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Nutrition Guide for Homemade Dog Food

healthy dog foodWe are going to start sharing great recipes for homemade dog food. But before we do that we thought it would be a good idea to share some nutritional guidelines for your dogs. Before you start cooking your own dog food, make sure to speak with your Albuquerque vet to make sure you are meeting your dog’s nutritional needs and not feeding them anything they shouldn’t be eating. Remember that portion size will be based your dog’s height, weight and activity level.


  • 40% Protein – animal meat, seafood, eggs or dairy
  • 10% Carbohydrates – grains and beans
  • 50% Vegetables
  • Fat – from oil or meat
  • Calcium – crushed or powdered egg shells; a supplement
  • Fatty acids – cooked egg yolks, oatmeal, plant oils and other foods

Make sure to cook all food thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria.

Make sure to cook all beans, grains and starchy vegetables so it is easier for your dog to digest.

Do NOT make substitutions in dog food recipes without first consulting your vet.

The book Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD, is an excellent resource for dog food chefs and is free online.

Foods your dog should never eat.

  • Chocolate
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocados
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw bread dough
  • Alcohol

If you dog is vomiting, has diarrhea, is lethargic, refusing to eat, not drinking, or displaying any concerning health symptoms after eating homemade dog food, please call your vet immediately.