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Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Healthy Adult Dogs

We have gotten a lot of emails about what is a good homemade diet to feed dogs. The following is a diet that meets AAFCO guidelines.

Before feeding this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your dog.

Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition
Editors: Michael S. Hand, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition and Bruce J. Novotny, DVM, Helios Communications, LLC Copyright 2002 by Mark Morris Institute

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Topeka, Kansas 66601-2097
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Balanced generic formula for healthy adult dogs that meets AAFCO guidelines:
Daily food formulation for an 18-kg dog

Ingredients Grams Percent
Carbohydrate, coocked* 240 58
Meat cooked 120 29
Fat* 10 2
Fiber+ 30 7
Bone Meal++ 4.0
Potassium Chloride++ 1.0

Nutrient Content (%DMB)

Protein 21
Fat 20
Crude Fiber 6.5
Calcium 0.66
Phosphorus 0.59
Magnesium 0.1
Sodium 0.2
Potassium 0.6
Kcal (as fed) 820

* Examples include rice, cornmeal, oatmeal, potato, pasta and various infant cereals
Examples include all typical meats, poultry, fish and liver.*Chicken fat, beef fat, vegetable oil or fish oil.
+Prepared high-fiber cereals (All-Bran, Fiber One) or vegetables (raw or cooked)
++Dicalcium phosphate can replace bone meal.
+++Readily available as a salt substitute in grocery stores.
Human adult vitamin-mineral tablet (9g/tablet, give 1 tablet/day)

Directions: Bake or microwave meat component and cook starch component separately. Grind or finely chop meat if necessary. Pulverize the bone meal or dicalcium phosphate. Mix with all other components except the vitamin-mineral supplement. Mix well and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Feed the vitamin-mineral supplement with the meal; give as a pill or pulverize and thoroughly mix with food before feeding.

Looking for other dog food recipes? Also see dog food recipes for obese dogs, dogs with kidney disease, dogs with heart disease, and dogs with intestinal disease.