Don’t we all love spoiling our dogs? Well, why not spoil them with food that is not only healthy, but food that they love! Our Maddie Dog is a trail runner so she needs to have plenty of protein and nutrients that can keep her moving, and of course we want her to live a long and healthy life. Now, everyone has their opinions on whether dogs should be fed grains or not, raw or not, or even vegetarian or not. This post is not about that. This is what I feel is the best for my dog! Hope you’re able to take something away from this post that can help your pup too!

Here are the basics:

Maddie is fed around 7:30am and 5:30pm. She gets 1.5 cups of kibble mixed with 2.5 cups of cooked food and a cup of bone broth. At night she gets a spoonful of bone meal and supplements mixed into her food.

Kibble

We don’t free feed Maddie kibble because we want her to know when meal times are. It just works better for our schedules. We love Open Farm because they genuinely seem like a good company that only puts quality ingredients in their foods. You can literally understand every ingredient and it is mostly organic! They also offer a grain free kibble. Here is our favorite: https://openfarmpet.com/products/chicken-and-turkey-dry-dog-food/.

The largest bag (24lbs) lasts us about 2 months. This comes out to be about $1.50/day.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe (With a Pressure Cooker)

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1hr prep and cook time

Makes 42 cups – fills 3 of these containers (1 stays in fridge, the other 2 go in freezer – defrost 24 hours before needed on counter): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0828QDTZB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

All the ingredients cost about $55 and lasts us 2 weeks. This comes out to be about $4/day.

Ingredients (all organic)

  • 4 lbs ground beef (100% grass fed) – you can also do ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 lb organ meat (either chicken or beef liver or heart) – if you cant get this, then do another pound of ground beef
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 7 sweet potatoes (roughly cubed)
  • 7 large carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 1 celery bulk (roughly chopped)
  • 1 bag of brussels sprouts (roughly chopped)
  • ½ head of cabbage (roughly chopped)

Instructions

  1. Hard boil the eggs in a pressure cooker. I put all 12 eggs in at once, cover with water and pressure cook on high for 1 minute. Let off steam as soon as it’s done, pour out hot water, put eggs in a bowl of cold water and set aside.
  2. Cook sweet potatoes in pressure cooker – fill with chopped potatoes to the fill line, put in about 3 cups of water, cook on low pressure for 1 minute. Let off steam as soon as it’s done, strain and set aside to cool. Quick Tip: I usually chop the potatoes while the eggs are in the pressure cooker to save time.
  3. Cook carrots, celery, brussels, and cabbage in pressure cooker – fill chopped veggies to the fill line, put in about 3 cups of water, cook on low pressure for 1 minute. Let off steam as soon as it’s done, strain and set aside to cool. Quick Tip: I usually chop veggies while the potatoes are in the pressure cooker to save time.
  4. Cook ground beef and organ meat in iron skillet on stove. Quick Tip: I usually cook the meat while the veggies are in the pressure cooker.
  5. Once the eggs are cool, peel shells off. Mash eggs with a potato masher.
  6. Once everything is cooked and cooled, scoop a little bit of each food group into the large storage containers at a time, so you get an even mix of everything.
  7. Keep  one container in the fridge and freeze the rest!

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

  1. After we eat all the meat off of a chicken, put the entire carcass in the pressure cooker and fill water to fill line.
  2. Pressure cook on high for 1 hour.
  3. Make sure the “Stay On” button is turned OFF. It doesn’t need to stay on after the hour is up.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release (don’t touch it). I usually do this at night and let it release over night. By then the pressure is out, the broth is cooled, and you can distribute bone broth into containers (KEEP THE BONES FOR BONE MEAL!). Keep some in fridge and freeze the rest.
  5. We freeze in large glass mason jars. Freezing in glass jars can break, so only fill ¾ of the way and only freeze once liquid has cooled.

    Bone Meal (recommended with a Vitamix or high power blender)

    1. Put the cooked chicken bones into the Vitamix.
    2. Add about 1 cup of water.
    3. Blend until completely smooth (don’t want any bone chunks left over).
    4. Distribute into containers. Keep some in fridge and freeze the rest.
    5. We freeze in large glass mason jars. Freezing in glass jars can break, so only fill ¾ of the way and only freeze once liquid has cooled.

      Supplements

      1. Dog Mix from Life Extension: https://www.lifeextension.com/vitamins-supplements/item01931/dog-mix
      2. 1000mg Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil: https://www.amazon.com/Carlson-Liver-Gems-Super-Omega-3s/dp/B001LF39PG/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1Q63O9H6UBIVQ&keywords=carlson+cod+liver+oil+1%2C000mg&qid=1641920449&sprefix=carlson+cod+liver+oil+1%2C%2Caps%2C1547&sr=8-5
      3. Cataplex A-C-P by Standard Process: https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Process-Cataplex-C-P-Tablets/dp/B00KEEU3WW/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3S20BQY9KUCIY&keywords=cataplex+a-c-p+standard+process&qid=1641920523&sprefix=cataplex+a-c-p%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-5

       

      I hope you enjoy the process of feeding your dog a homemade meal. I know your pup will appreciate it!