Feed­ing your dog a fresh, var­ied, and clean diet is easy.  Many of the ingre­di­ents can be found on your pantry shelf or in your refrig­er­a­tor — the same human grade qual­i­ty foods you eat and share with your fam­i­ly.

I’m a plan­ner and like to make sure I have a vari­ety of foods on hand to offer my dog.

Here’s my basic checklist for stocking the pantry. Some of the foods will change through the year to optimize the seasonal cycle.

Organic is always preferable to ensure a “clean” diet free of hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides

Water 

  • Clean, spring water free of chem­i­cals

Proteins

  • Eggs (shells can be crushed in a grinder as a source of cal­ci­um)
  • Cot­tage Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Raw Dairy
  • Goat Yogurt

 

A variety of raw meat is the optimum and most natural canine appropriate

  • Poul­try: Chick­en, Turkey
  • Duck
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Rab­bit
  • Meat= heart, lung, tongue
  • Fish: Salmon, Sar­dines (healthy treat), Mack­rel
  • Raw chick­en or turkey necks and chick­en wings can be fed to all dogs (bones are a source of cal­ci­um)
  • Organ Meat (secretes some­thing): liv­er, spleen, kid­ney, and pan­creas
  • *Green Trip
  • Beef Bones (raw for chew­ing and cooked to pre­pare Bone Broth)

 

In the Veggie Drawer/Fruit Basket

 

  • Broc­coli, spinach, kale, zuc­chi­ni, squash, green beans, cau­li­flower, cab­bage, brus­sell sprouts, Car­rots (veg­gies need to be cooked, pureed mashed, or blend­ed)
  • Sweet Pota­to
  • Pars­ley
  • Gar­lic
  • Berries, bananas, mel­on

 

From the Cupboard

 

  • Coconut oil
  • Apple cider vine­gar
  • Pump­kin
  • Quinoa, Ama­ranth (good choic­es because of pro­tein con­tent)
  • Bar­ley,  Lentils, beans, chick­peas, oat­meal (refer to ** “Cook­ing Grains for Opti­mal Nutri­tion” page)

 

Supplements

 

  • *Salmon Oil or Fish Oil
  • *Cal­ci­um
  • *Trace Min­er­als (green pow­ders)  alfal­fa, kelp, grass­es
  • *Pro­bi­ot­ic
  • Vit­a­min C         (250–500mg)
  • Vit­a­min E         (100–400 IU’s)
  • Mul­ti Vit­a­min    Once dai­ly

 

(*)        Refer to Product Resource page for suggestions and where to purchase

(**)         Refer to“Cooking Grains for Optimal Nutrition” page