Change Your Dog’s Diet One Ingredient at a Time
Time for a change
So you’ve decided you’d like to change your dog’s diet. Maybe you’re worried about the additives in commercial dog food or concerned about the alarming number of pet food recalls. Or perhaps you simply want the best for your dog and have become aware of the enormous health benefits in feeding dogs real food.
But it’s a big leap. Your dog has only ever eaten commercial dog food. How will his or her little tummy cope with variety?
Variety is the key
The good news is that your dog will cope just fine because, actually, a dog’s digestive system is not so different from yours and mine. It was designed to benefit from a wide variety of ingredients, and the wider that variety, the better. But to be safe, perhaps you might like to change your dog’s diet one ingredient at a time.
Bear in mind here that we are talking wholefood ingredients – meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, etc. Not takeaways, ready meals or junk food!
Pick a vegatable
So start off with a vegetable. Whatever vegetable you like. Whatever you’re going to be cooking for yourself and your family this evening. Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, broccoli or better still, some greens – kale, cabbage, pak choi, leafy greens, lettuce. Just make sure you boil or steam whatever it is and cut it into small pieces. Also make sure you don’t add butter, salt or any dressing and allow enough for a spoonful a day for 3 or 4 days which you’ll keep in the fridge until it’s used up.
Don’t give up
So when you serve each meal for those 3 or 4 days, remove one spoonful of whatever commercial food you feed your dog and replace it with one spoonful of your chosen vegetable and mix it in well. If need be, add a little hot water to help blend the food together. Mash your chosen vegetable if necessary. If your dog doesn’t eat it all, he or she is not hungry enough. Stick with the plan. Remember, you are improving the health of your dog and increasing the amount of time you’ll have together because a healthier diet means a longer life. What you’re doing is for the best – so don’t give 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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