Homemade Dog Food

I have a young friend named Kristen. Kristen is already a very bold and inventive cook and it’s fun to try some of her experiments. One of Kristen’s main passions in life is animals. She frequently has very helpful suggestions for me on the care and feeding of our two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. serengetidogs1

Today I was delighted to receive the following message from Kristen who has managed to combine her love of cooking with her love for animals (in a totally non-carnivorous fashion!)

Dear Mrs. K,

You said a while ago that you might want to make your own dog kibble. Here is a recipe that I found. I think you could use regular white wheat flour instead of potato flour. Hope you like the recipe!


Homemade Dog Food

Mix together in a very large bowl:

  • 6 cups of a mixture of potato flour and oatmeal
  • 3 cups  cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups  dry milk
  • 2 t. bone meal
  • 3 cups of water

In a second bowl, beat:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of melted lard

Stir both bowls together. Pour this mixture into a large, greased jelly roll pan. It is okay to use a deeper pan; it will just take longer to bake.

Optional: You can also add carrots and peas to your recipe, but remember that it’s easier for dogs to digest cooked, shredded, juiced and mashed vegetables.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and bake the kibble batter for 45 minutes or until the kibble is done. It should pull away from the sides of the pan and be lightly browned. Take the the pans out of the oven and cool before breaking the baked mixture apart into smaller chunks.

Thanks, Kristen! I frequently consider making my own dog food and this gives me the inspiration I needed.