December 15, 2009

Here are some ideas of healthy food options to add to your dog's food.

Ground meat such as chicken, turkey, beef and buffalo, which can be served raw or cooked depending on what you’re comfortable with.

Raw, meaty bones, such as chicken necks or backs. Grind bones to begin with, allowing Fido to get used to them. Your butcher may be able to do this for you, or you could invest in a good meat-grinder capable of grinding bone. Never feed cooked bones.

Raw (or lightly cooked) organs and muscle meats.

Raw or cooked fish such as cod, mackerel, sole, haddock (salmon should be cooked), as well as low-sodium canned fish.

Ground nuts, such as almonds, also make an interesting addition.

Plain yogurt, cottage cheese, kefir and eggs.

Fresh or dried fruits like melon, blueberries, cranberries and peaches.

Vegetables such as kale, yams, pumpkin, parsnips (root vegetables should be lightly steamed or pulped to aid digestibility).

Fresh herbs such as parsley and dandelion.

Recreational bones such as raw beef marrow (soup) bones should be offered once or twice a week for dental health and keep Fido mentally stimulated.

The ‘Don’t’ Feed List

  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Onions