Homemade Dog Gravy is a tasty dog food topper. This healthy dog gravy is made with chicken or beef, vegetables, and stock. DIY dog gravy is great for picky eaters and dogs with low appetite.
This is the perfect thing to add to your dog’s dry food so they eat it up. Your furry friend will love how it tastes and you’ll enjoy how easy it is to make this simple recipe.
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Making Gravy for Dogs
Dog owners are always looking for ways to improve their dog’s food and make it tastier. We love them, so of course, we want them to enjoy their food! Plus, let’s face it, dry kibble isn’t the tastiest thing in the world for our canine companions.
Thankfully, this is one of the easiest and healthiest gravy recipes that you can share with your dog. This homemade gravy is a great way to make their dog food taste better (and be healthier for them).
Why This is the Best Dog Gravy Recipe
This is the best gravy for dogs because it makes every dinner feel like one of those special occasions! Easy recipes like this are great for you because they take no time at all. Plus, you can change this recipe and use other dog-friendly veggies (like green beans).
This is a flavorful gravy that only takes small amounts to improve your dog’s dry food. Use it as a special treat or as daily dog food toppers. Commercial foods are low on taste, and wet food is pricy, but this gravy is a good idea because it’s low-cost and good for your pet.
If your furry family members don’t eat their dry dog food, try to cover it in homemade dog food sauce. These tasty toppers are made with lean meats and are fantastic for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Dog Gravy Ingredients
The entire ingredient list, quantities of each, and the step-by-step directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I want to share some additional information about the ingredients I used in this dog gravy:
- Coconut Oil is a healthy fat for cooking meat.
- Ground Chicken is a great source of protein.
- Carrots are a healthy vegetable loaded with beta-carotene.
- Green Peas are protein-rich and have fiber and essential vitamins.
- Chicken Stock without salt, onions, and garlic.
- Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder is the thickener for the gravy.
- Water for a liquid to mix with cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- You can substitute olive oil for coconut oil.
- You can use ground turkey, extra lean ground beef (95/5 or 90/10), or chicken liver instead of ground chicken.
- You can use turkey or beef stock instead of chicken broth stock. Be sure to use stock without salt, onions, or garlic. Homemade bone broth stock is great!
- You can substitute any dog-safe fresh vegetables for carrots and peas.
You probably have all the equipment needed for making this dog gravy recipe. Just in case, here are a few of the important ones:
How to Make Dog Gravy
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process of making the gravy. I hope they help you make this healthy dog gravy recipe!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
- Melt oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add ground chicken to the skillet and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until it is fully cooked and crumbled.
- Add stock and vegetables to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
- For chunky gravy, use a slotted spoon to take out a cup of cooked meat and vegetables.
- Mix cornstarch with cold water to make a slurry.
- Slowly add the slurry to the gravy mixture stirring while adding it.
- Remove the gravy from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend it until smooth.
- Add the reserved meat and vegetables back to the blended gravy.
- Serve over your dog’s food.
How much gravy to pour over dog food? A general serving would be 1/4 cup but that can vary. You may just need to put a little bit of gravy on your dog’s food or enough gravy to soften dry dog food.
It also depends on your dog’s size. Small pets require fewer calories than larger ones. Maintaining a dog’s healthy weight is very important. Keep that in mind when feeding dogs and adding any topper to their food.
How to Store
Store this meaty gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 7 days.
You can freeze it for longer storage. Put it in a freezer-safe container or portion it out in small containers or freezer bags. You can also pour it into an ice cube tray, freeze it, then transfer the frozen cubes to a plastic freezer bag. Frozen gravy will last up to 3 months.
When ready to use, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Dog gravy can be served cold, at room temperature, or slightly warmed on the stove or in the microwave. Be careful and not heat it too much because hot gravy can burn your dog’s mouth.
Can humans eat this gravy for dogs?
Yes, absolutely! It would be yummy on mashed potatoes. Folks would want it seasoned a bit with salt and pepper.
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More Dog Treat Recipes
Want to make more goodies for your dog? Check these out:
- Bacon Dog Treats
- Chicken Dog Treats
- Cupcakes for Dogs
- Pizza for Dogs
- Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
- Pumpkin Dog Cookies
Find lots of easy dog treats recipes here on Spoiled Hounds!
Homemade Dog Gravy
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 pound Ground Chicken
- ¼ cup Chopped Carrots
- ¼ cup Frozen Green Peas
- 3 cups Chicken Stock
- 2 tablespoons Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
- ½ cup Cold Water
- Melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add ground chicken to the skillet and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until it is browned and crumbled.
- Add stock, carrots, and peas to the skillet. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- If you want the gravy to be chunky, take out about a cup of the meat and vegetables and set aside.
- Mix together the cornstarch (or arrowroot) with the cold water.
- Slowly add the cornstarch slurry to the gravy mixture stirring while adding it.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and allow the gravy to cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add the saved meat and vegetables back to the blended gravy.
- Serve over your dog’s food.