Delicious Dog Food Recipes For Small Dogs

My little Molly!

My Story

People are becoming much more aware of the hidden dangers that come in store bought dog food these days. I am definitely one of them. How I started my journey into making my own dog food is because my new three year old Llasah Poo would not eat anything. Well she did fill up on the cat food when we were not looking. Like so many people we have a small budget and I always bought the best food that I could that was the cheapest price. One day I was visiting a friend who works with animals on a regular basis and I asked her if the brand I was trying to feed my dog was ok. The ingredients did not seem like there was anything I should not be feeding her. My friend let me know that, that kind of food was the worst food I could feed her. I felt so bad. She explained to me that it had red dyes in it, and ground chicken meal, as well as a lot of fillers. No wonder why my new little dog did not like it. She could probably smell all the bad ingredients in it. So after that I went shopping and bought a holistic brand that was a good price. I was very excited to get home and let her try out the new healthier food. She did not eat it! I was not about to go out and spend $50 on vet food (no offense). There was no way I could spend that much just to feed my dog, with a family and house hold to take care of, so I started researching how to make my own tasty dog food.

Meat Loaf

The first recipe I tried was a meat loaf. There was a huge sale on ground meat at the grocery store that week so of I went. This recipe is very easy and consists of only meat and veggies.


  • 3 quarter cups of grated veggies (sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, zucchini)
  • 2lbs of ground beef (the leaner the better)
  • 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • half cup of cottage cheese
  • ground up flax seeds


*You do not have to use all the veggies that are mentioned. I only used what I already had at home which was 1 sweet potato, half a carrot and some broccoli.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Lightly butter two meat loaf pans and place ingrients in the pans. Bake in the oven for 20 to 24 minutes.

*Remember in the wild dogs eat raw meat. You don't have to fully cook the meat. I cooked it for 20 minutes and the meat was just slightly undercooked and the veggies were cooked, but a little crunchy still.

I sectioned it out into 24 portioned size pieces. I placed waxed paper in between each piece, stuck them into a large zip lock bag and placed in the freezer. I take out three or four days worth and put it in the fridge so it's ready for my little lady every morning. She loves it and so do I because I know what's in it. This meal for the next 24 days only cost me $6.86!

Mix all ingredients together
Mix all ingredients together
Place in meatloaf glassware
Place in meatloaf glassware
Cut up and place wax paper in between slices then place in a freezer ziplock bag and store in freezer.
Cut up and place wax paper in between slices then place in a freezer ziplock bag and store in freezer.

Chicken and Veggies

This one is as simple as the title. It is just chicken and veggies.


  • lean chicken breast
  • mixed veggies (broccoli, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini)
  • Brown rice if desired


Preheat oven to 350 F and cook chicken breast (do not add any salt or seasoning). Cut up veggies and steam until cooked, but still a little crunchy. After chicken is cooked, chop up into bite size pieces, mix in with the veggies, but make sure there is more meat then veggies) and feed the correct portion for your dog. Save the rest for another day.

What is a good portion size

To find out what to feed your dog daily follow this simple formula.

Weight of your dog x 16 oz = _______

Take that number and x by .02 to find out the minimum daily amount or x by .03 to find the maximum daily amount.

For example: If your dog's weight was 11lbs the formula would look like this

11 x 16 oz = 176

176 x .02 = 3.52 oz min daily

176 x .03 = 5.28 oz max daily

The 10 Most Toxic Foods For Dogs

Keep your dog away from these 10 toxic foods.
Keep your dog away from these 10 toxic foods.

*What You NEED To Know About Feeding Your Furry Friend

While feeding your little buddy these simple recipes there are a couple more nutrients they need to have throughout the day.

To give my dog more calcium and omega oils I feed her one whole or half a sardine (depends on the size) a day.

*Important: Make sure to get canned sardines that are in spring water, NO oils or spices.

When feeding your dog please remember that they need all natural food. No oils, spices, white flour, sugar, sodium or processes food of all kinds! These have been linked with cancer in dogs.

Foods that should be avoided are:

  • avocados
  • grapes and raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • walnuts
  • tomatoes
  • chocolate
  • fruit pits and seeds
  • un-cooked spinach
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • alcohol
  • soy and cooking oils

Please always check with your vet if you are not sure about something.If your dog eats anything that is mentioned above in a very large quantity it's always a good idea to call your vet right away.

My little Molly has been great eating the two recipes above. Just watch your dog. If bloating and gas occurs usually it's the broccoli.

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Comments 9 comments

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Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

I have cats and have tried some of the fancier vet/pet store recommended foods but they turn up their little noses and swish their tails. Have you found any cat food recipes...?

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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I got a persian cat who loves boiled chicken breast and chicken liver. I give her these as a treat. Her main dish is tuna, either canned or in granules. Fresh milk is given every other day. The 3 shih tzu's are her 'toys', I am considered as the 'friend' and my husband as the 'enemy'. She seems contented with her world.

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healthyliving10 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello! I also have two cats and have thought about making them food as well. I will do some research and make another hubpage just for kitty's.

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healthyliving10 4 years ago from Canada Author

lol! Thanks for the comment. I actually have two cats as well and would like to start researching how to make food for them. Thanks for the tips, do you know if beef liver is just as good as chicken liver?

Yarelis.V 3 years ago

Thank you sooo much for posting this! My Shih-tzu dog, Joy, has been refusing to eat since yesterday and I was so worried. I found your recipe for Chicken and Veggies and me and my mom went straight to work. We set the food in a bowl, put it on the floor and he just gobbled it up! (With the exception of a few broccoli) He loved it and afterwards, he looked so happy! Thank you again! I hope you post more dog food recipes!

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