DIY: Healthy Homemade Dog Food

A yummy do-it-yourself dog food recipe for French Bulldogs

As a parent to two of these bat-eared characters, we know with this breed, our pups can be finicky with food and also prone to food allergies. A lot of dog owners, especially parents of Frenchies like me, turn to recipes for homemade dog food.

Because of that, when Weston was a puppy, I started cooking him food myself because of his super sensitive stomach (aka: vomit central) and he LOVED it. He got leaner, farted less and hardly ever vomited. He also looked forward to his meals and licked his bowl clean — woohoo!

Fira’s the lucky one and has been eating homemade cooked dog food since we brought her home, so she has no idea what kibble is and I’m sure would stick her nose up to it. Weston has become quite the food snob and will only eat cooked foods — I even tried to get them on a raw diet and they refused the raw! Picky pups.

As Weston got older, various companies were founded with cooked, human-grade foods so it’s nice to have options when I don’t have time to cook. We love Pure Dog Food, PetPlate, Just Food For Dogs which are all nutritionally balanced.

A couple years ago, we got Weston and Fira an allergy test — I haven’t even gotten one myself even though I’ve wanted to for years but yep, they got one first. #whocanrelate? I used the Nutriscan Food Allergy test.

Weston didn’t really show too many symptoms (only licked his paws occasionally) but knowing how many French Bulldogs have allergies, it seemed like a logical idea…

WELL, Fira is only allergic to pork but Weston is allergic to chicken, turkey, pork, dairy, white fish, sweet potatoes and a few other things. Hence the need to create our own homemade dog food recipe. We were feeding him almost all of those ingredients on the daily, EEK.

That really limits our choices and he gets bored eating the same thing over and over, so I decided to mix up his feeding regime and do homemade dog food again to alternate. I like to schedule an afternoon to make a HUGE batch and fill up the freezer. It’s easy, promise!

 

Here’s my recipe for homemade dog food:

INGREDIENTS:

3 lbs ground beef (or any protein)
1 cup uncooked millet (or any other whole grain: quinoa, rice, pasta)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 carrot, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1 squash, shredded
1 apple, chopped
1 tbsp calcium powder
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut oil
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)

  • I also add in a few heaping tablespoons (follow their serving instructions) of Canine Complete which is a multivitamin supplement containing probiotics, minerals + so much more. I usually add half a scoop directly into their food bowls when it’s serving time. Otherwise, I’m horrible at math and don’t know exactly how much to put in the entire recipe. This supplement added to this dog food recipe should contain everything your Frenchie or also another breed needs, but of course, do your own research as every dog is different. Weston + Fira have had great success with Canine Complete and have never vomited or had any adverse reaction from it.

1. Bring 1 cup of whole grain to boil in a pot of water. I overcook it so that it’s soft and easily digestible. Drain.

2. While that’s boiling, shred/chop the veggies.

3. Cook ground beef with olive oil. Drain excess juices and rinse.

4. Mix everything together! No need to cook the veggies. The cooked meat and whole grain will warm them up a bit.

Olive oil:  Adds healthy fats
Coconut: Healthy fats, aids in digestion, great for skin/coat
Calcium: Bone growth and health
Pumpkin: High source of digestible fiber

Store in containers or Ziplock bags and freeze. Makes enough for around one week of meals for 2 dogs (Fira weighs 14 lbs and Weston weighs 24 pounds).

I feed them twice a day: breakfast and dinner. I feed Fira about a cup per meal and Weston gets a little over a cup of this homemade dog food per meal. 

Thaw out food the night before or microwave and serve! 

 

Disclaimer: use your own judgment and speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

 


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Comments

  1. I tell people over and over to eliminate potatoes from their frenchie’s diet. Unfortunately they are in almost all foods and treats but as soon as I did that all yeast and skin problems cleared up. They get the occasional french fry of course but that’s it 🙂

  2. Hi! I’m about to start making meals for my frenchie girl who weighs 15 pounds. I’m trying to figure out serving size. She eats twice a day, morning and evening. How much do you give Fira per a serving?

    Also, do you nuke the frozen food before serving or let it defrost overnight and serve it to them cold?

    • Hi! I kind of eyeball it but it’s usually a heaping cup per meal (morning and evening). Homemade food digests faster and is leaner than kibble so it’s usually more compared to kibble. I thaw it out and serve cold. On occasion, I have cooked it over the stove so it’s nice and warm (their lucky days!).

      • I have 60# collie, 7# chihuahua and 30# blue heeler. Would serving size be in ratio to 1 cup to 15 pounds? How did you calculate serving? Would love to start making my dogs food!

  3. Hi, Thank you for the great post this is the first that has helped me as far as what to do for a puppie. I am curious if I need to ween my frenchie off of the kibble before giving her real food? If so, how would I do it and for how long? Thank you

    Craig

  4. Hi love your way to make food! Just one quick question, heard that frenchies are allergy to all kinds of seeds. Wondering if they are ok to eat the seeds in zucchini?? Thanks

  5. How did you get your frenchie allergy tested? I want to for my dog, but our vet doesn’t do it. Any recommendation would be appreciated! Thank you!!

  6. I’m so glad I found your site!
    I’ve been making my own dog food and I love finding new recipes 🙂 Do you add any supplements to your pup’s meals? I’ve been using Azestfor which is great for new recipes because you can just mix it in.
    Thanks again, I can’t wait to try this out!

  7. Eliminate the pasta. Wheat causes stomach upsets and skin allergies. Use Oats or barley if necessary. Add canola oil for antioxidants and better levels of fats

  8. Hi! What is the calcium powder that you’re using? I don’t see the calcium powder in the photos, only the probiotic. Do you do one of the two or both? Is the calcium powder and the probiotic the same thing? I am a bit confused. Thanks!

    • Hi! I just crush regular calcium pills from the drugstore. I also use Just Food For Dogs Joint supplement which has calcium in it. Calcium and probiotic are 2 separate things- calcium is good for bones/joints and probitioc is good for the gut 🙂

  9. Do you have any idea what the calories are in your food? Is this vet or canine nutrition approved? I have been making very similar to this and vet not on board as she says it may be lacking something.

    • Hi I have a 40 pound Cocker and she has a horrible yeast infection going on right now the vet is lost as to what to do for her skin breakouts she is 12 years old im going to try homemade food to see if it helps, any suggestions ?

  10. Hi you mentioned that Weston is basically allergic to everything. That’s my case with my 4 year old Frenchie. Do you also prepare the meal with ground turkey for him?

  11. This food is awesome my French bulldog has the worst farts and you can hear them and they smell horrible. Her belly is always upset and frequently gets diarhia. Since switching to the homemade food no farts no upset belly. She loves the food and is much happier. That’s for the recipe.

  12. Hey thank you for that recipe! I was wondering how much calcium should I give my frenchie? I bought the 500mg pills from the drugstore but I’m not sure what’s the rule, once or twice a day..? And any other supplements I should start giving him with the the homemade food? Just switching him now! I’d really appreciate your response!

  13. My frenchie is allergic to much everything the only thing I found that he was good with was turkey but being on the raw turkey for 3yr he started to throw up so now I’ve been cooking the turkey and adding cooked rice but was wondering is it save to keep rice in his diet for a long period? He’s been on the rice for 2 days and hasn’t thrown up.

  14. I had no idea you could get at home dog allergy tests. I will definitely check out HemoPet. Loved hearing your insights on homemade dog food here.

  15. How many cups do you get out of this? I tried a similar recipe with 3 cups of ground beef and 1.5 cups of raw, then cooked, brown rice plus some vegetables and only got 15 cups so about a weeks worth for my 28 pound frenchie. Kind of confused how you got a weeks worth for two dogs lol. Thanks for the new fruit and vegetables recommendations though!

  16. Hello! I love this recipe, but I do have one question… I do mine a little different and cook it in the crockpot. With that being said, do you wait for the food to cool down before you add the canine complete? Or do you add it when it’s warm I just don’t want the heat to reduce the effectiveness of the vitamins.

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