Adding fresh foods to dog diet can greatly improve your dog s health!
Need to improve your dog’s diet and deciding what to feed your dog – or anyone in your care for that matter, isn’t something you should take lightly. Apart from exercise and mental health, diet is the biggest contributor to well being.
The eating habits we set up can mean the difference between a long and healthy life and programming our loved ones for failure. I’d like to share with you some of the most important principles that I apply in pursuit of the perfect canine diet.
I lead by example; all three of my dogs are lean, healthy and energy filled cuddle-monsters. My aim is to inspire you to produce your own dog’s meals.
If you’re happy with the current food you’re feeding, then incorporating even some of these suggestions will benefit your dog.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Do what you can, when you can. Some change is better than no change.However we have some balanced diet recipe if you need!
HERE ARE OUR TOP 5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DOG’S DIET!
1. INTRODUCE FRESH WHOLE FOODS
Fresh whole foods such as vegetables and fruit are full of live enzymes and will add a new dimension to your dog’s health.
Whole foods are also full of fiber, which aids digestion, encourages pooping and improves stools.
Many of the nutrients are destroyed by the cooking processes that create shelf-stable foods. So the manufacturers add synthetic nutrients back into the products.
These nutrients are synthetic imitations of those found in nature … and this is the vast difference between whole foods and industrially-produced foods.
Unlike most synthetic nutrients, whole foods contain nutritional co-factors that work synergistically to help the body absorb, assimilate and make use of nutrients.
You are not simply what you eat, but more importantly, you are what you can absorb.
Do your own research on safe whole foods for dogs.
There are certain fruits and vegetables that dogs must avoid; also, you’ll be amazed at which parts of the vegetables are the most nutritious. For example, broccoli stems contain more nutrients than the head, and beetroot leaves are full of goodness.
Puree vegetables for maximum nutrient absorption or feed whole as a bone substitute for teeth and gum maintenance.
2. AVOID GLUTEN
Have you ever joked about how smelly your dog’s farts and poops are?
Many dry pet foods contain gluten meal.
This dried residue made from corn is added to pet food to prevent inferior, unstable fats from becoming rancid; this causes waste products to be retained and can strain the liver and kidneys.
Corn gluten even in small quantities may harm your dog’s organs; to make matters worse, GMO corn is often used in pet food.
3. RETHINK YOUR WATER
Water is the most important aspect of a healthy diet yet it’s the most overlooked. There are well over 150 chemicals in most tap waters, depending on where you live.
We can argue all day about the safety of that healthy, naturally-occurring stuff called fluoride, or we can shift our focus towards its nasty, toxic waste version that’s in our water supply … hydrofluorosilicic acid.
97% of Europe refuses to put it in their water supply. It’s a byproduct of fertilizer manufacturing and it contains traces of arsenic and lead, and also increases the body’s uptake of aluminium.
Of course all homes should have a water filter to remove unwanted chemicals but in an ideal scenario having pure water to begin with is better.
I prefer to pour an imported alkaline water for my dogs (Saka is a good brand if you can find it) and it’s the only water they drink. While feeding alkaline water to dogs may go against the grain, I can see the benefits.
A very cost effective alternative to water filters is Willard Water® – one of the most unusual products you’ll ever find. In essence it is just water, but add a few drops of it into your dog’s water bowl and special things start to happen.
It purifies water, makes it alkaline, and also helps with nutrient absorption, among many other benefits.
Daily walks, jogs, or play sessions can pay huge dividends when it comes to your dog’s health. Not only will exercise help keep your dog fit and trim, regular activities can help channel your dog’s energy into a positive direction, like playing games or taking walks, rather than destructive ones like digging holes in the yard. Check out this guide to get tips on creating a safe and healthy canine workout plan.
Regular exercise can have a tremendous impact on your dog’s overall well-being. Dogs that get regular workouts enjoy a higher metabolism, smaller appetite, better muscle tone, and even better temperature regulation – a very important benefit for dogs in hot or humid climates.
In addition, exercise helps ward off canine obesity, a growing problem among our beloved pets, and helps prevent boredom as well. Behavioral issues often stem from a dog’s unmet instinctive desires to do things like dig, herd, retrieve, or hunt. By engaging your pup’s mind with positive activities, you’ll prevent him from finding destructive ways to satisfy his instincts, like digging or chewing inappropriately
5. LOW CALORIE TREATAS
Consider Low-Calorie Treats
If tricks are your dog’s favorite pastime, low-calorie treats will encourage him to perform without negating his other calorie-burning activities. If your pet has any food allergies, consult your vet to determine which treats are safe and healthy for you dog.
- Apple slices
- Banana slices
- Carrot slices
- Low-calorie commercial treats
- Green beans
- Lean, cooked meat
- Melon chunks
- Pear slices
- Popcorn (without butter or oil)
- Rice cake pieces
Your dog’s exercise needs will change over time so make sure to continue speaking with your veterinarian about what is best for your dog.