let’s get real. most of us can’t jump right in and prepare exclusively home cooked meals for our pets (like our homemade dog food recipe). but we know that we could be feeding our dogs better. how can we make it work?
here at small club we believe in the power of nutritious food. food as medicine, food for wellness and food for fun.
start by looking to improve, not perfect, your dog’s diet.
add any fresh food to your dog’s meal. you don’t need to buy special meat or vegetables to do this – use your own. set aside a portion of your vegetables, your rice, your potatoes, your meat and mix it into your dog’s food.
some examples, you ask?
when we grab a roasted chicken from the grocery we pick off pieces and put them in the dog’s food. you can find a lot of meat on the back, too. you can chip off pieces of cartilage from the chicken joints but do not feed them the bones. we don’t feed them the skin because it is rubbed with spices.
when we cook meat at home we are usually making it spicy. so we first cut off a piece for the dog. cook it plain in the microwave. easy.
your dog might actually like some raw or cooked vegetables.
let them try a carrot stick. mix some of your spinach into their bowl. save them a bite of your apple.
set aside some of the vegetables you are cooking for dinner. put them in a bowl, add a dribble of water, cover and microwave. steamed vegetables! throw into your dog’s bowl with their regular food. done.
when we bake potatoes, yams or make a pot of rice (or whatever grain is cool today) we set some aside for the dog. fresh carbs are good for them, too.
you can improve your dog’s nutrition without being inconvenienced! and without spending a ton of time or money.
there is no formula for this. just add as much fresh stuff to your dog’s processed kibble, canned or freeze-dried food as you can.
special notes: change your dog’s diet gradually – start with small quantities of fresh foods. watch out for foods dogs cannot eat like onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate and so on. some dogs have allergies to foods. and other cautions.