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Not everyone can (or even wants to) switch to a raw food diet for their dogs. I've met so many people who have tried and their dog either wasn't interested or didn't have a system that could tolerate raw meat. that leaves home-cooking (which can be expensive and is very time consuming) and kibble diets.
Feeding kibble to your dog isn't the end of the world. I think it's more important that dog owners seek to do their best and sometimes, a good quality, grain-free (because so many dogs have allergies) kibble is best for some dogs.
Making Kibble Healthier
1 – Bone Broth – kibble doesn't clean dogs' teeth and it can be difficult for dogs to digest, so it's okay to soak it in some healthy bone broth. It makes it easier to digest and the bone broth is a great source of protein and calcium for dogs – plus easy on their digestive system. Here's my recipe: Easy Bone Broth Recipe
I've also browned ground beef and turkey and baked organ meat (with fresh oregano and parsley) and mixed into our dogs' kibble. I don't know if it makes the food healthier, but the dogs loved it.
2 – Omega 3 Oil – add an Omega 3 oil to your dog's diet; this is beneficial for joints, skin and coat health, and so much more. I recommend alternating between the following:
- Bonnie & Clyde Fish Oil
- Lifeline Salmon Oil
- Lifeline Fish Oil
- Canned Sardines (in water, no salt added)
- Baked or boiled oysters (never smoked)
- Baked or boiled mussels (plain, no butter)
3 – Fresh Vegetables and Other Foods – people tell me all the time that dogs are carnivores that don't need vegetables; I laugh as I watch my dogs picking apples or stealing vegetables from my garden. Vegetables are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients. I recommend the following fresh foods:
- fresh vegetables
- fermented vegetables
- raw or boiled eggs
- ground beef, turkey, and chicken (these are common proteins at a local grocery store)
- raw goats milk or kefir
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to thinks that you can add to your dog's kibble to make it healthier, so I'd love to hear from you on what you'd add (or have added) to a dog's kibble.