Easy Ground Beef Dog Food Recipe

I developed this dog food recipe for my “grand dog” Toby. He is a sweet little guy, getting a little older and starting to feel some aches and pains. I’ve always kept him some of our best leftover meat as treats when he comes to visit, and boy does he love it! So this recipe is for you Toby!

Ingredients:

  • 5 pound package ground beef – 73% lean – 23% fat
  • 1 pound package long grain brown rice
  • 12 ounce package frozen french style green beans
  • 12 ounce package frozen peas and carrots

These all were store brands from my local Kroger store.

 

 

1. Put the ground beef and two cups of water into a large heavy pot.  Cook on medium heat stirring occasionally until the meat is brown and broken up. If you think there is too much fat, then drain some of it off. I doubt your dog will complain either way.

2. Cook the rice according to package directions. I used long grain brown rice, but any plain unflavored rice will be fine.

3. Add cooked rice and vegetables to the meat and let simmer until heated through.

4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to large baking sheets to cool.

5. When cool, place individual servings into sandwich bags or plastic containers. I put one cup of the food into each sandwich bag.

Place one serving in the refrigerator and then freeze the rest.

When you use the one in the refrigerator, move one from the freezer to replace it and you will always have fresh, wholesome food for your dog.

To serve, take the chill off the food by warming it for ten seconds in the microwave, then add the recommended dose of Wizpet supplement and stir. Toby weighs 15 pounds so he gets one teaspoon daily.

Please Note:

This recipe is specifically designed and will be deficient without the WizPet supplement included.

Here is Toby waiting patiently for his food.

 

And here he is gobbling it down!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How Much Does This Cost?

Cost using Kroger Store Brands:

Ground Beef – $9.99

Rice – $.84

Vegetables – $1.00 each

Total Cost: $12.83

Yield:  Approximately 22 cups.

You can buy the WizPet dog food supplement on Amazon, it helps provide vitamins, minerals and raw food factors that dogs need.

Easy container contains 1.5 pounds or approximately 144 teaspoons.

RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE:

Small Dogs (Up to 30 Lbs)…………………………1 teaspoon

Medium Dogs (31-60 Lbs)………………………..3 teaspoons

Large Dogs (61 Lbs and over)……………………4 teaspoons

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How Much of the Homemade Food Should I Feed?

 

Generally, 2-3% of total body weight is appropriate for most dogs. Very young dogs may need a bit more, while older or inactive dogs require less.

To calculate, multiply his weight, in pounds, by 16 to get his total body weight in ounces. Feed him 2-3% of that weight, daily. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds…

50 lb. x 16 oz. = 800 oz. (total body weight in ounces)

800 oz. x .02 = 16 oz. (total daily minimum food weight)

OR

800 oz. x .03 = 24 oz. (total daily maximum food weight)

You may choose to divide your dog’s daily food into two feedings, or you may want to stick with one daily meal. Whatever your dog is accustomed to is fine.

Introducing Homemade Dog Food:

Day 1: Combining commercial food and the new diet may cause digestive issues so it is recommended that you fast your dog for 24 hours prior to starting him on this diet.

Day 2:  Feed your dog about 1/4 the amount he would normally eat.

Day 3:  Feed your dog about 1/2 the amount he would normally eat.

Day 4:  Feed your dog about 3/4 the amount he would normally eat.

Day 5:  Feed your dog his normal amount of food.

 

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