The rumors are true, a happy dog is a healthy dog, and vice versus. My boys have sensitive stomachs but they LOVE to eat. In order to keep a balanced diet, but still making sure they get the nutrients they need, I make them a special meal that I wanted to share with you all.
This recipe is for dogs weighing between 35-60 pounds, I suggest doubling for bigger dogs. Ollie gets one and a half portions.
2 cups high protein dog food in which the first ingredient in a solid meat. We use and suggest Nutro Venison and brown rice, which is our go-to food. It is high protein and venison is the first ingredient, brown rice is the second.
I cook plain chicken breasts, NO BONES! Chicken bones can split into shards and rip up a dogs stomach lining, so make sure you either buy boneless or de-bone the chicken. Cook it all the way through and add a hearty green vegetable. I use brussels sprouts or another green veggie.
My dogs love tomatoes, more than anything. I could give them tomato treats all day long and they would be happy little campers. I mix tomatoes in with some more cooked brown rice and greek yogurt (or another plain white yogurt with low sugar.) A cap full of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water all mixed together. I chop up some fresh baby carrots too, but only for Ollie. he loves them! Top it with a spoonful of yogurt as a special treat, or peanut butter, but PB is pretty high in fat, so maybe only on Sundays.
The apple cider vinegar is for fleas. I HATE that we have to use flea medicine. It's a personal opinion, but after doing boat loads of research, and trying out a billion different natural methods, the apple cider vinegar seems to work the best. A cap full a day will deter the fleas from biting, you may still find a few, and I still use a low dose of external flea meds, but I can totally tell a difference using the vinegar. ACV has a trillion other uses and is a great thing to have around the house.
Your dogs will thank you by living extra long and healthy lives! Their fur will be healthier and they, just like us, will live a fuller life with a better diet. I know it's hard to spend extra money during rough times, so a little trick I use is when I know I'll be making chicken for us, I make a little extra and put it aside, or freeze it. I give them the veggies that we eat, and don't get anything extra.
Do you feed your pups anything special? Do make your own dog food, I would love to see your recipe!
PS I forgot to add that we often put apples in their food too, I was just out of them and completely spaced it!