Crock-Pot Homemade Dog Food

Crock-Pot Homemade Dog Food My grandmother made our 3 dogs dog food every month.  She got out the huge stock pot and worked on it all day and then froze it in weekly containers.   Our lab lived 15 years eating it every day.   This is my variation of what she made.   Some are not comfortable feeding their dog onions, but I have given my dogs cooked onions for years.   Garlic is another some are not comfortable  with garlic, but garlic does help keep the fleas away.

Crock-Pot Homemade Chicken and Gizzards Dog Food
Recipe Type: Other
Author: Lady Katie
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 4 hours
Serves: lots
  • 2lb Chicken or Turkey Gizzards, chopped
  • 2lb Chicken Meat, chopped
  • 1lb Carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Onions, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 1lb package of Rice cooked
  1. Add meat, carrots, onions, garlic powder and 1 cup water to crock-pot.
  2. Cook for 2.5 hours on low.
  3. Add cooked rice and one cup water.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes on low.
  5. Package either in single servings or in containers. You can either freeze the extras for future use or can them in jars using a pressure cooker.

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    • Lady Katie says

      Onions in moderation are okay. And only cooked onions, never just a raw onion. My grandmother’s recipe called for way more than what I put in. The onions just give it flavor. If you are not comfortable with it, you can leave them out. As with anything you give your pets, you should ask your Vet first. My vet is the one that confirmed in moderation and only cooked.

      • Mike Paananen says

        You should do some homework on this subject. Onions in any amount-cooked or uncooked, can be deadly to dogs. Read the following from a top rated veterinarian:

        RE: Onions, her response was: “Onions can be very toxic to dogs. They cause oxidative damage to the hemoglobin resulting in an acute anemia depending on the amount of intake. Fresh or cooked onions can be toxic. If enough is ingested, it can even result in the need for a blood transfusion. Hemaglobin can be passed in the urine as well and if your dog is not kept well hydrated the kidneys can be damaged as well. Known ingestion of onions is considered an emergency and depending on how long since the ingestion determines what treatments are required. A dog’s stomach empties fairly quickly so the induction of vomiting is not always an effective way to stop the toxicity.

        • Lady Katie says

          Mike I am just going on what my vet said. Too much of anything is bad for anyone. If you are not comfortable with the onions, just omit them from the recipe. It will still turn out the same just without the onions.

  1. Amanda says

    Can’t wait to try this.. I’m gona omit the onion part but still great to see a recipe I can make for my two pitbulls. I always want to cook for my dogs cus there more like my kids than pets.Thanx again!

    • Lady Katie says

      I just made this again last week. I have saved all my extra chicken fat, skins and juice and any other meat drippings in containers and then freezing them. Used one large container (about 4cups), added in some vegetables (zucchini and acorn squash that I had on hand) and 4 cups water. Cooked that about 3 hours and added in 2 lbs of rice. My dogs love it.

    • Lady Katie says

      I have a larger dog and she gets 2 cups of the homemade and 2 cups of dry. She is a lab. If you are doing just 2 cups for your dog normally, 2 cups of this should be fine. If you are not sure, cut it to maybe 1 1/2 cups. Depending on the type of meat you use (if you change it a little)

  2. Jo says

    I have to agree with Mike – onions are deadly for dogs – I’ve been involved in the dog world for more than 2 decades and have attended lots of educational seminars on all subjects. Anyone I’ve spoken to agrees that onions are a total no no for dogs. I would suggest you do some research rather than just relying on one or two people’s word. Wow – scary.

  3. Shauna says

    Another question on serving size.. I feed two larger medium dogs about 1/2 lb. twice a day, each, of dry dog food. Can I serve them the same amount of homemade? Should I split it 50/50 with dry food? I think they’ll be much happier with homemade food, and for what goes in it, my wallet will be much happier to oblige them. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Lady Katie says

      I have a medium size labrador. She gets 1/2 a quart of homemade and about 2 cups dry food. You could do all homemade and feed about 3-4 cups for a medium (50-60lb) dog.

  4. Mark MaxDonald says

    thanks for sharing this recipe. I will omit the onions, but do like the idea of garlic powder to keep fleas away.

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