Discover healthy home made dog food recipes to ring the changes to your Cocker Spaniel's diet. You can pack it full of veggies to help keep your dog fit and healthy.
Good quality food, prepared with love!
What can be better?
Making your Cocker Spaniel's food from scratch rather than using store-bought dog food, will mean that you're in total control of what nutrients goes into your little boy's tummy. Whilst that's a good thing, you must be sure you're giving your pet the right balance of nutrition, including protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals.
The nutrition your pet requires will depend on his lifestyle, his make-up and his age, but I always recommend that you get advice from your vet if you intend to feed your Cocker homemade dog food.
The following home made dog food recipes were sent in by some of our visitors. If you have a recipe you'd like to share with us, you can submit it here.
Home made dog food recipes:
From: San Francisco
1 lb ground turkey meat (organic preferred)
1/2 cup each, peeled & cubed:
3/4 inch peeled/diced ginger
tablespoon coconut oil (olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil can be subbed)
3/4 cup steel cut oats
3/4 cup quinoa
tablespoon fresh rosemary or oregano (optional)
This home made dog food recipe is ideal for a multi-cooker using the sauté and high pressure settings, but can easily be made on the stovetop.
Set the multi-cooker to sauté, or heat a large pot on the stovetop on medium-high heat; add coconut (or other oil) and let heat for a minute; add tablespoon turmeric, and swirl to mix with oil.
Add the turkey meat to the pan and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until the turkey is no longer pink.
Add all of the cubed vegetables and fruit, including the ginger and cook for about five minutes to soften.
Add the oats and quinoa, and stir to mix all ingredients together. Add water to just cover mixture, and heat until it starts to bubble.
If you're using a multi-cooker, secure the lid on pot and set valve to close pressure; cook on high pressure for five minutes and allow to release for 10-15 minutes, release pressure, and carefully remove lid.
If cooking on a stovetop, turn the heat to low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed and quinoa has puffed up.
Stir in herbs, if using, and fluff the mixture.
You can store this in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze in individual portions.
By: Pauline (Website Owner)
Thanks for that great home made dog food recipe, I can't wait to try it!
I'm sure Max is going to love it!
PS: Maya is soooo cute!
1 large pack of quality minced beef or pork
1 small chicken
1 large handful of porridge oats
1 tin carrots (small)
1 tin peas (small)
Half pepper partly cooked
1 stick celery partly cooked
small amount of finely grated cheese but only a sprinkle on top of each burger to taste
1 burger maker
Mix all the above ingredients together well and pack into the burger maker.
Put in the oven on 180 gas until the burgers are done.
My dogs never refuse their food now. I have had two VERY picky little dogs. Giving them proper home cooked meals makes them content and my tiny poodle is no longer too thin.
Both dogs now are full of energy and much happier.
These burgers sound yummy and I'll certainly be trying them for Max.
Thanks for posting!
Home made dog food recipes:
1 brown egg (preferably organic or free range)
1/4 of a red apple, chopped
1/4 of a beetroot, chopped
2 inch piece of carrot, grated or chopped
1 tbsp cooked brown or broken red rice
1 tsp organic, cold pressed coconut oil
Drizzle half the teaspoon of coconut oil into the pan and lightly cook the egg as an omelette.
Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix the rest of the coconut oil in.
Once the egg is cooked, chop up the omelette and add it into the bowl, making sure it's combined well into the mixture.
Serve to your hungry Cocker companion!
My little guy absolutely loves this for Lunch. It's nutritional, filling and good as part of a weight loss diet.
Tried this dog food recipe (Sweet n Savoury Scramble) on my pooch and he loved it. I also like the fact that there's coconut oil in it, which I know is good for a dog's health.
Healthy Home Made Dog Food Recipes:
Half a kilo of boneless chicken, fat free (adding a small amount of heart, liver, and kidneys sometimes will help to give different flavours).
200 grams brown rice
100 grams soya chunks
50 grams lentils
Approximately half a kilo vegetables
2 medium-sized carrots chopped
1 handful of chopped green beans
Small bunch of spinach chopped
1 sweet potato
Few cabbage leaves
A few lettuce leaves
Place the chicken in a thick bottomed non-stick pan. Use a little sunflower oil or olive oil. Turn up the heat and cook the chicken for 5 minutes.
Add all the vegetables, turn down the heat, and cook until the vegetables are tender.
Now add brown rice, soya chunks & lentils. Add enough water and cover the lid. Cook until done.
Set aside and allow to cool before serving to your dog.
Chicken & Veggies
Thanks so much for your recipe for Chicken with Mixed Vegetables. I'm going to try this for Max sometime during the week.
I'll let you know how he enjoys it.
From: Punjab, India
Hi, My cocker spaniel is two and a half months old and I give him this vegetable stew twice a day.
Boil vegetables, such as cabbage, carrots, beans, spinach, and broccoli, along with Nutri nuggets (soya).
Add water to cover vegetables and cook them nicely.
Before giving it to my dog, I add one small chapati (Indian bread/roti) and two tablespoons of curd to the mixture.
Soon I will replace Nutri nuggets with chicken.
I'm loving these home made dog food recipes and I thought I'd like to add one of my own.
I find you can cook pretty much any vegetables you have handy (perhaps except onions) for your dog. I tend to steam my veggies and leave them slightly crunchy so that my dog has something to bite and chew on.
They're also good for his teeth like that, much better than cooked to mush.
I try to vary the vegetables and not give him too much of the same thing.
I also give him lamb, chicken or fish and sometimes mix in a little cooked rice.
I add an egg or two to his diet and also give him a cod liver oil capsule two or three times a week.
My cocker spaniel seems to enjoy whatever I put down for him and his coat is healthy looking and he's always so full of energy. I guess something's working for him!
I tried this veg stew with chicken and rice added. It turned out superb. I also added a pinch of turmeric to the mixture, which worked out well.
My Princie loved it.
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
Nice! I tried this for my cocker and he went crazy for it.
This is one of the best home-made dog food recipes I've ever tried (or rather, my dog has ever tried!).
I recommend you have a go!
1 lb of ground lamb
Marrow from 2 beef bones (easily boils out - I use chicken broth for this)
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 and 1/4 cups of whole brown rice
1/4 cup of frozen peas and carrot - personally, I prefer fresh veggies!
1/4 cup of fresh spinach and/or kale, chopped finely
2 cloves of chopped, fresh garlic (1 if it's a large one)
A couple of tomatoes, skin and seeds removed and chopped - plum tomatoes are great
4 vitamin E gel capsules
1 large carton of chicken broth
Cook out the bone marrow with chicken broth.
Cook the lamb in the broth.
Add the rice and cook, according to rice cooking directions.
In the meantime, blanch the tomatoes for 1 minute to remove the skins. Then remove seeds and chop.
If using frozen peas and carrots, thaw them and throw them in with the lamb and rice for the final 5 - 10 minutes of cooking time, along with the chopped garlic.
Remove the mixture from the heat and immediately add the spinach, kale, olive oil and tomato.
Cool completely and add the vitamin E by pricking a hole in the capsule and squeezing into the food.
Thoroughly mix together.
This works real well with Rachel Rays "Just 6" hard dog food.
I believe dogs should have some hard food to keep their teeth and gums healthy and "Just 6" is one of a few really healthy dog foods
TIP: Pack into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop them out into a freezer container.
They stay fresh and thaw quite quickly.
Don't use a microwave to defrost as it destroys the nutritional value and mineral content.
The tomato will supply a small percentage of Lycopene and the other veggies speak for themselves - they're full of goodness!
Notice no corn, wheat, or even oats as many dogs have a low tolerance for these foods and can sometimes be allergic to them.
If you have a dog who has a bit of arthritis, throw a little Cayenne powder in there too - the Capsicum in the Cayenne will help a bit.
If you want to add a special treat, why not grow some grass indoors and when it's ready, chop it up and throw a small handful into the mixture when it's cooled.
A little chlorophyll never hurt anyone!
In fact, it's fantastic for your beloved pets.
Today, you can even buy Chlorophyll!
To help with, or to keep a dogs intestinal tract running smoothly, buy some Acidophiles and add a little to the food before serving or to plain yoghurt if you don't mind dairy products in their diet.
NB: Acidophiles must be refrigerated at all times as it contains live organisms.
Do I love my dog, or what!?
One more thing, oral healthcare is of the utmost importance to your pet's health. Bad oral hygiene can cause many problems for your pet. So make them brush their teeth and tongue!
My best to you and your best friend.
Home made dog food recipes:
Lamb and Rice - Scrummy!
Great recipe - thanks for sharing!
Great recipe! I (or rather my dogs) can thoroughly recommend it.
Give it a try. You sure won't be disappointed - your Cocker(s) will wolf them down.
I hope you've enjoyed this selection of dog food recipes and are already planning to cook them for your pet. Please let me know what you enjoy, what changes you'd make (if any) and if you have a recipe of your own, you can share that here.