Homemade Raw Dog Food

An easy recipe and guidelines for making homemade raw dog food that you can tweak as necessary to what best fits your dog.

For as health conscious as I am about what kind of foods I put in my own body, I have to admit for the better part of six of her seven years, I pretty much fed Ginger the equivalent of fast food to humans. Sure, it was the good fast food but after awhile, even Chick-Fil-A isn’t “healthy” any more if you know what I mean.

Homemade raw dog food

Of course, occasionally I made her homemade dog treats but more often than not her food was anything but homemade.

Then one day earlier this year it was like a switch got flipped. The guy who sold us our water softener system was sitting in our kitchen and as Ulysses looked over models trying to figure out which one made the most sense, the sales guy and I started talking about dog food.

He explained how he starting feeding his dogs raw dog food from the freezer section of the pet store and how their energy levels were through the roof (not that Ginger needs help in that department), their coats were shinier than ever and their teeth in great shape.

How to make your own raw dog food with easy ingredient ratios.

It made sense. I completely buy into the same theories from a human perspective, why wouldn’t it be the same for dogs?

So, next trip to Petco, I was forking over some serious money (like 3 times the price of dry food) for frozen raw dog food patties and giving this whole thing a shot.

The first meal I gave her the homemade raw dog food, she came running back into the kitchen after licking the bowl clean as if she was begging for more. As I was preparing the second meal and she saw me take the food out of the refrigerator, she just about lost it running back and forth between the kitchen and the laundry room (where we feed her), her legs moving faster than her body could on the wood floor running into chairs and walls like a lunatic.

It appeared she liked it.

At $25 for 3 pounds of food however, I knew immediately that wasn’t going to happen. Sorry, pup, I don’t eat out every day either.

Why raw dog food is great for your pup and an easy DIY recipe how to make it yourself at home.

So, I got to researching. And it turns out, making your own raw dog food isn’t really that hard. It’s a bit disgusting as you see raw meat and organs swirl around in your food processor, but it’s not difficult by any means.

Raw Dog Food Recipe Proportions

  • 80% meat with fat
  • 10% organs
  • 5% vegetables/fruits
  • 5% dairy/supplements

Using those simple proportions, you can pretty much make up your own recipe from whatever you have on hand or find on sale at the store or.

Meat with fat: I will usually buy ground meat of some sort for this just because it’s easier than breaking down other cuts. Beef, chicken, pork, bison, gamey meats, etc.

Organs: The good news is organs are cheap. The bad news is organs are kind of gross. Nothing like some slimy chicken livers getting pulsed up in your food processor. Liver and kidneys are the two easiest to find in the grocery store.

Vegetables/fruits: Ginger happens to hate vegetables and fruit. She’s literally spit them out before or eaten around them if we’ve tried to feed her some in her bowl. So I choose sweet things here like apples and carrots and they get processed real fine so she can’t tell. Avoid onions, grapes and raisins as they can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Dairy/supplements: Whole eggs (shell and all) are a great source of calcium. I’ll also use some plain yogurt to help bind the patties. Supplement wise, ground flaxseed meal, olive oil and fish oil are great additions too.

How much raw food do I feed my dog?

This question has come up a lot in the comments so I figured I’d address it in the post. 

The general guideline for adult dogs is to feed between 2-3% of their bodyweight. So for a 50-pound dog that would be between 1 to 1.5 pounds of food per day. 

Influencing factors on determining feed amount

  1. Activity Level 
  2. Adjustments for weight gain or weight loss (this graphic  is helpful in that regard although discussing with your vet is probably best)
  3. Life Stage

Activity level

Be honest with this assessment. Is your dog mostly a lounger that hangs out inside all day with a few backyard jaunts or is it a truly active dog like a sporting breed that hunts, a working dog like a police K9 or your pal that goes hiking with you multiple times a week for hours on end?

Human tendency is to over emphasize/assess activity levels.

Adjustments for weight gain or weight loss

Simply put, does your dog need to lose weight? Gain weight? Maintain? The answer to those questions will help you figure out which end of that 2-3% spectrum you want to start with when starting a raw food diet.

Life stage

Notice I said adult dogs when referring to the 2-3% of body weight for food amounts. Puppies are an entirely different story as they’re quickly growing and need more calories to support that growth.

There are two approaches for feeding puppies:

  • 2-3% of their expected adult weight (obviously easier to figure out with a pure bred dog)
  • 5-6% of their current puppy weight – adjusting with the dog as it grows

Senior dogs shouldn’t have drastically different needs than a middle-aged dog unless of course, activity level impacts them.

Pregnant dogs are something you should speak to your vet about in determining the best amount of raw food to support a healthy pregnancy.

Make your own homemade raw dog food and save tons of money from the store bought stuff.

Making her homemade raw dog food has just become a part of the weekly routine now. We do half of the homemade raw dog food recipe and half dry food which we upgraded as well to a grain-free feed with ingredients that make me comfortable when I read the back of the bag.

Because digestion rates of dry food (kibble) and raw dog food differ, we now feed one meal completely raw and one meal completely dry rather than mixing the two as seen in these pictures.

It’s a 30 minute weekly commitment that has made both her and I incredibly happy. Her, when she sees me reach into the fridge with her bowl in my other hand and me, when I see her little stub waging ferociously from the lunatic excitement she has for every meal now.

Knowing time is precious when you have a seven year old dog, something as simple as good food which I have the ability to control just isn’t even up for debate any more.

Yield: 1 serving

Homemade raw dog food

Homemade raw dog food

An easy recipe for homemade raw dog food that you can tweak as necessary to what you have on hand.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 ounces chicken livers
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 small apple, cored
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 2 whole eggs (including shell)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Add the carrot, apple and spinach to a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the ground beef and process again until well combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl. Add the ground beef and mix together with a spatula or your hands.
  4. Form into patties about the size of your palm and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Freeze patties until solid, transfer to a storage container or plastic bag and keep frozen.
  6. Remove one day's worth of patties from the freezer the night before and place in the refrigerator to thaw before serving.
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  1. Kim Early

    I saw your post on Instagram and felt the need to chime in here. Both my dogs, who are 6 and 5 year old labs were eating dry dog food up until Oct. 2013. My 6 year old Harley, had seizures, usually daily, sometimes twice a day and was on a high amount of Phenobarbital to help control them. That being said, it seemed to us that she progressively was having more seizures, more often, in spite of being on medication. After some research I decided to switch her to raw food and didn’t have the heart to not switch them both. Long story short, in the 10 months that Harley has eaten raw, the seizures have STOPPED and no more medication. She’s like a new puppy. If you can afford it please get your dogs off of dry dog food. Yes I would love to spend that money elsewhere but my dogs good health is certainly more important the new clothes or eating out, etc. Thought I would share. Going to try your recipe. Thank you.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      What an awesome story, Kim. Good food has that affect on people and miraculously curing ailments that doctors only thought treatable with medicine so I don’t doubt that the same can happen with dogs. So glad Harley is thriving on the raw food. They really seem to love it and I feel SO much better knowing I’m giving her the best.

      1. Stacey Venette

        Can I ask how much you should feed your dog per day… Mine are 30 and 40lbs (good weights) so unsure how many ounces I should figure for the patties I make for each.

        Thank you!

        1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

          A general guideline is 2-3% of your dog’s weight depending on activity level.

          1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

            2-3% of their weight for adult dogs is the average. This should be adjusted based on activity level. The best indicator of correct amounts is how your dog looks so keep an eye on their midsection once you begin and go from there.

        2. Mike Sheridan

          This recipe makes at least 2.5 to 3. Lbs of food. For a 50lb dog, would that not be at least 2 servings? It says 1 serving in the upper left hand corner.
          Thank you

          1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

            The serving size will vary depending on the dogs size. It’s set to 1 only because a number is needed in that field. You should determine serving size based on your specific dog’s needs.

    2. Nicole

      Hi Kim. My cavalier is 8 and has started having siezures and heart murmurs. I’m convinced that I need to get him off all dry food and switch to raw food. Can you direct me where to start and are your pups still doing good!?

    3. Lily

      Hello, I just recently learned about raw food for dogs, and would like to put my 2 rescues on this diet. I am, however, worried about salmonella. Do I have to worry about that?
      Thank you!

  2. miki

    Very interesting. I feed my frenchie a mix of dry (Fromm) and frozen raw (Steve’s real food). I keep him on some dry simply because it’s easier for travel. I love that you make your own raw. Not sure I could handle the organs but I should try.

  3. Marci

    Can you substitute beef liver for chicken livers in your dog food recipe? I am having trouble finding chicken livers.

    Thank you for your time.


  4. Terry DeMeyer

    I know they need organ meet, the only thing is that the liver, kidney detoxify all the bad stuff in the animals body. so if you use non-organic, free range etc you will still be giving it chemicals although still much better than the dry. One frozen dog food company uses organic vegetable, and for organ meets, I believe it is chicken gizzards. I am still trying to find the best all organic raw food. The one I recently started with Stella and Chewy duck. My dogs are in heaven, I also give them a dab of pumpkin (organic) blueberries, bananas and still a tiny amount of Blue Buffalo grain free as I make the total transition. I am open to any suggestions.

    1. Sarah

      Your body protects its vital organs by storing toxins in the fat and other storage areas away from it’s organs. Although things like kidney and liver process the toxins out of the body the organ itself actually has less toxins in it then a chicken leg or otherwise. Assuming the organ is healthy, fit for consumption in the first place and the animal isn’t sick.

      1. Judy Kingsberry

        They mostly need bone to get their calcium. If giving your dog just organ meat or even beef, calcium needs to be added. One simple recipe is to give your dog the leg quarters. It has the bone which has the calcium. Organ meats are fine but don’t be carried away with them. It is the calcium in bones that is of prime importance. Then you can add some spinach or a few (like 5 berries in a meal) I read if your dog is having trouble making a transition to raw dog food, then tripe should be given or some probiotic. Research this. It appears your diet plan is lacking Calcium. But calcium without the 3D (important), add some water to make a paste to put on meats. No salmon! I will research this idea that kidney detoxifies the bad stuff. Be careful by adding fillers. They are not necessary. I hope this helps. Remember chicken quarters are the basic food to be given. Gizzards, liver and such are fine but are not the prime food.

          1. Damian Dottore

            I have been giving my 7 year old German Shepherds a raw chicken back or some chicken necks every night since they were almost pups. As long as they are not weight bearing bones and are raw you are fine. Stick to necks and backs

        1. Kim


          I’ve been reading a lot that the dogs need the bones. My older dog is on raw diet but he cannot chew the bones because he’s very old and doesn’t have much teeth left, what should I do instead? Also I was actually thinking thinking of not giving them so much bones because one of my dogs threw up immediately after he ate a bone. I have three dogs and all of them are on an all raw food diet.

      2. Judy Kingsberry

        Chicken legs and wings are not good because the bone is dangerous. They are too small for the dog. They will swallow it whole. The bones in the leg quarters are the best. The dog chews the bone and there is calcium which is imperative in the bone. Use organ meat in small portions–say like a bit in a three meal with meat with calcium. Calcium without the 3d is the most important and it comes from the bones in meats. Smash the bone if your dog is a puppy through the blender or just taking a hammer to the bone. Feeding your dog with organ meat must always include bone. Fat is good for dogs except not as a main meal. For me, I would feed the dog leg quarters and add the liver and 4 berries to the meal a few times a week. It also includes a small amount of cooked spinach.

  5. Kelsey

    How do you know how much to feed you dog? Mine pup is 100 pounds so I’m not quite sure how much she needs. I would love to try this recipe and dehydrate it for hiking with her!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I give her 2 small patties but use it as a supplement to dry food so I’m not feeding her the raw food alone.

      1. Amber Bissell

        Not a good idea to mix raw and kibble…go raw 100% or not at all. You will cause dog to have gut fermentation…and get really ill.

    1. Denise

      The way I did it was to calculate the total calories in the entire mixture and divide it by the number of calories my dog needs each day. I got the calories needed per day from petnet.com or similar. There is a lot of math if that’s how you roll, but I liked the chart on petnet, which says that my 125 pound, inactive dog needs 17 calories per pound, or approx 2100 per day. If the total of the ingredients you use is 11,000 calories, for example, one batch would be enough for 5 days. Then I just keep looking at him to see if he’s too fat or too skinny. So far, using that calorie guide seems to be working.

  6. Sabrina Spence

    I heard that the dogs should have the bones in their food. And fish oil. There’s so many do’s and don’t’s and I love your simple recipe! Should I worry about the bones or fish oils? I want to feed my dog a raw only diet. I’ve read that sometimes dogs can suffer if there aren’t enough supplements.

    1. Bany

      Yes, you are absolutely correct. Dogs must get bones (raw, not cooked as cooked is dangerous!) And dogs should not have dry food such as kibble as it makes our pets ill, slowly. Please watch “Pet Fooled” documentary on Netflix or YouTube. Also definitely check out reelraw it’s a company that has SO MUCH great info. about feeding raw for dogs. They also have portion / correct amount of all meats/bones needed specific to your pet, should you decide to buy from them.

  7. Esa

    Hi Gina, thank you very much for your post on feeding raw. I have a 4 y/o Weim named Remi and have been feeding him raw for about 8 months now, due to a veracious curiosity about cancer rates in dogs and stumbling on Long Living Pets Research. Additionally not long after, one of my clients was a boutique (but expensive! ;) organic raw dog food delivery service out of Portland, Maine, called Reel Raw. Needless to say I was hooked, believe in and receive all the benefits.

    So question for you, I’m curious your thoughts on continuing to include dry food and fruits/ veggies (even though of all the ratios I like your breakdown if you’re going to include it) when, in my research for my client, they maintain this is harmful to their pancreas as the digestive processes are dissimilar, causing an increase in insulin to cover all the work.

    Thanks for reading!!

  8. Terri

    This looks like a great recipe, but how do you know how much to feed your dog? I have a 15 lb. Terrier-Chihuahua mix. I already feed her Primal raw frozen patty food, mixed with a sprinkling of Origen kibble. It has become quite pricey over time, so I’m looking for homemade options that will cost less and be less processed. She just love this food, gets all excited when it’s “dinner time”, and wolfs it all down in seconds. So, how much if this recipe should be fed to a small dog like mine?

    1. Cody

      I’m hoping you found the answers you’re looking for by now, but if not, in the comments above yours are a couple different answers or places where you can find the answers to your question, as others have asked it before.

  9. Denise Serls

    How long will the recipe last if not frozen? Freezing takes out a great deal of the benefits not to mention increased bacteria when defrosted. Although defrosting in fridge or in a Bowl of cold water. I used to do this by my husband won’t with I’m away SO I feed my golden doodles, 9 years and 9 months ZiwiPeake twice air dried raw food. No lamb and no chicken… They can’t digest it, although I try these every once in a while to see how they do. Goes right through them. The only drawback to this food is it has a little higher fat content, which is debatable. Dogs do well but I’m interested in fresh food. Thanks

  10. Anna

    Hi and thank you for this recipe, my question is what vitamin supplements can I add also my dogs are overweight, how much do I need to feed them oh they are pits one is 20 yrs.old and the other is 6 yrs. old. Thank you for any help

  11. Robert hamilton

    Hi my name is Robert and im experiencing my dog having allergic reactions to her food I was wondering is there any other recipes that you can share with me for my dogs because I am taking them off kibble and wanted some good recipes to keep them eating healthy

  12. Denise

    Hello! I love the simplicity of this! And how cute your pup is! Wondering how much I should feed my girls? One is about 40 lbs and the other 30lbs. Can we do just raw food, or is it a good idea to mix with a few better quality kibble?
    Thank you!

  13. wenbv

    do you cook any of the food? i made a batch of chicken based food that included organs, chopped up entire chicken, kidney beans, carrots, sweet potato, spinach, rice, – my dog was not into it at all. so then i cooked it in a crock pot (removing bones at that point) and she loved it. i’m about to go buy stuff for a new batch and was going to go with beef based – i will try not cooked but if she rejects it i’ll have to cook it some. thoughts?

      1. Chad Hutchison

        Is it the egg or the shell they are allergic to ?
        You could rinse and dry the shells the blend then in a food processor to turn to power. Store in a mason jar and sprinkle on food.

        I save all my shells and follow the cleaning, drying, storing process.
        I use it on my garden as well as a food supplement.

  14. Dakat

    My vet told me it wasn’t good to mix raw and dry because a dog digests them at a different speeds and it can mess up their stomachs.

      1. cheryl madsen

        I’m looking to change to a raw diet have been cooking a mixture of beef, chicken and organs, veggie’s (all type’s) and fruits( only approved). He goes nuts we supplement with Dynoite and salmon oil. He is a Cesepeake Bay Retreiver and suffers from MRSA at one point so near death we almost put him to sleep. We battled he battled went to cooking and found out also through testing he is solely allergic to dust mitess. Dust mites are every where but most often in grain products. First a Grain Free dry food frozen for 3 day and longer. All treats frozens no table scraps. His cooked meal must be frozen 3 day ahead and frozen. He had lost all his coat was covered in ulsers and red tenderness. We had to bath him daily one shampoo then the next day watered down bleach wash. Went on for 10 months today I can report he is full coat on shot to reduce itching there is no cure for MRSA He appears outward happy and healthy. The next step is the raw question how fast does one introduce. I may have missed this this in all the questions. Thank you! You have a a lovely sily baby!

    1. Cathie Fenn

      Yes. Thatvis true. If you are going to continue feeding both yoinahpuld feed raw at one meal and kibble at the next but not together.

  15. Sara L Creekmore

    Thanks for the recipe and the breakdown! I just made my first batch using your recipe as a base, and added some goodies that my dog raids from the garden every year, as well as added ground turkey and beef heart to the mix. My dog LOVES IT and he had an EXTREMELY noticeable change within 24 hours! His eyes looked less cloudy, his dull, crispy fur became supple, smooth and shiny, and his arthritic limp is almost GONE!!! I just took him into the Vet on Saturday, and he was amazed! He wants the recipe that I used because he wants to start his old dog on it!

    Here is what It used in mine:
    Broccoli, chicken breast, tomato (lisene!), ground turkey, beef heart, chicken liver, ground beef, pumpkin(digestive support and enzyme!), whole egg (glucosamine rich membrane!), carrot, apple, blueberry, baby spinach, snow pea, plain yogurt, flax, olive oil, hemp seed (super food! Includes most vitamins, all Omegas, chlorophyll, E, D, etc!), tumeric (for his inflammation), ginger (for tummy support)…..and add either a chicken wing or turkey neck on the side for chewing/bone.

    All fruit/veggies were minimal, but added for their specific mineral/vitamin balance, and the vet was blown away at the incredible results that my dog showed just being on it for a week!

    Now, if you could just help me figure out a recipe for those dang Greenies that he loves…but that are so expensive! Lol

    1. robin

      Sara, did you just grate a little of the turmeric and ginger and then add it to everything? Did you blend all the non meat and then just add it to the meat? Really new to all of this but I want to do it. The bone thing makes me nervous but I see that it’s so important. You just give your dogs the raw chicken wing or turkey neck and then they eat it all up, no problems? Ugh, I’m nervous .

      1. T

        If you own a meat grinder that can grind bone you’re golden! All you need to do is grind chicken thighs and legs with the bones and then food process the other goodies to add to the grind. Uncooked bones are much softer for your dog to chew then a cooked bone.

    2. Cher

      Hi Sara PLEASE can you elaborate on the ingredient proportions in your amazing sounding recipe ! (Even if it’s approximate).

      Many thanks 👍

  16. Corinne

    Hello! Just an FYI, please Do NOT feed your dog avocado and very little tomatoes- no tomato greens, very poisonous. We have two 100-120lb Great Pyrenees-Anatolian shepherds mix. The boy is 1.5 yr old and the girl is 2yr old. We have been feeding them raw food for over a year now. We buy 80lbs of chicken backs from the butcher (last a little more then a month) and they each get 1-2 in the am and 1 in the evening. Also in the evening, they get chunks of raw beef roast, 1 egg, 1 fillet each of mackerel, 1 tablespoon of yogurt and pumpkin, a cap full of apple cider vinegar and some organ meat such as gizzards, liver or heart. You can tell their bodies are absorbing so much more then kibble due to the fact that their poop is so small for the size of the animal. And very little smell. That alone is worth feeding them raw!! The dogs do not have bad breath, teeth are very white and the coats are beautiful. They do not need the teeth cleaner Greenies because the bones in the chicken backs help keep the teeth clean. We spend a lot less on food and much better quality with no fillers. Something to think about since you don’t have to mix or chop very much. Its good for the dogs to break down the bones. Never cooked bones though!!!

    1. Bria Maraia

      How much do you spend approximately monthly for the 2…. I have 6 (100lbs GSD/Saint Bernard’s and Saints) ….. theyve been on kibble Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free and they eat more than 2 bags a week which is $90 a week! I’m trying to figure something better quality, possibly cheaper and if I can do it from home, I’d do it in a heartbeat!!! My oldest Saint is gonna be 4 in Jan, so I want them to be as healthy as possible! My GSD is a working protection dog/service dog so her body takes a beating and shes 3.5 years old!!! The pups are going to be starting their careers now that they’re a year old, so I’d like to get them on a healthy diet as their bodies will be will be starting to work and could use the extra boost!!! Please let me know, I’d be very gracious!!!

    2. Barb

      This is excellent. Samson is my 8 year old German Sheperd, he weighs 103. Do you give them anything else in morning bowl other than the chicken backs?

  17. Audrey Hilliard

    Is any of this food cooked? I just can’t tell since you’re saying raw dog food and it never says to cook anything anywhere, but I would think it needs to be cooked.

        1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

          They’re left raw and yes you can add bones (uncooked) up to 10% of the total food volume.

    1. Ann

      Never cook raw dog food it takes away most of the nutrients (and never feed cooked bone, they can have raw bones (not machine cut bones… chicken breast bones and leg quarters and necks and wings

  18. Melissa

    Hello:) you said you feed kibble and raw , just wondering how you figure how much of each to give to not overfeed? I’d love to do the two together but I don’t know how much of each to give. I have a 45lb pitbull she gets a cup of kibble 2xa day. And if she were to be raw she would need just over a lb of raw food per day I just don’t know how much to give to not overfeed

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      If you’re doing half and half you can start by halving the amount of dry food you currently give her. It’s actually best to feed the dry food one meal (preferably morning as dry takes longer to digest) and raw food another meal (night). If she would need about 1lb raw total then you can do about .5lb to start (assuming you’re feeding her dry food for the other half of her intake) and see how she looks after a week or two. It’s very easy to gauge by sight if the dog is properly fed.

  19. Kim thompspn

    Can sara l creekmore it’ll be a little more specific with the breakdown of her ingredients it sounds like the best diet for my dogs and I just like to know the portions on which you add how much of this and how much of that cuz I’m not really sure but it would be absolutely perfect please can you help me with this diet I want to use this one very much thank you from Kim Thompson in St Louis Missouri

  20. Ann

    Please please do a bit more research… veggies aren’t needed but bone is! You have no bone in this at all and will end up with a dog with issues because of this. There are tons of Facebook group (some say never ever feed fruit and vegggies to dog… and no they don’t need it, but mine get it on occasion.) and even books on how to properly feed raw, you need 10% bone 10% organ and 80% meat. I learned from someone who has been raising dogs on raw for 30 years….

    1. Chad Hutchison

      I agree. My dog love carrots but you can tell they aren’t digested because they are still while in his poop.

  21. Nikki

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My dog LOVES it and it’s so easy to make. I dont know why I thought I was supposed to cook the meat but I did and it turned out ok, she ate it lol. I made it more like a stew then a pattie but I’m going to try it in the pattie form this time around. So it’s easier to portion for meals.

  22. PG

    My little girl is scheduled for her first dental next week. After, I am switching her to a raw diet. I always felt I fed her the best foods and always grain free, it it breaks my heart she is having to have this dental cleaning.
    I have notes all your recipes, it have a question. We travel quite frequently, how do you manage the raw food diet when traveling?

  23. Shirley

    I’ve read numerous articles saying that dogs need raw bone mixed in with the other ingredients. You don’t mention grinding up any bones. I’ve been feeding my 4 year old Vizsla and 13 year old cat store bought raw food diet, but it’s very expensive and has a lot of added ingredients that the magazine DOGS NATURALLY claim are harmful. I was thrilled to find your recipe. I’m just concerned that your raw food diet doesn’t contain any ground up bone.

    1. Terry Ward

      Bone meal is the most challenging aspect of DIY pet food.
      For it to be digestible, the bones (and egg shells also) must be ground to the finest power..almost like talc..
      This is a job only for professional industrial grinding machines….even butchers cannot do it.
      For this reason I always supplemented DIY food with some commercial until my vet said raw bone-in organic chicken thighs will suffice..
      Egg shells can be deadly unless ground into the tiniest bits in a food processor..
      This way they cannot become lodged in the throat, but still are not fine enough to digest.

  24. robin

    One more thing, so I can just give my 70lb Golden some raw organic chicken wings or a turkey neck and let him eat them all up and he will be fine? The bone thing is just a little unnerving to me but I keep seeing that dogs need it. I guess I need someone saying directly to me “yes, he can chew them up and his body will digest them properly and it won’t kill him”.

  25. Patty Jones

    A lot of other recipes say u have to add supplements? Also my shelty won’t eat bones? Should I grind up chicken bones for him? Raw of course. Also what about raw fish? I understand trout and Salmon cause salmonila poisoning? Are all other types of fish ok? With bones? How often? how much? We fish a lot.
    Also would like to put my cat on a raw diet but there are so many that contradict each other and call for numerous supplements.. suggestions?

  26. Louise B.

    Just made my first batch of your raw food,…very easy, but I have a few questions.

    My “geezer” chihuahua (11yrs) is a picky eater, I estimate I should give him 1/4-1/3# based on 11# weight.
    Do you only feed your dogs 1x a day? …or should I divide the 1/4# in half & do 2 feedings per day?

    Bones?! I thought I read & avoided giving my pup chicken bones because I read they can splinter & get stuck in the intestines. What kind of bones are safe & chewable for a runt 11# “geezer” pup?

    1. carolyn Lillard

      Wanted to warn readers about allergies to protein sources. Doing lots of research lately. Our ten yr old water spaniel mix who was literally rescued from a flood in middle Tn. in 2010 has had symptoms: intense itching, anal gland issues and loose bowels. No external cause of itching, anal glands, fine. All this is the result of an allergy to chicken. Even a tiny trace of chicken in a “chicken free” food sent him into a frenzy of scratching. have had him on a raw diet (homemade as we live on SS and cannot afford the purchased special raw) for two weeks now. Itching and dragging “his bum’ have ceased. His bowl movements are not runny. No having to get up in the night to give him antihistamines. When he was young we lived in the country and his favorite ‘treat” was to dig a nest of tiny bunnies out and eat them. As an animal lover I wasn’t real happy with that!
      Research revealed chicken is the most common “protein allergy” followed by beef. I thought he was allergic to grain,etc. When fed grain free expensive commercial dog food with salmon he went into an itching frenzy. The grain free. chicken free dog food had chicken at the end of the ingredients list. Read all the ingredients on dog food labels. Better still go raw, if you can. I am at a disadvantage since he is allergic to chicken. Chicken is the cheapest source of raw protein or cooked, as in pet food. I am thankful I was able to find the problem and thankful for your recipe and the advice of others “going raw” for our fur babies. Thank you for your recipe and advice!!

    2. Becky Johnson

      My German Shepherd was fed raw and raw chicken pieces with bone. He had a 1 inch piece of bone lodged in his rectum. The vet had to remove it. Maybe that is rare but it can happen.

  27. Marjorie J Edwards

    I am relooking at how I have been feeding my dog homemade dog food because I came home after 3 days away to a sick doggie with anal gland issues. I eventually stumbled onto your blog and love it. Already printed it and will save this to my bookmarks. Thank you so much for the simplicity of it.

  28. Nikki Corrales

    We tried this recipe after paying over $50 every two weeks to feed our two dogs, one medium and one small. It’s a big hit! They LOVE IT! We were initially concerned about switching food due to or smallest dog’s stomach issues (we were on puke lookout all night) but both dogs did just fine. At only $0.30 cents for carrots, $1.49 for spinach, $1.79 for yogurt and $4 for a few batch worths of organ meat, the price is so much better! (Make sure to freeze additional organ meat) Bonus, it is the same texture as the store bought raw food but smells a whole lot better!

  29. Linda

    Thank you for the recipe and the encouragement! I have a 4 month old labradoodle and he’s my first dog. I’m feeding highend no grain kibble but a) he’s kinda picky and doesn’t eat a lot and b) I know food is the first and best medicine so your story about switching really resonated with me. So a couple times now I’ve tossed him a raw chicken neck or heart and he LOVES it and I’d love to just go raw but my family objects! And I actually understand – my 11 year old daughter is a germaphobe and she and her dad correctly point out that even if I do safe handling, Astro does not! After he’s done eating, he has raw meat residue on his face and often his paws as well. Any thoughts?? Thanks!

  30. Debbie M.

    I have a 2 y/o rescue terrier mix and just adopted a small 8 y/o rescue yorkie mix. She had horrible teeth, gums and bone loss. She also had sinus infection from having so much bacteria in her mouth for so long. We had all of her teeth removed. She was found with her deceased owner so we have no history on her. We have tried several high-end wet food she refuses it. I have added soft veggies and she will eat a little
    She really prefers the grain free Zignature that my other dog eats. Would it be ok to add some organ meats and some plain yogurt to the dry food and just put all of it in the processes together. They can both stay on it plus it will be easier for our little endentulous girl to eat. Thank you so much.

  31. Dawn Hutchinson

    Just attended Camp Unleashed in the N. GA Blue Ridge Mountains. Was amazed to learn about raw diet! It’s like switching a human from a pure McDonald’s diet to a fresh food, healthymeal plan. Thank goodness my corgi is 10 mo so I can switch her off her old diet (high end, but still kibble food) & get her onto a raw diet early in life. She’s 27# so a Raw diet won’t break the bank. Is raw bacon is on the acceptable raw meat list?

  32. Linda

    The comments go back to 2014 and I’m wondering if there are folks still discussing the dog food recipe and if there are some updates I’d like to hear about it. I’m going to use the recipe as a base to make the dog food but I’ll add green beans and broccoli since I know that green veggies are better. Just checking if anyone is currently using this great recipe.

  33. Chloe

    Hi I’d love to give this a go- what size are the patties and how much do you give your dogs? (Based on their weight?)

  34. Muriel Michalewicz

    I would like to make chicken wings meal with bones and all can I make this recipe with the chicken wings with bones and all.? Just found out that bones are crucial in any raw diet.
    Thank you.

  35. KJ

    I just recently stumbled on your site and love your guides and recipes!
    I don’t want to rain on your parade, however, but people need to really research past just this discussion before switching over to a raw diet.
    Doing both raw and dry kibble is a strict no-no in most raw circles, and can seriously damage your dog’s gut and health. The entire point of changing to raw is to eliminate chemicals, corn, soy, and other irritants that bloat your dog and cause it health issues. Then why would you continue to “supplement” a raw diet with kibble? It defeats the purpose and since you even noted that dogs digest a raw diet at a different rate than kibble, you are causing upset to the tummy by keeping the kibble in their system.
    If you are going to go raw, then go completely raw. Also, as animals who descended from wild carnivores as evidenced by their teeth–they need bones (and pieces of good meat) to chew and rip and put those jaws to use as well as it helps in digestion. Also, it is common for a dog to puke this all up, and re-eat, as is done in the wild.
    If you know hunters, sometimes you can work out a deal to take what they don’t use, or also, when they clean out their freezer before the beginning of a new hunting season, they may be willing to give you that as well.
    People, please research before changing over, and once you do, COMMIT to doing it fully, otherwise you can really hurt your pet’s health. PS. cat’s can do raw too.

  36. Supriya Kutty

    Hey, really very nice post and good recipe of raw dog food to make at home really a great idea and good nutrition recipe, Thanks for sharing this with us really helpful.

  37. Alex Paul

    Not to mention the benefits of homemade dog food since we all know that the amount of minerals and vitamins found in homemade cuisines is much higher than processed food we find in the market. Even the market food has lots of things to care about such as expiry date, manufacturing process etc.

  38. Vanessa Esperanza

    Wow! I’ve been making my own dog food for a couple of years but I’ve never gone raw. Seems like it’s giving your dog crazy energy levels. You briefly talked about supplements, I use Azestfor which is super healthy and you can just mix it into the food. I would definitely add a supplement if you’re only feeding your pup homemade dog food to make sure they are getting everything they need. :)

  39. Shalimar Sara Downing

    I fed my cats raw food, but it takes awhile to make the switch. A teaspoon a day– even half a teaspoon– adding slowly. They are fickle, and don’t like changes. “Hissy Fit” is what Feed This, a local small producer of raw food for dogs and cats, delivered in pint tubs frozen, in my county, calls their cat food. Check out feedthis.com, to read up on why raw. I stopped using raw because of cost, but my sweetie does not like her high-quality kibble very much, after 6 years of raw. Someone I met at a dog park talked about making his own, to keep cost down, so here I am. Thanks for the recipe!

  40. Suzanne


    I really want to give my senior dog raw food. However, I have a fear of bacteria, especially with chicken organs. I thought freezing them would kill off the bacteria, but it turns out that bacteria only goes into hibernation and reanimates when thawed. Any suggestions?

  41. Pamela

    Hello, I was wondering. I feed pedigree hard dog food and for my Chihuahua I started feeding can food. My vet said stop the soft because she needs the hard for her teeth. So she wouldn’t eat the hard so I started mixing for all the dogs. Pit, Lab and Chihuahua. I recently started feeding cooked liver carrots and rice to the hard dog food. I give the big dogs 1big tablespoon and the little dog I give 1 teaspoon of the cooked liver mix. Am I doing good feeding the liver mix or am I hurting them. If we kill turkey or deer I also cook up the heart and gizzards and put them in the food mix. I also do chicken mixes to, but mainly the cooked liver mix. Any input would be great. Thank you

  42. cm

    Thank you! Your recipe has worked out great for our family and our dogs! The dogs are noticeably more energetic and happier.

  43. Kathy

    I’m not sure about the validity of this test : Pet Wellness Life Stress Scan, but the results show that our 60 pound Boxer is allergic to: chicken, eggs, bison, venison, salmon, green beans, pumpkin, and most all grains (among other things) . I know that she needs raw bones in her diet, but finding something like turkey necks, etc. is impossible where I live. How do I get enough calcium in her diet without the chicken bones, egg shells etc.?

  44. Cindy Preisser

    The picture showing kibble in the dish is confusing even though RFTK says that you don’t put them in the same bowl at the same time. One time only raw and once only kibble. Why use kibble at all? Also, all this math about how much to feed is confusing. I have a 113 lb. 8 year old female bullmastiff that could lose about 10 lb. I have been giving her 4 patties a day. Should I weigh them and what weight should they be?


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