You Can Improve Your Dog’s Diet Today
Deciding what to feed your dog is a big decision, and it may seem complicated to figure out what’s best.
My dogs are all three lean, healthy, and energetic cuddle machines. My oldest, Chico has the usual senior dog issues that just come with getting older, but he is a healthy senior. I do my best to feed them a healthy diet because I know how important that is.
When it comes to feeding your Chi, it’s not all or nothing. In other words, you don’t have to be perfect and get all crazy about whether you are feeding them right or not. I realize that a lot depends on the time and money that you have available and your unique circumstances. You don’t have to make immediate, drastic changes. Every step in the right direction helps.
I personally think feeding them whole raw food is best for them, but I’m not able to do that at this time, and if you aren’t either, just incorporating some of the below suggestions will help.
- Ignore the marketing hype
- Avoid (if possible) feeding them shelf-stable food
- Add Fruits and vegetables
- Feed them raw meat
- Feed a variety of whole and fresh food
- Wash produce in apple cider vinegar
- Never Feed Them Corn
- Give Them Raw Coconut Oil
- Do not over feed and limit treats
- Keep Their Teeth Clean
Ignore The Marketing Hype
Just ignore the hype and read the label! Please don’t rely on advertisements for nutritional information. The people that write the ads have nothing to do with the product itself except to get you to buy it. They don’t care about your dog’s health!
If Possible, Avoid Feeding Shelf Stable Food
What does that mean? It means food that has a shelf life of 12 to 24 months! Again, marketing wants us to believe that these foods provide everything dogs need to live long and healthy lives. That is not true. Shelf-stable foods have no live enzymes, something dogs, as well as humans, need to stay healthy. They use synthetic supplementation to meet the “balanced” nutritional standard set by The American Association of Feed Control Officials, (AAFCO).[beautifulquote align=”full” cite=””]”The AAFCO has no regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals”[/beautifulquote]
If one of these foods is all you can afford to feed your dog, don’t beat yourself up. Just be sure to find one that lists the first 5 ingredients starting with a good protein source, and supplement with natural and holistic vitamins and enzymes. Or, better yet….
Introduce Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Into Your Dog’s Diet
Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of live enzymes and will improve your dog’s health tremendously. They are also full of fiber that aids in digestion and the elimination process, aka, better, less smelly poop.
You can scrub the pesticides off fruit and vegetables with a clean soft brush while soaking them in one part apple cider vinegar and four parts water for a minute, then rinse. Never feed them corn.[beautifulquote align=”full” cite=””]Corn is one of the most common cause of food allergies in dogs[/beautifulquote] Fresh food also aids in the bodies ability to absorb what little nutrients that he or she does get from the processed food.
Feed a Variety of Ingredients Rich in Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatories
Inflammation is a major cause of disease, so this is important to pay attention to in your dog’s diet. It is the leading cause of premature aging in dogs as well as humans. It’s a common cause of pancreatitis and arthritis.
If you do feed your dog kibble, add whole foods that are high in antioxidants the reduce inflammation in the body. Omega 3 fatty acids also help reduce inflammation.
Feed Them Raw Meat
Animals in the wild do not cook their meats before they eat it. Dogs were designed to eat raw meat. Unlike humans, they have the digestive system that rids their bodies of naturally occurring bacteria, but if you prefer, lightly sear the meat rather than cook it. With that being said, dogs (and cats) are unbelievably adaptable. So, again don’t beat yourself up if you can not feed them raw meat, just make the changes that you can. every little change can help.
Raw Coconut Oil
Raw coconut oil goes straight to the liver where it gets converted into energy.
Keep Their Teeth Clean
Of course, the best way to do that is to brush their teeth daily, but it isn’t always possible or practical. Bones are the next best thing. Gnawing on raw bones will help keep them clean and they are better for them than the commercial treats that claim to clean their teeth.
The bottom line is; do the best you can and incorporate into their diet any of these suggestions that you are able to. We all want our pets to be as healthy as they possibly can be, and we all do the best that we can.
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