Dogs, just like humans, enjoy variety in their diet. There are numerous dog food brands in the market today that are perfectly balanced and nutritional for your best friend. However, they get bored with the same thing day after day. Consider elevating your dog’s diet and eating experience by adding good, healthy fruits and vegetables and protein to their diet.
My Doberman was about 8 pounds overweight. Not good for his overall well being and hard on the hips of a dog his size. My vet suggested reducing his daily kibble amount by half, and substituting steamed green beans, peas, carrots or baked sweet potato to “fill him up”. It not only worked like a charm, both of my dogs loved the addition of human food. It quickly became a daily habit.
Dogs enjoy a juicy chunk of watermelon, a cool piece of cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries or bananas added to their kibble. Apples slices with a bit of peanut butter is doggie bliss. Roasted sweet potato, mashed with a little chicken broth and stirred into their kibble is a dogs version of a gourmet meal. Sardines, mackerel and pink salmon all provide healthy Omega 3’s which are beneficial for skin and coat and support a healthy immune system. Eggs deliver a wholesome source of protein and can be given to dogs scrambled, hard boiled or even raw. Yogurt is a natural source of probiotics and can be helpful for dogs with digestive issues. Slice sweet potatoes thin and bake them in the oven for about 3 hours at 250 degrees for a healthy dog “chew”. Fresh spinach or steamed broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower all add nutritional value if your dog will eat them.
When supplementing their diet with human food, make sure you reduce the amount of kibble they are fed. You don’t want to add calories or fat – you just want to give them healthy alternatives.
While there are many “human” foods that will increase the nutritional value of your store bought dog food, do your homework before you randomly add anything to your dogs diet, and always check with your vet. Grapes & raisins can be deadly. Onions, garlic, avocado, macadamia or any salted nuts, chocolate and alcoholic beverages are toxic. Dogs should never be given anything with caffeine. Give your dog good, healthy alternatives and try to reduce the amount of preservatives and chemicals in their diet. Canine Cupcakes is a perfect example of a healthy treat that dogs love. Show them you love them by changing up your dog’s diet and providing them with the same healthy food that you enjoy. Variety is the spice of life!!