Sometimes I like to add extras to the dogs’ meals. We try to feed a high quality kibble (newsflash..kibble is not the best thing for your dog, but if you have to feed it then find one with the least amount of ingredients and the most “real” food not a bunch of fillers).
Since we have chickens we pretty much always have farm fresh eggs, and way more than we can eat. So usually once a week the dogs get a hard-boiled egg to top off their dinner.
Sometimes I’ll add a sardine for those good Omega-3 fatty acids, added protein and lots of great vitamins and minerals. I buy the water-packed with no salt added.
Sometimes they get a bit of Kefir poured on their food. Yum! Kefir is an excellent source of probiotics.
You can add bits of fruit or veggies too. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, K and fiber! Frozen carrots make fun crunchy treats too.
If I happen to be cutting up veggies for a meal, Hope especially “begs” for anything I’m chopping up. Silly girl has tried sweet peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery or whatever I’ll offer her! The other day all the dogs were begging for pea pods as I shelled peas. They enjoyed the crunchy freshness.
Just to be on the safe side though, there are some foods you should not feed your dog. Here’s a handy chart.
Oh, and I’ve said this before, if I had the time, space and money I would feed my dogs a quality, balanced raw food diet. The closer dogs eat to their original “wild” diet, the better in my opinion.
Did you read about the oldest living dog, Bobi? He lives on a farm in Portugal, eats from the family’s organic garden, gets served meats and fish, takes walks daily and leads a stress-free life (and he’s probably not over-vaccinated either). He’s been verified as the oldest, living dog on record at age thirty-one years of age!! Here’s a cool video.
So add some fresh food and whatever healthy things you can to your dogs diet!