For anyone unfamiliar with the term, dog food boosters are things you can add to your dog’s diet which will improve his or her health.
More and more pet parents today are taking control of their best friend’s diet. Fewer and fewer are feeding dry dog biscuit. More people than ever are questioning the ingredients in commercial dog food. Questioning whether their dog really should be spending so much time at the vets. Asking themselves just why their constant canine companion is not as healthy as he or she should be.
Even those who do still feed their dog kibble can greatly improve the health of their dog with a few well-chosen extras. Here are a few of the best.
1. Fish Oil
Fish body oil is just about the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for your dog. These essential fatty acids can improve your dog’s skin and coat, boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. This makes fish body oil (the likes of salmon oil), ideal for senior dogs suffering from degenerative diseases such as arthritis, and any dog which suffers from joint pain.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E supports and protects your dog’s heart as well as boosting the immune system. It’s also beneficial for eye, muscle and skin health. Importantly, as good as fish body oil is for your dog, its one drawback is that it depletes the body of vitamin E. So at the same time as making the likes of salmon oil one of your dog’s dog food boosters, add a vitamin E supplement to counteract this.
3. Natural Yogurt
Plain natural yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics for your dog. It’s exceptionally beneficial for good gut health. I recommend you add a couple of spoons of natural yogurt to your dog’s food two or three times a week.
4. Bone Broth
Rich in glucosamine, chondroitin, gelatin and collagen, bone broth is the liquid that results from cooking or simmering bones. I have long-since labelled bone broth ‘the superfood for dogs that time for forgot’. As a canine nutritionist who believes in natural goodness, I give my dogs bone broth every day. In line with my belt and braces approach to feeding dogs, I consider it an investment in their future. While bone broth is ideal for senior dogs who may be suffering with arthritis and joint pain, your dog cannot overdose on something so natural. So I recommend giving it to your dog in order to protect joints from daily wear and tear and in order to minimise future mobility problems.
5. Tinned Fish
I am very much in favour of giving a dog tinned fish on a regular basis. Tinned mackerel and particular tinned sardines are amongst the very best dog food boosters money can buy. Sardines are cheap, rich in omega 3 fatty acids and taurine. They’re small, they’re low down the food chain, they don’t predate on large fish and they live short lives. That means they have less time to accumulate toxins. I highly recommend giving your dog tinned sardines every week.
Eggs are the most complete source of highly digestible protein on the planet. They’re cheap, readily available and highly nutritious. Raw, hard boiled or scrambled, feed your best friend a couple of eggs a week.
There are of course plent of other dog food boosters. Coconut oil, fermented vegetables, apple cider vinegar and pumpkin to name but a few. But if you supplement your dog’s diet with some of the above every week, you’ll be going a long way towards having a healthy and happy dog!