Let’s face it, not all of us can afford high quality dog food. Sometimes we need to settle for dry food and maybe not the organic or healthy kind. But sometimes we can make that food HEALTHIER! We can step up the quality of our dog’s food and your dog will get the health benefits as well; plus it will enhance the flavors making sure your dogs chows down on their bowl.
Here we share our tips and health benefits for you:
Make sure your dog likes them before you invest on them. Simply dice the bananas in small pieces and add them to the bowl or you can mash them up as well.
Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, and magnesium. It will help boost the dog’s immune system, replenish electrolytes, and promote skin and coat health.
2Add some dry herbs
We spice our food up, so why can’t we spice things up for them too?! Check your pantry for any of these dry spices and don’t mind sprinkling some over your dogs food.
- Oregano is loaded with antioxidants and helps treating digestive problems, diarrhea, and gas. Rosemary is high on iron, calcium and vitamin B6. If you are feeding your dog home cooked meals, adding rosemary will will help as a food preservative.
- Rosemary also has the abilities to smooth muscles, it can also help the heart in some cases of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to generally strengthen the heart.
- Peppermint extract has powerful properties that’ll help your dog’s digestive system. It will help soothe upset stomachs, reduce gas, reduce nausea, and help with travel sickness.
- Basil has antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties; it may be even good to fight cancer! Basil can be used to help with canine arthritis and its been known to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). Basil is so versatile that it can be used for its calming effects.
- Parsley is a source of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It also contains lycopene and carotenes. Often used on dog treats as a breath freshener or to soothe the stomach.
3Add coconut oil
Coconut oil has become a popular ingredient because its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, many people also use coconut oil for a number of medicinal purposes. Here’s why you should ad it to your dogs food.
- Skin/fur care: Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin. Helps reduce allergic reactions and improves skin health. Makes their coats sleek and glossy and gets rid of that doggy odor.
- Digestive System: Improves digestion and nutrient absorption. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis. It will help reduce or eliminates bad breath in dogs and expels or kills parasites.
- Immune System: Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease and it may reduce risk of cancer.
To learn more about coconut oil for dogs read our post HERE.
4Add green beans
Adding green beans is one of the easiest and fastest way to boost your dogs food. But be very careful, try to stay away from the canned green beans. If you can’t get fresh green beans or frozen ones; please buy LOW SODIUM canned green beans. Sodium is not good for your dog or yourself! Make sure you drain all the liquid from the can before feeding it to your dog.
Green beans are a good source of plant fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If you are having weight issues with your dog, green beans will be the way to go. They will help give your dog that sense of fullness while keeping the calories count low.
Carrots are filled with beta keratin and vitamins C, A, and K. You can give your dog raw or cooked carrots; but make sure to chop them up in bite size chunks. This will help reduce the chocking hazard, specially on small dogs. We personally use baby carrots for that exact reason. You will find that carrots are a versatile ingredient for your dog. Besides boosting the quality of your dog’s food, you can use it as a treat! They are low on calories compared to other cookies and biscuits.
If your puppy is teething, consider freezing some pieces of carrots, it will help sooth the teething discomfort. Larger pieces of frozen carrots will also work as edible chewing toys! This will help the dental health of your dog.