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What Your Dog’s Diet May Be Missing

The role of supplements in a dog’s diet is highly debated in the pet community. Some people argue that additional supplements are not necessary or useful in a balanced diet, but depending on what you feed your dog, the term ‘balanced,’ is open to different interpretations. Others assert that the right use of supplements in the right dosage can actually benefit your dog’s health.

I am a believer of the latter. As a raw feeder, I find that balancing a species-appropriate, raw diet can be tricky, especially if one is preparing homemade raw food for their dog. But like their wild ancestor the wolf, a dog’s diet does not have to be balanced at every meal. Rather balance in a species-appropriate diet can be gradual and over time. While I strive for an overall balance of muscle meat, bone, and organs in Alaska’s meals to make sure she is getting adequate nutrition and the appropriate vitamins and minerals, I often have a stash of nutritional supplements that I add to her diet on rotation. Because Alaska is a healthy dog, I do not use supplements as medicine. To me, they serve as superfoods that boost her general health.

Coconut Oil

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More about coconut oil!
  • healthy saturated fats Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal

The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Fish Oil

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Can be fed in capsules or pure oil
  • make sure your fish oil is pharmaceutical human-grade and sustainably sourced to reduce amount of toxins and pollutants such as mercury and heavy metals
  • loaded with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that aid in healthy skin and coat, inflammation, joint pain, and low energy

Fish Oil For Dogs – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Green-lipped Mussels

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Can be fed raw, cooked, or powdered
  • natural food source
  • rich in omega fatty acids and minerals
  • great source of glucosamine and chondroitin to improve mobility and joints

Green Lipped Mussels: Why Your Dog Needs Them!

Turmeric (Curcumin)

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Turmeric Paste recipe c/o Rodney Habib
  • lowers cholesterol, detoxifies liver, and metabolizes fat
  • touted for inhibiting tumor growth

Turmeric For Dogs

Garlic

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Myth Buster: Garlic is GOOD!
  • garlic in appropriate doses is a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-parasitic
  • boosts immune system and makes dogs less attractive to fleas

Is Garlic Bad For Your Dog?

Apple Cider Vinegar

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DIY spray for itchy dogs c/o Dogs Naturally Magazine
  • raw, unfiltered, organic ACV boosts immunity, detoxifies kidneys, relieves itchy skin, and wards off parasites

3 Simple Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Dog

Kefir

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More about Kefir (kah-fear) c/0 Rodney habib
  • probiotic rich in friendly bacteria that control and eliminate toxic, pathogenic yeasts in the body
  • promotes healthy gut and normal functioning of liver and heart
  • effective after use of antibiotics to restore balance to pet’s digestive system

So Long Yeast, Hello Kefir!

Bone Broth

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Bone Broth: nutritional powerhouse!
  • rich in glycosaminoglycans (glucosamine) and chondroitin that protects joints and improves mobility
  • detox liver and stimulate collagen in joints, tendons, ligaments, and arteries

Bone Broth For Dogs? Here’s Why It’s A Great Idea!

Oily Fish

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i.e. sardines
  • high omega-3 fat content; contains DHA and APA
  • reduces inflammation, alleviates skin allergies, promotes healthy joints and shinny coat
  • fresh, whole fish or canned fish in water with no salt are best to feed

Is Fish Good For Dogs?

Green Tripe

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Raw, green tripe is NOT the same as bleached, white tripe found in supermarkets
  • presence of digestive enzymes purify blood, remove toxins, parasites and fungus
  • improve metabolism, hormonal function, and boost immune system
  • perfect ratio of calcium to phosphorus- 1:1

The Stink On Tripe- For Your Dog

Pumpkin

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Pumpkin makes for the perfect addition to any food
  • low-calorie- good for overweight dogs
  • rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, and zinc

http://www.pet360.com/dog/nutrition/is-pumpkin-good-for-my-pet/Ob7HOgPkQk-5B5vwSVndSg

Variety

Because variety is essential to a complete and balanced raw diet, I feed these supplements to my dog rotationally and in small dosages. Dosage amount will, of course, vary according to your dog’s size and individual needs.

Multi-Vitamins

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Dr. Harvey’s Mineral Herbal Dog Multi-Vitamin

If you’d like an easier way to incorporate these superfoods into your dog’s diet without the hassle of buying each separately, consider investing in a multivitamin for your dog. They come in various forms, but I recommend powder form which you mix into your dog’s food- making it harder for him to reject it. One multivitamin that I’ve tried with my dog and one that I highly praise is Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Herbal Dog Supplement. The ingredients consist of: Spirulina, lecithin, nutritional yeast, garlic, flax seed meal, alfalfa leaf, kelp, bilberry leaf, chamomile flowers, oat straw, ginkgo biloba leaf, dandelion root, burdock root, thyme leaf, papaya leaf, rosemary leaf, peppermint leaf, fennel seed, suma, red clover blossoms, milk thistle, rose hips, yellow dock root, licorice root, ginger root, fo-ti root.

But isn’t kibble naturally balanced?

If you feed your dog dry dog food, you may argue that it is formulated to be complete and balanced according to FDA standards. But dry dog food is not species-appropriate and is actually harder to digest and absorb all the essential nutrients.

Optimizing Health

After all, variety is the spice of life, so whatever you feed your dog supplements can be of benefit in optimizing their health and nutrition. BUT do not make the mistake of buying a supplement just because you hear good things about it. Do you research, consider your dog’s individual needs, and consult with a holistic veterinarian. If your dog’s health is compromised in any way, do not treat supplements as a cure. Naturally, too much of anything may be harmful to your dog.

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15 thoughts on “What Your Dog’s Diet May Be Missing

  1. Glad to find out the benefits of garlic! I always thought dogs could not consume it. Also, love the information on coconut oil as I am a big coconut oil user! My dog has very dry skin and adding a little coconut oil to her food and using it to soothe especially dry spots has worked wonders

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    1. Coconut oil is something I recommend to many pet owners because most of us usually have it in our pantry and it has numerous benefits not to be overlooked! Garlic is also great for intestinal health!

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