Change Your Dog’s Diet One Day at a Time
Whether you’re worried about the additives in commercial dog food, concerned about pet food recalls or simply want the best for your dog, changing his or her diet to a more healthy and natural one makes sense on so many levels. But you’re concerned. Commercial dog food is all your dog has ever known. What if he or she doesn’t like the new food. What if he or she has a tummy upset?
These are perfectly normal concerns, and, believe me, we’ve all been there. But please, please don’t let that stop you from trying to improve your best friend’s diet. Until you’ve tried it, you won’t believe the difference a homemade diet can make to the health of your best friend.
The solution? Take things slowly. Change your dog’s diet one day at a time. If you feed your dog dry commercial food as so many do, start by adding one tablespoon of something new each day for three or four days to see how your dog reacts to it. The one caveat – it needs to be cooked, ideally lightly cooked.
So, if today you and your family are having, say, cabbage or kale, peas or carrots, broccoli or runner beans, add one tablespoon of whatever vegetable it is to your dog’s food and mix it in well. No salt, no butter, just lightly cooked – boiled, steamed, microwaved even, but cut it up well, and if its the likes of sweet potatoes or carrots, mash it if you like.
Then add a couple more tablespoons to a dish and put it in the fridge so you can do the same for the next three or four days until it’s all used up.
Next time we’ll discuss the next step. Meanwhile, please sign up for our regular pupdates and learn how to feed your dog the food he or she really deserves!
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