How to Make Pocket-Friendly Homemade Dog Food

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If your dog is your life, lifeline, or heartbeats, or you are obsessed with the dog you own, I am sure that you just can’t compromise with his health. If it is the thing, then this article is going to be your favorite. Why? Because, in this article, I am going to share some easy homemade dog food recipes which are also pocket-friendly and help you to save a lot of bucks without compromising your furry friend’s health.

But before we start, it is essential to understand he can eat and which food items are not preferable or not suitable for your dog. So, let me give you brief information about the same.

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A dog should not eat;

  • Avocado, grapes, raisins, and currants,
  • Onions, garlic, mushrooms,
  • Fish (raw)
  • Bones of any meat or cat food,
  • Any caffeine or alcoholic items,
  • Citrus oil or human vitamin supplement containing iron,
  • Marijuana, rhubarb leaves


A dog can eat;

Any meats like beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, buffalo, ostrich, etc. He can also eat vegetables and grains like carrots, broccoli, cabbage, celery, spinach, etc. Oatmeal and rice are also two of the healthiest options for canines. If we talk about fruits, he can eat mangos. Pears, bananas, apples, etc.

Apart from all these items, you can give him cottage cheese and plain yogurt. Here, you should keep one thing in mind is that some dog breeds are allergic to the dairy products. So, kindly observe them and decide what should be given! When it comes to oils, olive oil, flaxseed oil, safflower oil, and hemp oils are preferable.

Now as we are quite clear what we should not give to our pooch, we can go further for some easy and cheap homemade food recipes. Let’s have a look.


Vet Approved Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Healthy Wealthy Oatmeal

What will you need?

2 bowls of cooked oatmeal, 1.5 bowls of plain yogurt, 1.5 bowl cottage cheese, 4 tbsp safflower oil, 2 peeled and mashed banana, 2 chopped apple, 1 bowl ripe and mashed mango.

How to make it?

Mix all the above ingredients in a big bowl. Make sure that the mixture is perfectly smashed. After that, put it in the refrigerator but do not freeze it. We can use it for a week whenever we need. It is easy to cook and long-lasting. All the ingredients are healthy, digestive, and best for the dog’s immunity. Try it once, and I am sure it will become your dog’s first food choice.

Servings: 2 meals a day – 4 to 5 days (Medium Sized Dog)

Costing: Between $5 per day (£3.80)


Dry Homemade Dog Food

What will you need?

1.5 bowl of whole wheat flour, 0.5 bowl yeast, a Half cup of nonfat, dry powdered milk, half cup of cornmeal, 2.5 bowls of water, 3 eggs, 2 tsp flaxseed oil, half cup cauliflower, and a half cup of green beans.

How to make it?

Take a big bowl and mix everything well. Make a thick dough. After that, make a smooth surface on the platform using whole wheat flour. Place the mixture into the center of the surface. It should be dry, heavy, and dense. Knead it for 1 minute and take a small piece of it. Roll it into ¼ inch rope and cut it into the small parts. (This activity is quite time-consuming. You can involve your kids or other family members for rolling and cutting tasks.)

Then, place kibble on dehydrating tray or the cookie sheet for baking. You can also add food color. Don’t add additional sweetener as it is not preferable for dogs. Place trays in the dehydrator on ‘medium’ for 8 to 12 hours or place the cookie sheets in 200-degree oven for about 3 hours. At last, take some time to cool it down before serving. Use vacuum packs for long time storage.

Servings: 4 meals a day – 7 days (Large Sized Dog)

Costing: $2.5 per day (£1.90)

Homemade Chicken

As mentioned above, we cannot feed chicken bones to dogs. But, we can make a healthy nourishing broth. You can literally use anything from your fridge to make this stock. The resulting food item will be rich in flavor, vitamins, and minerals.

What will you need?

5 or more glasses of water, chopped carrots, celery, apple, spinach, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp basil, and chicken bones (Just for stocking purpose.)

How to make it?

Boil water in a large stockpot and add all the ingredients to the pot. Boil all of these items over high heat and do not forget to remove any foam from the water while boiling. You can use a spoon to skim the foam. After few minutes, low down the heat and let everything set for the next 45 minutes. Simmer with the lid. At last, discard all the material like bones, fruit peels, or vegetables, and strain the stock. You can save and use this stock for the 1 week, and if you want to use it later, it can be used for 6 months if frozen. Isn’t it easy?

Servings: 1 bowl – 7 days (Small Sized Dogs)

Costing: $2 per day (£1.52)

So, these are easy to cook, homemade and pocket-friendly dog food recipes. I know that you love your baby dog so much that you just can’t let anyone else take care of him because NO ONE can ever pamper him the way you do! Treat him with these food items and make him healthy than ever!

Arthur: Shailee Sheth is a content writer who loves to read, research, and write various articles which can make a small difference in the surroundings. She is curious and always go deep to dig out the best diamonds of information. She loves to write on different topics which can help her to widen her knowledge span. Currently, she is associated with Internet Geeks.