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Add Real Food To The Bowl!

Obesity, Gastrointestinal disorders, Yeast infections, Skin irritation, Fatigue, Arthritis, Heart disease, Behavioral issues, Cancer. These are just few of the common health conditions plaguing our dogs, they all result from inflammation that originates in their body cells caused pretty much by our dog’s diet and lifestyle.⁠

But can food really make a difference in your dog’s health? YES IT CAN.⁠ 

Functional real foods include certain botanicals, amino acids, vitamins and phytonutrients (chemicals that occur naturally in plants) that can activate disease fighting genes and suppress genes that promote diseases.

Now you might say “my dog eats complete and balanced or vet prescription commercial food, isn’t that enough?!” Short answer is NO! You also need to think of all added chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, by-products, fillers, meat origin, etc… And this is something we’ll discuss in future posts.⁠ ⁠

Today I’m going to discuss what functional foods you can to add to the bowl to enhance your dog’s diet.


The Correct Type of Carbohydrates

Which are packed with health promoting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients:⁠

Veggies: broccoli and broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots.⁠

Leafy greens: kale, spinach, collard greens.⁠ 

Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, black eyed peas, butter beans, peas.⁠ 

Grains: quinoa, gluten free oats, millet, barley.⁠ 

Fruits: blueberries, cranberries, apple, banana, watermelon, pomegranate, coconut.⁠ ⁠


High Quality Protein With Essential Amino Acids

That come from naturally raised, grass fed, hormones and antibiotics free animal sources *which are difficult to source in some parts of the world!⁠

Muscle and Organ meats from novel animal sources such as buffalo, goat, duck, rabbit, turkey, venison, pork. These sources are less likely to cause food sensitivities than common fed proteins (Chicken, beef, lamb).⁠

Fish that are low in mercury: sardines, anchovies, alaskan salmon, butterfish, smelt, mackerel, green lipped mussel, and some shellfish like shrimp and oyster. Avoid shellfish if your dog is allergic to it. Avoid farmed fish at any cost.

Eggs: duck, quail, chicken.

Dairy (milk, cheese, milk kefir, yogurt) made from novel animal sources: goat, sheep.


Dietary Fats And Oils

Supplies dogs with the most concentrated and digestible form of energy and provides important essential fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids:

Fats from meat sources mentioned above.

Fats from fish sources mentioned above.

Oils: hemp seed, olive, sunflower, pumpkin seed, walnut, coconut oils. Choose oils that are expeller pressed and organic oils and avoid hydrogenated oils!


How To Feed!

Instead of just adding these foods to the bowl, replace 1/3 portion of kibble with 1/3 of fresh foods at 70% veggies and fruits to 30% proteins ratios.

Some of these functional foods can be fed raw while others must be steamed and lightly cooked which we’ll discuss in future posts.


By following this tips and considering what goes into your dog’s daily meals, you can turn the boring kibble bowl into a healthy super meal that your dog looks forward to.

Frozen KONG Recipe That My Dogs Love!

Frozen Kongs are a great enrichment toy especially with the weather warming up. Kong toys come in a variety of styles suited for everyone from puppies to super aggressive chewers.

With few steps, you can turn any Kong into a super interesting K9 enrichment activity.

This frozen Kong recipe is a hit with my dogs, and I wanted to share it so you can try it with yours, so here’s how I prepare it:⁠

Layer 1: Tantalizer⁠

Close the small end of your Kong, and insert something super tasty like our peanut butter, and place the kong in freezer for 20 minutes to make sure the whole is closed.⁠

Layer 2: Dessert⁠

Next, take out from the freezer and fill the smallest third of the Kong with treats, fruits or veggies: Here I used a mix of pumpkin puree, lamb liver treats, and blueberries.⁠

Layer 3: Main Course⁠

Stuff the last two-thirds of the Kong with lightly cooked beef mince and raw quail egg (without the shell).⁠

Layer 4: Appetizer⁠

Add a handle to the Kong to make it a bit easier for your dog to enjoy: Duck feet and Beef jerky are good examples. Add more peanut butter or yogurt to seal the Kong and hold the Handle in place. ⁠

Now place your Kong in the freezer overnight and serve frozen!⁠


Place your Kong in a long (Ikea) Tupperware or empty yogurt container with the larger hole of the Kong facing up. This will ensure that any wet or liquid ingredients you used don’t make a mess of your freezer!

Have you tried these stuffed Kong before? Share your recipe with us, our dogs would love to try it out.

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