What is the best food for dogs?

The "real food" revolution is here! Informed pet owners are making BIG CHANGES to their pets daily diet.








A Happy Dog is a Healthy Dog. There are much healthier options than the convenience of commercial kibble diets which are loaded with unhealthy carbohydrates, grains and preservatives — even "top brands" have been subject to product recalls?! Real food might cost more but money spent on natural ingredients and proper nutrition can often be saved on vets bills and could be adding priceless years to an animal's life!

DID YOU KNOW? It's only since the rise of commercial pet foods that we have witnessed an unprecedented global surge in the number of dogs suffering from chronic allergies, infections, obesity, digestive issues and dread diseases? Dogs fed on processed kibble are being chronically deprived of nutrients, having their health compromised and lives cut short by diets of processed food loaded with cheap carbohydrates, fillers, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

Commercial dog food is a multi-billion dollar industry making huge profits, employing marketing gimmicks, and using cheap ingredients. Dogs are very resilient and capable of handling foods that may not be biologically appropriate, but surviving is not the same as thriving!

Best Food For Dogs

Recommended intake: Up to 80%


Protein is the single most important nutrient to a dog. Canines need protein to develop their muscles and to maintain organ health and functionality.

Nutrition is not an exact science. Every dog's biological needs will also change based on their age and activity levels. Furthermore, certain athletic breeds require significantly more protein in their diet.

Recommended intake: No more than 10%

Dietary Fibre

Dietary fibre is essential for maintaining a dog's gastrointestinal health. A healthy dose of fibre can keep a dog regular, prevent constipation, and help avoid any unnecessary weight gain.

The great thing about fibre is that it's found in a wide range of ingredients. The most common source of fibre is fruits and vegetables. Fruits and mixed vegetables (green, yellow and red) can be used to create fibre-rich diets while also introducing essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Recommended intake: 15%

Complex Carbohydrates

High GI Carbohydrates (refined grains: corn, wheat, sugar, white rice and white potatoes) contribute to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Left untreated chronic inflammation can cause allergies, autoimmune disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease and cancer.

Low GI (healthy) complex carbohydrates such as phytonutrients (plant compounds) provide antioxidants to enhance your dog's immune system, repair free-radical damage and help prevent cancer.

For maximum health benefits, you should only use organic fruits and vegetables. Foods laced with pesticides or foods that are genetically modified will defeat the whole purpose of serving healthy home-cooked foods. Also, most vegetables need to be cooked to be properly digested. 

Home-Cooked High Protein Diet for Dogs










Recipe ingredients:

MAKES: 4.1 Kg

Total Calories (kcal) 5860

1. Protein: (Total weight = 3 kg)

1 Kg Minced Beef (or Ostrich / Venison / Lamb)
1 Kg Chicken Breasts (de-boned)
250 g Chicken Livers (or frozen Chicken Hearts from PnP)
360 g Tuna (or Salmon / Sardines) (3 cans packed in water)
150 g Cottage Cheese (Full Fat)
3 XL Eggs (190 g)
50g Chia Seeds

2. Low-GI carbohydrates ( Total weight = 300 g)

300 g Rice (or Gluten-Free Oats / Buckwheat / Chickpeas)

3. Vegetable & Fruit Mix (Total weight = 750 g)

160 g Butternut (or Pumpkin / Sweet Potato)
160 g Green Peas
160 g Cauliflower (or Carrots / Celery / Green Beans)
170 g Broccoli (or Kale / Spinach)
1 Apple (medium size) (100 g)

4. Healthy Fat (Total weight = 50g)

50 ml Coconut Oil

5. Salt (added Sodium) (optional) 6 grams

This recipe contains 85mg (0.085g) sodium making it ideal for dogs who require a low-sodium diet.

Dogs require sodium to maintain healthy cell function (fluid balance, acid-base balance and nerve signal transmission) and the minimum recommended amount of sodium for a dog is approximately 100mg per 100 Calories (0.3%)

If you wish to add salt we recommend adding 1.5g per 1kg of raw ingredients (eg 6 grams for the above recipe of 4.1Kg)

Excess salt or high salt intake within a short amount of time can present health risks.

Daily Food Requirements

This table is only intended as a guide for a dog's daily energy requirements. It is based on animals in good health with an ideal weight and typical activity profile. Every dog is different and if there are any concerns a vet should be contacted.

Ideal weight can mean a longer and happier life

Achieving and maintaining a pet's ideal weight is shown to reduce the risk of illness and add to the longevity and general well-being of the animal. As animal advocates, we take on the challenge of educating our pet-owner community about nutrition and best practices in feeding.

10 Kg 550 Calories (kCal) 10 DAYS (2 x 200 g Servings per Day)
15 Kg 750 Calories (kCal) 7.5 DAYS (2 x 275 g Servings per Day)
20 Kg 900 Calories (kCal) 6 DAYS (2 x 340 g Servings per Day)
25 Kg 1100 Calories (kCal) 5 DAYS (2 x 410 g Servings per Day)
30 Kg 1250 Calories (kCal) 4.5 DAYS (2 x 455 g Servings per Day)
35 Kg 1400 Calories (kCal) 4 DAYS (2 x 510 g Servings per Day)
40 Kg 1550 Calories (kCal) 3.5 DAYS (2 x 585 g Servings per Day)
45 Kg 1700 Calories (kCal) 3 DAYS (2 x 680 g Servings per Day)

Ingredient Cost

Depending on where to shop, expect to pay around R250 for ingredients to make 4.1 Kg.

This will provide 20 servings (2 per day) which will feed a small dog (10 Kg body weight) for 10 days.

That works out at just R25 per day for 2 x 200g gram servings of nutrient-dense goodness and priceless wellness benefits.


Calories (kCal) 140 280
Energy (kJ) 586 1172
Protein (g) 14 28
Total Carbohydrates (g) 5 10
of which total sugar (g) < 1 < 1
Total Fat (g) 8 16
of which saturated fat (g) 3 6
Dietary Fibre (g) < 1 < 1
Total Sodium (mg) 85 170


You will need a large diameter cooking pot.

  1. Cook and drain the rice and aside in a large bowl
  2. Add the chicken pieces and coconut oil to a pan and fry. Allow to cool and blitz them in a food processor and add to the rice. (do not dispose of the coconut oil)
  3. Hardboil the eggs, finish them in cold water and peel off the shells. Blitz the eggs in a food processor and add to the rice
  4. Soak the Chia Seeds in 250ml warm water for 5 minutes before adding them to the rice.
  5. Drain the tuna and add the tuna meat to the rice.
  6. Add the cottage cheese to the rice and mix all the above ingredients together.
  7. Add the beef mince to the pan with the remaining coconut oil and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the chicken livers to the food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy. Add to the minced beef and cook until lightly done.
  9. Blitz the butternut into small pieces and add to the beef mince. Reduce the heat, put a lid on the pan and allow the butternut to gently steam until soft.
  10. Remove the core and pips from the apple and dispose of them. Add the apple, cauliflower and broccoli to the food processor and blitz.
  11. Add the shredded apple, cauliflower and broccoli to the pan and cook until done. Set aside and allow to cool.
  12. Add the beef mince and vegetables to the rice mix and stir to combine.
  13. Calculate a pet's daily meal requirements from the table opposite and add 2 (daily) servings per freezer bag.
  14. Seal, label, date and freeze the pet food until required.

This food has more taste when it is warm. Dogs prefer their food served slightly warm (not hot).

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