Having good nutrition is the key to having a healthy dog. While you make sure to monitor your health, giving your body and mind the healthiest ingredients, from the cleanest fruits and veggies to organic meats and more. But when it comes to your dog’s food, what are you feeding them?
If it is commercial dog food, you could be hurting your pet more than helping them as commercial dog food is not a healthy choice for your canine. Manufactured dog foods contain ingredients that your animal was never meant to eat including parts of animals normally discarded, chemicals and preservatives which can cause liver and kidney damage as well as other ailments
To keep your pet as healthy as possible, here are a few tips:
1.) If making dog food is too much of a hassle– there are a few commercial products that are of good quality so learning how to recognize safe and unsafe ingredients on a label is important.
2.) Make your own food– the easiest way to be sure your pet is eating healthily is to actually make their meals yourself. This is not as difficult as it may sound as you can do this while you cook your normal meals.
3.) Learn about what your pup needs in their diet
- a. The central ingredient of your dog’s diet is fresh, meat. You can obtain this from your butcher or meat processor. It can be bought on the bone, in chunks or ground up depending on your dog’s teeth, size and preference. The healthiest meat for dogs is lamb, beef or chicken, although fish can be added.
- b. Unlike cats, dogs need vegetables to obtain all the nutrition they need. Recommended vegetables for your pet include zucchini, beets, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, yams, squash, and sweet potatoes. Avoid spicy or starchy vegetables such as onions, garlic, bell peppers, and potatoes along with beans, chard, spinach, and beet greens as these can cause digestive problems and even blood disorders.
- c. To calculate the amount of food your dog requires, you simply calculate forty percent of his body weight. This figure in ounces is the amount he needs to eat every day.
While it might seem like the easiest option to just pick up bags of dried dog food or cans of wet food, most commercial dog foods do not meet the dietary requirements of canines. Dogs cannot function as well without adequate amounts of nutrition any more than humans, and making sure you take care of your pets diet gives them the chance to live a healthy and prosperous life – and stay your canine companion for years to come! Check with your local veterinarian for the best food options for your dog!
Here is a healthy dog food recipe to try for your pup!
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 pounds ground turkey
- 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
- 1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
- 2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
- 3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
- 4. Let cool completely