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Healthy Raw Dog Food Recipes
These raw dog food recipes are packed full of natural goodness and are so easy to make, especially as there's no cooking involved! A raw food diet for dogs can greatly improve their health and appearance so why not treat your pet to some of our tasty raw food recipes and see the difference for yourself!
Is Raw Dog Food Best?
After countless dog food recalls, many
conscientious pet owners are moving away from commercial processed and pre-cooked pet food and feeding their faithful companions a raw
dog food diet, also known as the BARF diet, to improve their pet's
The BARF diet (bones and raw food) consists of fresh raw meat, offal, uncooked bones,
fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables, with a few vitamin and mineral supplements thrown
Oats or cornmeal may be added to the mixture if you wish and to ring the changes you can also use organic or brown rice (but the rice will need to be cooked and cooled before adding to your mixture). This is a matter of personal choice.
All our recipes are so easy to make as they don't need cooking - just mix the ingredients together and you're done!
If you'd like to learn more about the BARF diet before you try some of our raw dog food recipes, simply follow this link.
Raw Minced Beef And Vegetables
1lb of raw minced beef
2 cups of chopped vegetables
4 ounces of offal (liver, heart, kidneys)
1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar
1 small clove of garlic, minced or chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons of chopped spinach
1/2 a cup of plain yoghurt
3 medium eggs, including the shells
1 small handful of parsley (optional)
Place all your ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Separate into portion-sized batches and either freeze or keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
One of the most common raw dog food recipes (and one of the easiest to
make) are Satin Balls. There are so many variations of the basic recipe;
they're as limitless as your own ideas and your dog's tastes!
roll them into balls which is easier and much quicker or you can roll them out
and cut them into squares, or use a shaped cookie cutter - it's your
A word of caution though. Satin Balls are very fattening and should be used with caution. They're ideal for feeding to an under-nourished dog and will build up his strength and bulk very quickly.
2.5 pounds ground beef (or a mixture of beef with poultry or pork)
2.5 cups of wholegrain cereal (without added sugar)
2.5 cups of rolled oats
3/8 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
3/8 cup molasses (black strap if you can get it, avoid sorghum)
3 eggs (lightly whisked)
3 packets of unflavored gelatin
Mix all the ingredients together, as you would for a meatloaf, and then roll into small, bite-sized balls or small 'patties' by pressing with your thumb. (Patties are easier to store as you can stack them. If you don't intend to freeze them, I advise using a layer of grease-proof paper/parchment between them to stop them sticking).
Set on a cookie sheet and freeze, then package in freezer containers in usable portions.
Defrost overnight for use the next day.
As with all the raw dog food recipes on this page, these should be used as either occasional treats or as a food supplement.
As I mentioned earlier, Satin Balls are often used to 'feed up' skinny dogs so I don't recommend you feed your pet too many because they are very fattening - he will put on weight!
Cream Cheesy Chicken Wings
1/2 a cup of cottage cheese
1/2 cup of carrots, grated or chopped
4 raw chicken wings (the bones in the wings are safe to eat as they're not cooked)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Keep in an airtight tub in the refrigerator until needed.
You can add extra chopped vegetables, or a small sprinkling of herbs to this recipe if you wish.
Savory Turkey Dinner
Most of these raw dog food recipes are so simple to prepare, just remember to buy extra meat and vegetables when shopping!
3 cups lean ground turkey, beef, or chicken
2 eggs, I recommend you include the shells
1-1/2 half cups of oatmeal
1 cup of chopped or grated vegetables, such as broccoli, potato (without the skins), carrots
1/2 a cup of plain cottage cheese
Mix all ingredients together and keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Chicken And Oatmeal Dinner
1 cup of chicken or turkey
1/2 a cup of mixed raw vegetables
1/2 cup of oatmeal
2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt to moisten slightly
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until needed.
The vegetables can be chopped or grated, or a combination of both.
The Dog's Dinner!
3 cups of cubed raw meat - beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey
3/4 of a cup of chopped vegetables - carrots, sweet potato, broccoli or spinach
3/4 of a cup of oatmeal
Pinch of garlic powder or herbs (you can chop in some fresh parsley if you like!)
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Refrigerate until needed.
Herby Minced Meat And Vegetables
2 cups of raw meat - chopped or ground
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons of cornmeal
1 chopped potato (make sure it's peeled first and cut out any green bits!)
1 chopped or grated carrot
1 sliced stalk of celery
2 tablespoons of roughly chopped parsley
1 small tub of cottage cheese or plain yoghurt
Mix together all the ingredients and refrigerate until needed.
Raw Food Diet for Dogs - Recipe 'Cooking' Tips
These useful tips are in no particular order of importance, except perhaps for the first one about hygiene.
When handling raw meat it's essential to keep all kitchen surfaces and
utensils scrupulously clean to avoid bacteria contamination.
great thing about these raw dog food recipes is that you can prepare large
batches in advance and freeze them in individual portions.
If you're short on time, why not use a packed of mixed frozen vegetables?
When you're cooking for the family, chop a few extra vegetables and refrigerate them or freeze them until needed.
When you're preparing raw food for dogs, you can always experiment a little with the 'seasonings', for example, you
might like to add a sprinkling of dried herbs; fresh herbs are even better, especially if you grow your own!
However, when it comes to using garlic it's always optional. Garlic can cause health problems in dogs, but only when used in great quantities, whereas smaller quantities can be good for them.
Buy your meat in bulk, especially when it's on promotion, and freeze it until you need it, alternatively, if you ask your local butcher, I'm sure he'll set aside some juicy bones, scraps or end cuts of meat for you.
Raw Dog Food Recipes: Summary
A raw food diet isn't for everyone (despite its many benefits), but
if you've the time and the inclination, there are many different recipes
above raw dog food recipes do not constitute a complete raw food
diet; they are simply examples of meals that your dog may eat.
You might also like to experiment with your own recipes too!
I feed my Cocker Spaniel both raw and cooked food, (not usually in the same meal unless it's cooked rice) and I also give him kibble from time to time - I don't see why you can't mix and match to suit your circumstances and the time you have available.
make sure that you speak to your vet before you change his diet so you can be certain
your Cocker Spaniel is getting the exact nutrition he needs (at his particular
stage in life) to keep him fit and healthy.
If you decide to experiment, and you come up with a really good raw dog food recipe, why not share it with us?