6 Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Kibble
Dry dog food is convenient and easy to use, but it has some drawbacks: lack of digestive enzymes that are found in raw foods, too few essential fatty acids, lack of variety, and lots of grain that many dogs are ill-equipped to handle. How to compensate? Use the very best kibble you can find, and do some of the following:
1. Add digestive enzymes.
Put a dollop of yogurt, cottage cheese, or other moist whole food on top of the kibble, and mix the enzymes lightly in. Your dog will eat the enzymes in the first few bites, which will help digest the kibble eaten right after. Do this at every meal. We recommend our own specially formulated Good Digestion which contains plant-sourced digestive enzymes to replace those lost from whole food during cooking and processing, and live probiotics to replenish beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract depleted by stress or antibiotic therapy.
2. Add raw or lightly steamed veggies.
This provides an antioxidant boost for all dogs, especially if they’re older or overweight. Raw veggies should be finely grated, ground in a blender or food processor, or juiced so the cellulose is broken down. Or, try our Great Greens whole food supplement that provides an ideal blend of essential nutrients for dogs.
3. Add raw or lightly cooked meat or eggs.
Dogs evolved eating a diet of about 50% protein, which they obtained from their prey. Adding extra high-quality meat or egg protein reduces the overall grain content, and is especially good for active dogs or dogs that have become overweight from a high carbohydrate diet. Eggs can be raw or lightly scrambled.
4. Add some oils for essential fatty acids.
Fish oil is great for all dogs, containing essential fatty acids to strengthen the immune system, improve inflammatory conditions such as allergies and arthritis, and beautify skin and coat. Try our Wisely Pollock Oil or WiselyWild Alaskan Salmon Oil for a sustainable nutritional boost.
5. Add goat’s milk, cottage cheese, yogurt or canned fish.
Dogs love extra protein. Cultured dairy proteins and canned mackerel, sardines or salmon are good choices.
6. Feed raw, meaty parts of chicken or turkey.
The bones of young turkey and chicken are soft and pliable enough to be eaten whole, including wings, necks and backs. Raw bones provide calcium and other minerals in the proper ratios, as well as proteins, fats, and many other valuable nutrients.
Puppies especially benefit from both the added nutrition and the healthy chewing outlet. Start by trying our ROAR ground chicken backs, whole and ground turkey necks.