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Recipes For Homemade Dog Food

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Homemade Grain Free Dog Food Recipe

7 ounces bison, cooked

1 cup peas, cooked
1 cup carrots, cooked
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
3 teaspoons Azestfor Vitamins

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2

Recipe Yield: This recipe will yield approximately 3 cups of food. Equating to 633 calories (Kcals) Approximately enough servings of food for one day for an 22 lb dog to maintain weight.

This homemade dog food recipe with vet approved ingredients bison, peas and carrots is a great choice for pet parents who are looking for a healthy and simple grain free diet for their dog. Bison when compared to beef is lower in both fat and calories and higher in protein. Ground bison is readily available in the frozen section in major supermarket chains. Make your own healthy grain free dog food with this recipe.


Step 1:

Cooking Bison meat for homemade dog food  

In a large skillet or pot place cubed or ground bison. Add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes or until bison is cooked.

Remove from heat. Drain excess liquid.

Step 2:

Add peas to Bison dog food

​Add fresh or frozen peas to the cooked meat. The heat will lightly cook the peas.

Step 3:

Cooking carrots for digestibility

Slice or dice the carrots to a bite size appropriate for your dog. Simmer the carrots in a little water until tender, until a fork can easily pierce them. Drain and let cool.

add sunflower oil to recipes for homemade dog food

Step 4:

Sunflower added as source of linoleic acid

Sunflower oil is added as a source of linoleic acid. If you would like a substitute oil you can add Wheat germ, Walnut or Corn oil in the amount of 1.2 teaspoons per 1 teaspoon.

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Step 5:

Add vitamins and minerals to grain free bison dog food  

When the meat, peas and carrots are cool to touch you can add the Azestfor nutritional supplements.

Heat destroys the potency of vitamins. If you are adding the Azestfor just before serving you would add 1 1/4 teaspoons Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins per 1 cup of homemade dog food.

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Instructional Cooking Video: Homemade Dog Food  

Is Grain Free Dog Food Bad For Dogs?

There was a news report that the FDA is investigating a link between grain free diets and heart conditions. The FDA focused their investigation on a possible lack of taurine but their findings have been inconclusive. They haven’t identified that a lack of taurine is the actual culprit, but it has been a common thread in some cases. Azestfor has taken a proactive approach and has added Taurine to the vitamin formulation.

Happy dog enjoying the good life

Is It Safe To Make Your Own Dog Food?

  1. Yes –choose a nutritionally complete and balanced dog food recipe. Azestfor has 24 recipes available.
  2. Practice basic food safety protocols – wash surfaces, knives and tools with hot soapy water.
  3. Use fresh ingredients, don’t use meat or produce that has turned meaning smells or looks bad.
  4. Store homemade dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days and one year in the freezer.
  5. Don’t leave food sitting out in a dog bowl. If the dog doesn’t eat their homemade dog food within fifteen minutes pick the food up and store it in the refrigerator. Presenting it again at the next scheduled feeding time.
Bison Peas Carrots

Can Dogs Eat Carbohydrates?

Yes – dogs are omnivores meaning they evolved with the ability to digest starches. This includes Pasta, Couscous, Bread, Quinoa, Beans, Chickpeas, Oats, Lentils, Rice – brown & white, Tapioca, Corn, Peas, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Carrots.

If your dog gets diarrhea from cereals such as wheat, barley, oats or rye your dog may suffer from an allergy to glutens.

Try switching to an alternative source of carbohydrates like potatoes or tapioca. Boiled white rice is the easiest of carbohydrates for dogs to digest.

Always make sure that the carbohydrate is thoroughly cooked to make the starches more digestible.

Otherwise they may start to ferment in the stomach and produce gas and diarrhea.

dog smiling in a field

Are Dogs Carnivores?

No dogs are not carnivores they are omnivores.

Dogs self-domesticated themselves

Dogs self-domesticated themselves

Over 11,000 years ago less aggressive and fearful wolves were able to approach early mans’ living areas and eat human waste.

Dogs are Omnivores

Dogs are Omnivores

Domestication made dogs look different with splotchy coats and floppy ears and it also affected them internally with their digestion allowing consumption of grains, dairy and cooked food.

Dogs Evolved in Parallel With Humans

Dogs Evolved in Parallel With Humans

Humans and dogs share digestive gene that is able to break down starches such as potatoes and rice. Dogs are able to eat both plant and meat based diets.


The recipe can be prepared in large batches and frozen. It will keep for up to a year in the freezer, or one week in the fridge. Freezing vitamins preserves their potency. I would recommend portioning the food into meal size servings before freezing it.

To defrost a frozen meal – put it in the fridge overnight

Feeding Guidelines

We suggest dividing the daily amount into two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening. Every dog’s nutritional requirements are a little bit different due to age & amount of exercise. If your dog is losing weight, increase food by 1/4 cup a day, if they are gaining weight reduce accordingly.

Weight of Dog

5 lbs to maintain weight 1 cup (6 oz) per day

10 lbs to maintain weight 1 1/2 cups (10 oz) per day

15 lbs to maintain weight 2 cups (13.75 oz) per day

20 lbs to maintain weight 2 3/4 cups (17 oz) per day

30 lbs to maintain weight 3 3/4 cups (23 oz) per day

40 lbs to maintain weight 4 1/2 cups (28.5 oz) per day

50 lbs to maintain weight 5 1/3 cups (34 oz) per day

60 lbs to maintain weight 6 cups (39 oz) per day

70 lbs to maintain weight 7 cups ( 43 oz) per day

80 lbs to maintain weight 7 3/4 cups (48 oz) per day

90 lbs to maintain weight 8 1/3 cups ( 52 oz) per day

Shopping Check list

Sunflower Oil
Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins
Freezer bags or other storage containers

Read Our Reviews!


  • Can you change the protein to duck and the carb to tapioca? will it still be balanced?

    Deborah Russell on

  • Is it recommended to store Azestfor vitamin/mineral supplement in the freezer?

    Gene Greenwald on

  • We rescued a standard poodle puppy about 3 months ago from a puppy mill. She had many issues, parasites, giardia, rashes, skin infection sores, covered in fleas, weepy eyes, ear infection, wounds on her feet. Of course, she was underweight with such bad diarrhea it was foamy and bloody. (sorry for being gross).  We are sure she was eating the cheapest dog food imaginable.

    With the help of our vet, who was kind in resolving so many of her issues, he recommended we focus on her diet. So we started with a few "premium " dog foods, but  her itchiness and diarrhea held on. We went to “special diet” canned food. It was expensive and guess what? still food allergies.

    Then I started researching all the garbage in even the most expensive (we are talking 5.00 per can) food and YUCK.

    With in one DAY of following the bison recipe, her eliminations firmed up. Her little tummy quite gurgling and she had no gas. We are a few weeks into the diet now and the itchiness has almost disappeared. The little red bumps all over her pink belly are gone. Her eyes are clear. 

    Thank you, SO much for all the wisdom you share on your site.  I have friends that think I’m silly for making the dog food, but it is worth it!


    Avalon Jenkins

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