3 DIY Ways To Use Your Instant Pot for Your Pet

There are many ways to make homemade dog food, and today we will talk about how to make homemade Instant Pot dog food recipes.

Homemade dog food has become increasingly popular. Today, people realize how dog food is made in factories. People meal prep for their dogs as well as themselves now! Spoil your pup, but make sure that the meals are nutritionally balanced. Making your dogโ€™s food lets YOU control what goes into their bowl. This can be important for dogs with extreme allergies and with picky eaters. It can be an even better opportunity to use these as high-reward treats in training as well!

Instant pot in the background with a green double dog dish in front with homemade dog food on one side

These recipes use the Instant Pot as a pressure cooker. By using the Instant Pot, the food will cook quickly and evenly. A pressure cooker uses less boiling and liquid to cook the food, which allows the nutrients to stay in the food! This helps retain the taste of the food and kills microorganisms. You can also freeze most of these recipes to save for later! To follow each recipe, click on the link names to head to their website.

1. Traditional Cooking School used homemade dog food to help her dog lose weight. Her dog food recipe has a great balance of livers, meats, fruits, veggies, fats, and grains. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups white basmati rice
  • 3 cups pure water
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar or whey
  • 1 pound pastured beef livers or chicken livers
    • (preferred, but optional)
  • 36 ounces veggies various fresh, can use frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas or blueberries
    • (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons ground flax seed

2. Damn Delicious has a simple dog recipe low in price and includes the full nutrition facts and calorie count at the bottom of the page!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned

3. Tales From the Back Road, creates a recipe approved by a holistic vet. It includes eggshells as a source of calcium and reminds owners to remove bones/skin from chicken. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 โ€“ 6 inch sweet potato peeled and chopped
  • 2 โ€“ 7 inch carrots chopped unpeeled
  • 1 cup shredded spinach, or peas
    • (check with your vet before giving your dog spinach)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. finely ground eggshell, or calcium supplement
  • Coconut oil if you choose

*Keep in mind, if you do make all your dogโ€™s food from scratch, consult your veterinarian about how many of which kinds of vitamins need to be added. Dogs can die from over supplementing and malnutrition overtime. These recipes were used in addition to kibble, because it is hard to measure a complete diet. Feeding kibble does ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients. Remember that calories need to be considered for the weight of the dog. *

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Author

Caitlin is originally from Vermont and has been working with animals since she can remember. She studied Behavioral Neuroscience and is now Mastering in Animal Shelter Management in Colorado. Her hobbies include horseback riding, fostering animals, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. She has volunteered at five different animal shelters and worked in three different vet hospitals. Her passions include animal health, behavior, and enrichment. Caitlin also spends time taking high-quality photos of shelter animals to help them get adopted faster.

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