The latest round of dog food recalls left many whirling about what to do as a good dog food choice, considering many premium dog foods were on that list. Most dog owners have come to believe the only thing to feed their dog is kibble.
When one really stops to think about it, dog food recalls aside, feeding only kibble may not be the healthiest diet for dogs. We’ve learned through our own diets that processed food has gotten us to obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems and a host of other unhealthy situations.
Yet, the thought that we feed our dogs an all processed diet and wonder why diabetes, cancer and obesity are on the rise to the tune of nearly 50% of our dogs has seriously been overlooked.
Dogs Need Nourishment Too
Dog nutrition has been sold to us by the media for the last couple of decades as “balanced” through kibble. In fact it has been sold to us so hard that most people actually believe the essential vitamins and minerals dogs need can only be attained through kibble.
It is true that dogs do have vitamin and mineral requirements but surely with a bit of balance in real food the notion that they can’t get the right nutrition without eating kibble is a little crazy really. We have been sold the notion to the point we believe and our dogs are suffering over it.
Time to get a little education on what to feed your dog to get real nutrition. It’s time our dog’s get something healthier than the McDoggie diets they have been existing on, that have actually been detrimental to their long term health.
What Vitamins and Minerals Dogs Need
*vetinfo.com list these essentials
Vitamin A– for maintaining healthy hair, skin, eyes, muscles, nerves and ovaries.
Vitamin C– for maintaining a healthy urinary tract.
Vitamin B- complex– for maintaining normal growth and energy levels.
Vitamin D– for proper nerve and bone formation and muscle function.
Vitamin E– for proper cell respiration, fat metabolism and hormone production.
Vitamin K– for maintaining normal blood functions, like clotting.
Calcium and phosphorous– for healthy bone growth, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission.
Copper–for proper formation of bone, tissue, and cells.
Fatty acids–for proper function of body organs and control of allergies and inflammation.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin– for maintenance of healthy joints.
Iodine– for proper metabolism and thyroid function.
Iron– for proper function of red blood cells which transport oxygen.
Magnesium– for proper vitamin, mineral and enzyme use, bone development, and protein production.
Potassium– for maintaining healthy muscles and nerves, and proper fluid balance.
Selenium– for protection of cells as an antioxidant.
Sodium and chloride– working separately or together, as sodium chloride, for proper fluid balance, transfer of nutrients, elimination of cell waste.
Zinc– for maintaining healthy hair and skin.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and as the trend goes for whole food and juicing for people, it only makes sense that our dogs would be much better off absorbing their vitamins and minerals from real food as well.
Homemade dog food doesn’t have to be a difficult thing. In fact it can not only become quite easy but is pretty much guaranteed to spur you to a better diet for yourself.
Making the Switch to Real Food for Your Dog
If you want to make the switch to better food and better health for your dog do it just like you would any new change for yourself.
Gradually. Studies prove you have a way higher rate of success with gradual change, like 2 or 3 good meals a week instead of none. Don’t try to suddenly switch to all their meals are homemade. You are sure to fail and give up.
You don’t have to take on becoming a doggie gourmet cook overnight. Nor do you have to cook for your dog every single day.
Start by getting an education on the good nutrition for your dog and begin making a few recipes while adding to your knowledge about how to best get the right vitamins and minerals to your dog.
Learning to add the right things to your dog’s diet can come over time as well. *Join My Inbox if you’d like to get easy super food and supplement ideas using the very ingredients you would use while cooking your own food.
Home made Dog Food Tip
Calcium is a much needed mineral in a dog’s diet. The first thing we people think of as a calcium additive is milk. But guess what? It’s certainly not the best way to get calcium and feeding your dog loads of milk is not a good idea. Find out more about why milk is not a good source of calcium here: Healthy Alter Ego Milk
Here are two answers to adding calcium to your dog’s diet.
Give your dog coconut oil every day! You can find recipes with coconut oil in Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes
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Jt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people. Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. Her work at ReVIBE | Dogs + Joy + Vibrance is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is a dog whisperer for our best friends and studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication. Her latest publications are Treading for Dogs DVD, Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.