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Healthy Food Items for Dogs: A Guide to Regular and Occasional Meals


Healthy Food Items for Dogs
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The digestive system of dogs is different than humans. It means you will need exceptional food for your pet. Human food can be dangerous for dogs; therefore, you have to consider safe food options for them. 

Fortunately, there are many foods that can be beneficial for your dog. You can easily add these foods into their diet. 

Here are a few ideas you can try.

Bone Broth

This healing potion has numerous benefits for dogs. Bone broth is derived from bones after simmering them for a few days in apple cider vinegar. The purpose of this process is to break down all the essential nutrients that are bioavailable to your dog.

It will help you to treat leaky guts in dogs. Remember, several diseases start in their gut (chronic inflammation, asthma, allergies, autoimmune). Gelatin is responsible for repairing and sooth mucosal lining to seal the barrier of the gut. 

In case of any damage, the gut allows toxins in the bloodstream of your dog. Gelatin is responsible to breakdown fats and proteins from dog to make them digestible.

Moreover, bone broth can assist in liver detoxing, decrease inflammation, and alleviate joint pain. Glycine is essential to strengthen joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. 

In aging dogs, it is necessary to avoid atrophy. Bone broth is loaded with trace minerals (zinc and magnesium) and macro-minerals (phosphorus and calcium). It can improve the absorption of these minerals in your pet.

Remember, bone broth can improve the immune system in your dogs. Furthermore, collagen can protect their skin from aging and build strong skin. It can improve memory and cognition in your dogs to promote better sleep.

Almond Butter (as an occasional treat)

If the almond butter in your home is free from additives, it can be fed as an occasional treat to your dog. Remember, regular feeding of almond butter to dogs may increase their intestinal stress as they can’t digest it easily. A good article on can dogs eat almond butter will help you to understand the right quantity of almond butter for your dog.

Avoid sweetened or flavored almond butter. Make sure to avoid any product for your dog with xylitol. It is a toxic additive for dogs that may lead to liver failure, hypoglycemia, or death. 

After overeating butter, your dog will lose appetite and become uncomfortable because of gas and upset stomach.

Raw Goat Milk

Unpasteurized (raw milk) is a nutrient-rich food for dogs. Raw goat milk is loaded with Omega-3s and MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides), K2, D and A (fat-soluble vitamins), digestive enzymes, and probiotics. 

By feeding goat milk to your dogs, you can provide them with immunoglobulin’s, amino acids/protein, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Raw milk is useful to decrease allergies and strengthen the immune system. Digestive enzymes and probiotics in raw goat milk are suitable for gut health. It can promote healthy skin and repair a leaky gut. 

Remember, goat milk is easy to digest and less allergic to cow milk. Feed your small dogs with ¼ cup each day. Almost ½ cup and ¾ cup a day is suitable for medium and larger dogs, respectively. Make sure to start with smaller amounts.

Organ Meats

The diet of your pet is incomplete without organ meat. Several home cooks and commercial diets may follow a simple rule 80-10-10 (80% muscle meat, 10% organ meats, and 10% bone). 

Glands and organs, such as tripe (stomach), heart, brain, pancreas, adrenal glands, kidneys, and liver, are nutrient-rich.

This food can be the best strength builder. Remember, the liver is a good source of ribonucleic acid, amino acids, zinc, folate, iron, and vitamin A, and B. Kidney has iron, riboflavin, B12, and vitamin A. 

For vitamin C, you can feed adrenal glands to your dog. The brain is excellent for vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, and omega-3. Make sure to buy organic meat from pasture-raised, organic animals.

Eggs

Get the advantage of this nutritional powerhouse for your dog. They are bioavailable (100%) and complete protein. It is easy to add eggs in the diet of your pet. Eggs offer amino acids, high-quality protein, omega-3s, vitamins A, D, E, and B vitamins (complex), antioxidants, zinc, selenium calcium.

Eggs are beneficial for the cardiovascular health of your pet. Their cholesterol can regulate cholesterol levels in the dog’s body. The liver and brain need cholesterol for their normal functions. 

Moreover, eggs are excellent for skin and eye health. Try to buy free-range eggs for your dog. Larger dogs can eat one egg a day. For smaller dogs, start with half an egg.

Omega-3 Oils

By feeding oily, small fish to your dog, you can satisfy their needs of Omega-3 fatty acids. The health benefits of Omega-3 oils include eye and skin health, heart health, kidney function, joint support, anti-inflammatory, and brain food.

Anchovies and sardines (small fish) are free from toxins found in larger species. They are a great source of omega-3s. Make sure to avoid farm-raised fish. Start with almost ½ sardines in a day for small dogs. 

Larger dogs can digest almost a tin after two days. If you need a substitute for fish, consider calamari oil, krill oil, and cod liver oil as a suitable source of omega-3.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains MCT (medium-chain triglyceride), a good fat. It is stable and can’t oxidize with high heat. With lots of minerals and antioxidants, it can be the best brain food. 

This oil is good for oral health and skin, boost his/her immune system, and decreases inflammation. 

With this fat, your pet can fight cancer. Your dog may love its taste but start with one teaspoon for 10 to 20 pounds of body weight. Make sure to start slowly to avoid any allergic reaction.

Kelp

Kelp seaweed has 10 to 20 times better amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. It will be an authoritative source of complex phytonutrients and minerals. Kelp is suitable for metabolic health, thyroid health, digestive system and nervous system, and immune function. 

Moreover, mushrooms and fermented food items are ideal for the health of your dog.

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