DIY Homemade Dog Food!

Originally posted August 2013

DIY Homemade Dog FoodDIY Homemade Dog Food


We recently had a health scare with one of our dogs when our Pembroke Welsh Corgi was diagnosed with diabetes. We knew something was wrong when he started to lose weight, along with other symptoms.

Now, he’s on twice daily insulin and we have to test his blood glucose levels every day. Not fun for him or for us, but we are determined to do whatever is best for him. His vet originally prescribed a diet of Science Diet Prescription W/D Formula dry food and wet canned food for a total of 950 calories a day.

My husband researched the ingredients in the Science Diet dry formula and after consulting with our vet, we have decided to make our own dog food. This recipe is very high in protein and fiber and very low in carbohydrates. We add an all-natural vitamin supplement for dogs for added nutrients.

The recipe is simple to make and the ingredients are readily available in any grocery store. Each batch makes 6 one-cup servings and cost less than $1 a serving. Plus, there’s the added benefit of knowing exactly what is in my dog’s food.


DIY Homemade Dog Food

  • 1/2 cup dry Barley (Brown rice can be used instead — we decided on barley because of it’s lower glycemic index.)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package of frozen mixed vegetables (for our purposes, we avoided starchy veggies and corn and carrots and looked for mixes that included broccoli , cauliflower, and squash)
  • 16 – 20 oz Ground Turkey.


Add 1/2 cup of barley and 2 cups of water to a high sided pan. Using high heat, let cook for about 15 minutes.


DIY Homemade Dog Food

Add turkey to barley and break up with wooden spoon. Heat until turkey is no longer pink.

Place frozen vegetables in microwave and heat on high for 5-6 minutes to soften.

DIY Homemade Dog Food

Add vegetables to turkey mixture and use wooden spoon to break up vegetables into smaller pieces. Mix well.

We mix-in with 4-6 scoops of Nu-Pro All Natural Dog Supplement for added nutrients.

Store in glass container.  Makes 6 one-cup servings.

DIY Homemade Dog FoodDon’t confuse this with Thanksgiving stuffing!


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