands thoroughly immediately before and after you mix the food.
  8. Serve the food with the bones on the side, or freeze immediately.
  9. Make sure you do one more thorough cleaning of your counters, utensils, cutting boards and your hands.
  10. Wash your dog's bowls after they finish eating.
Dog with bowl in mouth

Canine Waldorf Style Mix

This easy recipe will remind you of the classic Waldorf dish.

Ingredients

  • 50% Chicken thighs or breasts or both, with skin and bone included
  • 10% Chicken hearts and livers
  • 10% Chicken or turkey necks
  • 10% Coconut or fish oil (or any other edible oil substitute)
  • 5% Apples
  • 5% Leafy greens like spinach, arugula, romaine
  • 5% non-fat or low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt
  • One egg - if making food in bulk, add one egg per five meal portions
  • Probiotic, such as Missing Link Pet Kelp Formula (use directions on bag for amounts based on your dog's weight)

Directions

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and your kitchen counters, cutting boards and knives with soap and hot water prior to beginning.
  2. Wash meat and fresh vegetables thoroughly.
  3. Wash your hands again after handling the meat.
  4. Chop the apples into small pieces and chop or rip up the leafy greens into smaller pieces.
  5. Boil the apples and greens together lightly or steam and allow to cool.
  6. Cut the hearts and livers into smaller pieces.
  7. Mix all the ingredients, except the necks, together in a bowl using a spoon or your hands. If you use your hands, it's best to wear gloves and to wash your hands thoroughly immediately before and after you mix the food.
  8. Serve the food with the bones on the side, or freeze immediately.
  9. Make sure you do one more thorough cleaning of your counters, utensils, cutting boards and your hands.
  10. Wash your dog's bowls after they finish eating.

Doggo Surf and Turf Dinner

Fish and beef combine to make a classic combo.

Ingredients

  • 25% Canned mackerel, sardines or salmon
  • 25% Beef stew meat or ground beef
  • 10% Beef hearts and livers
  • 15% Beef tail bones
  • 5% Green tripe, such as by the canned version made by Solid Gold
  • 5% Fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 5% Leafy greens like spinach, arugula, romaine
  • 5% non-fat or low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt
  • One egg - if making food in bulk, add one egg per five meal portions

Directions

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and your kitchen counters, cutting boards and knives with soap and hot water prior to beginning.
  2. Wash meat and fresh vegetables thoroughly.
  3. Wash your hands again after handling the meat.
  4. Chop up the broccoli into small pieces and chop or rip up the leafy greens into smaller pieces.
  5. Boil the broccoli and greens together lightly or steam and allow to cool.
  6. Cut the hearts and livers into smaller pieces.
  7. Mix all the ingredients, except the tail bones, together in a bowl using a spoon or your hands. If you use your hands, it's best to wear gloves and to wash your hands thoroughly immediately before and after you mix the food.
  8. Serve the food with the bones on the side, or freeze immediately.
  9. Make sure you do one more thorough cleaning of your counters, utensils, cutting boards and your hands.
  10. Wash your dog's bowls after they finish eating.

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe Video

This video featuring holistic expert Dr. Karen Becker demonstrates who easily you can make a raw dog food recipe with basic ingredients and kitchen supplies.

Making Raw Food Recipes Easy

The hardest part of getting started with the raw food diet for dogs is simply getting started! Once you begin making recipes, you'll gain experience and find that "cooking" for your dogs become easier with practice.

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipes With Balanced Nutrition