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:
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)
Optional: I also add in a few heaping tablespoons of Canine Complete which is a multivitamin supplement containing probiotics, minerals + so much more — a scoop 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.