Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Overweight Dogs

We have gotten a lot of email about what is a good homemade diet to feed overweight dogs.

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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Balanced low-fat/high-fiber homemade formulas for overweight adult dogs:

Daily food formulation for an 18-kg dog (as fed)

Ingredients Grams
Chicken, white meat 65
Egg, large, boiled 81
Rice, white, cooked 325
Cereal, All Bran 26
Calcium carbonate 2
Salt, iodized 1
Salt, substitute (KCl 1
Total 501

Nutrient Content (%DMB)*

Dry matter 36.5
Protein 22.6
Fat 8.0
Linoleic acid 1.1
Fiber 5.8
Calcium 0.50
Phosphorus 0.37
Magnesium 0.14
Sodium 0.45
Potassium 0.63
Energy (kcal/100g) 398

*Also feed one human adult vitamin-mineral tablet daily to dogs to ensure all vitamins and trace minerals are included.
May substitute rice baby cereal and flavor either selection with meat broth during cooking.
*Nutrients of concern are italicized.

Directions: Cook chicken until well done. Cook rice separately. Hard boil one large egg. Grind or finely chop meat. 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 normal healthy dogs, dogs with kidney disease, dogs with heart disease, and dogs with intestinal disease.

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