The same is true for our canine companions, but there is a huge disconnect between what we are taught as people about nutrition and health and what we are taught as dog owners.
The same principals we should apply to ourselves, should also be applied to our dogs. Healthy food creates a healthy body.
You may be wondering why it matters, so I want to take a moment to explain why food is important. Food is life. Food consists of a combination of various nutrients that provide the body with what it needs to function. Nutrition is energy, and that energy is used for all of the body's systems... energy for activity, for growth and the repair of cells, and all functions within the body.
Across the globe, health professionals recommend we eat healthy food to prevent disease and live and longer life. The same applies to our dogs. Healthy food ultimately helps prevent disease and illness in our canine companions, while promoting a longer life.
What does healthy food look like for dogs? Healthy food is fresh food. Although kibble is mostly nutritionally balanced, it is highly processed and often uses poor quality ingredients to achieve nutrition requirements for dogs.
Adding fresh food to your dog's kibble, or switching to a homemade or raw food diet is ideal. It is of utmost importance and regardless of the diet you choose to feed, you maintain nutritional balance. An unbalanced homemade or raw food diet is also detrimental to your pet's health.
If you want to start adding fresh food to your dog's diet, try removing 25% of their kibble from the bowl and adding in ingredients like fresh finely chopped or steamed vegetables (such as broccoli, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potato, cucumber, etc), suitable fruit (such as apple, blueberries, raspberries or banana) and meats like liver, heart, kidney and ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
Adding 25% of fresh food to your dog's diet will absolutely make a big impact on their health. Every bit counts!