Homemade meals are a good alternative to offering fresher dog food if you’re not ready to make the switch to a raw dog diet quite yet. I made the switch from kibble to raw via a little detour of homemade.
The following brands are great options to feeding your pups a homemade diet:
Dr. Harvey’s – Dehydrated & Freeze-Dried
Dr. Harvey’s Grain-Free Veg-to-Bowl is a pre-mix which makes a fresh, homemade dog food in minutes (just add water, meat, and oil) which is perfect for raw diets following the BARF model (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food: raw meat, organs, bones, and vegetables – as opposed to the Alpha Prey Model which doesn’t add vegetables to raw meat, bones, and organs).
It consists of dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables, organic herbs, as well as essential vitamins & minerals. It is free of preservatives, additives, colorings, dyes, sugar, salt, fillers, corn, wheat, and soy.
We began our journey from kibble to a raw diet with Dr. Harvey’s Grain-Free Veg-to-Bowl.
Dr. Harvey’s also offers a complete & balanced freeze-dried line of dog food – Oracle Grain-Free & Oracle Whole Grain (available in Beef, Chicken, & Fish – comes in 3 lb and 6 lb bags, as well as in a trial size of 3 oz).
Sojos – Freeze-Dried
Sojos Grain-Free Dog Food Mix is similar to Dr. Harvey’s grain-free Veg-to-Bowl & The Honest Kitchen Preference Dehydrated Dog Base Mix – it is also great to add to a BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food: raw meat, organs, bones, and vegetables – as opposed to the Alpha Prey Model which doesn’t add vegetables to raw meat, bones, and organs).
It is a grain-and gluten-free dog food mix that’s served with water & meat. It consists of freeze-dried vegetables AND fruits, vitamins, and minerals, and does not contain any preservatives, fillers, by-products, corn, wheat, or soy.
Sojos also offers complete freeze-dried raw meals in 7 different protein options: Goat, Lamb, Turkey, Beef (2 lb and 8 lb bags), Wild Boar, Salmon, & Venison (1 lb & 4 lb bags) ~ 1 lb rehydrates to 5 lbs of raw food.
Grandma Lucy’s – Freeze-Dried
Grandma Lucy’s has been family owned & operated since 1999 & makes 3 lines of freeze-dried dog (& cat) foods ~ Artisan Line (Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Venison, Bison; made with potatoes), Pureformance Line (Chicken, Lamb, Rabbit, Goat, Fish; made with chickpeas), & Valor Line (Turkey, Fish, Chicken; made with quinoa).
All 3 lines also come in a pre-mix form consisting of freeze-dried vegetables, fruits, vitamins, and minerals – perfect to add to a BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food: raw meat, organs, bones, and vegetables – as opposed to the Alpha Prey Model which doesn’t add vegetables to raw meat, bones, and organs).
All of Grandma Lucy’s foods are grain-free & made right here in the USA. You’ll never find any preservatives, by-products, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in any of their foods and/or treats.
Stella & Chewys – Freeze-Dried
Stella & Chewy’s offers complete & balanced freeze-dried dog (& cat) meals, as well as food toppers (similar to THK) ~ Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Duck Duck Goose, Dandy Lamb, Surf N’ Turf, Tantalizing Turkey, Phenomenal Pheasant, Absolutely Rabbit, and Simply Venison (their availability varies between 5.5 oz, 15 oz, and 25 oz bags).
Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Duck Duck Goose, & Dandy Lamb are available as freeze-dried patties, frozen patties, & frozen morsels.
Surf N’ Turf, Tantalizing Turkey, Phenomenal Pheasant, Absolutely Rabbit, and Simply Venison are available as frozen patties & frozen morsels.
Their food toppers are known as Mixers (available in 3.5 oz, 9 oz, and 18 oz bags) and come in 4 different protein options: Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Tantalizing Turkey, Savory Salmon & Cod. They can also be served as a complete dinner, but should be rehydrated with a little warm water.
All of Stella & Chewy’s foods are manufactured in the USA, and their meats are sourced from North America, Australia, and New Zealand. All fruits and vegetables are certified organic, and sourced from North and South America as seasonally available. They don’t contain any grains, gluten, fillers, added hormones or antibiotics.
Please be aware of the fact that the homemade food brands mentioned above only made it on this list of recommendations because I have fed them, have been very satisfied with their products, and Missy & Buzz have done exceedingly well with everything they've had.