Raw diets are slowly becoming more popular in the dog community. Why? Well, they offer a variety of health benefits that are hard to achieve with traditional kibble. Raw diets are great for your dog’s digestive health, skin, coat, and they’re even great for your dog’s dental health. Raw diets require a bit of preparation, but with the right information, your dog will thank you. Check out some of our favorite raw diet recipes below.
Raw diets are becoming more and more popular as dog owners try to feed their pet’s meals that mimic what their ancestors ate. Rather than feeding them processed food that can lose some of its nutritional benefits, you can try a raw diet. Raw diets are usually better for your dog’s digestive health, keep their skin & coat’s looking great, give dogs more energy, and is even great for their dental health. Raw diets definitely aren’t as convenient as feeding your dog kibble, but with the right preparation, you’ll get used to the prep time pretty quickly.
Raw diets typically consist of raw bones (never cooked), raw meat, and raw fruits & veggies. Additionally, your dog may additional supplements based on their unique needs. You can always consult your vet to make sure your dog is getting all of the nutrients they need from their diet. Around 80% of your dog’s diet should be raw muscle meat, 5-10% should be vegetables and fruits, and the remainder should be raw bones & Organs/Livers. Keep in mind that while dogs do need muscle meats such as ground beef, they also need organ meets and/or offal (such as liver, heart, or kidney).
So how much should you be feeding your pooch? In general, your dog should be eating around 2% of their body weight everyday. Of course you can spread this out into 1, 2, or 3 meals. In order to achieve balance, you should switch up the types of meat you’re feeding your dog, as well as the types of fruits & veggies. Each meat, fruit, and vegetables contains its own unique vitamins and minerals; it’s important to give your dog variety as much as you can.
beef & chicken liver
You can play around with the portion sizes depending on your dog’s weight. You can always make this meal in bulk and freeze it to feed to your dog over several days. This meal has a variety of benefits for your pooch. The ground beef and liver are two great sources of protein for your pooch. Of course the carrot and apple will give them Vitamins such as A and C, crucial for pups. The eggs will give your dog a great source of calcium, and the ground flaxseed is beneficial for your dog’s skin & coat.
- 2.5 pounds ground beef
- 3 ounces chicken liver
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 apple (chopped without core)
- 2 whole eggs (shell included)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- Add the carrot and apple into a food processor and process until finely chopped.
- Add the chicken liver, eggs, and flaxseed and process again until well combined.
- Add the ground beef to the mixture in a large bowl and mix it.
- Make small patties our of the mixture and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- Freeze the patties.
- Take a patty out of the freezer the night before you want to feed it to your pooch and let it thaw in the fridge.
Now your pup can enjoy turkey burgers with you! These turkey burgers are full of protein, vitamins, and energy for your pooch. Turkey provides a lean and low fat way for your dog to get a healthy dose of protein. The chicken liver will give them an additional yet very different source of protein. Additionally these burgers contain coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for your dog’s immune system, skin, and coat.
- Chop up the chicken liver, green beans, and apple
- Mix all ingredients together into patties
- Lay the patties out on parchment paper
- Freeze or refrigerate the patties.
- The day before feeding, make sure they’re in the refrigerator to thaw out.
Beef Neck Patty
These beef neck patties are an easy way to help your dog eat right. The beef neck bone will give them the calcium they need, in addition to the dental benefits. The fish oil is full of omega 3’s; great for your dog’s skin, coat, and mind. Additionally, the fruits and veggies will allow them to get a great dose of vitamins such as vitamin C and A.
- Chop the carrot and blackberries and chicken liver. Use a food processor if you have one.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together.
- Create hamburger sized patties out of the ingredients.
- Lay the patties out on parchment paper and put them in the freezer.
- Put each patty in the refrigerator the day before mealtime!
This recipe is one of our favorites; it contains a good mix of all the nutrients your pup needs. They’re getting a great deal of muscle meat from the lamb, as well as the nutritional benefits associated with sardines. Sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your dog’s skin, coat, and even their brain.
- Use a food processor to finely chop the vegetables and eggs
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl
- Creating patties with the mixture
- Set the patties aside on parchment paper or in gallon baggies and refrigerate or freeze
- Take the patties out of the freezer the night before feeding
This raw chicken mixture makes one meal for your pooch. To prep meals for the week, simply double, triple, or even quadruple all of the ingredients. This recipe will ensure your dog is getting a variety of nutrients beneficial to their whole body. From the protein included in the chicken, to the heart health benefits of fish oil, this is a great balanced meal for dogs of just about any size or age.
- 1 1/2 cup raw chicken
- 1/4 cup chopped pumpkin
- 1/4 cup chopped apple
- 2 tsp fish oil
- 1 tsp bonemeal
- Use a food processor to finely chop the pumpkin and apple together
- Add in the meat, fish oil, and bonemeal until combined
- Freeze or refrigerate the mixture until it’s time to feed your pup.
Bonus: grain-free base
The Honest Kitchen’s grain-free base mix is probably the easiest way to prepare a raw meal for your dog. The Honest Kitchen is one of our favorite dog food brands. The ingredients they use are always human grade, and up to all FDA safety standards. Many of their formulas (including this one), are also all-natural. This grain-free base mix will make feeding raw a breeze. Simply add water and raw meat to this mixture, and your dog will get to enjoy a delicious well-balanced meal. If you don’t have time to chop up vegetables for your pup during mealtime, this is a great substitute. The base is available in two formulas. One is grain free, and one is made without grain, fruit, or potatoes.
Both formulas contain dehydrated whole foods that you’ll be able to see. The ingredients are minimally processed allowing your dog to get all of the nutritional benefits, without all of the hassle. The original base contains ingredients such as sweet potatoes, peas, cabbage, coconut, apples, and even bananas! All of these great ingredients aid in digestion, and give your dog the vitamins and minerals they need on a daily basis. Check out the various formulas on Amazon, and you’ll be one step closer to feeding your pup an easy, raw meal.