Time for a change
So you’ve decided you’d like to change your dog’s diet. Maybe you’re worried about the additives in commercial dog food. Perhaps you’re concerned about the alarming number of pet food recalls. Or maybe you simply want the best for your dog and have become aware of the enormous health benefits in feeding dogs real food. But it’s a big leap. Your dog has only ever eaten commercial dog food. How will his or her little tummy cope with variety? Here’s just one way to make a dog diet change.
Variety is the key
The good news is that your dog will cope just fine. Because, actually, a dog’s digestive system is not so different from yours and mine. It was designed to benefit from a wide variety of ingredients. The wider, the better. But there are a number of ways of doing this. The traditional way is to use the dog food transitioning method. This involves changing your dog’s diet in stages, and gradually feeding your best friend less and less of his or her old food and more and more of a his or her new diet. But there is another method you might like to consider. It involves changing your dog’s diet one ingredient at a time.
Pick a vegatable
To start off with, pick a vegetable. Any vegetable. Whatever vegetable you like. Whatever you’re going to be cooking for yourself and your family this evening might be a good place to start. Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, broccoli. Or better still, some greens. Kale, cabbage, pak choi, leafy greens or Swiss chard. Leafy greens are a particularly good place to start because there is strong evidence of their health benefits for dogs.
Just make sure you boil or steam whatever it is and cut it into small pieces. Also make sure you don’t add butter, salt or any dressing and allow enough for a spoonful a day for 3 or 4 days which you’ll keep in the fridge until it’s used up.
Don’t give up
When you serve your dog’s meals for those 3 or 4 days, remove one spoonful of whatever commercial food you feed your dog. Replace this with one spoonful of your chosen vegetable and mix it in well. If need be, add a little hot water to help blend the food together. Mash your chosen vegetable if necessary. If your dog doesn’t eat it all, he or she is not hungry enough. Stick with the plan. Remember, you are improving the health of your dog and increasing the amount of time you’ll have together. Because a healthier diet means a longer life. What you’re doing is for the best – so don’t give up.
You can still move on to the more traditional method of changing your dog’s diet any time you like. That’s the usual way to make a dog diet change. But this method is ideal if you’re unsure which way to move forward.
And if you really want to go the whole way and change your dog’s diet to homemade dog food, my homemade diet plan has all details you’ll ever need.