This recipe was inspired by Veterinary Secret’s YouTube video: Essential Ingredients For Homemade Dog Food. The following Nutrition Facts are provided by Whisk.com.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 122.84kcal 6%
Total Fat 5.84g 8%
Carbs 10.54g 4%
Sugars 0.29g 0%
Protein 7.02g 14%
Sodium 27.6mg 1%
Fiber 0.63g 2%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 0.06g –
Monounsaturated Fat 1.94g –
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.99g –
Cholesterol 38.56mg 13%
Calcium 17.28mg 2%
Magnesium 24.05mg 6%
Potassium 127.74mg 4%
Iron 0.73mg 5%
Zinc 1.24mg 12%
Phosphorus 108.53mg 16%
Vitamin A 270.23mcg 34%
Vitamin C 0.83mg 1%
Thiamin B1 0.1mg 9%
Riboflavin B2 0.09mg 7%
Niacin B3 2.56mg 16%
Vitamin B6 0.24mg 17%
Folic Acid B9 11.55mcg 6%
Vitamin B12 0.45mcg 18%
Vitamin D 0.2mcg 4%
Vitamin E 0.62mg 5%
Vitamin K 11mcg 15%
Rice: You can substitute the brown rice for white rice or a sweet potato.
Spinach: Can be substituted with kale.
Ground Turkey: Can be substituted with chicken.
Veggies: If your doxie has a sensitive tummy, try one vegetable at a time. Add in a new vegetable when you make your next batch of homemade dog food to make sure they can tolerate it ok.
Oil: You can use sunflower oil or coconut oil for this dog food recipe.
Measure Out Your Portions
Make sure to measure out your dog’s food. Portion control is key for weight management – especially with Dachshunds who are prone to obesity.
I like to use these handy pet food measuring cups to help provide the correct amount of dog food to my doxies.
How Much to Feed Your Dog
Quick Answer: If calculating the right amount of food with charts and eye-balling your dog’s weight feels a bit tedious, consult your vet to help you calculate your dog’s right amount of food.
Each fresh ingredient in this dog food recipe provides certain vitamins and minerals. Let’s break it down.
Eggs: Vitamin D, iodine, protein, vitamins A and B12, folate, iron, selenium, riboflavin, and rich in many essential amino and fatty acids.
Brown Rice: Provides magnesium, calcium, iron and riboflavin. It is full of natural fiber, which helps your doxie’s digestion. It includes vitamins D and B (for heart health). Brown rice is not artificially enriched with nutrients like white rice is and is higher in protein and fiber than white rice.
White Rice: Brown rice can be harder for a dog to digest because it is not as processed as white rice. If your dog has trouble digesting brown rice, substitute in white rice instead.
Sweet Potato: Fiber, protein, vitamin A,C,E, potassium, and B vitamins.
Turkey: Lean ground turkey provides protein, iron, vitamin D, and zinc.
Spinach: Provides iron, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, copper, vitamin K1, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Also includes potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, and E.
Zucchini: Vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, K, and B6, magnesium, potassium, folate, phosphorus and copper, carotenoids (antioxidant).
Carrots: Beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and antioxidants.
Sunflower Oil: Omega 6 and Omega 3s, and lots of vitamin E.
Adding in Additional Nutrients
If you are using this dog food recipe as more of a topper to your dog’s current food, you don’t need to add additional supplements – skip ahead.
Now, this dog food recipe does provide lots of excellent vitamins and minerals, but there are a couple more things that need to be added. Additional calcium, ground flaxseed, and probiotics should be added to this homemade dog food to be considered more balanced.
You are going to need a spice or coffee grinder, like this one: Electric Coffee Grinder.
Note: Never give your Dachshund a human supplement. Dogs have different nutritional needs than we do. Also, If they get too much of a certain vitamin, it can make them really sick. Talk with your vet to make sure your dog is getting all of the required vitamins and minerals without overdoing it.
Calcium: Ground Egg Shell
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Rinse out your eggshells under hot water (you can boil them for extra sanitization).
- Place them on a cookie sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes, until dry.
- Place dried eggshells in a coffee grinder and pulse to a fine powder.
- Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container, and keep it in a dry place.
How To Add To The Dog Food Recipe: 1/2 teaspoon of ground egg shell powder per 1 pound of meat. Add your calcium at the end of the recipe, after your meat and veggies are all cooked up and mixed together.
Ground flaxseeds provide protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Unfortunately, whole flaxseeds don’t fully break down in your gut, so they need to be ground up.
Buy organic whole flaxseeds (not roasted) from the grocery store and grind them up at home. Purchasing the pre-ground flaxseed only lasts about 2 weeks when opened. So, only grind up what you plan to use.
Using a coffee grinder is the easiest way to grind up those tiny flaxseeds.
How To Add To The Dog Food Recipe: Add in 1/2 teaspoon of ground flaxseed powder to your dog’s food per day. Just mix it in with your dog’s food when you are ready to serve.
Substitution: You can substitute 1/2 tsp of flaxseed oil for the flaxseeds to get the added omega 6 bonus, but miss out on the fiber.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that can help strengthen your Dachshund’s immune system, aid in healthy digestion, and improve the absorption of vitamins and nutrients.
Vetri Mega Probiotic (from Amazon) is a highly rated probiotic and prebiotic supplement that I give to my Dachshunds – and they work wonders! I store my dog’s probiotic in the refrigerator.
How To Add To The Dog Food Recipe: Give 1 probiotic per day. Open up the probiotic capsule and sprinkle the powder over your dog’s food, mix, and serve when they are ready to eat.
Don’t Forget The Teeth
Now, because we are giving this delicious homemade dog food to our doxies, we will need to stay on top of their dental care needs. Dachshunds need to have their teeth brushed regularly.
Having something crunchy to chew on helps reduce the build up of tartar and plaque on your Dachshund’s teeth. So, now that they aren’t getting that crunch with this new food, they will need some different ways to keep their teeth clean: 4 Easy Ways To Clean Your Dachshund’s Teeth.
Why I Give My Dogs Homemade Food
Picky Eaters: I have always had this theory that if a dog is hungry, they will eat when they need to. That changed when my Dachshund puppy, Eko, arrived on the scene. Around 9 months old, he achieved his stubborn male hormones, not only showing us more doxie attitude, but becoming a very finicky eater.
Eko just wouldn’t eat his dry dog food plain. He would literally make himself sick to his stomach by refusing to eat his plain kibble until I added a topping to his food to help him eat.
Cancer: Now, please here me out. My dog, Ardi, died of cancer when he was 7 years old. At the time, I had all of my dogs on a branded dog food from the grocery store. Nothing fancy, just a dog food that was more “middle of the line” in quality.
Yes, Ardi’s cancer could have been something hereditary. But he was only 7 years old; he was energetic and healthy. To me, it didn’t add up.
Over the last few years, I have learned so much more about the commercial dog food we purchase in the store.
Expensive or not, these overly processed dog foods have a lot of extra crap in them that we really shouldn’t be giving to our dogs.
Many store-bought dog foods have toxins in them that can cause illness and cancer in our precious canines.
So, for me, switching up my dog’s food once in a while gives me peace of mind.
Your Take Away
As with any homemade dog food recipes you may find online or in a book, please continue to do your own personal research on balanced dog food diets. Work with your vet to come up with the right diet for your doxie.
I hope you enjoyed this Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipe For Your Dachshund. Please let me know how your doxie liked the recipe below in the comments.
Please note, I have a lot of experience as a dedicated Dachshund mom and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned over the years. However, every Dachshund is unique and has their own specific needs, so I highly recommend consulting with your veterinarian for personalized recommendations for your furry friend.