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Healthy Snacks and Add-Ins For Your Dog

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Dogs can get tired of eating the same old food day in and day out. Even though there are a lot of “people” foods that aren’t good for dogs, there are some that are great for them, and you might be surprised at some of the foods dogs love!

Here are some add-ins you can put in with your dog’s kibble:

  • Pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)-low in calories but contains a lot of fiber.  Good for dogs that may need to lose a little weight.  Add to your dog’s food gradually, since pumpkin does have a high amount of fiber it can be rough on your pet’s digestive system if you feed too much too soon.  Start with a small teaspoonful to be sure he likes the taste and it agrees with his tummy.
  • Green beans-if fresh, cook a bit to make them easier to digest.  If using canned, be sure to get the unsalted variety or drain before feeding if using the salted ones.  These also have a good amount of fiber, so can be helpful with dogs needing to lose weight.
  • Eggs-These are a great source of protein and other nutrients.  I scramble them for my dog Jessie and she absolutely loves them!  I don’t add anything to them, just scramble the egg.

Here are some fruits you can use for treats, Jessie absolutely loves fruit!

  • Bananas.  If you have a food dehydrator, slice ripe banana, dehydrate and you have banana chips that make great treats.  Jessie likes to eat a couple bites of mine with breakfast
  • Apples.  I give Jessie tiny bites with a little cinnamon
  • Cantaloupe.  It sounds odd, but dogs often like the taste, Jessie does!

These are just a few ideas to give your dog’s meal some variety.  I’ll be sharing some more food/add-in ideas later in the week.  Bon Appetit!

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