Here are 7 naturally healthy foods for your dog, to be put daily in his bowl if he is fed a home diet or occasionally if he is fed with croquettes …
As an omnivorous carnivore, the dog has very high protein requirements. Normally, 30% of all calories a dog consumes should come from protein! So what better than meat to bring him these precious nutrients? If your dog is not very active (which is the case of the majority of our “couch” dogs), prefer lean meats that provide a lot of protein and little fat so as not to favor the gain of extra pounds! So all the meat of poultry (without the skin) with the exception of goose, meat of bison, rabbit, veal and some lean cuts of beef will delight your dog with few calories!
Give the raw meat to your dog if you are sure of its sanitary quality or, failing that, offer him meat cooked for a few minutes in the pan or blanched 1 min in boiling water. Meat should be part of every meal your dog eat if he is fed a homemade diet. However, if it is fed with croquettes, its distribution must be occasional because its croquettes (if they are well chosen) must already bring all the nutrients and the energy your dog needs!
Fish is also an ideal food for a dog in need of protein! If you choose it rather bold like salmon, sardine, herring, tuna or mackerel, it will bring you in addition to valuable long-chain omega-3, anti-inflammatory and good for skin, coat or else the brain! But beware of calories! Limit the distribution of oily fish to once a week at most if your dog is not very sporty to prevent him from becoming overweight. For every day, if it is fed with a food-house, prefer to give him white fishes and lean (hake, bar, carp, whiting, panga, place, cod …) and fish oil in capsules to bring him valuable omega-3s without too many calories!
If your dog is fed with kibble, he can receive fish oil capsules every day in addition to his kibble (and especially if his kibble does not contain enough omega-3) and lean fish flesh cooked occasionally.
The egg is also an excellent source of protein. The yellow part also provides lipids, vitamins (A, D, B2, B5, B8, B9 and B12), minerals (mainly iron and phosphorus) and carotenoids with high antioxidant power. Easily digestible for the dog, the egg can therefore be part of the diet of animals fed a home diet or be given as an occasional supplement to an animal that eats kibble. The yolk can be raw (if the egg is fresh and of good sanitary quality) while the white must be cooked preferably.