When you rescue a dog, getting to know their ins and outs takes a bit of time. You’ll probably be tempted to give them new dog food. You may even choose homemade dog food, and that’s great! Unless you have a complete history (which is rare with rescues), their habits, quirks, and even personalities can be a mystery.
My biggest concern with Chloe was her bathroom habits and whether or not I should feed her homemade dog food. The first thing she did when I brought her home was pee on the floor. I wasn’t expecting that since she was 3-years-old, but again – you really don’t know what to expect with a rescue. There were many more accidents before I made the decision to invest in training pads, which worked perfectly… for a pee.
For the first few days, I took her outside (harnessed and leashed) for 30 – 45 minutes at a time. Walking around, playing, and getting a general feeling for the land. Every so often she would stop to squat, which I believe was more marking than using the bathroom. Pretty soon I picked up on her potty dance and managed to get her outside to use the bathroom before she did it inside. She mastered the art of doing #1 outside, which I was overly thrilled with; Scrubbing the carpets was getting tiresome.
It didn’t take long before I noticed she wasn’t doing number 2 outside, or at all during the day. I’d wake up to 1 or 2 small droppings on the training pad in the morning. Then there were the 2 days there was no #2 at all, which sent up some red flags for me. I knew she was eating, and inspecting the house there were no hidden poops anywhere.
I started to worry that she could have had a blockage (because I always go to the worst possible scenario), which she didn’t. She was, however, mildly constipated. She never showed any signs of discomfort or distress, but I was distressed just thinking about it. So, I decided to change up her diet a little bit to add more fiber and help things move along. You won’t go wrong with a high-fiber dog food.
how much homemade dog food to feed
This homemade dog food recipe saved my sanity because within 24 hours Chloe was regular. She chowed down like she hadn’t eaten in weeks, and begged for more. This homemade dog food recipe worked miracles for my constipated dog, so hopefully, it will help yours too. When I make this, I separate it and freeze it for future use. I put 2 meals worth of homemade dog food into Ziploc bags and thaw them overnight.
I get around 2 weeks of food from this high fiber diet recipe, but be sure to check with your vet to find out how much homemade dog food you should be feeding your pet. When it’s time to feed Chloe, I use a double boiler to heat the food up (I don’t like the microwave.)
2 tsp. Olive Oil
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 lb. Shredded Chicken
3 cups Water
1 medium Sweet Potato, peeled and diced
2 cups Brown Rice, cooked
½ cup Lentils
2 tbsp. Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup Chopped Spinach
- Boil turkey and chicken in 3 cups of water over medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Remove the meat from the water and set aside.
- Add rice, lentils, and sweet potato to the water and return to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and cook until the liquid has been absorbed.
- Mix in the cooked meat and serve warm.
- Freeze unused portions and feed as directed by your vet.
I’m also working on a recipe for homemade puppy food to stay on top of my 5 puppies’ digestive health. I’m becoming somewhat of a master when it comes to DIY dog food.