Ingredients to Supercharge Your Dog’s Raw Food Diet
At ProDog, we’re always howling from the roof tops about the phenomenal benefits of raw diets. In celebration of raw feeding week this week, we thought we’d share with you our absolute favourite food additions you can make to the raw meat feeding bowl. Side orders which will supercharge your dog’s nutrition to another level.
If you’re new to raw feeding, or not yet taken the plunge into the wondrous world of whole food natural cuisine for your canine bestie. We just need to ask one thing:
What Are You Waiting For?
We make no secret of the fact that making the transition from feeding your woofer processed dog foods, to a quality raw food diet is THE best choice you can make for your beloved’s health and well-being.
Very simply put, dogs are designed to eat meat. There physiology and digestive system is designed to process and thrive on the macro and micronutrients found in meat. Highly manufactured dog foods, such as kibble contain high levels of carbohydrates which your doggo’s digestions is just not designed for.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Kibble also contains chemicals, toxins and very little genuine nutritional value. Your four legged friend may well be surviving on processed dog foods. Because dogs are adaptive creatures, their body will adjust and make best of what’s hitting their belly, but they won’t be thriving. The only diet canines truly thrive on is a species specific one. Quality natural whole food ingredients, sourced from mother nature not from a processing plant.
If you need to know more detail about the benefits of raw feeding and raw dog food, we’ve got you covered!
Check out our RawBellion page, where you’ll find all you need to know about why raw feeding is the bomb!
Whilst you’re there…who knows?! You might decide you want to be part of a Riot for your Dog’s diet too.
Why Mix Things Up?
You may be wondering “If dogs thrive on eating raw meat why add in other ingredients?”
The answer, simply put; is the opportunity to take your dogs vitality to the next level. To revolutionise their diet so they are receiving the absolute optimum in vitamins and minerals, which will fuel their cells from a complete nutritional spectrum.The transition from processed dog food to a raw meat diet alone will go a very long way to enriching a Dogs state of health. But adding in specifically selected additional ingredients for your Dogs individual needs, will support them to operate at their physical and mental peak.
And that’s not all…
Once you get into the swing of mixing things up with some of our secret ingredients, it also serves as the most perfect recycling solution ever. Rather than dropping nutrition rich “waste” into the food bin, drop it into doggo’s bowl instead. You’ll never see any edibles as waste again.Plus you’ll love the feeling of sharing your food, there’s nothing like sharing some healthful nibbles with your four legged friends.
At ProDog we’re not shy to boast about our range of trailblazing, expertly formulated, premium quality raw foods. We have our “Complete” range for hoomans who prefer the convenience of simply defrosting a balanced meal and dispensing into the bowl with zero fuss or faff.
Or for those of you out there who want, need or love to mix things up. To have more control over what’s going down your hound’s hatch, our Pure meat raw dog food range provides, just as the name suggests, pure human grade, DEFRA approved quality meat (with bone and offal), giving you the option to make your own additions.
Whether you opt to purchase some of our products for your dog’s daily sustenance, or you choose to create your own delicious doggo raw delights from scratch, just know by embracing the raw way you’re a true dog well-being rock star.
A Word of Caution
When making any changes to your dogs diet be sure to pay attention for any transition reactions during the initial stages of introduction.
Get clear on the amounts of each food that are healthful for you Dogs breed and size.
If your dog is on any medications, check with an holistic vet or dog nutritionist before adding. If it doubt give us a call!
So here goes! Our supercharged selection.
1. Egg Shells
Whaaaat? I hear you cry. Yes you read correctly. Egg shells are the avant-garde of doggo nutrition. Egg shells are rich in calcium, roughly 40%, so are super strengthening for bones and teeth. High in protein helping to build muscle and repair tissue. Plus the internal membrane of egg shell contains a heap of collagen which is great for joint health.
Grind eggshells to powder in a clean coffee grinder or blender. To give you an idea of calcium content, half an egg shell or ½ teaspoon eggshell powder provides about 1,000 mg calcium. Calcium supplementation is super important for a raw feeding diet and egg shells are a great remedy and a robust alternative to bones.
They may be small but they are the powerhouse of fruits which is why they get a special mention. These little gems are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as such are as wondrous for Dogs health as for you hoomans. They are the lowest in sugar of any fruit so are perfect for dogs on a calorie controlled diet and making them a toptastic healthful reward for good behaviour.
Here’s the blueberry breakdown:
They contain vitamins A, C, E, K, folate and choline
Minerals like manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus,
zinc and potassium. Plus, their distinctive blue-purple colour comes from flavonoid pigments called anthocyanins which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Vitamins A,C and E are also antioxidants, which serve to protect cells from free radical damage caused by: use of medications, antibiotics, cleaning chemicals and even just toxins in the air absorbed through normal day to day living.
To put into context exactly what how nutriment dense these fruits are, a serving of 148 grams provides for an adult hooman
- Vitamin C: 24% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 36% of the RDI
- Manganese: 25% of the RDI
Despite the nutritional benefit, keep in mind these are meant as a treat, and no treat should make up more than 10% of doggo’s diet.
The active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin. Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anticancer properties. To put it simply, it’s an absolute gem of a medicinal spice, which has impressive results in treating aliments and also as preventative health support.We at ProDog rave about this little spice as a food supplement. Check out our complete guide to everything you need to know about turmeric for dogs.
4. Psyllium Husk
Derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, it’s a herb mainly grown in India and is usually found in the form of husk, granules, capsules or powder. Psyllium Husks are a soluble dietary fibre, making it a megastar addition for aiding the normal functioning of a dog’s digestion and bowels. These husks are a bulking agent, because they can absorb ten times their own weight in water will add mass to your dog’s stools, and in turn improve both constipation or diarrhoea symptoms.
Gut health is critical to overall well-being for both mind and body. At least 70% of the immune system is housed within the digestive and intestinal tract and there are proven studies documenting the direct communication between gut and the brain. These facts alone shine a spotlight on the importance of keeping that belly happy.
- Happy gut equals:
- Stronger immune system
- Increased metabolism and energy.
- Fresher breath
- Easier weight management
The gut is home to trillions of bacteria. Stress, poor diet, toxins, antibiotics, medication etc can all impact the balance leading to whats called dysbiosis (Imbalance of good and bad bacteria) which in turn leads to a whole range of health conditions. One way to keep things in harmony in your canine companion’s gut is to add in probiotics.
These can be in the form of a supplement such as our own Probiotics.
Or through probiotic foods. Here’s some of our fav’s. when added into the mix regularly will deliver a valuable boost of friendly bacteria
- Dandelion Greens
- Chia Seeds
- Chicory Root
- Goats milk kefir or bio live yogurt
6. Goat’s Milk
Goat’s milk is canine friendly. It’s super nutritious, containing protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Higher in calcium, potassium, niacin, and vitamin A than cow’s milk. You’ve probably steered clear of giving your furry friend milk all together. Hearing or even experiencing the impact on their digestion of cow’s milk, but it’s important to highlight fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller than those in raw cow’s milk, making the milk more easily digested. For most dogs the milk from goats doesn’t cause problems, which is fab because it’s a wondrous liquid supplement to a raw feeding diet.
As mentioned above goats milk kefir is a wonderful probiotic for our doggos. Kefir is a drink created through a fermentation process which increases the levels of friendly bacteria in the milk, which in turn increases the bioavailability of the nutrients. Simply add a teaspoon to your dogs dinner, mix in and serve.
8. Fruits & Veggies
And last but not definitely not least. Good old fashioned fruits and vegetables. There is nothing that beats plant power, mother nature’s produce is packed with a wealth of health giving phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.
There are of course the red flagged veggies, which can cause problems for dogs: Onions, Chives, Leeks and Garlic but aside from these when it comes to veggies go for it. Create a rainbow in puppa’s bowl.
The more varied the colours of veggies means the more of the nutrient spectrum you’re including. The compounds that give plants their rich colours, as well as their distinctive tastes and aromas are called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are the super-heroes of the nutrient world, protecting the body from chronic diseases. Each colour indicates a specific phytonutrient which has its own super powers.
Dogs are carnivores but they are not “pure” carnivores like cats. Wild dogs and wolves have been eating plants for 1000’s of years. If super-hero level nutritional protection of phytonutrients isn’t enough, check out these 6 reasons to give your dog some plant power.
- Alkalise the body helping to reduce systemic inflammation
- A great source of hydration due to water content
- Healthy fibre supply
- Dark leafy greens especially are a great source of minerals
- Packed with antioxidants
- Source of digestive enzymes
And one final great reason. You know that over ripe fruit or veggie that would usually go in the waste? it’s perfect for your furry friend’s belly, so zero waste. Ripeness is super important for ease of digestion.
Just remember, fruits are high in sugar so should only be fed as a treat. Our shopping list of particular plant based favourites for doggo’s bowl are
apples, bananas, pears, cucumber pineapple, cantaloupe, broccoli, sprouts, carrots, green beans, courgettes, spinach, peas, parsnips, savoy cabbage, pumpkin, squash
So there you have it. A nutritional dream list of side orders which will deliver variety for your four legged besties’ palette and boost their vitality. Don’t forget, for all you need to know about raw feeding check out our RawBellion page.