How to Cook for Dogs (Complete Guide)

When cooking food for your dog you should include a mix of lean meat and vegetables to ensure that they are getting a wide variety of different nutrients to help keep them healthy.

In this article we will guide you through everything that you need to know about cooking food for your dogs from which foods are good for your dog to which are to be avoided and the best way to feed your dog.

How to make homemade dog food

When making homemade dog food you should consider which foods your dog likes and which they do not. You don’t want to spend a lot of time making something that you know they won’t eat.

Choosing the right ingredients for your homemade dog food is important. You should make a meal using both meat and vegetables to give them all of the necessary nutrients. 

To make your homemade dog food you will need to choose the following things: a protein (this should account for 40% of the meal), vegetables (50% in total) and a starch (around 10% of the meal). 

  • Choose a lean protein such as chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, eggs or fish.
  • Choose some vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato, spinach, corn, peas etc.
  • Choose a carbohydrate such as rice, pasta, potatoes or oats.

You should cook whichever ingredients your dog likes and combine these all into one meal for them, ensuring that it is correctly balanced. 

If your dog normally eats store-bought dog food then try making the change to homemade food gradually over the course of one week.

What homemade food is good for dogs?

The best type of homemade food for dogs is a meal that is very well-rounded. This means that your dog is getting the correct amount of protein, vegetables and starch.

You can include any food that your dog likes as long as it is unseasoned and not considered dangerous for a dog to ingest. Remember that just because your dog will happily eat lots of it does not mean that it is a good meal for them.

If you don’t want to make every meal from scratch then you can add ingredients to their store-bought dog food or kibble. 

Additions include an egg, a can of tuna, greek yogurt, a handful of green vegetables. 

Should you cook meat for dogs?

Yes, you should always cook meat for dogs. This is to ensure that there are no harmful or potentially deadly bacteria in the meat and your dog will not get sick.

By cooking the meat you are killing off the bacteria and making it safe to consume. Each type of meat will have a different cooking time so make sure that you have fully cooked any meat before feeding it to your dog.

What meat should dogs not eat?

Meats that are very high in fat content are not good for dogs to consume, at least very regularly. This is because fatty meats can cause pancreatitis in your dog.

Often fatty meats are preseasoned with a lot of salt which is a problem for your dog’s stomach. So, it is best to stick to lean meats such as chicken as long as they are plain and fully cooked.

What is the healthiest way to feed your dog?

There is no right or wrong way to feed your dog. The most important thing is that your dog is well-fed and is provided with enough minerals and vitamins to keep their body and mind healthy.

If your dog prefers kibble bought from the store then as long as this is a reputable food brand that provides them will all the nutrients that they need this is fine. Some dogs simply do not like eating homemade food.

Obviously, the healthiest way to feed your dog is by preparing the food yourself. That way you can guarantee that there are no preservatives, additives or ingredients that your dog simply does not like. 

How much cooked meat should I feed my dog?

The amount of food that you can feed your dog will depend on the size of your dog. The larger your dog the more meat you will be able to feed them. 

As a general rule, you should be feeding your dog around 2-3% of their total body weight. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds then they can have 16 ounces per day (total food). 

Try to only allow meat to take up 40% of their total meal.

What’s the healthiest meat for dogs?

The healthiest meat to give to dogs is a lean meat. Chicken is great meat to feed your dog as it is high in nutrients and low in fat and calories as well as being easier to cook.

Other examples of a healthy meat for dogs are turkey and lean beef.

Is bacon ok for dogs?

No, bacon is not a good food for dogs. This is because bacon is very high in fat and is very greasy. Bacon is also very high in its salt content.

This high salt and fat content can quickly lead to health problems with your dog.

What can dogs have for breakfast?

Dogs will quite happily eat any food for breakfast. So, make sure that you are giving them a well-balanced meal. You can even give them leftovers or eggs as a treat.

Sardines, cereals and kibble are also a great easy breakfast to give to your dog.

How many cups of homemade food should I feed my dog?

You should only give your dog as much food as is suitable for their size and weight. For example, if you have a small dog then you should not be giving them the same sized portion as a larger dog.

You should give your dog around 3% of whatever their body weight is in food for the day.

How to cook chicken for your dog

The best way to cook chicken for your dog is to boil it until fully cooked. This will help to retain the nutrients and give your dog a tasty treat.