Basic Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Basic Dog Food Recipe

​This is the basic recipe I use for feeding my dog, a Border Collie. It has been adapted from others I tried and I offer my dog variety by changing up the combination of ingredients. For the past two years this recipe has been the basis of my dog’s diet. In those two years, her weight has fluctuated by only ½ pound! Her coat is shiny, her skin healthy, her eyes clear and her overall health great for an eleven year old dog!

While I cannot offer portion recommendations for you, and suggest you consult your vet about a fresh diet such as this, I have found feeding my 39# dog three ½ cup servings each day meet her dietary needs and keep her long-term pancreatitis under control. (The only time she has an attack is when we deviate from her diet!)


1# Cooked protein: Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish or cheese. It is best to use one, and no more than two, protein sources at a time.

6 cups starchy carbohydrate: potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and pasta. Feel free to use a combination of these ingredients.

​6 – 7 cups vegetables and/or fruits:  choose from carrots, squash, cabbage, peas, zucchini, spinach and other greens such as kale or collards, green beans, turnips, pears, apples, and blueberries. Fresh produce is best, but canned or frozen work too.

​6 – 8 cups liquid:  Chicken, beef or vegetable broth, canned tomatoes with liquid, water. Use low-sodium products.

1 tsp seasoning:  Avoid added salt, as well as garlic and onion salt/powder, and pepper, feel free to use parsley, oregano, and thyme.


*Optional ingredients


​Start with adding 4 cups of water and/or broth to large pot. If using ground meat, crumble and place into the liquid to cook; if using chunks of meat, precook and shred before adding to liquid.

Chop and add carbohydrates and vegetables to pot; if using fruit, wait until other ingredients are nearly cooked before adding.

Cook on medium/low heat until meat, starches and vegetables/fruits are cooked. Continue adding liquid as needed. You want a nice thick soup/stew consistency when finished. Add seasoning and allow stew to cool.

Because dog’s have different nutritional needs than humans, I add vitamins and enzymes to the stew before serving. Again, check with your vet or other animal nutritionist to determine what is right for your dog.

*Optional:  Many fresh diet recipes include grain products. You are free to add them to this recipe—up to 6 cups worth—but know that they are primarily used as fillers and not for nutritional value. Rice, oatmeal and barley are all suitable to add.

This stew will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. I generally freeze what I will not use within that time frame.