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This homemade dog food recipe is for a 65 lb dog who is lower in activity.
It's a balanced meal you can make for an adult dog who needs fewer calories.
This recipe is designed as a 14-day batch, a typical batch timeframe for convenience and simplicity in making homemade food. I have included color-coding which indicates a few ingredients/supplements in the recipe that are to be fed daily in their daily amounts rather than mixed into the large batch in advance.
How our recipe looks for meeting macronutrient, calorie, & balance goals
The daily calories in this homemade dog food recipe are well in line for our profile's energy goals, and the macronutrient distribution is low-carb as it should be for a 65 lb/lower energy dog. Fiber at 2.5% and key nutrient ratios are good, while we meet all our dog's specific nutritional requirements in this diet.
Here's an overview of how the nutrients break down:
Calorie Distribution | 946 kcal for one day
Fiber: 2.5% on a DMB
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio | 6.13:1
Zinc to Copper Ratio | 9.5:1
A few notes on the ingredients in this recipe:
1) Eggs can be hardboiled or raw.
As you remember from our earlier nutrient/sourcing guides in Dogly's Basic Nutrition Channel, eggs are what nutritionists call a complete protein - containing all the essential amino acids and loaded with other nutrients as well. Digestible for dogs whether raw or hardboiled - your choice!
2) Green ingredients include fresh dog food ingredients, to be fed fresh.
We added a variety of fresh, green ingredients to the recipe that includes kale and broccoli. We recommend you feed these as fresh ingredients rather than freeze-dried or pre-packaged. The reason? Frozen or pre-packaged green ingredients often have much of their nutritional value stripped away during the processing phase.
3) Red ingredients are evenly mixed into the batch (the blue ingredients).
4) Sweet potato is without skin (in this recipe and always).
The skin on sweet potato should always be removed, since it is extremely difficult for dogs to digest. The sweet potato itself should always be cooked for dogs, also due to difficult digestibility which can cause serious issues.
5) RMB (raw meaty bone) is chicken wing - the weight includes the bone & meat. The recipe is also designed to help us meet all of our dog's nutritional requirements. By combining the base ingredients with a little bit of supplementation, we have created a balanced diet.
6) All fresh food plant ingredients can be fed raw if blended well in a food processor or blender (except the sweet potato which is cooked).
That's it! Now that you have all the details, let's dive into how to make homemade dog food.
7 Pro tips to making homemade dog food
1) Totally good, safe, and easier to serve your eggs raw.
Hard-boiling is an option that's your choice, depending on your preference, but you can always simply serve your dog eggs raw.
2) Cook your plant matter for digestibility.
We've already talked about the importance of using some kind of cooking process for digestibility of sweet potatoes. To clarify the how: sweet potatoes can be baked, pressure cooked, even microwaved in a pinch. Then scoop the flesh from the sweet potato and discard or compost sweet potato skins.
3) Turn your supplements into a powdery mix for even distribution.
In a small bowl, combine the red ingredients according to the amounts designated in the dog food recipe. These are the total amounts for the entire batch recipe. 14 days worth in this case. Mix into a fine powder. If you have tablets, crush them first. If capsules, empty them. Mix well!
4) Carefully and slowly mix your mineral mix from step 3 into just your sweet potato.
Mix well! The sweet potato will act as a carrier for these supplements in the full recipe.
5) Now combine all blue ingredients- including animal ingredients and supplement ingredient.
Mix well. Some items like the beef liver will need to be finely chopped or thrown in a food processor or blender.
6) Now portion into 14 days' worth of food to simplify your daily pet food routine - saves time & makes life so much easier!
You might do 14 containers and feed half the container at a time if doing two meals a day, etc. Don't worry about each container weighing exactly the same - just do your best to get it even.
If you like to be specific, weigh the final batch (as it will vary in weight each time because of moisture) and divide that number by 14 to arrive at daily weight for each day.
7) Feed green ingredients fresh with their daily amounts that are given.
To clarify and underscore the color-coding: the green ingredients are daily amounts. Because this is important, I will repeat: green ingredients are given in their daily amounts.
Additional note: If you're switching from commercial dog food to homemade cooked/fresh dog food, transition your dog gradually if needed.
IMPORTANT: Remember that dogs are individuals. Not every dog will tolerate this particular amount of fat, protein, fiber, calories etc. This recipe for informational and guidance purposes.
Enjoy this recipe & any questions, just ask!
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