EmBARKing on Healthy Eating for Your Pet

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

We try to spend time on good nutrition and healthy eating for ourselves, and it is just as important we spend time on those things for our canine family members.  

I recently noticed that my dog was having issues with her potty sessions, and she was just getting a little lethargic. A friend told me about the homemade dog food she makes for her dogs that incorporates dry food with wet, and how much they love it! 

Cassidy has always been a picky eater and not a fan of dry food, which is necessary for her health, but I decided to give the recipe a try. She loves it, eats every drop, is having much healthier and successful potty sessions and is feeling much better.  I will never buy another can of dog food again.  

Here you go: 

  • 2 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bag Frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1 can/box Unsalted chicken broth or stock
  1. Bake the chicken at 425° until fully cooked (about 20-25 minutes and when thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 160°-165°). I use a small amount of olive oil on the pan to avoid sticking or burning (added bonus, olive oil helps fur stay healthy and shiny). 
  2. Use your food processor to chop the chicken or cut it by hand into very small pieces.
  3. Cook the sweet potato until it is cooked but still firm; remove skin. Cut into small doggie-sized bites.
  4. In a container add cooled chicken, frozen veggies, cooled sweet potato, and some chicken broth. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.
  5. When serving, I put her dry food in the bottom of her bowl, add some chicken broth and the chicken mixture, mix it all together and serve with love.

Depending on the size of your dog, this should last about a week. (Cassidy is 20 pounds and she eats it twice a day with about ¼ to ½ cup per serving).  There are many other versions of DIY dog food online so you can change things up between chicken/beef and other proteins.

Now you can sit back and get ready for some thank you tail wagging and kisses. It’s nice knowing your fur-kid is eating healthy yummy food and getting the nutrients they need naturally.

Bone Appetit!