DOGS NEED HEALTHY FOOD TOO
DOGS ALSO NEED TO EAT HEALTHIER WHEN STRESSED.
And, as with their human counterparts, many dogs have put on a couple pounds with the shelter in place!
Just like with humans, when dogs are stressed, their immune systems are also weaker during these times. The last 6 months have been hard for them too… watching people with masks avoid them on the street, and not having visitors over, etc. They feel our stress as well.
So, just as we should be eating healthier, so should they. I’m making sure my dog gets fresh vegetables every day as part of her diet during the SIP. When I switched over to this routine, she quickly lost almost half a pound!
Just as with humans, good food makes dogs stronger and healthier, and helps them heal faster. This is not the time for junk food! Make sure your pup is getting lots of fresh, healthy food and treats.
Here, Musik is patiently waiting for a bowl of her (dehydrated raw) food mixed in with finally chopped raw carrots and raw broccolini.
Switching back and forth from raw to lightly cooked veggies is a good idea as well. You can test to discover how your dog’s digestive system reacts to eating each way. If my dog’s stomach is a little upset, then I make sure everything is cooked, so it’s not too hard to digest.
EXTRA TIP – If your dog doesn’t like eating their veggies, try using a finely crumbled treat over them to “spice” it up (freeze dried liver is great for this – there are always crumbs at the bottom of the bag). It has to go on like salt & pepper – no chunks that they can pick out!
Just remember DOGS NEED HEALTHY FOOD TOO. So, make sure you’re giving them the nutrition they need through these stressful times!