To make homemade dog food, place 6 cups of water, 1 pound of ground turkey, 2 cups of brown rice and a teaspoon of dried rosemary into a large Dutch oven. Use a fork to break up the ground meat, and bring it to a boil over high heat.
Simmer the mixture on low for about 20 minutes. Add frozen vegetables such as carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, and cook for an additional five minutes. Add a dash of olive oil or fish oil, remove from the heat, cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Ground beef or chicken may be substituted for turkey, and other vegetables that are safe for dogs can be added. Avoid using onions or excessive amounts of garlic.
Generally, a good recipe for dog food should contain high-quality protein, a fat source such as fish oil or olive oil, a fiber-containing carbohydrate such as sweet potatoes and a phytochemical source such as vegetables or fruit. A recipe that has been developed by an expert in dog nutrition can ensure that the end product is balanced and provides adequate nutrition. If your dog has certain health problems or is a puppy or a senior, it may require customized food with modifications to a basic recipe.
Dogs require high-quality protein and greater amounts of calcium and minerals than humans. A home-cooked diet should be supplemented with calcium as the foods may provide an inadequate amount. Cook all animal products thoroughly to kill potentially harmful bacteria. Well-cooked vegetables and grains are easier for dogs to digest. Be careful not to add foods that may be toxic such as grapes, raisins, chocolate or too much garlic.