While there are plenty of good dog foods you can buy, it can get expensive. If you have a pup with any special dietary needs, the costs can escalate quickly.
This is Picaso, our oldest doggo who has kidney issues and cancer.
We tried dog foods from our vet, but even with the discount we get because our oldest daughter works there as a vet assistant, it was still expensive. After doing a lot of research and talking with her about options, we decided to make dog food at home. It was really easy and a lot cheaper. We used the slow cooker, as that meant nothing needed watched or stirred. NOTE: This recipe is for a dog that needs lower protein due to kidney issues. If your vet recommends higher protein or your pup has food sensitivity issues, you will need to adjust the recipe. Before you change foods or start a new regimen, talk with your veterinarian.
Here’s what we did:
In your slow cooker, combine the following:
• 3 cans of chicken breast, including the water, or 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts with the fat trimmed (We used the cans because it was just easier)
• 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into rough chunks
• 4-6 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
• 1 can of beets, including the liquid
• 1 6-10oz. bag of spinach
• 4 tbsp flaxseed or flaxseed powder
• Cover all ingredients with water, but be sure there is room for the water level to rise. As the food cooks in the slow cooker, it will give off liquid.
• Cook on high for 4 hours.
•After 4 hours, use a potato masher to mash the food. It doesn’t have to be a purée but should have bite-sized chunks.
•Add 3 cups of brown rice. Close the lid and let the rice cook until tender. We used brown minute rice, but you can use rice that doesn’t quick cook. Just be sure you give it at least 60 minutes to soften.
•Mix cooked rice in thoroughly. Divide into ½ cup portions in zipper bags or reusable containers.
We keep 2 days thawed in the fridge and freeze the rest in portioned zipper bags. If your doggo need extra water (like ours) you can add 1-3 tbs of water to each portion when you serve it to your dog. Serve a ½ cup portion to your dog twice a day.