Top 8 Foods that are Healthy for Your Dog
We always talk about what is toxic to dogs, but what about foods that are really good for them? Here is a list of food that is great to add to your dog food to promote good health.
- Eggs: Adding eggs into your dog food is a great way to add more protein. Typically 1 egg will replace 1/5 cup of dry dog food. You can add the eggs raw, but we typically recommend scrambling them. Your dog will love it either way.
- Hearts and Gizzards: Stop throwing away that organ bag when you cook a whole chicken. Those hearts and gizzards are great for your pup. Just boil them for 15 minutes and then you can cut up the meat and mix it right in, or pour the liquid over their food like a gravy. You can substitute gizzards and heart with dog food in equal measure.
- Fish: So long and thanks for all the fish…Fish is a great source for omega-3’s which is good for your dogs coat, brain, guts, heart, and joints. With fish, make sure you buy high quality and then you can cut it up and give it to them raw. Make sure your fish is properly de-boned as those little bones are easily chocked on.
- Squash: Pumpkin and butternut squash are great for dogs and they taste super yummy so it is a nice little treat for them. It gives them some good fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene. Typically do 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight and just mix in cooked pumpkin or butternut squash into their food.
- Yogurt: There are so many good probiotics in yogurt. It is not just good for your belly but good for theirs too. Greek yogurt is the best, but any plain yogurt will do. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight for a nice treat for your dog.
- Spinach and Kale: These greens are super foods for a reason. They are cancer fighting and great for getting things moving in the digestive tract. We recommend chopping up your spinach or kale leaves, which will make it easier to eat. You can feed it to them raw or cooked. A great way to cook it is to steam it and mix it in with your turkey and rice home made dog food.
- Blueberries are a antioxidant laden treat. You can add a few to their food or just give them as little treats. Your dog doesn’t need to many and if he eats too many might get the runs. So start of with 2-4 and see how he reacts.
- Carrots are another great treat. Your dog will eat them raw. Instead of giving them a dog biscuit, try tossing them a baby carrot.
We have a lot of great dog food recipes which use healthy food that is great for your dog.
If you have any questions about what foods are safe to give your dog, make sure you speak with your Albuquerque Vetco vet.