HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE: FISH AND SWEET POTATO

Fish is one of the most popular proteins used for dogs with both food allergies and environmental allergies – the reason for this is the high omega 3 content! Fish is rich in those essential fatty acids that help with skin and coat health, and they also work to reduce inflammation associated with these conditions. This recipe was created as a grain-free alternative for those with grain sensitivities or digestibility issues.

As always, when I create recipes for my dogs I use BalanceIT – this software was created by a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to allow pet owners, and veterinary professionals to create complete and balanced recipes for their dogs. Using BalanceIT gives me confidence knowing these recipes are “vet-approved” and complete and balanced for my dogs.

The recipe today is formulated to AAFCO standards and is complete and balanced for adult dogs if all ingredients are prepared as listed and all supplements are included. If any changes are made to the recipe it will no longer be considered balanced and should be considered a “treat” or “addition” and be kept to 10% of your dog’s overall daily caloric needs.

INGREDIENTS

Cod: A great source of lean protein, providing essential amino acids while keeping fat content low. Also a great source of B Vitamins, and Vitamin D. Though it does still contain omega 3 fatty acids, it does not contain as much as other fish.

Salmon: A wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids, and a good source of protein – however fat content tends to be higher limiting the amount that can be added into the diet. Also a good source of B-vitamins and Vitamin D.

Sweet Potato: A rich source of dietary fiber, along with vitamins A, C, B, and several minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, and selenium.

Carrots: An excellent source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, vitamin A and antioxidants.

Broccoli: The great multi-tasker, broccoli is high in vitamins A, C, E, K and B vitamins. It is also high in several minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium.

Walnut Oil: An excellent source of linoleic acid and alpha-Linolenic acid – which are essential fatty acids that dogs need in their diet.

Supplement (BalanceIT Canine): Without using the supplement this recipe will be deficient in Riboflavin, Vitamin E, Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, and Zinc.

DIET COMPOSITION

PERCENT CALORIE BASIS:

  • Protein: 32%
  • Fat: 32%
  • Carbohydrate: 36%
  • Moisture: 75%
  • Calories: 1039

HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE

  • 255g Cod, cooked, dry heat
  • 106g Salmon, cooked, dry heat
  • 425g Sweet Potato, baked in skin – flesh fed only
  • 41g Carrots, raw
  • 29g Broccoli, cooked – boiled
  • 4 7/8 tsp Walnut Oil
  • 2 7/8 tsp BalanceIT Canine

HOW MUCH TO FEED

The amount that you feed your dog will be based on their individual metabolism and lifestyle needs. Calories needed can range up to 50% high or lower than the “average” amount and still be considered normal.

Overweight or obese dogs trying to lose weight should be fed to their “ideal weight” – if your dog needs to lose weight please discuss your dog’s individual caloric needs with your veterinarian

The below chart is the average calories needed for a dog of a particular weight. If you are using this recipe as a treat – the portion should be kept in the “treat” category. If feeding as a complete and balanced meal, you can either re-calculate the recipe using BalanceIT or feed according to your dog’s caloric needs (average suggested amounts within the “food” category).

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by warming the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Wash and poke the sweet potato with a fork and bake on a baking tray until you can easily pierced through with a fork (about 30-45 minutes). The potato will lose moisture as it cooks – so starting with about 475g potato will typically yield the 425g cooked potato value you will need for this recipe.

Once the potatoes are done place the cod and salmon onto a tray – start with 425g cod and about 180g salmon raw. Both will loose significant moisture when cooking – so we will need to start with a lot of raw meat in order to get the cooked amounts for this recipe. I typically use twice as much raw cod as what I need and 1 ½ times as much salmon.

After both the potato and fish are cooked, place them aside to cool and start to chop, or shred the carrots, and chop the broccoli to get it ready to boil. 

To boil the broccoli – get a large saucepan with a lid and fill the bottom with a small amount of water and put it on the stovetop on high until the water is boiling. After it is boiling, turn the heat to low – add the broccoli into the water. Allow to boil for about 5-8 minutes until just al-dente. Fill a bowl with ice, and strain the broccoli from the water when done and put it in the ice to stop cooking.

I find most dogs find both these vegetables very tasty, but if you have a picky dog – puree them or dice them finely and measure to the amounts listed above.

ALL INGREDIENTS SHOULD BE MEASURED AFTER COOKING if the item is cooked.

Depending on your dog’s size you can either add everything into a food processor prior to feeding, or you can chop all elements into bite-sized pieces.

Allow everything to cool prior to feeding or adding any additional supplements. I highly recommend if you are batch-cooking meals for your dogs to portion all ingredients EXCEPT oils and supplements into containers. Then add supplements and oils the day-of feeding. This will keep everything fresh, and allow you to reheat the food if needed prior to serving. However – if you find it easier to have everything mixed in that should be okay, just do not reheat any food items.

The food should be find in the fridge for about 3 days, and in the freezer for about 30 days. If you plan to make even larger batches I would highly recommend a deep-freezer and vacuum sealable bags, as otherwise the food may start to loose nutritional value and get freezer burn.

LOOKING TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP:

I feel like BalanceIT is a great place to start if you want to jump into the home-cooking realm (which is what I used to formulate this recipe), however, it does have some limitations/negatives in my point of view. Mainly the fact that recipes on BalanceIT do not contain organ meats.

Organ meats often provide many different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that cannot be found in other food items. Thus, after you have gotten the hang of cooking for your pup, if you’d like to take the next step to add in organ meats I’d highly recommend working with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to formulate a fully custom recipe for your pup! You can find more information about finding an ACVN diplomat along with the other options for home-cooking for your dog in my blog post on DIY Dog Food.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR COOKING FOR DOGS:

As someone who has homecooked for several years for their pups – cooking over 50 lbs of food every two weeks for my two 50 lbs dogs – I’ve used several products over the years that I LOVE. Below are some of those products.

The following links are amazon affiliate links, if used I will receive a commission on the purchase of the item at no additional cost to you.

I hope you all had fun checking out this recipe – make sure to let me know if you try it out for your pups! You can absolutely use this recipe as a ‘topper’ for your dog’s regular food is you do not want to use the BalanceIT supplement, just make sure you keep it to 10% of your pup’s overall calories for the days (including other treats and additions). I hope you all have a wonderful day and a fun rest of the week!

Til next time my canine health nuts!

Love, Nikki - The Canine Health Nut and Registered Veterinary Technician

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