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DIY homemade raw dog food featuring raw hearts, green tripe, gullet and smelts

Homemade Raw Dog Food

Ready to learn how to make DIY homemade raw dog food?

As in complete raw dog food, not just a chicken leg quarter with beef liver and chopped carrots.

That’s BS raw dog food because it’s super incomplete.

It’s more along the lines of this DIY raw dog food recipe:

  • 5 lbs ground chicken or beef
  • 3 lbs beef green tripe, goat green tripe or lamb green tripe (affiliate links, use K9Savings for 15% off)
  • 1.4 lbs sardines (canned in water or raw) or Atlantic salmon
  • 1.4 lb plant matter mix (puréed spinach, pumpkin purée, apple, blueberries, chia seeds, ground & soaked almonds)
  • 1.8 lb rabbit heads or duck heads
  • 11 oz calf liver
  • 11 oz beef kidney (affiliate link, use K9Savings for 15% off)

This will last a healthy, 40 lb adult dog who exercises moderately about 14 days (feed about 3oz daily for every 10lb of dog weight).

Here, dog owners like yourself will get tons of resources that cover everything you need for making your own raw dog food.

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Benefits of Homemade Raw Dog Food

The main benefit of raw dog food meal prep for dogs and homemade raw dog food is that it’s CHEAPER than buying expensive premade, manufactured raw meals!

Premade raw dog food is a great option when price isn’t a concern or when you’re feeding small breeds who don’t eat a lot of raw dog food due to their size.

However, their convenience factor gets expensive very quickly when you’re feeding several, especially larger, dogs.

Homemade raw dog food is the cheapest raw dog food.

That’s because you can easily save hundreds of dollars every month by cutting out the convenience factor of commercial raw dog food, pun intended!

Homemade raw dog food in a stainless steel dog bowl

The savings can grow exponentially if you’re able to take advantage of raw meat sales and have the freezer space to buy raw cuts of meat in bulk.

Below you’ll find helpful resources that teach you how to come up with your own DIY raw dog food recipes that cover all sorts of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Raw dog food recipe ideas
  • Raw dog food for cancer patients
  • Which protein sources you can use
  • Knowing how much of what to feed
  • What foods can safely be eaten raw
  • Getting the right raw dog food formula
  • How to prepare and store raw dog food
  • How much raw dog food to feed a puppy
  • Determining the amount of bone to feed
  • What DIY raw dog food needs to consist of
  • How to measure percentages in raw feeding
  • Tricks and hacks for raw dog food meal prep
  • Getting your picky eater to actually eat raw food
  • How to add enough bone content to boneless meat
  • Getting the correct portions of organs to meat to bone
  • Finding places to buy ingredients, including organ meat
  • Where to even start when making your own raw dog food
  • How to include kibble into raw feeding if money is tight at the moment
  • Where to get enough variety ingredients for your homemade raw dog food
  • Finding meaty bones besides chicken feet and turkey necks
  • ..and so much more!

So regardless of whether you’re new to this all or you’re just looking for some extra raw dog food recipe inspiration, you’ll be sure to find something on my blog!

Raw Dog Food For Beginners

This section is for you, future raw feeder!

Here’s where you’ll get an overview of what raw dog food consists of and how to transition your dog from dry food to raw dog food.

If you haven’t joined the K9sOverCoffee newsletter yet, I suggest you do!

It comes with access to a free condensed checklist and how-to-guide to get you started on feeding raw dog food.

Balanced raw dog food consists of 4 main components, one optional. Learn all about them, including BARF and PMR raw dog food.

My quick start guide to raw dog food explains what the gentle hybrid method is and how it can help you make the switch to raw.

Learn how to raw meal prep for dogs and how to make raw dog food in bulk! It’s easy and cheaper than store-bought raw dog food.

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl is an all-natural, dehydrated veggie pre-mix that’s added to raw or cooked meat and oil. It makes homemade dog food super easy!

Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm dog food is a mix of dehydrated low-carb veggies & herbs. It’s used with cooked or raw meat and oils. Click for unique recipes!

How Much Raw Dog Food Per Day?

Here’s where you’ll learn all about the raw dog food quantity for your dog.

Note that raw feeding puppies is different from raw feeding adult dogs because they still have to grow into their adult bodies.

Also, always use your dog’s TARGET body weight to do your raw dog food calculations with!

That’s your dog’s ideal, non-overweight, body weight.

In this math raw dog food ebook, you’ll get worksheets and pre-calculated raw feeding charts for adult dogs and puppies (BARF & PMR). Also covers bone to meat ratios on RMBs.

How much raw dog food your dog needs depends on 3 factors. Here’s how to calculate raw dog food portions (no worksheets).

Percentages in raw feeding like 80/10/10 or 70/10/5/5 are important if you make DIY raw meals. Also: 2-4% of target body weight per day.

Raw dog food for sporting dogs and working dogs differs from the raw food that moderately active and active dogs eat. Here’s how.

Here’s how to figure out what else you need raw dog food ingredient-wise if you have x lbs of muscle meat.

In this blog post, you’ll learn all about raw dog food for puppies including a free raw dog food recipe, shopping lists and a discount code.

Learn how to feed your small dog raw dog food here! I suggest specific brands and also offer advice on making homemade raw dog food.

Organ Meat vs Muscle Meat

Organ meats are an important component in raw dog food.

That said, they’re split up into muscular organs, which belong to what’s known as “muscle meat” in raw feeding, and secreting organs.

The following overview lists popular options for both and everything you need to know about them.

Muscle Meat

Muscle meat is the main component in raw dog food.

Here’s where you’ll learn about different ones, including heart, gizzards, and lung as well as where to source them.

Raw hearts for dogs are important in raw feeding. Learn about different nutrients in hearts from different animals, how much to feed & more.

Gizzards for dogs are a nutritious cut of meat that’s unique to specific animals. Learn how (much) to feed, where to buy gizzards & more!

Green tripe for dogs is an exceptionally nutritional cut of meat. Learn where to buy, how much to feed & more!

Raw lung for dogs is fed as a specific organ meat in raw feeding. Learn where to buy individual cuts of lung as well as premade blends that use lung in their recipe!

Raw trachea for dogs is fed as part of a specific category in raw feeding. I’s great for dog joint health and strengthens your dog’s trachea.

Beef oxlips for dogs are fed as muscle meat in raw dog food. They’re an odd looking cut of meat with spikes on the front and a clear back.

Raw pork uterus is fed as muscle meat in raw feeding. Its somewhat slimy consistency is why some dogs like it better partially frozen.

Organ meat for dogs is essential in raw feeding, especially for homemade raw dog food. This organ meat recipe is easy to make and nutritious!

(Secreting) Organs

I dedicated this section to a small but mighty component of homemade raw dog food – secreting organ meats!

You’ll learn about the individual ones as well as how they compliment each another.

Spoiler alert: Secreting organs work as your dog’s natural multivitamins in raw feeding.

Raw ORGAN MEAT for dogs from Raw Feeding Miami

Liver for dogs is a natural multivitamin and an essential part of raw feeding that many people underestimate. Learn all about it here.

Raw kidneys for dogs are an important puzzle piece in raw feeding. Learn why & how feeding amounts differ between adult dogs & puppies.

Spleen for dogs is rich in a variety of nutrients which makes it a natural multivitamin and an essential component in raw feeding.

Raw beef eyeballs for dogs are a great secreting organ to add to homemade raw dog food. Learn where to buy and how to feed them in my FREE recipe!

Learn why raw brains for dogs are safe to feed, in what amounts you can add them to raw dog food, as well as where to source them.

Raw pancreas for dogs is a preventative whole food for healthy dogs. It helps with pancreatic insufficiencies like pancreatitis, EPI, SID or IBD.

Testicles for raw dog food are great to round out a raw diet and provide nutrient variety. Use as a second secreting organ in DIY raw dog food.

Check out this hack I found to store my secreting organ mixes in! It makes it super easy to use them, especially for raw dog food meal prep.

Raw Meaty Bones (RMBs)

RMBs are another smaller part of raw dog food, but an essential one!

Here’s where you’ll learn all about this particular cut of meat, including how to safely feed and where to source.

And yes, you’ll find feeding videos, too!

Click here to learn all about the medicinal benefits of feeding raw meaty bones.

How To’s

Learn how to determine the amount of bones to feed your dog in DIY raw dog food.

It’s important to follow a few safety guidelines of do’s and don’ts when feeding raw meaty bones.

Raw Meaty Bones with Dr. Lonsdale & Dr. Clarke-Williams

Individual RMBs

Raw rabbit heads are hypoallergenic raw meaty bones that are fully edible. They consist mostly of bone but also have some muscle meat on them.

Raw duck heads for dogs are known as cooling raw meaty bones that help clean dog teeth and exercise their jaws.

Chicken bones for dogs have a bad reputation, but they can actually be a great addition to your dog’s diet as long as they’re fed THIS way!

Raw chicken feet are fed as raw meaty bones in raw feeding! Learn how many chicken feet your dog can have, where to buy them & more.

Looking for a hypoallergenic, lean raw meaty bone alternative for chicken feet & turkey necks? Raw frog legs are it!

Raw duck frames are large raw meaty bones that are fully edible. Use them chunked or whole!

Turkey necks for dogs are raw meaty bones that are easy to feed & digest, clean teeth & support healthy joints.

Raw duck wings are a nutritious cut of meat with lots of benefits. Here’s how to feed them, what to combine them with & more.

So, can dogs actually eat raw pig feet? Plus, we’re looking at the break down of bone vs meat ratio in pig trotters.

Pig tail bones are a raw meaty bone for dogs with a specific bone:meat ratio. That said, let’s look at how to include them in raw feeding.

Fish In Raw Dog Food

Make sure to include fish in your homemade raw dog food recipes!

Specifically oily fish like the kind I mention in this section.

Here’s where you’ll learn about different fish options along with how to feed, where to source, and more.

Raw fish is an important add-on to raw dog food. It has many health benefits and can be fed several different ways.

For dogs, it’s safe to eat raw salmon heads, but don’t feed raw salmon from the Pacific without freezing to avoid salmon poisoning disease.

Learn about the difference between mackerel and herring in raw dog food. Discover their benefits, nutritional values, and where to buy.

Find out where to buy green lipped mussels for dogs, their health benefits, when not to feed them and alternatives for dogs with shellfish allergies.

I answer the question “Can I feed my dog tuna?” as well as how much to feed, fish alternatives, a recipe, and where to save on fish.

Whole raw fish for dogs is one way of feeding fish to dogs. Here’s the benefits of feeding raw fish whole and why it’s perfectly safe.

Protein Rotation In Raw Feeding

Once you start reading my blog posts and ebooks, you’ll notice that I place an emphasis on protein rotation when you make raw dog food.

That means that you should include meat from as many different animals as possible in your raw meals.

Here’s where you’ll learn about your different options, with an entire blog post dedicated to one specific protein source.

Poultry

Raw chicken for dogs is safe to feed, even select chicken from the grocery store. Learn how to prepare it, which cuts to use and more!

Find out where to buy raw duck for dogs as well as freeze-dried duck dog food when you’re traveling + recipe ideas for duck raw dog food!

Raw turkey for dogs is a lean protein that’s chock-full of vital minerals and vitamins! Save on raw turkey dog food with my 15% OFF code.

Raw goose for dogs is high in protein and several minerals & vitamins. This blog covers benefits, nutrient tables and sourcing options.

Raw quail for dogs is a lean protein alternative for dogs with certain food sensitivities. Get quail dog food recipe inspiration & more!

Beef, Lamb, Goat, Rabbit, Pork

Feeding raw beef dog food can be as easy as ordering premade raw meals. Or make your own raw beef dog food – I have resources for both!

How good is lamb for raw dog food? We’ll look at the benefits, cons, which cuts of lamb to feed and where to buy them.

Raw dog food with goat is great for dogs with allergies to common protein sources like beef and chicken.

Raw goat heads are not a typical cut of meat for raw feeders. Here’s what to expect and how they differ from rabbit & poultry heads.

Find out where to source rabbit for your raw dog food, what’s in it, why it’s good and get tips for picky eaters!

After Drs Tom Lonsdale & James Clarke-Williams suggested I include whole prey rabbit in my raw dog food, I finally did. Here’s what to expect.

Pork raw dog food is a cooling protein source for dogs with food allergies. Learn why it’s safe to feed along with a raw dog food recipe idea.

More Exotic Proteins

I’ve been making my own raw dog food since 2016 and today I’m sharing how to feed your dog wild raw venison, along with a recipe!

Raw beaver for dogs is a hypoallergenic protein source that’s great for raw-fed dogs with allergies. Learn where to source it in the US & more!

Plant Matter, Add Ons & Whole Food Supplements In Raw Feeding

Plant matter like vegetables, herbs, fruit, nuts and seeds can close nutritional holes in raw dog food.

Especially if you’re not able to rotate your protein sources on a regular basis!

Here’s where you’ll learn about how to add these ingredients in homemade raw dog food, including how to prepare them properly so that dogs can absorb their nutrients.

My Tip Of The Week: Pureeing Veggies/Fruit For Ultimate Nutrient Absorption

Plant Matter for Dogs

Vegetables in raw dog food are important if you omit certain cuts of raw meat. You can either add your own or buy pre-made raw with veggies.

Raw pineapple is a great food topper for dogs as long as it’s fed a certain way. But avoid store-bought, canned pineapple because of the added sugar.

Learn how to feed seeds and nuts for dogs the safe way, as well as which ones are jam packed with nutrients like Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids!

Raw Dog Food Add Ons

Raw duck eggs are a great alternative for dogs with chicken allergies! Bonus: They’re higher in protein, iron, Vitamin D & Omega-3s.

It’s important to add fur to raw dog food, especially when you make your own without any plant matter. Here’s where to source fur.

Whole Food Supplements for Dogs

Natural antioxidants for dogs have many benefits! Thankfully, many are easy to source and feed. Bonus: They make great dog food toppers!

Turmeric Golden Paste is a super supplement for dogs because of its many benefits. It’s easy & quick to make at home, or you can buy it premade.

Bone broth for dogs is a favorite supplement in our pack because it’s an immune system booster, great for joint health, and easy to digest!

Did you know that garlic for dogs is perfectly safe when it’s fed in moderation? It has anti-microbial, bacterial, & cancer benefits. It also helps prevent fleas!

Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is a natural cleanser & detoxifier for dogs and humans. It’s also a natural insecticide for ants & spiders.

Eggshell powder for dogs is great for boneless DIY raw dog food. Learn how to make your own calcium powder for dogs with an easy recipe.

Kelp for dogs is a seaweed that’s a powerful whole food nutritional supplement for dogs and cats! Grab kelp powder for dogs for 15% off here.

Phytoplankton for dogs is a nutrient rich whole food you can top your dog’s (raw) dog food off with. Learn more about its benefits, how it compares to kelp and where to buy.

Raw Food Diet Recipes For Dogs

Here’s where you’ll find several DIY raw dog food recipes – both free ones as well as raw diet recipes for dogs in e-books from my shop!

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe with Rabbit + Raw Feeding Video

Here’s a FREE BARF raw food recipe for dogs you can DIY at home. It features 9 different ingredients, but no chicken and no grains.

This raw dog food recipe follows the prey model approach and consists of 80% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bone and 10% secreting organs.

This easy raw food diet for dogs is an example meal of what my Feist mix Wally eats. He gets 2 daily meals & needs around 16oz of food per day.

This easy raw dog food recipe for Boxers consists of 6 different ingredients that are fairly easy to source (and yes, other dog breeds can have it, too!).

You’ll find two raw dog food diet recipes featuring kelp in this blog post. One is a complete raw meal for dogs with kelp added, and the other one is a DIY raw dog food recipe created from scratch.

This blog post includes two barf dog recipes using Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. That’s a mix of dehydrated low-carb veggies & herbs, which works great to make barf raw food recipes.

Here’s 7 options for low cost raw dog food and how to prepare it. Follow my tips to score deals and nourish your pup with everything they need to thrive!

Tips & Hacks For DIY Raw Dog Food

Here's where you'll find helpful resources for DIY raw dog food that I've picked up during my own raw feeding journey.

From how to save money in raw feeding to choosing the right freezer and inventorying your raw dog food ingredients, happy hacking!

Raw Dog Food Money Saving Tips

I’ve been feeding my pups raw since 2015 and have learned how to keep raw dog food affordable. Check out my tips and promo codes here!

I’m sharing 7 options for low cost raw dog food and how to prepare it. Follow my tips to score deals and nourish your pup with everything they need to thrive!

Smart DIY Raw Feeding Tools

What size freezer for raw dog food you invest in depends on a few variables, but one thing’s clear: Freezer space makes raw dog food affordable.

Peek into my 3 raw dog food freezer set ups to get chest freezer organization ideas, storage tips for upright freezers, small freezers & more!

These FREE raw dog food inventory sheets help you plan your raw meals! They’re great to see what’s in your freezer and pantry without opening them.

Discover the best cutting boards for raw dog food meal prep! I point out durable, hygienic options that are easy to clean.

Learn how to raw meal prep for dogs and how to make raw dog food in bulk! It’s easy and cheaper than commercial raw dog food.

Easy-to-clean surfaces for raw dog food are important because raw feeding can get messy. Here are 6 tried-and-true surfaces for raw feeding.

Common Problems & Solutions

Yes, there's a learning curve with raw feeding.

So here's where I compiled solutions for the most common raw feeding problems I've encountered myself over the years.

Digestive Issues

Learn about the causes of hunger pukes, aka vomiting foamy yellow stuff, and how to prevent/treat acute cases of yellow bile puke.

There are 3 great solutions to prevent regurgitation in raw-fed dogs, and the third one worked for my pup!

Help your raw-fed dog express and support glands naturally with raw meaty bones as part of their raw diet.

If your dog is constipated on a raw diet, you’re probably feeding too much bone. Here's how to help them poop easier.

Looking for foods that settle your dog’s stomach? I’ve had success with these 3 in my own raw-fed dogs, as well as in my kibble-fed client dogs.

Raw Feeding Challenges

There are specific reasons why your dog doesn’t eat his raw dog food (anymore). Find out why, hacks to fix the problem, and alternatives!

I started using dog slow feeders to stop my pup from inhaling his food. My 7 favorite ones all work and are dishwasher safe.

Today I’m sharing expert tips on how to properly feed raw dog food for weight loss. Spoiler alert: Feeding amounts matter!

Here are a few hacks that let you balance homemade raw dog food more easily. They include a beginner approach and a more advanced one.

Cleaning Hacks

Raw dog food clean up is necessary but can be quite annoying! Here are 5 approaches for anyone looking for a clean up break.

Wondering how to feed raw dog food without the mess? It’s fairly easy and only requires a few rules and smart raw feeding tools!

Vet Talk & Myths

Talk to your anti-raw vet from a position of knowledge! That includes sharing hard facts, expert resources and real raw dog food recipes you feed.

When someone asks me "Are raw-fed dogs aggressive?", my short answer is "no". My longer answer dives into the reasons for food aggression.

Did you know that pet food fraud is likely a thing? Here’s how you can help make a difference in the health of our dogs, cats, and ferrets.

Discover vets who endorse raw dog food to help improve your pup’s health. Includes links to expert insights on dog nutrition.

Raw Dog Food For Allergies

Sigh, dog allergies are annoying and can be tricky to get rid of.

So in this section, you'll find approaches that have worked for me along with raw dog food recipe suggestions for dogs with skin allergies like my own pup.

Pet Medella’s Bioenergetic Scan helped me find out what my Boxer mix Missy doesn’t do well with. It’s a holistic test for allergies and sensitivities.

This controversial dog food allergy test identified 21 types of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and grains my Feist mix is allergic to. No more scratching for us!

10 homemade raw dog food recipes for dogs with allergies #1: Bone-in rabbit, herring, low -carb veggie & herb mix.

An elimination diet for dogs is an alternative for dog allergy tests. Here’s what it is and how to use it to determine food sensitivities.

Miscellaneous

You'll find a little bit of this and a little bit of that in this section!

For example, raw dog food related book reviews, guest posts, specific feeding challenges, as well as dog treat recipes.

Give Your Dog A Bone” is a book on raw dog food that offers valuable advice on 313 pages and is available on Amazon.

Raw feeding Dalmatians is tricky because of their purine intolerance. But it IS possible! Learn how to feed Dals raw here along with resources.

10 months into using the Animal Diet Formulator, here’s my video tour of the ingredient comparison & raw dog food recipe formulation area.

In this guest blog post, Lizzy Meyer shares her approach to feeding 3 pups raw dog food and what it means to be a flexible fresh food feeder.

I asked several long-time raw feeders to share their #1 piece of advice with new raw feeders, and here’s what they said.

You can easily improve your homemade pumpkin puree for dogs by adding this simple health booster. It’s also great for picky eaters!

Homemade dehydrated dog treats are single-ingredient, healthy and easy to make. That makes them pawfect for raw-fed dogs.

Additional Resources For Your Raw Feeding Journey

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