The EZ Dog Food Meal Planner is designed to let you choose...

Below is a list of wholesome "human" ingredients from which you can safely choose. We also list ingredients that should be avoided (and why). For each Meal, you select ONE MEAT & ONE CARBOHYDRATE, then add the appropriate amount of soybean oil, Well Dog Omega-3 oil, and Well Dog Nutrient powder.

That's it! 5 ingredients and you have built food for your dog that is complete and balanced. And it will exceed all of the nutrient requirements set by AAFCO & NRC (the two agencies that set the standards for commercial dog food). SEE OUR CHART OF NUTRIENT AMOUNTS

*If you wish to include veggies or fruit as snacks, (not necessary because the meals are already balanced) we list appropriate choices too.
Dog with Food Bowl, text says "Control the Bowl"

EZ MEAL PLANNER INGREDIENT CHOICES

MEAT/ PROTEIN (Choose One):

  • Beef
    - Ground (very lean 90%/ 10%)
    - Eye of round
    - London broil
  • Bison, Ground
  • Chicken
    - Ground, lean
    - Boneless, skinless breast or dark leg & thigh meat
    - Canned, breast
  • Cod Filet
  • Lamb
    - Kabobs
    - Lean chops
  • Pork
    - Loin
    - Sirloin
    - Tenderloin
  • Tuna (Packed in Water)
    - Canned, albacore
    - Canned, light
  • Turkey
    - Boneless, skinless breast or dark leg & thigh meat
    - Canned, breast

DO NOT include any of the following:

  •  Beans, Peas, & Corn
    (too low in protein and do not contain adequate key
    essential amino acids for heart health.)
  • Brisket & Roast
    (too high in fat)
  • Cottage Cheese & Yogurt
    (too low in protein)
  • Ground Beef Below 90% Lean
    (too high in fat)
  • Ham & Bacon
    (too high in fat)
  • Liver, Kidney, & Other Organ Meat
    (too high in fat & too low in protein)
  • Nuts - all types
    (too high in fat)
  • Other fatty cuts of meat
    (too high in fat)
  • Peanuts
    (too high in fat)
  • Seeds
    (too high in fat)
  • Tofu, Seitan, Tempeh
    (too low in protein and do not contain adequate key essential amino acids for heart health)

CARBOHYDRATE (Choose One):

  • Barley
  • Couscous
  • Macaroni noodles
  • Millet
  • Rice (brown or white)
  • Potatoes (with peels)
    - Red
    - Yellow
    - White
  • Potatoes (WITHOUT peels)
    - Russet

DO NOT include any of the following:

  • Oatmeal
    (too much phosphorus)
  • Quinoa
    (too much phosphorus & fat)
  • Sweet Potatoes or yams
    (too high in Vitamin A)

VEGETABLE OIL (do not substitute):

  • Non-GMO Soybean Oil

DO NOT include any of the following:

(they don’t have sufficient bio‐available essential fatty acids that are critical for immune health):

  • Olive Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Walnut Oil

OMEGA-3 OIL (required):

  • Well Dog Omega‐3 Oil

Fish oil from wild -caught North Atlantic anchovies, herring, mackerel, and sardines double tested for lead and mercury. Important for immune health.

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Vitamins and Minerals (required):

  • Well Dog Nutrient Powder

Purified vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in forms that have been shown to be the most readily absorbed by a dog’s digestive system.

DO NOT use human or dog supplements

Commercial dog vitamins/ minerals are formulated to supplement regular balanced diets. They do not contain the necessary daily amounts of all essential vitamins and minerals for homemade meals.

Human products are formulated for humans, who have completely different vitamin and mineral needs. This means that human vitamins are deficient in some nutrients and contain dangerous amounts of other nutrients.

VEGGIE SNACKS (Optional):

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans (canned)
  • Cauliflower
  • Squash
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas

DO NOT include any of the following:

(they are toxic for dogs)

  • Onions
  • Garlic

FRUIT SNACKS (Optional):

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Melon
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple (canned)
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

DO NOT include any of the following:

(they are toxic for dogs)

  • Grapes
  • Raisons
Lab worker with test tubes. It illustrates the research done to evaluate nutrients for dog food.

Nutrient Data Sheet

AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) & the NRC (National Research Council) set the standards for pet food. Commercial dog food is required to comply with these amounts before they are packaged. There is a general concern that after packaging (heating in the can or extruding into kibble) what arrives at your dog's bowl may no longer meet those levels and there are also concerns that the standards do not include any qualitative requirements for the ingredients, meaning they could contain gristle and other low-grade proteins.

When you go to the market to purchase meat and carbohydrates, YOU get to control the quality of ingredients yourself and have the peace of mind that brings.

The chart below shows how The Hearthstone EZ Dog Food Meal Planner Nutrient values (when made as directed) rank with both the AAFCO and NRC amounts. As you can see, all of the values exceed 100%

Vitamins

Hearthstone/ 1000 Kcal*
% NRC/ 1000 Kcal
% AFFCO/ 1000 Kcal
A (IU)
2,000
158%
140%
C (IU)
200
**
**
D (IU)
200
147%
140%
E (IU)
45
600%
321%
K (mg)
0.5
122%
**
Thiamine B1(mg)
0.8
143%
276%
Riboflavin B2(mg)
2
154%
317%
Niacin B3 (mg)
6.1
144%
185%
Pyroxidine B6 (mg)
0.6
160%
207%
Folic acid B9 (mg)
0.1
147%
200%
Cobalimin B12 (mg)
0.015
167%
250%
Pantothenic acid (mg)
5.2
139%
179%
Choline (mg)
500
118%
146%
Minerals
Calcium (mg)
1700
170%
136%
Iron (mg)
25
333%
109%
Magnesium (mg)
225
150%
150%
Phosphorus (mg)
1158
154%
116%
Potassium (mg)
1700
170%
100%
Sodium (mg)
300
150%
176%
Chloride (mg)
511
170%
197%
Zinc (mg)
35
233%
103%
Copper (mg)
3
200%
143%
Manganese (mg)
2
167%
143%
Selenium (mg)
0.15
171%
500%
Iodine (mg)
0.45
205%
105%
Nutrients
Protein (gm)
51.2
205%
114%
Fat (gm)
22.5
163%
157%
Linoleic acid (gm)
11.35
405%
391%
Alpha Linolenic acid (gm)
1.53
1391%
**
EPA & DHA (gm)
0.675
614%
**
Tryptophan (gm)
0.813
232%
177%
Threonine (gm)
2.176
201%
159%
Isoleucine (gm)
2.368
249%
223%
Leucine (gm)
4.064
239%
240%
Lysine (gm)
4.512
513%
251%
Methionine (gm)
1.836
221%
**
Methionine & Cystine (gm)
2.571
158%
209%
Phenylalanine (gm)
2.008
178%
**
Phenylalanine & Tyrosine (gm)
3.744
202%
179%
Valine (gm)
2.472
201%
223%
Arginine (gm)
3.08
350%
211%
Histadine (gm)
1.512
315%
296%
* Indicates minimum, most diets will contain more 
** No established requirements