I am owned by 3 wiener dogs named Lily, Dolly and Hershey. They are my constant companions. I have one dog with egg product allergies and one with a tendency to bladder stones. This leads to very expensive and sometimes hard-to-find dog food. It occurred to me when the egg allergy was finally diagnosed, many years ago when I only had the one dachshund, that I could surely just make dog food. When I rescued the two others they were in really bad physical condition and one had two huge bladder stones that had to be removed. The vet wanted to put her on a prescription diet. I reminded him that I made food for my boy and he was very enthusiastic about my continuing to feed all three of them my homemade food. They are all three very healthy and happy dogs with beautiful coats and skin. I’ve had many people ask me how I make their food so I thought I would share the process here. **PLEASE check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet. **
- I used to buy canned chicken (expensive) because it was so much easier and faster than cooking my own chicken. Not since I got my Instant Pot! Now I just fill the inner pot with frozen chicken. Usually I get boneless, skinless thighs from Aldi but this time I had boneless, skinless breasts from Sams Club. I put a cup of water in the bottom first and put the chicken on the trivet.
- I set the magic pot on MANUAL for 13 minutes. This is longer than I would cook them for human consumption, but I like for them to shred very easily when I’m making their food because I make so much at a time. I let the pressure release naturally when the pressure cycle was done.
- I had made a pot full of sweet potatoes the day before and hadn’t thought about blogging so I didn’t take any pictures but I had used the same process–1 cup of water and MANUAL high pressure except for 10 minutes. When they were cooled, I slipped the skin off of them.
- I have this ginormous “That’s a Bowl” from Tupperware that I just love. I use it to assemble the dog food. I put in the chicken and sweet potatoes.
- I added oats and shredded zucchini that I freeze from my garden every year.
- I use my handy Kitchenaide Hand Mixer to shred the chicken and mix it all together.
- When it is all incorporated, I spoon it into gallon size Ziploc Freezer Bags.
- I feed each of my 12-15 pound dachshunds 1/4-1/3 cup twice a day. In the morning, I add a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt that I also make in my magic pot. In the evening, I add a spoonful of Coconut Oil which keeps their coats shiny and their skin healthy. I also will pour bone broth that I’ve made in the magic pot onto their food anytime I have some in the fridge.
- For treats they get dehydrated liver (and other organ) slices, homemade cheesy mint or peanut butter crunchy treats, and raw carrots. They also get raw bones and bully sticks to chew.
I hope this helps someone out there with furry family members! Please do check with your veterinarian!