There are certain additional foods that are very beneficial for dogs and can help with specific health issues. I incorporate many of these into my recipes. You can use these ingredients every day or you can add them in once a week or whenever you have them lying around. Here they are listed below…
Yogurt- Live cultures in yogurt provide probiotics that are excellent for digestion. (Make sure you only buy plain!).
Parsley- Helps with bad breath and digestion. (Perfect for recipes with anchovies and sardines in it!)
Garlic- Controversial because people think it’s too close to the onion. But in SMALL amounts it’s fine because it helps with things like inflammation and infection and helps combat fleas.
Pumpkin- Helps with digestion, gas, bloating, and loose stool. (I love to add some in the treats I make!)
Wheat Germ- This is the most nutrient rich part of a wheat plant and high in vitamins B and E, folic acid, essential fatty acids, and fiber.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Can elevate itchy ears and feet by balancing your dogs natural PH level, reduces dander, relieves arthritis pain, improves digestion, prevents kidney and bladder stones, eases muscle pain and soreness, and is a natural insect repellent. (This is my favorite thing to add to my meals because it has so many health benefits!)
Coconut- Comes in milk, oil, and unsweetened flakes and offers a wide range of healthy coat, skin, digestion, and balanced metabolism. Can also reduce risk of cancer and topically applies to treat minor cuts.
It is also very important to feed your dog the right amount of food depending on their weight. Here is a chart that I use for feeding any of these extras…
3-5 lbs: 1/4 Tsp, 5-10 lbs: Tsp 1/2 Tsp, 10-20 lbs: 1 Tsp, 20-30 lbs: 2 Tsp, 30-40 lbs: 1/2-1 Tbs, 40-50 lbs: 1 Tbs, 50-60 lbs: 1- 1 1/2 Tbs, 60-70 lbs: 1 1/2-2 Tbs, 70-80 lbs: 1 1/2-2 Tbs, 80-100: 2 Tbs.