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There has been a lot of talk about the amino acid, taurine lately! Many folks are looking for ways to add additional taurine to their pet’s diet and sardines are an excellent source of taurine. They’re also a very good source of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for good health. I love sardines because they are a small, short lived fish. This means that they have less time to accumulate toxins in their bodies, and they don’t eat larger, older fish that have time to accumulate toxins. So they are relatively “clean” fish.
Recommended Dose: With any new food item, try small amounts to start and work your way up to a full dose. Try replacing a portion of your dog’s meal with a few sardines 2-3 times a week. I alternate eggs and sardines.
Best Brand Options: I love the Primal Raw Toppers which are frozen, raw, ground whole sardines and the Big Country Raw frozen whole sardines.
HOT TIP: You don’t have to feed all of these foods at every meal! Rotate between them, or feed what you have on hand. Variety over time is key to a balanced diet. Quite the opposite of what we’ve been told by pet food companies in the past.
5. Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin has been a popular food supplement for awhile, and for good reason! It’s one of the best ways to regulate digestion because it’s high in soluble fiber. If your dog has the runs, it helps bulk up their stool. If your dog is constipated, it loosens the stool. It’s pretty amazing how it works!
Pumpkin also has a respectable amount of vitamins and minerals, and is also high in antioxidants. Pumpkin in a great ingredient to use to make frozen dog treats in the summer. I use pumpkin in my “Tender Tummy” Doggie Dessert recipe.
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Recommended Dose: With any new food item, try small amounts to start and work your way up to a full dose. Add 1 tbsp per 10 LBS of body weight to your dog’s food, or freeze in ice cube trays for a frozen treat.
Best Brand Options: When you are shopping for pumpkin, it will likely be canned. Make sure it’s pure pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie mix. It should only contain one ingredient: pumpkin. (organic is best!) Sweet potato has a similar affect, so feel free to substitute for variety! I like the Nature’s Logic and Nummy Tum-Tum brands. Nummy Tum-Tum is organic which is a bonus, and they have a variety of pumpkin “mixes” you can add that are dog safe.
6. Bone Broth
One of my favourite things about bone broth is that it adds much needed hydration to your dog’s diet. This is especially important for dogs that eat dry, dehydrated, or freeze dried diets. Water is ESSENTIAL for good health, and most dogs and cats don’t drink enough.
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Bone broth also promotes healthy digestion, helps repair leaky gut, helps the liver detox, and is great for joint health.
Recommended Dose: With any new food item, try small amounts to start and work your way up to a full dose. Add 1 tbsp per 20 LBS of body weight to your dog’s food, or freeze in ice cube trays for a frozen treat. Don’t get too hung up on serving size here! Give or take a little is just fine!
Best Brand Options: I make my own broth, and when that runs out I will purchase commercial broth. There are so many great products available now! Primal Pet Foods has a frozen broth – thaw and pour. Nature’s Logic and Honest Kitchen have dehydrated broth powders – just add water and pour on your dog’s food! In Calgary there is a local brand called Borderland Food Company that also makes a frozen version.