Your dog might beg for those high-fat, sodium-packed table scraps, like the pepperoni on your pizza, but that doesn't mean you should give in to that 'pitiful' stare all the time. In fact, your vet would recommend only giving them a salty or fatty treat occasionally.
A high-sodium diet can be particularly bad for older dogs, because it leads to a greater potential for heart disease and kidney problems. Avoid feeding your dog people-food snacks, because most of our snacks are highly processed, which also means high in sodium.
Just like people, dogs must eat vitamin-rich foods and high-protein, low-fat foods to maintain their health and vitality.
Your dog might even crave some of these healthy dog foods, you just never knew it!
So whether you want to whip up a special meal for your dog, or add some of these healthy dog foods into your next batch of treats, these foods will help protect your dog's health and vitality:
Dogs need plenty of protein to be able to go for a jog with you, or play with other dogs at the dog-park. Make sure they get the protein they need by using the lean proteins above, and you won't get the fat that most other meat sources contain.Try this recipe for a yummy turkey loaf for your dog.
Check out this recipe for sweet potato chews that your dog is sure to love.
There are a multitude of treats you can make with just a flour-and-vegetable combination, using one of the vegetables above.
If you throw some of these fruits into the next batch of treats that you make, your dog will be getting much-needed vitamins and antioxidants. I've found that dogs especially like treats with a fruit-and-peanut-butter combination, such as blueberry-and-peanut-butter.
Carob is a chocolate substitute in many recipes.
Did you know that grains are hard for your dog to digest? Learn more about going grain-free.
Herbs and Spices
Does your dog have arthritis or joint problems? Sprinkle some turmeric on their food for a natural anti-inflammatory. Or sprinkle garlic powder on their food to help them boost their immune system, or combat fleas and ticks.
By knowing this list of healthy dog foods, you can help protect your dog's health and vitality.