Basic Chicken Soup
This simple and delicious soup makes an easy base for a week or
two of meals for your dogs and cats. Dogs are
easy to please with other types of meat, starches,
fruits and vegetables but cats, in particular, love
This soup is fine on its own but is made more
filling and useful when enriched with bits and pieces of food you have in
the fridge. For dogs without weight issues,
you can add a bit of starch in the form of rice,
potatoes, pasta or even bread. It is best to
keep homemade meals simple since the
best part of fresh foods is limiting ingredients to
just what you want.
A small amount of acid is used to leach more calcium
from the bones. Apple cider vinegar, lemon or lime juice works
You can make this fresh once a week and store it in
the refrigerator or place it into an ice cube tray
for small pets or freezer bags/containers for larger ones.
Warm soup is nice when the weather is cold. It can
also be appetizing when senior or ill pets are having eating
issues. If you feed kibble, warming it with a few tablespoons of
soup can make the meal richer and more appetizing.
1 whole fresh chicken with skin removed cut into large pieces
2 large chicken breasts with skin removed, cut into large pieces
large package of chicken thighs with skin removed
2 large carrots peeled and diced
salad greens, parsley, celery or other seasonal
greens roughly chopped
1/2 c Apple Cider Vinegar or juice from half a lemon
1. Add the ingredients to a stock pot on the
stovetop or slow cooker and add just enough water to cover
2. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and simmer over very low heat for
2 hours. If the water boils off, add more hot water.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
4. If the chicken was particularly fatty there may
be a layer of fat that can be skimmed off the top of
the cooled soup. Fat is one of the three major food
groups (along with protein and carbohydrates) and it is
quite beneficial but some pets are unable to eat large
quantities of fatty foods especially if they are not used to it.
Remove the chicken from the pot
onto a plate and let cool. Pull all of the chicken off the bones.
This process goes easily, with minimal mess if you use
disposable gloves. Discard the bones
very carefully so that your pet cannot eat them, chop or
shred the chicken and return the meat to the soup.