23 Homemade Dog Food Recipes Your Pup Will Absolutely Love

Mar 10, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET
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It seems like we're always hearing horror stories about the horrible byproducts that go into commercial dog foods — not to mention the constant recalls companies seem to always be issuing. More and more, DIY pet food is starting to feel like the right way to go.

These homemade dog food recipes will give your pup the nutrition they need, without all that added stuff they don't. Plus, your dog will totally think they are eating human food — which will make them feel beyond special.

1. Turkey and fresh veggies



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There's nothing to this recipe but turkey, fresh vegetables and rice. It's super-simple and much cheaper than that store-bought stuff.

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2. Chicken, sweet potatoes and kale



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A big batch of this easy recipe will last your dog for weeks.

3. Vegan dog food



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Even dogs can eat vegan.

4. Chicken and spinach



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Freeze this dog food in individual servings for easy thawing and feeding.

5. Diabetic dog food



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Having a dog with special dietary needs is a challenge, but a good arsenal of recipes helps a ton.

6. Organic dog food



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You go organic for the rest of your family. Doesn't your dog deserve it, too?

7. Natural dog food



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If you have a dog with allergies, this might be your best bet.

8. Slow cooker dog food


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Throw this in your slow cooker in the morning and have a week's worth of dog food by dinner time.

9. Double-meat slow cooker delight



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Your dog won't be able to get enough of this dog food made with both chicken and turkey, and you'll love how easy it is to throw together.

10. Frugal dog food



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Even homemade dog food can be costly. This version keeps the budget low.

11. Healing mash



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If your dog has tummy issues, serve it up some of this ASAP.

12. Bone broth



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Bone broth is a great addition to a meal for healthy dogs, and it's an easy-to-handle meal replacement for one that's a bit under the weather.

13. Puppy power smoothies



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You're not the only one who enjoys a smoothie every now and then. Make one for your pup, too.

14. Peanut butter and coconut biscuits



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We all know dogs love peanut butter, but have you thought about mixing it with coconut?

15. Gimme Kisses cookies



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Dogs love cookies, too. Make these so it'll stop begging for yours.

16. Bacon biscuits



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Well, this one's pretty much a no-brainer.

17. Homemade greenies


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This recipe proves that healthy snacking options exist, even for your pooch.

18. No-bake dog treats



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You don't even have to turn your oven on to make your pup these treats.

19. Sweet potato chews



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Have you ever looked at what those chews your dog loves are actually made of? Gross! These chews are just made of sweet potatoes, so you won't gag when you dole them out.

20. Two-ingredient treats



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Just two ingredients make these treats that are both dog- and people-friendly.

21. Doggie ice cream



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Don't leave your dog out at ice cream time. Make your pooch its own.

22. Pupcakes



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Cupcakes make everyone's day better, so make a batch for your pup, pronto.

23. Puppy birthday cake



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Don't let its birthday go by unnoticed. Make your dog its own cake — and then make a human cake so you can celebrate with your pooch.

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Originally published June 2015. Updated March 2017.

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