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Recipe: Beef Stew for Dogs

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homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueEveryone loves stew in the winter, including your dog! Here is another recipe for homemade dog food, which can be a good alternative to canned dog food. This is an easy recipe and makes about 4 cups of dog food.

Please read our post and nutrition guide about cooking for your pet before you start making any homemade dog food recipe.

Shopping list

  • 1 lb of beef stew meat
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, diced
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water or organic vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying

You do not need to peel your carrots or potatoes unless you want to. The skins are good for you dog. I would recommend trimming the ends of your green beans if your are using fresh. The stems don’t cook very well.

  1. Dice the sweet potato. Boil the sweet potato for about 2-4 minutes. You want it to be firm but tender.
  2. Chop the stew meat so the pieces are about the size of a nickel.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan. Add the stew meat and cook for 10-15 minutes until fully cooked (well-done). Save the drippings.
  4. Put your meat drippings over medium heat. Add the flour and water to the meat drippings to create a thick gravy.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients to the gravy pan and stir to coat all the ingredients.
  6. Cook until your carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve cool

You can store this in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this recipe.

Always check with your Albuquerque veterinarian about your pet’s dietary needs before making your own dog food.

BARF is the Dog Equivalent of a Palieo Diet

BARF diet for pets

BARF diet for petsBARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. This is a new diet trend in dog food. The idea is that you feed your dog raw meats, grains and vegetables as they would have millions of years ago. This is very similar to the idea of the Paleo Diet, which is to eat as our ancestors did before the age of metal. It is also similar to the raw food diet that many people have started doing.

This diet plan is not recommended. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is not on board with BARF. Citing a number of studies, the AVMA’s policy discourages feeding raw or undercooked animal proteins as they contain potentially deadly pathogens that not only can sicken your pet but also can be transmitted to humans.

If you are wanting to put your dog on BARF, please consult your veterinarian about the risks and learn the signs and symptoms of potential illness associated with this diet.

Vetco will be posting many homemade dog food recipes in the coming future, but we recommend that you thoroughly cook all foods you give to your dog.

Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal

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Our patients ask us all the time about what kind of food they should feed their pets. One of the topics that comes up is should they make the food themselves. That can be a great idea but finding recipes is not always easy. We are going to start sharing dog food recipes you can make at home. Always remember to consult your Albuquerque vet about food restrictions. You don’t want to make your dog sick accidentally. If you have fed your dog any food that is causing them to vomit, have diarrhea, become lethargic, or any other strange symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

dog food Albuquerque vetThis dog food recipe takes about 10 minutes to make and can be frozen to save for later.


  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 ½ cups chopped carrots
  • ½ cup frozen peas

Total: Makes about 11 cups


  1. Add all ingredients into a crockpot
  2. Stir in 4 cups of water.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours (high heat for half the time)
  4. Stir in all ingredients with 4 cups of water in a crockpot.
  5. Serve when cooled.

Whatever you don’t serve to your dog, divide into single servings and freeze to use for later.

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