Ways to Improve Pet Food

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Dogs and cats must get bored of eating the same pet food day in and day out. There are some people who choose to feed Raw but for a lot of people this isn’t an option. There are many ways to make pet food taste better and give your pets a boost of vitamins and minerals. Here is a list of foods to start incorporating into your pet’s diet! Do not feed everything on the list at once. Try adding one or two per meal. The fruits and vegetables on this list that are fine as a treat now and again but not for daily consumption for cats. Cats are carnivores and need to eat meat in order to thrive.

 

Foods to Add to Dry Pet Food

All foods on this list are based on 20 lbs. of body weight. Please dose accordingly.

raw meat salmon chicken pork eggs to add to pet food for dogs and cats

Foods from the Sea

• Muscles- 1 muscle

• Sardines- 1/8 of a can of sardines in water or olive oil per day

• Salmon- Fresh or canned in water or olive oil. 1 tablespoon

• Kelp & Seaweed- 1/4 teaspoon of fresh or dried

Foods from the sea can be added directly on top of your cat’s or dog’s food raw or you can cook them as well. Cooking Some foods can reduce their nutritional value. When feeding raw, make sure to thoroughly wash out your pet’s bowl after they are finished eating.

 

fruits and vegetables to add to pet food banana zucchini carrots

Fruits & Vegetables

Vegetables can be added to your pet’s food frozen, mashed, cooked or raw. Make sure to not over feed fruits to pets due to their high sugar content.

• Bananas (dogs only)- Add 1/4 cup

• Blueberries- Add 1/4 cup

• Green beans- Add 1/4 cup

• Carrots- Add 1/2 a carrot (They are perfect as treats too!)

• Spinach- 1/4 cup, chopped

• Broccoli- 1/2 cup

•Sweet Potato (dogs only)-

• Zucchini- 4- 1/4 inch slices

• Pumpkin- 2 tablespoons, pureed

• Peas- 1/4 cup

Cats should only eat fruits and vegetables every now and again. Vegetables are great at boosting the immune system and a good source of nutrients. Once a week or once every 2 weeks, add a few of these fruits and vegetables into their dry or wet food for an added boost. Fruits contain sugar and shouldn’t be given to diabetic cats or dogs.

 

bottles of oil flaxseed coconut and fish to drizzle over pet food cat food dog food

Oils, Herbs and Other

• Fish oil- Depending on what fish oil you purchase, use the dosing chart on the container

• Olive oil- 1/2 teaspoon

• Coconut oil- 2 teaspoons

• Flaxseed oil- 1 teaspoon

• Parsley- Fresh or dried

• Mint- Add a few leaves on top to give pets fresher breath

• Bone broth- Homemade or low sodium store bought. Add enough to coat pet food and let sit for 5 minutes to soak before feeding

• Raw eggs- Crack one egg over pet food or cook it. Grind up 1/2 the egg shell in a coffee grinder into a fine powder and sprinkle over pet food for an added calcium boost.

• Raw meat (beef, chicken, veal, pork, lamb, turkey, venison, wild boar, etc.)

 

Oils are very important to incorporate into your cat or dog’s food. Not only do the oils listed above give a shiner looking coat, they improve brain function and overall pet health. Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat contains fish oil, olive oil and flaxseed oil. Fish oil contains DHA and EPA are important omega 3’s to help boost the immune system, reduces the risk of diabetes, and improves skin and hair. Olive oil provides an energy boost, supports brain function and is optimal for pet health. Flaxseed oil boosts heart health, reduces skin conditions and can help with constipation and other tummy upsets. So, go ahead, play with food! Your cat and dog will thank you! By adding any of these to their pet food, they will get more nutrients and minerals that are lacking in most commercial dog foods.

Johanna
Johanna
She has been with NaturPet since February 2017 and has her Pet First Aid. Using her knowledge of pet health, she has created social media posts and blogs on the subject. Her free time is spent volunteering with Okanagan Small Dog Rescue, having a nice cold beer with her Fiancé and hanging out with her friends and family and her new puppy, Bandito.

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