Homemade Dog Food Supplements

Anyone who loves animals as much as I do wants to care for their furry friends with the same dedication to wholistic principles as applied to oneself. In many instances, similar remedies or supplements are indicated for minor health problems that arise whether human or animal.

Supplements for homemade dog food

One difference is readily observable, however, we seldom say an animal “got well because it believed in the remedy” (the so-called placebo effect) so sometimes helping a pet get over an illness using herbal or homeopathic remedies can demonstrate how powerful these subtle healers are and seeing is “believing”.

I have always used a homemade pet vitamin mix for all our dogs and cats with good results, and we keep a simple herbal remedy assembled for those minor emergencies pets need. The ingredients for both the vitamin supplement and the natural remedies are easy to find and not costly – and you’ll use many of them yourself.

Supplements for homemade dog food

The following holistic recipe is suitable for both dogs and cats. I mix up a batch as needed. The amounts are shown last my three cats and one dog about a month.

  • 1 cup nutritional brewer’s yeast
  • 1 cup bone meal or dolomite powder
  • ¼ cup alfalfa meal or spirulina powder
  • 2 tablespoons kelp granules
  • ½ cup 98% soy lecithin granules

Mix together and store in a jar for everyday use. Dosage is ½ tsp per meal for a cat and ½ to 1 tablespoon per meal for a dog (depending on the size of the animal). If you have an older pet that may require some “geriatric” consideration, modify the above mixture by adding ½ cup raw wheat germ, ½ cup oat bran (unprocessed), and 6 each magnesium phosphate and potassium chloride Biochemic Cell Salt tablets (these are homeopathic minerals in the 6X dosage strength).

Older animals need less protein and carbohydrates in their diets than younger animals and should have smaller meals especially if they are not active. The “Geriatric” mix should best be kept under refrigeration because the raw wheatgerm contains valuable vitamin E oils which go rancid if kept at room temperature.

Here are multivitamin supplements you’ll need to turn your homemade recipes into dog food that’s perfect for your canine companion.

  1. Zesty Paws Multifunctional Supplements for Dogs
  2. PetHonesty’s 10-for-1 Multivitamin with Glucosamine
  3. Solid Gold SeaMeal for Dogs & Cats
  4. Rogue Pet Science Origins 5-in-1 Dog Supplement
  5. Finn Multivitamin Vitamin Supplement for Dogs
  6. JustFoodForDogs Grain-Free Nutrient Blend Base Mix for Dogs
  7. Because Animals Superfood & Probiotic Supplement for Dogs
  8. NaturVet All-in-One Dog Supplement
  9. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Miracle Dog Food
  10. Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Dogs

7 Homemade remedies for pet care

Many herbal preparations are ideal for pet care. Some of them are garlic, arnica, tea tree oil, comfrey, calendula, slippery elm bark, and homeopathic preparations such as the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy.

1. Garlic

To begin with our old friend garlic, the pure oil capsules are useful for common worm control in pets given as a regular daily supplement. This is easy with dogs, as we have found, but not as easy with cats who are by nature very suspicious of “strange things” in their dinner plates!

Sometimes you just have to resort to smearing a little garlic on their whiskers and let them take it in as they wash. This has proven successful as long as you don’t mind the cat smelling like a pizza for a few hours! Garlic oil is a powerful antiseptic on deep wounds, for example, rat bites, and has the benefit of working through both the bloodstream and on the surface if the animal has to lick some of it off.

2. Arnica

Arnica is a flowering herb long respected for its usefulness in sprains, bruising or muscle strains. The homeopathic form of arnica can be used internally during such traumas while an external application of arnica ointment will ease the damage from the outside inwards. Arnica is best used within the first 24 hours of an injury and discontinued after 3 days.

3. Tea Tree oil

Tea Tree oil is truly Australia’s gift of healing to the world and is just about indispensable for pet care. Tea Tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic but will not damage healthy tissue.

Tea Tree oil can be used externally for all the cuts and scrap pets get and is especially helpful in the safe removal of ticks. Tea Tree oil anesthetizes the tick so it can be carefully removed from the head and all before it buries itself in the animal’s hide.

Tea Tree oil added to a pet’s bath relieves “summer itch”. It should not be used around the eyes nor full strength wherever the cat or dog can lick it off.

4. Comfrey

Comfrey used externally is a joint and bone herb. Useful for shallow cuts but not deep ones as it is a “cell proliferator” and can cause the skin to heal too quickly over a wound and form an abscess. It is useful for broken bones applied as a poultice. Comfrey ointment is readily available.

5. Calendula

Calendula is the English Marigold flower and a strong herbal infusion of the petals is a safe gentle wound wash. As an ointment, calendula is soothing for cracked skin and deep wounds and is safe enough to use around the mouth and other tender parts.

6. Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery Elm Bark is a powder and a wonderful soother for tummy wogs. It can be administered by sprinkling over food or given as a drink with warm water. Externally it is a drawing poultice for splinters or thorns.

Embedded grass seeds are another matter and should have the attention of the veterinarian especially if the seeds have internalized and are migrating inwards. If the embedded grass seed forms as an abscess that must be treated by your vet, dressing the wound afterward with Tea Tree oil will keep it clean.

7. Bach Flower Remedy

The famous Bach Flower Remedy known as “Rescue Remedy” is a homeopathic liquid preparation invented by Dr. Edward Bach in the 19th Century. Its name tells you what and when to use it: whenever the animal (or person) has had a shock or experienced trauma (like having to fly on an airplane).

The dosage is the same for man or beast, four drops directly on the tongue four times daily. If the tongue won’t cooperate (or the subject is unconscious) you can gently rub the drops directly into the skin of the ears where they will also enter the bloodstream readily.

I have even given this remedy to cage birds – one drop on the beak – for trauma. Homeopathic remedies are safe for any living thing, man, animal, or plant!

Conclusion of supplements for homemade dog food

The conclusion is that if you want to make homemade dog food, it is much healthier to do so with a good balance of vitamins and minerals. And you can use some of the supplements that I listed above.

These supplements are very important for your dog’s health and well-being. If you just feed him kibble or canned food, then don’t worry about any supplements at all. But if you feed him raw or home-cooked meals, then it’s best to add some sort of supplement every day. The best way is to mix it into his meal so he doesn’t even know it’s there!


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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