Below is a link to a very helpful article on what is best to feed your dog….aside from the usual kibble.
I’ve been meaning to publish this for months but put it on the back burner. I strongly believe that dogs deserve to eat ‘real’ food the same as humans for health purposes mostly.
All living creatures deserve real food.
It is narrow-minded to think that dogs should eat only kibble. Perhaps the thought of eating kibbles for the rest of your own life helps make the point that pets forced to do so are being shortchanged.
I’ve been making simple ‘real food’ meals for my dogs for dinner since day one (day one being the day they came into my care). Unless we’re travelling they get homemade. Not in the morning, just in the evenings. Sometimes in the morning they get oatmeal or eggs but mostly good quality kibble. Aside from health benefits, the enjoyment of watching them polish off a bowl of freshly prepared food, knowing how much they love to eat it, is enough for me to want to make it.
My male sheltie is almost sixteen. I met him when he was eight, and he became mine furever when he was ten. He was used to eating only kibble once a day. But on several occasions he went into a hypoglycemia shock where he could hardly function. Twice I didn’t think he’d even recover. So I decided to change his diet by feeding him twice a day with the second meal consisting of ‘real’ meat & veggies. No filler. Since doing so, he has not gone into shock syndrome once.
Cost wise, buying real food is not as much as you think. You can buy stir-fry beef or chicken on sale, mix it with plain rice, add steamed veggies like yam, sweet potato, zucchini and carrots. Then mix in frozen or canned peas. Ground turkey & fish such as salmon are also good choices. Just like us, they like variety. You can buy canned pure pumpkin and give them a bit of that too. Make enough for several days and refrigerate in portions. Your dog will love you even more for it.
When it comes to buying kibble for your dog please carefully read the label. Animal protein should be at the top of the ingredient list with whole vegetables, fruits and grains next. Check the “best before” date.
Let’s keep our furry family happy and healthy for as long as we can. It’s the least we can do for them. They enhance our lives, we should do the same for them.