Have you ever pondered over the idea of giving your dog a whole foods diet? In many cases it can be more beneficial and help reduce allergies if your dog seems prone to them. It can also be a little healthier offering them fresh food rather than processed. I noticed most pet owners are not going to put more effort into their dogs food then they do their own. So maybe we all need a little overhaul on ours and our fur baby’s diets! You will notice after just a few short months how clear their eyes and skin are and how shiny their coats become. Just like with humans, all dogs are different and might not all benefit form a whole foods diet. Always check with a vet prior to making any big changes, just as you would consult a physician.
Do you prefer to take the time, money and effort into feeding your dog a cleaner, whole foods diet? Or do they eat over processed food daily just like yourself?
Check out this great list that every pet owner should reference when trying to improve their precious pets diet:
Approved Foods: Foods safe for canine consumption include cooked meats and fish such as chicken and salmon, eggs, peanut butter, oatmeal, apples, banana, green beans, carrots, cheese, yogurt, pumpkin and rice. Avoid seasoning food with salt, which dehydrates, or spices.
Foods to Avoid: Toxic foods to avoid include onions, garlic, raisins, rhubarb, grapes, walnuts and avocados. Avoid accidentally giving your pooch the seeds or pits of apples, apricots, cherries or peaches. Since caffeine is bad for dogs, don’t offer coffee, chocolate or tea. Other foods to avoid include artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, raw yeast dough, candy, hops, leaves and stems from potato or tomato plants and moldy food.
Creating a Meal Plan: Aim to feed your pup 2 percent of his body weight daily; a 30-pound dog would require 9-1/2 ounces of food per day. You might offer 5 ounces of cooked, shredded chicken in the morning and and 4-1//2 ounces of oatmeal with apple slices or cooked brown rice with boiled carrots in the evening, for example.