I remember seeing this study years ago, and being impressed at how much better the study dogs did with just the addition of some veggies to their food. Not quite as good as the combined intervention group, but close..
Has anyone ever seen a dog food or maybe a pre-packaged supplement that contains these ingredients? Preferably without any extra protein, since that just provokes diarrhea.
I would add it my older girl’s food in a heartbeat. She loves any and all veggies tremendously. Carrots, apples, oranges(!), pears, bananas, etc…
There are some pre-mix dog food that you can add your own meat. The pre-mix just contain veggies, vitamin, and minerals. I wouldn’t add it to kibbles though, it would make it unbalanced.
These are just some of the brands I can think of. There maybe more.
I’m using The Honest Kitchen Preference. My dog loves it.
The third author on that paper, Zicker is a nutritionist for Hills. I believe the fortified diet used in that study was Hills B/D.
This is what I use for my dog, hes raw fed but I feel like adding some vegetation can be beneficial, I also use it as a treat since I try to avoid grain based treats.
Thank you all so much for your excellent replies! This is great information.
Aimee – it looks like you are right about what food was used in the study. I would never have figured that out, so thanks again. Looking at the ingredients though … Well, I’d have to be pretty desperate to feed that to my dogs. First ingredient is corn(?!) and all those veggie extras don’t show up until the 13th ingredient.. Yikes.
GizmoMom – thank you for the list of things to check out. The only one I’ve already tried is The Honest Kitchen and sadly (because it looks like wonderful stuff) my dogs really hated it. If I could manage to get them to eat any of it, it gave them diarrhea. Oh well. I tried several of their products with no success, and wound up throwing it out.
Mountainhound – looks like another excellent resource, thank you.
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