How to Make Homemade Pet Food and Treats

Make your own nutritious dog and cat food and treats from ingredients you trust. Get ready, tails will wag! And furry friends will purr with pleasure.

Liver Lickers Dog Treats

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Of course, before making serious changes to your animal’s diet, talk to your pet’s veterinarian.

Dog Food Recipes

In general, dog food should comprise 1/3 protein (from meat, eggs, or dairy products) and 2/3 grains and vegetables.

Lucky and Rippy’s Favorite Dog Food

“This recipe has been reviewed by my vet and approved,” says LUVSNOW17, the recipe submitter. This is a great healthy recipe for dogs and can be cut in half for smaller dogs. Combined with a kibble this recipe lasts about 4-5 days for 2 large Golden retrievers. Be sure that your vegetable mix contains no garlic or onions!”

Lucy’s Recuperation Food

“I have a golden retriever that eats everything! She often gets into things she is not supposed to,” says Trisha Brummer, the recipe submitter. “When she does, it makes her sick, so I feed her this for a couple of days, until her stomach settles. It is easy on the stomach, but nutritious and filling. If ever your pet is feeling a little under the weather, I recommend this.”

Homemade Dog Food

This healthy homemade dog food combines ground turkey, brown rice, and vegetables. Serve it straight up or add a little to your dog’s kibble.


See our collection of pet food recipes.

Dog Treat Recipes

Liver Lickers Dog Treats

These nutritious treats treats are made with liver baby food, an egg, powdered milk, and wheat germ. Store them in airtight containers.

Super Simple Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Dogs go wild for these homemade treats. And dog owners can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in them. Sweet potato, whole wheat flour, eggs, and unsweetened applesauce.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits

See how to make these simple dog treats.


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Cat-Approved Recipes

Cats are pure carnivores, and therefore require more protein than dogs. Cat foods should be at least half meat, eggs, or dairy products and half grains and vegetables.

Kitty Tuna Dreams

Cats crave these tasty homemade cat treats starring canned tuna fish. With no artificial flavors, additives, or other funny stuff in them, they’re just real food for your furry feline friends.

Pet Cookies

This treat is recommended for both cats and dogs. It combines chicken baby food with wheat germ and a little water.

Kitty Kisses Cat Treats

The secret ingredient here is catnip! “A special treat for the special feline friend in your life,” says Kerrie, the recipe submitter. “These little kisses will surely make them happy.”


Ingredients to Avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Garlic (raw, cooked, and powdered)
  • Yeast dough

And of course items like coffee grounds, tea, and alcohol should be kept away from pets. For more information, please see the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website.