How many times have you resolved to maintain a healthier diet with the start of a new year? We’ve all been there! But how many times have you made the same resolution for your pet? Not only is January Walk Your Pet Month, it’s also National Train Your Dog Month! Our pets can develop health issues based on their diets just like their human counterparts. It’s our job to keep our pets healthy and happy, year-round. Below are some helpful diet tips for your pet that you can start implementing today!
Fruits and Veggies, Please!
While not all fruits and veggies are appropriate for your pets (onions and grapes are no-no’s!), a diet of fresh produce can improve your pet’s diet immediately. In fact, both dogs and cats can benefit greatly from foods like bell peppers, carrots, bananas, celery, and more! While dry and canned food can be quick and easy, it’s not always the best option for our furry friends– no matter what the label says. Would you want to eat dry kibble or canned mush each and every day? Treat your pet’s diet as you would your own!
An Egg a Day…
In addition to fruits and veggies, cooked eggs are a great staple for dogs! In fact, eggs can be very beneficial for pets with anemia, dull coats, and more. Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent option as there is no need to use butter or oil to make them. Including eggs in your dog’s diet will not only add healthy protein to their meals, but it also adds vitamins A, D, E and K. Cats can also enjoy eggs as well but in smaller amounts.
Play up the Organ…Meats!
Most dog’s love a good bone…and the meat that comes with it! However, rather than giving your dog filet mignon, consider giving your four-legged friend the organ meats. In fact, some vets claim that if your dog is having certain organ issues then you should feed them that organ! Sounds crazy, but it makes sense! For example, a pet with heart disease could benefit from eating cooked heart meat. Chicken hearts are actually a great source of lean protein that contains fatty acids and vitamin A along with iron and B vitamins. They’re also high in taurine and carnitine which are good for your pup!
Orange You Happy, Meow?
From pumpkin and carrots to turmeric and more, these orange foods and spices are excellent for both dogs and cats! In fact, turmeric can act as an anticancer support for your cat due to its antioxidant properties, while pumpkin is great for digestive issues. Opt for pureed pumpkin that doesn’t include any added salt, sugar, or other spices.
Next time you go to buy that bag of kitty kibble or dog food, think again! For the most part, you can grocery shop for yourself and your pet simultaneously! Looking for some fun recipes? Check out this blog post for some pawesome ideas! What do you feed your pets to keep them healthy? Let us know in the comments below!