When it comes to what makes a healthy food diet for dogs there is no single answer. Like people, dogs are individuals. That means that the perfect diet for one dog might not be the best diet for another dog, and that’s okay. It just means you have to experiment with what food you give your dog, while paying close attention to what they like and don’t like. Don’t worry, like your dog lets you know when they want to play, or when they’re happy, or sad, they’ll let you know when you’re feeding them properly!
There are several tips we are glad to share that we think will help you put together a healthy diet for your dog, regardless of their specific tastes.
While you can give your dog a pure kibble diet, you can also mix things up. That means giving them some cooked meat, including chicken, lamb and beef, fish, vegetables and even rice. Keep the amounts of cooked meat small though and avoid cooked bones and potentially toxic substances like onion sauces. We also suggest WellyChef Homemade Dog Food Done Right Base Mix, which can be used with fresh meat, giving your dog a great tasting, balanced and healthy food option.
Giving your dog raw meat is also an option, but according to the RSPCA it is suggested that it is best to give them human-grade meat. Reason being, some pet meat and bone products can be high in preservatives, which can adversely affect your dog’s health. Also, if you’re going to give your dog raw meat, treat it with the same high level of food hygiene as you would if you were going to eat it. Dogs can get Salmonella, too!
Maintaining a balanced raw meat diet is difficult, so if you choose that option, consult your veterinarian, as they can help you a great deal.
If you’re looking to give your dog a healthy treat, try occasionally giving them tinned tuna, sardines or salmon in spring water. It tastes great and gives them a nice shift from other kinds of treats. Just be careful to ensure you’ve taken out any fish bones!
Want to add some fiber to your dog’s diet? Try adding some cooked pumpkin or raw grated carrots to their food.
When it comes to giving your dog a bone, usually 1 to 2 bones a week is more than enough to help keep their teeth clean and healthy. Just remember to make sure the bone is too big for the dog to fit into their mouth and that it is raw (cooked bones can splinter, and that word is never good no matter what you associate it with).
Just like people, dog’s need water, and lots of it. So make sure they always have fresh water available to them, which will help keep them healthy and hydrated.
Finally, while providing your dog with a healthy, balanced diet is important, a great tasting treat that might not be the healthiest thing in the world once in a while isn’t a crime, just keep it occasional, and make sure it won't cause any health issues. It is a treat after all, and if you give it to your dog all the time, it loses that exciting "treat" appeal and just becomes, well, food.