These days, raw dog food recipes have become a popular way for owners to help improve their dog’s diet, health, and energy levels. Many owners report that after feeding raw food to their dog, their dog’s health seemed to transform overnight:
- They had more energy and vitality
- Their coat become shinier
- Their teeth and gums even seemed to get healthier
Plus, consider the fact that dogs evolved eating raw food—so in a way, they’re instinctively attuned to desire foods like raw meat! You might find that after feeding your dog this raw dog food recipe, they might just lick the bowl clean and beg for more.
Now, you can buy raw food for dogs at a local pet store…but it’s expensive! You might find yourself paying $10 per pound or more. Needless to say, that’s a lot of money for dog food.
The good news is, it’s not that hard to make your own raw dog food at home.
So without further ado, here’s one of our all-time favorite raw dog food recipes. Give it a try, and as always, feel free to make any changes or substitutions to make sure it fits your dog’s needs and preferences.
(Try our vegan dog food recipe!)
In general, these are the important elements of any raw dog food recipe:
- Fatty meats
- Organ meats
- Fruits & vegetables
The proportions are important, too. Here’s a rough breakdown you can use as a starting point:
- 75% of calories should come from fatty meats
- 15% of calories should come from organ meats
- 5% of calories should come from fruits and vegetables
- 5% of calories should come from dairy and supplements
This might seem like a LOT of meat…but keep in mind, meat is much more calorie-dense than fruits and vegetables. So when you actually put the foods together, you’ll probably find that it appears like a much more balanced meal than you might have realized.
For example, 1 pound of chicken thighs has around 800 calories. And 1 cup of sweet potatoes with 3 large carrots has around 200 calories. Put those together and you’ll have a balanced combination of meat and produce.
Raw Food Suggestions
When you’re deciding exactly what foods to use, consider these suggestions.
Fatty meats. Just about any food will work here. Chicken, pork, beef, venison, turkey—it’s all good stuff.
Organ meats. Most of us never really think about eating organ meats. However, they can be incredibly nutritious—and your dog will love them! Some of the best choices are liver, heart, and kidney.
Fruits and vegetables. Avoid grapes, raisins, and onions—those can damage your dog’s kidneys. But otherwise, feed your dog any healthy produce they like! Broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans, the list goes on and on.
Dairy. Consider giving your dog eggs, cheese, or yogurt to get them the calcium their bones need.
Supplements. Supplement foods include anything that can help round out your dog’s diet. We love adding a tiny bit of flaxseed meal or fish oil to make sure our dogs get plenty of healthy fats.
Serving Size Suggestion
Here’s a tip we’ve learned: feed your dog somewhere between 2-3% of their bodyweight in raw food. So for a 30-pound dog, that’s 0.6 – 0.9 pounds of raw food. For a 60-pound dog, it would be 1.2 – 1.8 pounds of food per day.
That’s a good starting point, but consider changing that amount based on these factors:
- If your dog is extremely active, they may need more calories
- If your dog is a puppy, they need more calories because they’re growing (think 5-6% of their weight)
- If your dog is overweight or underweight, you may want to adjust their calories appropriately
- If your dog is pregnant, you may want to talk to your vet
Feeding your dog raw food can be incredibly easy. You could cut the food into small pieces and feed it to them that way, or you could put everything in a food processor or blender and mix it all up. The food processor method is what many people prefer, just so they don’t have to handle so much raw meat. Your dog won’t care about how it looks—they’re just going to love the smell and flavor!
Here’s one last tip: for those days when you don’t have the time, energy, or ingredients to prepare this raw dog food recipe, try our Instant Fresh Dehydrated Raw Dog Food. Just add water create instant healthy raw dog food!