This Fish and Potato Dog Food Recipe is a great option for dog with environmental allergies, and also that need a limited ingredient recipe for poultry or beef allergies. As fish is naturally very high in the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA this recipe already contains adequate doses to help with inflammation. Which is great for our dogs that suffer from seasonal allergies – as no additional fish oil supplementation would be needed with this recipe.
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 for Fish and Sweet Potato Dog Food Recipe
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.
PERCENT CALORIE BASIS:
- Protein: 32%
- Fat: 32%
- Carbohydrate: 36%
- Moisture: 75%
- Calories: 1039
Balanced Fish and Potato 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
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How Much to Feed of Fish Dog Food Recipe
The amount that you feed your dog of this fish and potato dog food recipe 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 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.
This recipe is about 1000 calories per serving. Thus it will feed a 5 lb dog for around 6 days, but will feed a 60 lb dog for about 1 day. You will need to adjust your batch size based on your dog’s weight and how often you would like to cook.
How to Cook Fish and Potato Dog Food Recipe
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.
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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!
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About the Author: Nikki is a Registered Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) and Dog Mom with over a decade of experience with dogs and cats. Since graduation from college (BS Biology, AS Animal Health -2013) she has adopted two mixed breed dogs – Ranger and Ash, and has focused her time learning about pet food and nutrition.
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