By: Ellie Hansen
I am often asked by customers “What do you feed your dogs?” I have four dogs and three of them are seniors. The truth is their meals vary from day to day, and week to week. Can you imagine eating chicken for every meal for the rest of your life? I can’t! There are a few common misconceptions circulating around.
Dogs should eat the same thing every day for the rest of their lives.
This is not true, nor is it optimal for long-term health. Animals, including humans, eat a variety of foods based on what they can hunt, forage, purchase, and so on. Each food has a unique blend of vitamins and minerals and flavor. For example, dogs who only eat chicken are missing out on the nutritious benefits of omega-3s in grass-fed red meats. You can add variety to your dog’s food in many ways, and it does not have to cost a fortune. More on that later…
If I start adding stuff like canned food to my dog’s dry food, he/she will get used to it and never eat their dry food plain again.
Yes, this might be true…but I say AMEN TO THAT! Think of dry kibble as your nutritional base. It is like eating dry meat cereal. It is no wonder that many dogs become finicky eaters, or just leave food in the bowl all day and eat when they get really hungry. I don’t know about you, but when someone puts a dish of delicious food in front of me, I eat it right away! I like enjoying my food. Your dog can, too! Adding healthy “extras” to you dog’s dry food will make it more nutritious and more palatable.
Three inexpensive ways to add variety to your dog’s food:
Pour raw goat milk or cow kefir over your dog’s dry, canned, or raw food. It’s quick, easy, and super healthy.
Suggested brands: Answers, Primal, and Open Farm
Add a tablespoon or two of high-quality boxed stew to your dog’s food.
If feeding dry, add a bit of water to that and you have a delicious soupy meal your dog will love.
Suggested brands: Open Farm stew, Stella & Chewy’s stew
Sprinkle some freeze-dried raw food on top of your dog’s base meal, top it off with some bone broth and you have a meal your dog simply can’t resist.
Suggested brands: (Freeze-dried raw) Stella & Chewy’s, Primal, Steve’s, and Open Farm
Suggested brands: (Bone broth) Open Farm, Nugget’s Bone Brew
What are the Hansen Family Dogs eating this week?
Vital Essentials Raw Beef Patties (prey model raw diet) topped with Green Juju raw green veggie blend including bison bone broth, and two tablespoons of fermented raw cow kefir. Supplements added: Bixbi Mushroom Immunity Blend and High-Omega 3 Fish Oil. They are also taking Herbsmith Joint Support Tablets, which can be seen on the yellow “mine” pet platter.