With Thanksgiving over, Christmas fast approaching, and the Paleo Challenge in full swing, one could say we’ve got food on the brain. Food for ourselves, our family, and our friends. However, what about “man’s best friend”? Even before moving out to Chico I had looked at adopting a dog. I’d talked to adoption agencies, took a look at the available dogs, and finally, upon moving here, welcomed one into my home. That of course brought about conversations on training, exercise, and food.

Now, this isn’t my first dog. I’ve traditionally bought from breeders, so I’m use to the whole “this is the best brand of dog food for the breed”, “give¬†1 & 1/2¬†cups per day” response. Instead, I was told the dogs at the agency were on a “Raw Food” diet, and that they only went to packaged dog food towards the end of the month (if the shelter was really full).
I fully admit to geeking out on this whole “Paleo” thing. I frequent a host of websites, have my fair share of reading material, and logs of my own food going back over a year. We can talk food, your experiences and mine, all day long. Admittedly, however, I glossed over nutrition for pets. Why would I focus on it? At the time I didn’t have any pets, but now I do.
So now the question. What are dogs suppose to eat? (Well they’re not ruminants. So, much like people, I’m guessing grains are out.)

Here’s the basic recipe that was given to me:

3lbs ground beef (use more fatty rather than lean)
1 zucchini
1 red potato
2 raw eggs
1 tomato
1-2 apples (cored – no seeds)
2 carrots
Small broccoli florets (1/2 cup – 1 Cup)

* Feed 1 lb mixture for every 50 lbs of dog a day. If feeding twice use 1/2 lb mixture twice a day*

*Other fruits and vegetables that can be used (like leftovers) are: celery, spinach, lettuce, pears, watermelon, and cantaloupe (no seeds).*

* To change things up you can use raw chicken, bones and all, as a snack or if it’s a big piece of chicken a whole meal. A leg, thigh, or wing could be a snack.*

Onions and garlic
Grapes and raisins
Coffee grounds, coffee beans, and tea
Pear, plum, peach, apricot and apple seeds
Tomato plant leaves and stems
Rhubarb leaves
Potato peelings
Yeast dough
Macadamia nuts
Avocado (all parts)
Raw salmon

It seems simple enough… and more importantly, it seems like food I’d eat myself. Truthfully, I need, and will be doing more research on this topic. I did start by dropping by the local PetCo and doing some reading of nutritional labels (I won’t spoil the surprise, or lack there of). Take a little time yourself. I’m curious to hear what you find.