Friday, February 13, 2009

Barking Buddha Doga Tip of the Week


Variety is the spice of life. About once a week I try to vary my dogi's diet by either making their food or adding something different to their regular kibble. It seems to really invigorate them and make them happy.

You can vary your dogi's diet easily without a huge time commitment. Keeping in mind your canine's allergies, weight and food sensitivities you can add a variety of healthy options to their food.

When adding something new to your dog's diet, do it in small amounts so as not to upset their digestive system.

Some options:
minced carrots or peas
rice
chicken or veggie broth (makes the vegetables more palpable for picky eaters like Gus)
fish or flax oil (good for the coat and skin)
shredded cheese (a nice treat for the dogi who isn't struggling with her waistline).
nutritional yeast powder or flakes (I've heard this helps in preventing fleas).

There are many other options as well, but remember the list of Harmful foods (never feed these to your dog!) :
Harmful Foods include:
Raisins
Chocolate
Onions
Garlic
Grapes

Foods that many dogs are allergic to include:
Wheat
Soy
Beef
Corn

When feeding your dog, just remember if it isn't good for you, it's probably not good for them.
Do research online or ask your vet if you have questions about dog nutrition.
I offer a dog food recipe in my upcoming book Barking Buddha; Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi.


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