How to Make Puppy Food at Home

Metal dog bowl filled with homemade puppy food on wooden surface

Making your own dog food will help you save some money and let you create a diet specifically for your pooch. All growing pups require a healthy diet. But selecting the ideal nutrition for your dog can be a daunting undertaking.

It requires some dedication on your side to decide to feed your puppy home-prepared meals. Make certain you have the time necessary to cook the meal appropriately and often. Before you can begin feeding your dog an adequate homemade diet, there are several things you need to understand.

Is Homemade Food Healthy for Puppies?

Like people, dogs have unique calorie needs as well as dietary requirements for various vitamins and minerals. Puppies require even more specialized care in order to develop properly and flourish. Your dog needs a balanced diet that is both comprehensive and nutritious. It must also be built to facilitate expansion.

When pet owners choose to feed home-prepared meals, one of the major mistakes they make is not adhering to the appropriate recipes (or, not following a recipe at all). More than just providing adequate calories is important for creating the ideal puppy diet. For a developing dog, it also has to have the right proportions of protein, fat, and calories. The proper levels of vitamins and minerals must also be included in the diet.

Make sure your puppy gets all it needs in its food when you start developing a home-prepared meal in order to maintain it as healthy as possible and aid in its growth. Consultation with your veterinarian is the most effective course of action. Even better, request a recommendation for a veterinary nutritionist.

You may create a diet that fully satisfies your puppy's nutritional requirements by consulting a veterinarian. Your veterinarian might have some recipes you can use or point you in the direction of a website like or These websites provide recipes that veterinary nutritionists have created. They can assist you in selecting a diet that is both comprehensive and balanced and satisfies your other demands. In many situations, you may select the components you desire or locate formulations made for pups with certain requirements (such huge breeds or health difficulties) (like allergies).

How to Prepare Homemade Puppy Food

Puppies often require twice as many calories daily as their adult counterparts. The National Academy of Science's Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Cats and Dogs estimates that a 10-pound puppy that would eventually reach 33 pounds needs to consume roughly 990 calories daily. Additionally, compared to adult dogs, pups require more protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

A homemade puppy diet should contain the proper balance of:

  • Protein, such as chicken, turkey, fish, lean beef
  • Carbohydrates, like rice, pasta, potatoes
  • Vegetables, such as peas, green beans,
  • Fat, often in the form of vegetable oil
  • Vitamin/mineral supplements (purchased from a reputable company)

It's time to make the recipe for your dog once you've made your decision. The majority of pet owners who feed home-prepared meals have a regular regimen, allocating time each week or month to prepare and divide the food. Food can be made in large quantities and divided into containers (one container per meal makes it extra-easy). Meals may be stored for several months or kept cold for about five days. It's time to cook a fresh batch of meals when the stock of pre-made meals runs out. If you enjoy serving a variety of cuisines, you may prepare many batches and color-code the components while switching up the meals.

Remember to increase portions appropriately as your puppy grows. It's best to weigh your puppy every week or two to make sure you are feeding the proper amount of calories

Cooked vs. Raw Diets for Puppies

There is no question that properly prepared home-cooked foods for pups may be healthful, but what about raw food? The issue of feeding dogs raw food is highly contentious. The AVMA and other organizations issue advisories about the dangers of harmful viruses in raw pet food. For healthy adult dogs, several other experts recognize the potential advantages of feeding them raw food. Puppies, though, are a different matter. Dangerous bacteria that may make people and certain canines sick may be present in raw food. Young animals, like youngsters, might not have the immune systems to defend themselves against infections present in raw food.

Talk to your veterinarian about switching to raw food as your puppy gets bigger if you feel you can manage it safely and you're ready to accept the hazards. You can decide to start out by providing a mix of cooked and raw meals to see how it goes.

Raw diets should never be fed to dogs coming into contact with immunocompromised humans. In addition, raw diets are not recommended for dogs with immune system issues.


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