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Fresh Food Boosters to Add to Your Dogs Diet

Fresh Food Boosters to Add to Your Dogs Diet

Hi everybody, here we are again Lockdown 2 but hopefully not for long and we can be back open in December for all the two and four legged treats!

Until then I hope everyone is looking after themselves getting lots of fresh air and for many its business as usual so I hope you are managing to get some downtime and R&R.

I have been looking forward to getting back into our blog writing, there has been so little time since reopening in March it’s just been such a crazy summer thanks to all your amazing support!

I was out on a dog walk this afternoon and I ended up chatting to this lovely couple walking their dogs at the park, don’t you just love how you always have so much to chat to other dog owners about, I love It and could talk for hours.

Of course, we were talking about the current situation and I was telling them all about our little doggy café in Skipton and how we bake healthy dog treats to enjoy alongside a human menu. They then began to ask about what they could add to their dogs everyday dry kibble to help add lots of extra goodness.

So, since I chewed their ear off for quite some time, I thought why not get it all down in writing and it may be helpful for dog owners looking to support their dog’s daily meals.

So, here’s my top 5 fresh food boosters to add to your dog’s everyday diet.

  • Raw Eggs

Eggs are an easy to digest food for our dogs containing protein and are a great source of fat and they are nearly a complete source of nutrition. Although eggs cannot be used as your dog’s main source of food most dogs are fine with eating them a few times a week. And of course, make sure you feed them raw if you can, as cooking them will destroy a lot of the nutrient’s and goodness.

Just a note, be sure to buy eggs that are not sprayed with chemicals as you don’t want your dog to be eating all those nasty chemicals from the shell

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is such a superfood, Max, my dogs coat is always incredibly shiny and soft when I feed him coconut oil a few times a week.

There’s also so many other benefits, help with weight loss, improves gut health, improves brain function and also can be used to rub into dry and cracked paws to help them stay soft and moisturised.

  • Sardines

Sardines, a little stinky and creates a little bit of a fish breath but they are full of yummy goodness, I always make sure we buy ours that comes in water or oil with no added salt and these little cold-water fish are often a sustainable solution. These tiny fish are packed full of omega 3, B-12 and Calcium.

 

 

  • Parsley

A popular garden herb which is full of vitamins and minerals, vitamin K, well known for its ability to support kidney health and maintain a healthy blood clotting system. But, if you can’t get your hands on parsley there are also plenty of other herbs and leafy greens you can use such as: Thyme, Oregano or Kale 

  • Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin is really a magic food; it has the ability to regulate digestion. For example, if your dog has the runs it will firm up their stool but on the other hand if your dog is constipated it will loosen their stool, helping them stay regular and stopping any upset tummys, how amazing is that? You can also make the pumpkin puree into frozen treats even mixed with some coconut oil rather than a big spoonful on the top of their kibble.

Remember with any new food, try small amounts at a time and work your way up. Max currently has these boosters twice a week and he can’t wait for them especially the sardines, but he’s always suspicious of the egg!

Also don’t forget if you are buying anything in tins check your ingredients carefully for added salts or sugars or anything harmful to your dog a few here are a few examples (this is not a complete list)

  • XYLITOL
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms