A few years ago, we adopted an adorable German Shepherd pup. My children were so excited to have a new family member in our home and named her Duchess. Little did we know, our little puppy was going to have major trouble with just about any commercial dog food. If she wasn’t regurgitating it, her eyes would be runny and she was very itchy which are both common food allergy symptoms.
The first thing I did after getting home with our pup was to take her outside for a bathroom break while the kids put down puppy pads inside. This little beauty let us know that we weren’t alone by her adorable puppy barking. I quickly moved my flashlight to a field behind the house and saw 3 hooded individuals who took off running. They disappeared into the woods behind the house. Not knowing what to do, I called the local police department who sent someone to investigate. I welcomed the police officer into our home after he searched the area behind my house. He immediately noticed our new pup and told me to be careful what I feed her because German Shepherd dogs are known to have very sensitive stomachs. That was an understatement.
After trying Duchess on the cheaper grocery store dog food brands which her tummy did not tolerate, we moved on to Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, Wellness, just to name a few. I’m pretty sure we tried them all!
My Homemade Dog Food Aha Moment
Would you believe that we’ve been switching brands now for five years, trying to find a dog food that our pup can tolerate. Alas, it’s time to move onto homemade dog food. This is the recipe that she absolutely loves. I checked out a few veterinarian websites to come up with it. This is for a 60 lb. German Shepherd. If you have a 30 lb. dog, cut the recipe in half. Enjoy!
Directions: Homemade Dog Food Recipe
- 1/2 lb. hamburger
- brown rice – 2 cups
- peas and carrots – 2 cups
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- bone meal powder
- multi vitamin with Omega 3
You can mix this recipe up a bit by using chicken or other meat or different veggies. The bone meal powder and vitamins are optional. I use bone meal to make sure our pup does not get a calcium deficiency and Omega 3 for joints, hair and skin. My dog is allergic to chicken and eggs and finding recipes with limited ingredients was difficult.
You will want to combine protein and carbohydrates in various combinations like lamb and rice, beef and potatoes, or chicken and pasta. Carbohydrates are an inexpensive source of energy and provide some essential amino acids and fatty acids, says Abood, DVM, PhD, an assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Foods to avoid: raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, chives, macadamia nuts, chocolate and maybe raw foods which may be tainted with Salmonella or E Coli.
Making Homemade Dog Food in Bulk
This homemade mixture is expensive, but not as expensive as bags I purchased a Petco. In fact, it’s actually much cheaper if you buy bags of frozen veggies on sale and put in the freezer for later. I mix up 3-4 days worth at a time now and stick in the refrigerator. If your dog does not like the food cold, you can heat it in a sauce pan or leave out on counter for a short time to bring to room temperature. Don’t feed it to them hot as dogs don’t tolerate hot food well. Microwaves can make food spotty and hot pockets in the food could cause burning of the mouth and throat. In addition, microwaving food can deplete vital vitamins and nutrients.
I’m now looking into slow cooker recipes to make my life a little easier!