Although the number of raw feeders is growing, the majority of domestic dogs today still eat kibble. If you’re one of those more “traditional” owners, we’d like to bring you some suggestions given by “Dogs Naturally” about how to make kibble more nutritious.
# Vary the Food – it’s boring to eat the same food all the time… You’ll improve your furry friend’s diet by giving him more variety. Rotate the food by choosing different kibbles! But keep the same brand and line. If you change it might cause upset stomach.
# Vary the Recipe – try rotating the recipe that you give your dog, as most manufacturers use the same formula in every line of food. By doing so, your furry friend will get lots of different ingredients and it will avoid any excess or deficient vitamin problems for your dog.
# According with some veterinarians by offering various foods, you’ll create a stronger gut, and your dog won’t get digestive upsets from rotating. Also, it’s less likely that your dog will develop food sensitivities, which can happen if he eats the same food all the time. You can start by mixing some of the new food with the old and increase, little by little, the new food as his digestive system adapts!
# Read the Labels – pay attention to the list of ingredients in the label, as there are some that it’s important to avoid, such as artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin), corn, wheat, soy.
# Balance Gut Bacteria with Probiotics – Well-balanced gut bacteria are vitally important to support your dog’s digestive and immune systems. Feeding probiotics supports your dog’s existing gut flora and boosts good digestion and immune health.
# Fruits and Veggies – Try adding some blended or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables to your dog’s bowl. This can meet two needs: the need for enzymes and the need for whole food vitamins.
# Add Omega-3 Fats – Most kibble diets don’t contain healthy fats. Even if they’re on the ingredient list, they’re lost with heating and processing. In fact, processing can produce hydrogenated or trans fats, which can be very dangerous. There aren’t enough omega-3s in kibble. Then, kibble-fed dogs need to eat more omega-3s to provide a healthy anti-inflammatory balance. The main anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats your dog needs are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), ETA (eicosatetraenoic acid) and DHA, which are all both plentiful in green lipped mussels or mussel oil (GLM). Green lipped mussel oil is also more absorbable than fish oil, so your dog doesn’t need as much. If you prefer, you can offer oily fish like sardines, herring, or canned fish. Buy skin-on, bone-in fish, packed in water, not oil, and preferably without added salt.
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