Home Made Dog Chow

Home Made Dog Chow

I have 2 little rat terriers — Ruby and Lily.    Prior to them coming to our home, we had 2 more named Daisy and Monkey (Dixie).    Daisy and Monkey got diabetes as a result of eating dried chicken treats.  Turns out they were coated with what equates to anti-freeze and it killed their pancreas, giving them diabetes.

Ever since then we never feed our dogs commercial food or treats.    Since they are little dogs, they only require about 1/2 cup twice per day each of dog food, so we make our own.  This is one recipe we use for them.    My husband thinks it tastes like stew, especially when barley is used.

Dog Chow


  • 5 pounds Lean Hamburger or Ground Turkey
  • About 6 or 7 Carrots, washed and chopped
  • About 1 Cup frozen peas  (but omit for diabetic dogs)
  • About 1 Cup of either whole oats, rice, or barley – your choice – oats or brown rice are best if the dog is diabetic)
  • About 2 Cups Water  (do not use commercial broths as the contain onion and garlic powder as well as MSG)

In a large dutch oven, fry burger until browned.   Add water and vegetables.  Bring to a boil.  Add grains (rice, oatmeal or barley).   Simmer for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes until grains are cooked.

Cool on cookie sheet or plates until completely cooled.

Packed up into ziplock baggies and freeze.  Makes about 6-8 ziplock baggies, or about 2 weeks worth of food for 2 little dogs.

You can also make meat balls out of this mixture and bake instead of frying, by adding an egg to the mixture.   Bake at 375 degrees until beef is cooked.  (but if you bake them you will have to microwave the grains to cook them a little first).