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Homemade Recipes for Obese or Overweight Dogs

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. March 19, 2017
Homemade Recipes for Obese or Overweight Dogs

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Dogs are humankind's best friend: the bond between the two species is so strong that nowadays it is more and more common for dogs to suffer human diseases because they share our unhealthy habits.

This is the case of overweight dogs: being overweight means having excess body fat, which has an impact in the animal's mobility and health. Excess weight can become obesity, which in turn is a risk factor to develop related diseases such as diabetes or joint pain.

If your dog is overweight or obese, you can help it prevent further issues by changing its diet and lifestyle: stay at AnimalWised to learn different homemade recipes.

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  1. Is your dog overweight?
  2. What is the best diet for an overweight dog?
  3. Recipes for overweight or obese dogs

Is your dog overweight?

We are used to seeing chubby pets as cute - and they are! - but we must draw a line if we want to preserve our dog's health. Excess weight can result in mobility and health issues, and it must not be enhanced or promoted. Some breeds are more prone to obesity than others: if your dog is among them, you should pay even more attention.

While it is the vet who should assess whether your dog is overweight or not, you can perform some preliminary checks yourself. Check your dog's ribs with your hands: if you can feel them, as if the waist is evident to the naked eye, your dog's weight is normal.

When a dog is overweight the ribs are difficult to feel and the waist is not easily perceived. In the most serious cases, when a dog is obese, its ribs cannot be felt with the hands and you will notice a prominent belly.

Homemade Recipes for Obese or Overweight Dogs - Is your dog overweight?

What is the best diet for an overweight dog?

A dog's diet is vital to its health, and therefore to treat excess weight there is nothing better than making a dietary review and naturally solve this condition through a better, more balanced diet.

While you can find special, low-calorie dry feed in the market specific for overweight or obese dogs, it can be quite expensive. However, you can also offer your dog a homemade, low-fat diet that is even more natural and healthy.

Before going on to describe the recipes, we recommend going to the vet for a thorough check-up. Excess body weight can act as a trigger for various pathologies that should be taken into account before switching a dog's food.

Homemade Recipes for Obese or Overweight Dogs - What is the best diet for an overweight dog?

Recipes for overweight or obese dogs

Understanding a dog's dietary needs can be complex, but there are some general guidelines you can take into account. Before starting to cook, you'll need to know the proportion of nutrients that should be included in a dog's meals regardless of its weight:

  • Animal protein: 50%
  • Vegetables: 30%
  • Carbohydrates (cereals, potatoes): 20%

The best low-fat recipes for overweight or obese dogs are the following:

  • Potatoes and beef stew: Simply cook the potatoes, beef and carrots respecting the cooking times of each ingredient. If you want to make it tastier you can add olive oil, but with a sprayer to avoid an excessive amount.
  • Chicken with rice and vegetables: Boil the rice along with a handful of spinach, carrots and tomatoes. Meanwhile, grill a low-fat cut of chicken breast, chop it and mix it with the rice.
  • Potatoes with hake: Cut the potatoes into thin slices and put them in the oven with a little water for about 15 minutes. Before the potatoes finish cooking, add the hake fillets without skin.
  • Mix of vegetables with ham: Boil potatoes, spinach, carrots and leeks. Then, tear the ham to bits and and mix it in. You can sauté the mixture slightly to make it tastier.
  • Pasta with tuna and tomato: Crush a tomato and fry it with a little oil. Then boil the pasta and mix it with the tomato sauce. Finally you can add some canned tuna, but it must be natural, without oil and salt.
  • Mashed potatoes with salmon: This recipe includes healthy fats, which are not harmful if consumed moderately and through quality food. Boil the potatoes, drain them and add very little oil. Then, mash them. Steam the boneless salmon fillet or bake it in its own juices.

Your dog should eat 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and do so in moderate amounts. Besides following a proper diet, an overweight or obese dog must perform daily physical exercise. Take it for outdoor walks and play games, or even join a dynamic dog sport.

Here you can learn more about diet and care for dogs with obesity.

Homemade Recipes for Obese or Overweight Dogs - Recipes for overweight or obese dogs

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We have a chihuahua mix and he is overweight. We have tried most of the diet dry food and he has not lost weight so I decided to make homemade food. I mix ground lamb and ground turkey with a little bit of brown rice and mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans and sweet potatoes). I give him 1/2 a cup morning and evening but I am not sure if that is the right amount to give him, any suggestions? Thank you.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Elaine,

We can't say because weight is an important factor, as are others. However, we do provide a general guide in this article:

Hope this helps!
Louise Midkiff
I cook chicken soup for my chihuahua/corgi mix who is ten years old and waddles when he walks. He WILL NOT eat dry dog food, so I get it to mix in with his chicken soup hoping the nutrient will be better. He does not lose weight.
Administrador AnimalWised
Do you make the chicken soup with no salt, fat or other ingredients which can promote obesity in dogs?
Would it be okay to use coconut oil for my 6 yr overweight German

Shepherd if I use the homemade diet of potatoes and beef stew? She needs to lose 20-25 pounds.
Administrador AnimalWised

Coconut oil is very high in fat and calories, best to choose a better neutral oil suitable for dogs. In fact, boiling will be even better.
Linda Lopez
My 5-year old Golden Retriever needs to lose weight. He weighs 110 pounds and needs to lose 20 pounds. How much should I feed him each meal; using the beef stew or chicken and rice meals above
Glenn Powell

I'm an Old Senior, TEO (male canine I don't like the word dog) I want to make his food (diet that is) I'm not much of a cook but i'd like to try a recipe or two shown above. Never done this before so I don't know about measurements of the ingredients, you know, a cup of this a teaspoon of that , cooking times, etc.

My TEO is suppose to weigh around 15 - 16 lbs, but he's almost 25 lbs
which is all my fault, I feel so bad. UNLIKE other recipes I've seen on the Internet they have a lot of ingredients in them and yours don't I like that it makes it easier for me but there are a few ingredients that may be beneficial for Teo?

I hope you don't mind advising me whether I need them in his food, if not great I have trouble getting around. One is coconut oil, another is cottage cheese... speaking of 'CHEESE' I made A BIG MISTAKE of putting cheese in TEO's food a while back I didn't think he would like it that much, I have to put cheese in most of his food now!

I buy Cracker Barrel Swiss cheese ( I don't use a whole slice which is) 70 Calories, Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Sodium 45 mg. I thought I should mention this in case it's OK to still use it, if not, that's OK too. I can just see myself making this and he won't eat it?

I was thinking I could make a weeks supply so I would just double or
triple it right? Oh' I almost forgot, most of these types of recipes call for weighing his food... I have an older style food scale (non digital) I
was wondering how accurate it would have to be to way his food?

I hope I haven't gone too much over the limit for long messages? I do apologize for this being so long...

Thank you so much for your time...
Best Regards,

Administrador AnimalWised
Hello Glenn,

Thank you so much for your comment and please don't apologize, we're very happy to help if we can help.

Coconut oil can be healthy for dogs in small doses, but for an obese dog, it is likely added calories which will not be particularly helpful. Unfortunately, although it is TEO's favorite, cheese will not be great for his weight issue either. We suggest removing the cheese from his diet, perhaps only using it as a very occasional treat. If he refuses to eat at all, then providing a healthier low fat cheese alternative is recommended and might convince him to eat the otherwise healthy meal.

If you want to make a bigger batch, please go ahead. Dogs have incredible smell receptors. However, while some may be picky about what they eat, most will happily scarf down a lot of food we humans would find unappetising. For humans, creating a delicate flavor profile with a strict recipe is important. This is not so much the case with dogs.

If you use the percentage guidelines written at the top of the article, you should be absolutely fine to estimate how much of each ingredient to put in. It does not have to be exactly accurate, so don't worry so much about the scale. Just use it as a rule of thumb.

Here is another recipe with a video you might want to try. It is a healthy alternative which might be good to get you started:

Good luck with TEO's weight loss, we hope he feels better soon and please feel free to update us on his progress!
Do these ingredients have to be fresh or can some of them be canned? If so, which ones? Thanks.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Raquel,

As far as we know the ingredients can be canned, it won't make a difference between this and fresh ingredients (perhaps less nutritional value). However, you will need to ensure there are no additives or preservatives used in the production of canned foods which could damage your dog's health. For example, many canned vegetables have added sugar which you will not want to give to your dog, especially an overweight one.
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