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You probably already know that making raw dog food involves more than just serving your dog some raw meat. But it may interest you to know that raw dog food recipes can be still be quite easy and affordable to make, while still providing your dog with a balanced diet, without having to look to fattening starchy superfoods like sweet potatoes and brown rice.
Like fresh dog food, raw diets do not undergo harmful processing and do not have preservatives, and therefore are dense in nutrients. Dogs that are under these diets are generally healthier and happier than those who eat exclusively dry food or other traditional store-bought dog foods. Raw dog food recipes tend to have more crucial nutrients, such as protein and essential fatty acids. Plus, they’re more compatible with natural health supplements such as cod liver oil, making boosting your dog’s health that much easier.
If you haven’t got the time to prepare, dog food delivery services are your best options. But if you are up for the challenge, you can start your dog out on a homemade diet of raw food with these raw dog food recipes.
Beef and Raw Egg Recipe
This simple recipe is delicious yet affordable, as well as being high in protein. It works well as an everyday meal. Here’s what you need:
- Low-fat beef (bone-in or ground): 5 lbs
- Beef liver: 1 lb
- Beef heart: 2 lbs
- Bone meal (if going with ground): 5 tbsp
- Wheat germ oil: 2 tsp
- Salt: 2 tsp
- Kelp: 1/4 tsp
- Farm-fresh eggs: 8 pcs
- Leafy green vegetables (kale, broccoli, etc): 2 lbs
- Mixed berries (optional; blackberries, cranberries, and blueberries ideal): 12 oz
Grind or dice the organ meat while pureeing all non-meat ingredients in a food processor. Mix pureed ingredients and meat together, then portion the mixture into containers and freeze. Makes ~11 pounds or about a week’s supply for a 50-pound dog (2-3 days for puppies expected to grow to 50 pounds).
This recipe works best with ground beef, but you can also use meaty bones if you’re feeding an adult dog who likes to chew on bones. You can leave the eggshells in too if your dog already has permanent teeth. Make sure to get lean ground beef, especially if you’re feeding a puppy. Remember to portion out more per meal if feeding puppies to help them grow. Read our guide to know how much raw food to feed a dog.
Low Calorie Raw Patties
For dogs who have been packing on quite a bit of extra body weight, these patties can be the perfect recipe to get them back in shape. Filling and yet fairly low-calorie, it’ll let their weight peter out nicely over time. Here’s what goes into them:
- Chicken livers: 1 lb
- Chicken hearts: 1 lb
- Rabbit meat, bone-in or ground: 5 lbs
- Bone meal (if going with ground): 2 tbsp
- Fish oil: 1 tbsp
- Eggs: 4 pcs
- Flaxseed: 4 oz
- Seaweed: 2 oz
- Lean beef: 2 lb
- Vegetables: 1 lb
Grind all ingredients until able to form into patties. Makes about 11 pounds (1 week for a 50-pound dog, 3 days for a puppy that will grow into a 50-pound dog). The lean beef is there to make it taste better, and you can adjust the ratio of rabbit meat with lean beef to make the recipe tastier for a dog who isn’t used to rabbit meat, and balance it out as they get used to it.
Prey Model Mix
The prey model is a type of raw food diet that seeks to replicate the kind of food consumed by wild dogs in the past. Plenty of raw meaty bones and greens can be found, meant to provide full-featured canine nutrition for adult dogs. Here’s a example of that recipe scheme, rich in many kinds of muscle meat, bones, organs, and vegetables:
- Fatty red meat (beef, pork, lamb, etc), minced: 4.5 lbs
- Free-range duck or goose, bone-in: 4.5 lbs
- Free-range chicken or turkey, chopped or minced, bone-in: 9 lbs
- Farm-fresh eggs: 6 pcs
- Fresh green vegetables: 2 lbs
- Organ mix (heart, liver, kidney): 2 lbs
Simply throw all these ingredients in a food processor, or mix with your preferred method until evenly blended. Makes about 2 and a half weeks’ worth of food for a 50-pound dog, or about a week’s worth for growing puppies. Keeps for up to 4 days defrosted.
DISCLAIMER: Only get raw chicken from verified raw dog food suppliers. Make sure to get vegetables that are well-established to be fit for canine consumption. Keep in mind that these recipes, like most others that you will find online, have been formulated for the average dog with no sensitivities or uncommon conditions. Raw dog food is easy to make, but it’s also easy to misjudge ingredient compositions and damage your pet’s health in the long run.
If at any point you feel doubtful about making homemade raw dog food, but still want to look into feeding raw food diet, consider raw food diets formulated by dog food subscription services such as We Feed Raw. These brands work closely with veterinarian nutritionists to create the perfect raw dog food diet for your pet’s specific physiology .
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you make homemade raw dog food?
If it’s your first time making your own raw food, it’s best to stick with simpler homemade dog food recipes to help you get the hang of raw feeding. Fortunately, most raw dog food recipes are made simpler by the fact that you don’t need to cook them.
What is the perfect raw diet for a dog?
This will depend on your dog’s specific physiology. Consult your veterinarian for the ideal raw ingredient choices for your dog’s diet.
Is it cheaper to make your own raw dog food?
If you choose the right recipes and ingredients, certainly. Especially since you won’t have to pay a delivery charge.
Can I feed my dog raw food everyday?
If it turns out that raw dog food is right for your dog, absolutely.