5 Healthy Alternatives to Commercial Dog Food

Golden retriever pups eating

Last month, we listed seven foods you should keep away from your dog to keep him happy and healthy. Well, if you’re one of many dog owners who prefer to prepare your dog’s food instead of buying commercial dog food brands, here’s a few things that are safe to feed your dog.

If you want to forgo store-bought dog food occasionally, it’s one thing. But, if you plan to cook all your dog’s meals, you’ll need to meet all of his nutrition needs. Like humans, dogs need a well-rounded diet of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, fatty acids, calcium, vitamins, and minerals.

Bone Broth

Dense in nutrients, bone broth has emerged as a superfood for humans and dogs alike. You can pour it over manufactured dog food to add more vitamins and minerals. Or, if you’d like to add to the food you prepare, you can do that too.

Bone broth is made of raw or cooked bones, skin, and other parts of the animal, like tendons and ligaments, and slowly simmered for about two days. The slow simmer allows the nutrients to release from the bones, marrow, and other tissues.

Lean Protein

Dogs need lean protein in their diets. High-fat meats can lead to pancreatitis and high vet bills. The exception to this rule is salmon, as it contributes to the fatty acid content in his nutrition. 

A variety of proteins can help change up your dog meal. Choose from lamb, turkey, fish, elk, or any lean meat. When choosing beef, the leaner the better. So, you should forgo the 73% lean for the 90% lean packages on your grocer’s shelf.


Pumpkin is an excellent source of beneficial enzymes for dogs’ tummies, as evidenced by our Pumpkin Soothers treats. It can make a tasty addition to your dog food recipes.

You can cook pumpkin or butternut squash, chop it into cubes and add it to your dog’s food. 

Nutrient-Rich Vegetables

Contrary to popular belief, all vegetables aren’t created equal. Some have toxic components that aren’t good for dogs. Others lack the nutrients they need to sustain populations in small amounts.

When choosing vegetables for your dog, you should opt for the ones that provide the most bang for your buck. Fresh carrots, peas, green beans, and celery are among the best options for dogs. And, they come additional benefits than just vitamins and minerals. Celery is considered a doggie breath freshener, and carrots are also good for dogs’ teeth.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a treat you can give your dog occasionally. Be sure to get unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter, or if your store has a peanut butter grinder, that’s a suitable choice.

This sandwich staple is a favorite among dogs. You can make homemade treats using peanut butter or if you’re pressed for time you can opt for Beauty’s Biscuits pumpkin soothers

Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Dog lovers want to do what’s best for their pups. 

Keep in mind, that when making food and treats for dogs, salt and sugar are no-nos. While these seasonings may help enhance food flavors for humans, dogs don’t need these in their diets, and they can potentially cause health problems.

Stick to the best foods for your dog, to keep him happy and healthy.