Homemade Dog Food In A Crockpot

homemade dog food in a crockpot

In our house lives a very spoiled dog. He’s now 16 years old, and we know he can’t stay with us forever. So we want to make his remaining time as happy and as comfortable as possible.

Lately, he’s really come to appreciate a well-cooked meal. He greatly prefers people food over dog food. So we try to accommodate his discriminating tastes. He usually gets to eat a serving of whatever we’re making for dinner.

We eat mostly organic food. So, as long as the recipe doesn’t contain too much of what dogs can’t eat, such as onions and garlic, we figure it should be okay.

However, please check with your vet if you’re thinking of making any diet changes. Our dog does not have a sensitive stomach, so we’ve been able to get away with feeding him whatever we’re eating. Other dogs, apparently, are not so lucky. Even switching brands of dog food may upset their digestive system. Sudden and drastic changes could mean trouble.


Homemade Dog Food In a Crockpot


Crockpot cooking for dogs is very similar to cooking for people. However, there are some things that dogs shouldn’t eat. These include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Raisins

This may not be a complete list. If in doubt, check with your vet. Healthy foods for dogs include organic grass fed beef, organic chicken and various vegetables, such as sweet potatoes. Anything with chicken broth (minus all the bones) also seems to go over well. My own dog doesn’t like regular potatoes. But he loves sweet potatoes, broccoli and carrots. If you run out of ideas, there is a book called Crockpot Cooking For Dogs, which contains recipes that might appeal to your pet.


Crockpot Cooking For Dogs Book


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Dog Food in Crockpot


Although I love my dog, I don’t cook special meals for him in the crockpot. Instead, we feed him some of our regular family meals, as long as they don’t contain objectionable ingredients, which he can’t have.

Because I have nerve inflammation, I tend to cook gluten-free and dairy-free foods. These are seasoned with natural Himalayan salt, which contains many minerals our bodies need, in just the right proportions. I love this delicious pink salt, which, to me tastes better than table salt. Many alternative health practitioners believe chemically processed table salt is toxic. So, in our house, it’s Himalayan salt, for us and for our spoiled dog.


Make Your Own Dog Food In a Crockpot


Our dog absolutely loved the delicious gluten-free, milk-free beef stroganoff I made for the family last week. He loves to eat. But I’ve never seen him to so absolutely crazy over a meal. He had some of this in the late afternoon. Then he followed me around the house for hours. Usually, at his age, he takes a long nap later in the day. But not that day. He was up and around, looking for more stroganoff.

For years, I’ve been unable to eat beef stroganoff because it’s normally made with dairy products. I have chronic nerve inflammation, which seems to be partially triggered by dairy. So I was thrilled to come across a dairy-free stroganoff recipe that I found on Real Plans. This is a service I’m using right now to help me plan and cook healthy meals.

The stroganoff recipe it provided was absolutely delicious, and the healthy cream substitute tasted just like real cream.


For Additional Reading


Himalayan Salt For Dogs