5 Healthy Recipes for Your Dog

The pet food industry has been selling consumers a whole lot of toxic foods, if Ann N. Martin, author of Foods Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet Food, is to be believed. For example, did you know that unless you take home your deceased pet and either cremate or bury them yourself, your vet sells them to pet food companies? Or that much of the ingredients in dog food is fecal matter, restaurant waste–such as styrofoam trays and diseased animals? Is it any wonder why our dogs and cats are starting to develop the same illnesses as humans?

According to animal trainer and author Pamela Dennison, once she had learned what was really in dog food, she switched to feeding her dogs a mostly raw food diet. Making sure that your dog receives a balance of protein, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, vitamins and minerals from your home cooking may prove a challenge, but here are 5 recipes you can easily prepare to support your pets health.

Pumpkin Sardine Dinner (Makes 5 cups)
1 29-ounce can pumpkin (alternate with cooked butternut squash or sweet potato)
1 cup frozen spinach, defrosted
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
2 3.75-ounce cans sardines (water packed, drained)

Combine ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well using either a potato masher or a large fork to ensure breaking down the sardines. Cover and refrigerate between servings.

Banana Yogurt Smoothie (Makes 1 cup)
1/2 ripe banana, peeled
cup blueberries
cup unsweetened yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

Mash together ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.

Lamb Stew (Makes 8 cups)
1 pound lamb neck and shoulder pieces
6 cups water
3 carrots diced
1 sweet potato, peeled, diced
2 cups cooked brown rice

Combine the lamb and water in a medium saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove lamb and cool before removing meat from the bone. Discard the bone and return the lamb to the pot with the remaining ingredients. Return to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Cool and mash before serving. Freeze in serving portions and defrost as needed.

Tuna Fudge
2 6-ounce cans tuna OR 1 14-ounce can salmon (do not drain either)
1 1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
2 eggs, lightly beaten
cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Pulse ingredients together in a food processor. Spray a 9×9 pan with oil and add tuna mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and cool. Freezes beautifully and will keep unfrozen in refrigerator for 3-4 days. CAUTION: do not refreeze any leftovers!

Salmon Brownie Treats
1 10-ounce can salmon, not drained
3 cloves garlic
3 cups spelt, oat or quinoa flour .

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Combine salmon and garlic in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the flour and continue to pulse until a ball of dough forms. Remove from processor and place between two layers of wax paper then roll out to half an inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet and score into small squares. Bake 10-15 minutes.

For more, see Dog Nutrition Tips and Why do Dogs Eat Grass?

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Leslie S.
Leslie S.2 years ago

Garlic is poisonous to dogs!

Lupe G.
Lupe G.2 years ago

I will have to try some of this. I already make tons of goodies for my puppy out of fruits, yogurt & peanut butter

Joe Shults
Joe Shults3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

June C.
June C.4 years ago

DALE B........could you please list the measurements for the weekly recipe that you feed your dogs? and what is the serving size per dog of this meal? and one more question.....when you cook it in the pot, what is it cooked in? oil? water? Thanks.....I have a dog with skin allergies and I have not yet found a diet that works for her....i've been using IAM's for several years but I had no idea what actually was in the store bought dog foods other than what they tell you on the nutrition box. I'm hoping that a better diet will improve her skin and coat. Thank you

Rachel H.
Rachel H.4 years ago

Elk antlers are the best. antler dog chews

Jack Price
Jack Price4 years ago

Nice info

Dale B.
Dale B.4 years ago

Nat, You are right, garlic is on the list (ASPCA & peteducation.com) of foods not to feed your dog. But, a little used for flavoring is not harmful. I found this out because peteducation.com parent company (Doctors. Foster & Smith) has a little garlic in their food even though it's on their list of food not to feed your dog. I emailed them and they told me a little garlic is not harmful.

I have been cooking for my 8 dogs for the past 5 years and their health is amazing. Each week in a very large pot I cook:
brown rice, lentils, oatmeal, 2 cans of wild salmon, chicken, 18 eggs, ground up egg shells (calcium), broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bananas, blueberries and olive oil.

Madelyn A.

And we sell deer antlers- my Boston is crazy about his. He gets minerals while he's eating and it leaves no mess for me. Lasts a LOT longer than his chew toys

Madelyn A.

If you would like to add extra nutrients to your homemade dog food, try BirkDale PetMix- with a variety of herbs, vegetables, vitamins, and good whole grains and proteins (NO WHEAT!! NO PRESERVATIVES!), this will make your pet healthier and happier. http://www.orionhealthypet.com/

We also have supplements with hot-water extracted medicinal mushrooms for dogs with cancer. http://www.k9criticalcare.com/brands/BirkDale-Medicinals.html

Ryan G.
Ryan G.5 years ago

Here's a link to OPCs: