What Can I Add To My Dog’s Diet???

Many times we are asked, what healthy things can I add to the commercial dog foods for my pet?

The following are items that can be added. But remember- these items do contain calories, so you may have to cut back on the commercial diet being fed, so that you do not cause an unhealthy weight gain for your pet by doing so.

1-- Yogurt:
Yogurt is a natural source of probiotics which are beneficial bacteria for the digestive tract. We recommend adding yogurt that has live or active cultures. Yogurt is a great addition for dogs with digestive problems.

The yogurts that we recommend are either the low-fat or nonfat plain yogurts. Your dog does not need the extra sugar that is found in the flavored yogurts. Low-fat yogurt has less than 20 calories, so you can add a spoonful of it to your dog’s diet, and not have to worry about reducing the normal food portions.

2-- Eggs:
Eggs are a great supplement, as they provide high quality proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Large eggs provide about 70 calories, which is fine for medium to larger dogs. For smaller dogs, we recommend giving ½ or an egg daily.

Egg whites are more easily digested when cooked, but the egg yolks retain most of their nutrition if fed raw.

Do not feed the egg shell, as the shell contains more calcium than the dog needs, and it binds other minerals making them less available to your dog.

3-- Fruits:

Bananas, apples, and melons are good to feed
Berries, especially blueberries, are loaded with antioxidants
Don’t feed grapes or raisins, as they can cause kidney failure.
Don’t feed the pits of the fruit.

4-- Vegetables:
Leafy green vegetables are a much better choice than starchy foods (such as grains and potatoes.) Vegetables are more nutritious when cooked, but raw vegetables (such as carrots and zucchini) can make good low calorie snacks. Broccoli is also a nutritious snack, but can give your dog excessive gas!!

5-- Sardines:
Sardines have omega 3 fatty acids that are excellent for the skin and coat, plus they regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and help with the health of the brain in the dog. These fatty acids help the dog with arthritis, allergies, and autoimmune diseases.

Use sardines that are packed in water (not in oil.) Feed soon after opening so that the fatty acids are still fresh. One sardine provides about 25 calories, which is the right amount for a small dog (20 pounds or less.)

One can also feel jack mackerel, and pink salmon.

6-- Left-overs:
This is fine as long as you stick to healthy left-overs, such as meat and vegetables. Do not feed fatty foods. Keep these amounts small as to avoid over feeding your dog and causing weight gain