How Can I Spice Up My Dog’s Food?

Selection of Condiments that are suitable to use for Homemade Dog FoodSelection of Condiments that are suitable to use for Homemade Dog Food

Here at Hearthstone Homemade, we are all about spicing up dog food! Just like us, it keeps dogs, especially the little, finicky guys and gals, interested in their meals. Adding condiments is much healthier than adding unbalanced calories in the form of broths, pieces of meat, or cheese. So which condiments are the best?

Our number one is small amounts of BBQ sauce. That BBQ flavor only requires small amounts-1/8-1/4 tsp for small dogs, a ½-1 tsp for medium dogs and 1-2 teaspoons for large and giant breeds. This only adds 1-19 calories per meal! Even if the sauce contains garlic, it is not enough to cause problems. Our other favorites:


·    Teriyaki Baste- 1-17 calories

·    Liquid Smoke- 0.25-4 calories

·    Catsup- 0.8-13 calories

·    Sweet Pickle Relish- 0.8-13 calories

·    Mustard- 0.13-2 calories

·    Jelly- 0.4-7 calories

·    Bullion- 0.6-10 calories

·    Basil, Thyme, Sweet Marjoram- 0.1-2 calories

·    Honey- 3-42 calories


So, keep the excitement in your dog’s homemade dog food or commercial dry food. Spice it up! Bon Appetit!

Dr Ken Tudor, veterinarian who created Hearthstone Homemade


Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. In addition to co-founding a national campaign to help fight dog obesity, he developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.