Home prepared diet recipe example

For a puppy (15kg once grown up)

Home prepared recipe for a puppy
homemade recipe for a puppy

Homemade recipe for a puppy until 12 months old

(grown up weight 15kg)

The homemade recipe for a puppy can be the same (all ingredients and proportions) during all growth, but the amount of food is not the same at all time.

You can prepare the recipe as listed and give only a certain amount as indicated below: before becoming a 15kg adult dog…

  • At 3 months old, the puppy should weight about 5kg and eat about 869kcal, so 2/3rd of the following recipe, so about 500 grams per day
  • Reaching 5 months old, the puppy should weight about 10kg, and eat 1053kcal, so the entire recipe below (about 750 grams)
  • From 6 to 7 months old, lower by 10%, and provide about 650 grams until adult
  • Once the adult size is reached, change to the recipe for a 15kg adult dog

Warning

Avoid changing ingredients without a proper advice.
Changing an ingredient for another in a recipe may affect the overall composition and balance: for instance, for the same amount, providing a fatter meat/fish will bring more calories from fat (energy) and may increase body weight by increasing fat mass. Also, different vegetables may bring different amount of calories (energy).

Growth: up to 12 months

Daily amount

Ingredients

Balanced recipe

Nutrition Facts
1052 kcal
81g Protein

Click on each ingredient for amount and details

LAMB LEAN MEAT
(boneless shoulder)

380 grams
lamb lean meat for a recipe for a dog
Source of protein & essential amino acids

Use human grade meat

20 ml
vit'i5 orange
Source of essential micronutrients

CANOLA OIL or SOYBEAN OIL

15 ml
kitten food recipe
Source of essential fatty acids

keep the bottle in the fridge

BROCCOLI
or CARROTS

200 grams
broccolis for homemade recipe for a puppy
Source of fiber

White RICE

40 Grams

or
POTATO or SWEET POTATO

160 Grams
homemade recipe for a puppy
Source of energy (starch)

POTATO or SWEET POTATO
boil skinless, until easy to mash.

RICE
(cooked weight is 4 times the raw weight)
weight dry, boil twice the label cooking time

Adjust the amount of food delivered daily, but keep the same proportions of all ingredients listed here, in order to keep the diet balanced.

In case you feed your puppy Half Half, for instance kibble or canned petfood in the morning, and Homemade (this recipe) in the evening:
*use Vit’i5 Half-Half instead of the Vit’i5 Orange in the home prepared recipe, at the same amount.
*The recipe for one day can be prepared as described, and distributed in 2 days. The half for the next day shall be stored in the fridge.
*Give half the amount of Petfood normally recommended to your dog for one day.

Balanced recipe

Nutrition Facts
1052 kcal
81g Protein

Recipe for a puppy: what you need daily

LAMB LEAN MEAT
(boneless shoulder)

380 grams
lamb lean meat for a recipe for a dog
Source of protein & essential amino acids

Use human grade meat

20 ml
vit'i5 orange
Source of essential micronutrients

CANOLA OIL or SOYBEAN OIL

15 ml
kitten food recipe
Source of essential fatty acids

keep the bottle in the fridge

BROCCOLI
or CARROTS

200 grams
broccolis for homemade recipe for a puppy
Source of fiber

White RICE

40 Grams

or
POTATO or SWEET POTATO

160 Grams
homemade recipe for a puppy
Source of energy (starch)

POTATO or SWEET POTATO
boil skinless, until easy to mash.

RICE
(cooked weight is 4 times the raw weight)
weight dry, boil twice the label cooking time

Adjust the amount of food delivered daily, but keep the same proportions of all ingredients listed here, in order to keep the diet balanced.

In case you feed your puppy Half Half, for instance kibble or canned petfood in the morning, and Homemade (this recipe) in the evening:
*use Vit’i5 Half-Half instead of the Vit’i5 Orange in the home prepared recipe, at the same amount.
*The recipe for one day can be prepared as described, and distributed in 2 days. The half for the next day shall be stored in the fridge.
*Give half the amount of Petfood normally recommended to your dog for one day.

Homemade diet: easy preparation, storage and distribution

homemade recipe for a puppy
1- Weight ingredients raw

Weight all ingredients as mentioned in the recipe.

home prepared recipe for a dog
2- Chop and cook vegetables and meat/fish

If using canned vegetables, only strained and rinse.
If used fresh or frozen vegetables, cook them with the meat or fish.

home made recipe for a puppy
homemade diet for a dog
3- Prepare the mix

First, mix the small ingredients, then add the cooked ones.

Mix the Vit’i5 powder + Canola or Soybean Oil + Salt/Wheat bran if any in the recipe

mix vit'i5 and oil

Add cooked vegetables and meat/fish to the first mix.

Mix all ingredients until homogenous.

pand fried diced meat

homemade recipe for a puppy
This mix can be used for the day, or frozen and thaw in the fridge the day before the day of distribution.

frozen home prepared dog meals

It can be frozen for up to 4 weeks.

kitten food recipe
4- Storage, preservation & feeding

If any in the recipe, cook the carbohydrate, such as rice or potato, on the day of distribution, and mix to the freshly made or defrost mix.

homemade diet for a dog

The final mix can be stored in the fridge up to 24 hours.

5- Split the daily amount in 2 to 3 meals

Give the first meal freshly prepared, or a meal from the fridge: you can heat it by mixing with a bit of warm water. (Do not heat in microwave oven or pan or fry pan)

home prepared dog recipe

Do not fry pan, microwave or oven heat.

Nutritional information

WHY SUCH INGREDIENTS?

This homemade recipe for a puppy contains

Animal Proteins
homemade recipe for a puppy

Meat, muscle meat, and fish filet are a source of animal protein, and provide protein and all amino acids necessary in the diet of dogs

You can cook meat of fish in order to reach 70°C for a few minutes, as food safety requires to avoid contamination problems (such as bacteria, parasites…).

Different meats and fish filets differ by their composition in water, protein and fat, and energy. So they are not all the same and substitution of one by another must be guided.
Also, some pets find some tastes more interesting/palatable/attractive than others.

Do not replace without considering the composition or asking to your vet or assess the body weight of your pet weekly

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Mineral vitamin supplement

Vit’i5 is a mineral and vitamin supplement formulated by a veterinary nutrition specialist in order to balance homemade diet. It provides the micronutrients that are lacking of in the routine dietary components such has meat+oil+vegetables+carbs.

Vit’i5 has to be added to a diet each time it contains fish or meat. It has been designed in 3 products. It may be adapted depending on a

vit'i5 nutriments

ge and condition, and with the amount of meat/fish each day. It is neither seasonal nor optional.
If the diet is half homemade and half commercial, give Vit’i5 Half-half instead of any Vit’i5 recommended in the homemade recipe. Adjust to the amount of meat or fish filet to keep the same proportions Vit’i5/meat.

Warning:
Do not heat or cook Vit’i5, in order to preserve vitamins
Do not give Vit’i5 if your dog of cat eats only a complete pet food either dry or wet

Complex carbohydrates (source of energy from Starch)

Starch is the complex carbohydrate contained is pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, tapioca, chick pees, lentils…
It must be cooked (water boiled) to be digestible and become a source of energy. Pets have individual and variable capacity to digest starch, linked to their genetic and epigenetic production potential of alpha-amylase.

homemade recipe for a puppy

Make sure to boil carbohydrates, such as rice or peeled potatoes, TWICE the time it should be for people. That maximises the digestibility of the starch by pets.
Once cooked, DO NOT freeze carbohydrates as freezing-defrosting process decreases the digestibility of starch, and could induce digestive issue such as diarrhea and bloating.
In the recipe, a part of Carbs can also be replaced by other carbs or by treats, to provide an equivalent amount of calories.
Equivalent to 10 grams of raw (dry) OAT FLAKES:
– 10 grams of PASTA or white RICE, cooked
– 40 grams of POTATO or SWEET POTATO, cooked
– 10 grams of any BISCUIT designed for cats
– 5ml (1 spoon) of peanut butter
– 10 grams of Cheese, such as cheddar CHEESE
– 40 grams of Cottage cheese (4%Fat)
– 50 grams of Pure Plain 4%Fat Natural YOGURT (such as Greek or Plain organic yogurt without additional flavours or ingredients)

Essential fatty acids

canola oil for dog recipeCanola oil, or soybean oil, is a source of essential fatty acids, omega 6 (linoleic acid) and omega 3 (linolenic acid). They may be altered by heat and sunlight.
Don’t heat or cook it, to preserve the fatty acids. Store the bottle in the fridge.
Caps of fish oil may be added to bring also long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA & DHA, but this does not replace the canola or soybean oil. The fatty acids are different.

Fiber source

Vegetables are a beneficial source of fiber.
Give all vegetables cooked, either boiled, or steamed enough to become smooth form, or strained if canned.

vegetables for a recipe for a dog

Zucchini is a special vegetable that can be given cooked, but can also be cut and frozen raw, and, once defrost, included in the diet without cooking.

Carrots may be replaced by broccoli, green beans, skinless pumpkin or butternut with the same weight basis. These vegetables must be cooked  enough to be easily cut or mashed.

Last, to offer a bigger amount of vegetables, 100 grams of carrots or equivalent may be replaced by 150 grams of zucchini, tomato, mushroom, asparagus, endives, all cooked well enough to be easily cut or mashed.

Wheat bran can also be used are a source of fiber, along with or instead of vegetable (not in the same amount as wheat bran is dry!). A 2.5ml-spoon in the daily recipe for kitten instead or with vegetables

Treat

FRUITS are usually more appreciated by dogs than cats.
Fruits may represent a treat or a part of the vegetables. Dogs can eat them raw.

Better offer juicy FRUITS such as apple, peach, watermelon, strawberry, pear…
If doing so, stick to the following equivalence: 50 grams of FRESH FRUIT may subsitute 50 to 100 grams of CARROT.
(Do not offer banana or dry fruit as a TREAT, they are very rich in energy and can replace carbohydrates).

Please DO NOT REPLACE more than half of the vegetables with fruits as part of fiber source.

fruits

For example, in a recipe with 200grams of vegetables, that should not be more that 100 grams (half of 200 grams) of vegetables to be replaced by fruits. Thus so 100/2 = 50 grams of FRUIT such as fresh APPLE in this recipe.

Avoid large amounts of vitamin C-rich fruits such as kiwi fruit, orange… as large amounts of vitamin C would be metabolized in oxalic acid, excreted in urine.

DAIRY such as cheese or yogurt are also commonly shared with the pet. No problem with plain yogurt with only milk and ferments in the list of ingredients (avoid the ones with any other component added), and with plain cheese, but be very careful at the amount given, it brings a lot of calories, and 10 grams of cheese must be considered as bringing as much energy as 4 ml of oil or 15 g of raw rice!

BISCUITS also are often proposed. They also brings energy, so limit the amount, and substitute the similar amount (in grams) of raw rice rather than add biscuit to a recipe

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