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10 Homemade Weight Loss Dog Food Recipes

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Dieting is never fun, and that applies to dogs, too. But you can help your dog lose weight while still enjoying dinner! How? Try learning how to make healthy dog food at home. You’ll be able to control the ingredients and the calorie count while customizing the ingredients to your dog’s favorite foods.

Scroll down to find our favorite weight-loss dog food recipes!

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What Are the Best Ingredients for Dog Weight Loss?

If you’re trying to help your dog lose weight, the first thing you’ll want to do is talk to your veterinarian. Your vet can help you make sure you’re feeding your dog the right portion size and nutrients. You’ll want to take into account your pup’s size, age, and activity level before settling on a recipe.

The good news is that making weight-loss dog food at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive! Sticking to low-calorie ingredients like non-starchy vegetables and lean meats can help slim your dog down. Great lean meats include turkey, fish, and chicken, and inexpensive vegetables like carrots and cabbage provide excellent nutrition.

Ready to get started? Here are our favorite weight-loss dog food recipes:

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Top 10 Weight Loss Dog Food Recipes:

1. Carb-Free Dog Food Recipe

DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe
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Our first dog food recipe is fully carb-free, making it a great weight-loss diet. Combine chicken thighs with vegetables and an apple to make this low-calorie, dog-friendly food.

2. Chicken & Turkey Weight Loss Dog Food

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This dog food recipe uses lean meats like turkey and chicken, plus brown rice and your choice of vegetables. And don’t forget the breath-freshening parsley!

3. Adaptable Dog Food Recipe

Easy Healthy Homemade Dog Food
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This recipe—inspired by an adorable pug—is very easy to customize to your pup’s dietary needs. Choose your meat, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables to make your dog’s new favorite food!

4. Gourmet Dog Food

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Don’t let the lengthy ingredient list scare you off of this recipe! It comes together surprisingly quickly and offers plenty of nutrition for your dieting dog.

5. Turkey Noodle Dog Food

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Mix lean ground turkey and healthy vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli to create this macaroni-based dog food. Tasty and satisfying!

6. Chicken and Tuna Dog Food Recipes

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Dog Slim offers not one but two weight-loss dog food recipes. Choose between chicken and rice or tuna and potato options—or try them both!

7. 6-Ingredient Raw Dog Food

Eggshells provide extra nutrition in this incredibly easy dog food recipe. Because it’s raw, all you have to do is mix ingredients like chicken, cabbage, and apples!

8. Chicken & Potato Dog Food

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All you need for this recipe is chicken, potatoes, and dog-friendly vitamin supplements. It’s grain-free, inexpensive, and great for weight loss.

9. Chicken or Fish Dog Food

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Chicken or fish? You get to choose with this simple weight-loss dog food recipe, which also includes healthy veggies like celery, zucchini, and string beans.

10. Turkey & Brown Rice Dog Food

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Brown rice, low-fat turkey, and an array of vegetables come together to make healthy, low-calorie dog food that still offers plenty of flavors!

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We hope that these 10 recipes will teach you how to make weight-loss dog food to help keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Being overweight can be hard on your pup’s joints and overall health, so it’s important to stick to a good diet. These weight-loss dog food recipes should do the trick!

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