By adding nutrient dense food’s to your dogs diet essentially ‘upgrades’ the meal making it more satisfying.
Ready made dog food is very convenient for us, especially kibble as it can be stored easily and all you have to do is scoop a portion out at meal times. Not to mention it's not as smelly as the tinned meat but it's not all that healthy (depending on the brand you buy etc).
Fortunately you can add fresh food's to your dogs meal to make it healthier by supplying them with extra vitamins and minerals which will support their overall health.
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Green veggies such as kale, spinach and green beans provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals that will contribute to your dogs health. Start off by introducing greens gradually into your dogs diet, by adding small portions of greens to your dog's diet a few times a week will enable them to recieve the essential key nutrients.
Just like us humans, add new foods in slowly because if you add too much too soon your dog may develop a bout of diarrhea.
Yes! Dog's can eat berries too. Strawberries are full of great fiber and also a good source of vitmain C. Give in moderation as strawberries are naturally high in sugar.
Blueberries are probably one of the best berries you can give your dog as they are so high in antioxidants they are classed as a superfood.
Raspberries are also a great choice because they have anti-inflammatory properties which may help the senior dogs, they are low in sugar but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C.
Yogurt contains belly friendly bacteria for your furry friend. When giving your dog yogurt please read labels as you want to make sure you get the plain stuff that isn't loaded with sugar, additives and other nasty chemicals, also make sure the yogurt contains probiotics.
A small amount of boiled potato contains a good amount of iron and is a great source of fibre which ensures a healthy digestive system, sweet potatoes' would be the healthiest choice. Always wash, prep and boil the potato and never give your dog raw potato as it could be toxic due to a naturally occurring chemical called solanine.
Apples contain anxtioxidants which are important and also help to prevent cancer, they also contain a great amount of fiber. Remember to give small portions of fruit to your dog and even though the saying is "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" this works great for humans but is not the case for dogs.
Be sure to prepare the apple for your dog by removing the seeds and core so they don't choke.
Cucumbers are mostly made up of water but they hold a good amount of key nutrients making it a perfect snack. If your dog is a litle overweight then cucumber makes the perfect snack. They also contain silica which provide comfort for joints.