Is your dog tired of eating the same old dry kibble every day? Common signs your dog is not enjoying their meal include leaving food leftover in their bowl or refusing to eat. Sometimes, your dog is completely happy with their kibble but it doesn’t mean you can’t boost the flavor and add more nutrients.
Here are tasty ways to add healthy additives to improve your dog’s dry food diet!
Bone broth is made from boiling animal bones that contain a small amount of meat and connective tissue. The result is a clear soup that is filled with collagen, gelatin, and other important nutrients. This delicious soup can be added to your dog’s bowl of dry kibble for added flavor and a softer texture. Bone broth is known for improving hydration levels and digestion in dogs.
Canned or Fresh Cooked Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a quick and easy way to keep your dog’s digestive system working at its best. You can purchase canned pumpkin and easily add it to your dog’s kibble meal. However, you want to avoid feeding your dog pumpkin pie mix because it contains other ingredients such as nutmeg and other spices that can cause stomach upset in dogs.
Generally, you want to feed your dog 1 teaspoon of canned pure pumpkin for every 10 pounds of their body weight once a day.
Canned sardines contain a low mercury level which makes them an excellent option for dogs. This tasty fish contains vitamins, proteins, omega-3 acids, and its rich in calcium. Implementing sardines into your dog’s meal strengthens bones, boosts energy levels, strengthens joints, and helps the development of muscles and tissues.
Raw organ and liver meat is an excellent way to give your dog a taste of their natural diet their ancestors consumed. For example, if your dog lived, thrived, and survived in the wild today, they would naturally hunt their food and devour their prey raw. Raw meat such as beef liver, heart, gizzards, and muscle meats hold high amounts of nutrition.
Keep in mind it’s important to serve your dog a small amount of raw meat at first to allow their digestive system to become familiar with the new food.
Eggs are an easy and healthy addition to your dog’s dry food diet. You can serve them to your dog hard-boiled, soft-boiled, scrambled, or raw. Dogs that weigh 20 to 40 pounds can eat half an egg every other day while dogs that weigh more than 40 pounds can consume a whole egg every other day.
You can also add a snack to your dog’s regular dry kibble meal by offering your dog a raw bone. Dogs enjoy the challenge of eating raw bones since they contain a small amount of meat and muscle attached. Your dog will use their teeth to scrape the meat off the bone and chew on the hard surface as well. The chewing and gnawing motion helps alleviate stress, cleans plaque off the surface of the teeth, strengthens teeth and gums plus provides mental relaxation.
Now that you know how to add healthy additives to your dog’s diet it’s time to implement them now! Make sure you test out each option mentioned above to see which one your dog likes the best.
Introduce each item one at a time to allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust to the new food. Allow a week in between each newly introduced item to prevent your dog’s digestive tract from getting overwhelmed. Get started improving your dog’s dry kibble diet today!