Home cooked, Grain Friendly Food toppings for Healthy Dogs or Cats

Whole Food Toppings - General Recipe, for healthy dogs and cats:


Recipe Feeding Guidelines:

The goal is to add whole food to your pet's regular food in order to broaden their nutrient intake. Use the chart below to see what amount of toppings we recommend based on your pet's weight. Then, feed the rest of the calories in your pet's regular (formulated) food.

To calculate an estimate of total calories to feed your pet daily, you can use this formula:

{Body Weight (lbs) X 15} + 70 = base energy requirement (total kcal per day)


You may need to adjust total kcal per day based on activity level and metabolism, but this is a good starting point.


Please feed toppings according to the following guidelines:

0-10 pounds –1/8c (21 kcals)

11-35 pounds –1/4c (42kcals)

36-60 pounds –1/2c (83 kcals)

61-100 pounds –1c (166 kcals)


Total Kcal fed per day = Food Topping Calories + Formulated Food Calories


Recipe Ingredients:

Turkey, ground, 15% fat or less– 1 lb (450 g)

Jasmine Rice - 1/2c dry rice cooked in 1 ½ c water to yield 2 cups Jamine Rice

Carrots and/or cauliflower, chopped - 1 lb (450 g) total

Ginger, Ground - 2 tsp.

Sea Salt - 2 tsp.

This recipe yields approximately 8 cups of food.

1 cup contains approximately 166 kcals.


Cooking Instructions:

1. Use slow cooker/crockpot/instant pot

2. Water oil saute (see directions below)


Water-Oil Saute:

Cover bottom of pot or deep skillet with water. Heat.

Add 1/2 - 1 tbsp of Olive, Flax oil, or Coconut oil on top of water. Do not overheat the oil.

Saute the meat and vegetables. Add in powdered ginger and salt.

Ensure meat is cooked through. Veggies should be tender, yet not mushy.

Mix in cooked Jasmine Rice.

Blend to a palatable consistency with food processor and feed or store in refrigerator.


To decrease labor, consider making a large batch and freezing what will not be consumed within 5-7 days.


*This homecooked food recipe is to be used as toppings on a formulated food. It isnot a complete and balanced diet. Please consult your veterinarian before feeding if your pet has any health problems.


This post was created by Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA


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