Home Cooking is Good: Basic Good Dog Food Recipe

Cooking for a dog is good.

See also:  Homecooking for dogs

Sometimes people choose ingredients that lack:
  • Fat soluble, and water soluble vitamins.
  • Calcium and iron are often lacking.
  • Fiber is usually if not always lacking.
When you cook for a dog, you should decide if you’re going to cook low carb, or regular.
To cook low carb, consider just feeding raw,
…or cook the above, and serve only cooked.
If you cook regular, you STILL want to avoid carbohydrate-rich vegetables like potato, corn, limas, peas.
Vegetables that are NOT STARCHY are desirable, like those found in “Asian StirFry Vegetable Medleys” like Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots, Snow Peas, Water Cress, Bamboo shoots and baby corn. 
A decent home cooked “normal-carb” diet would contain the following:
  • 45% boiled egg (or super lean meat)
  • 45% mixed vegetables (raw, steamed, chopped)
The above two components should be chopped and mixed so that the vegetable portion can’t be “picked out” or “eaten around” because the vegetable component is important for the growth of beneficial germs in the digestive tract, and for fiber.
That leaves 10%, doesn’t it.
  1. Canned Pumpkin (and/or FOS “chicory root inulin”)
  2. A multivitamin like Flintstones
  3. Yogurt (Blueberry is best)
The canned pumpkin is given at 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds per feeding. 4 tablespoons is 1/4 cup. So a 40 pound dog gets 1/4c. canned pumpkin per feeding.
The multivitamin is Flintstones Complete, give 1/4 tablet per 10 pounds once per day. A 40+ pounder gets one tablet per day. A huge dog just gets one a day, too.
Avoid carbohydrate-rich vegetables like potato, corn, limas, peas.
Finally, the yogurt is given at 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds per feeding. 3 teaspoons make a tablespoon. A 30 pound dog only needs 1 tablespoon of yogurt per feeding.
If you decide to use FOS / “fructo-oligo-saccharides” from chicory-root-inulin (Amazon.com) then that’s just 1 teaspoon on the food per feeding, for a 20 pound dog. A 60 pound dog would get 1 tablespoon on the food. If you are giving canned pumpkin, the FOS is not essential. The FOS can replace the need for Pumpkin.
Should you add Pumpkin or FOS to the diet of a dog eating store-food prepared? Nope. Those diets should have enough fiber and you don’t want to give too much.
Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.