Supplementing a Homemade Diet for Dogs

Written by: Dr. Jean Hofve, Holistic Veterinarian, DVM

Supplementing a Homemade Diet


What supplements are needed for a dog being fed homemade cooked food? I have a two year old Yorkshire Terrier who I feed homemade food. For example this week it is a mixture of 2.5 cups cooked rice, 2 boiled chicken breasts, a couple cloves of garlic, and some veggies all ground up. I give her a daily supplement of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Brewers Yeast.  If I vary the diet what other types of supplements are needed if any?


It is great that you are providing a healthy, home-prepared diet for your dog! A home-prepared diet is a very good investment in your companion's overall health and longevity.

In addition to theEssential Fatty Acids andBrewers Yeast, we recommend you adddigestive enzymes (since you are feeding grains and cooked food), a calcium supplement and a goodmultivitamin.

There are a lot ofquality multivitamins at Only Natural Pet Store, but the best value per dose options are the Only Natural Pet Super Daily family. You can also alternate between brands for some variety in nutrient sources.

It would also be good to add organ meats to your dog's diet occasionally as they provide extra nutrients not found in muscle meat. Rotating the meat, carbohydrate and vegetable sources is a good way to help insure balance in his or her diet. In addition, you can find some good recipes to help you balance the diet. The following link to Pet contains a general guideline, and there are also manyhelpful books available with recipes.