What whole foods do you add to dry food?

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    Dewper
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    For anyone who mixes in whole foods with dry food, what foods do you mix in? I would like to begin adding some natural foods into my two dogs’ meals, so any suggestions of beneficial, safe foods for dogs would be great!

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    anonymous
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    What do you mean by “whole foods” ?

    I mix a bit of cooked ground turkey, scrambled egg, stir fried shaved steak, broiled chicken liver, chopped cooked chicken breast to a quality kibble (2/3 of meal) with about 1/4 cup of water, measured amounts twice a day, a raw 1/2 carrot for a snack.
    Whatever is in the reduced price section of my local supermarket.
    As a pescatarian I don’t eat much animal products (fish only), but this regimen is working for my dogs.
    Zignature whitefish or catfish are my current favorite kibbles.

    Ps: I lean toward a fish based kibble due to my dog with allergies, seems to work best.
    But without the treatment by a veterinary dermatologist, the food changes made NO difference at all. But, the right diet in conjunction with other treatments helps, in my experience.
    Same thing with shampoos, the right ones work in conjunction with other treatments prescribed by a specialist.
    Alone, pffft, a waste of money.

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    crazy4cats
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    Hi Dewper-

    I add meal mixers to all of my dogs’ meals. In the morning, they always get canned food mixed in. For their afternoon meals, I usually add some fresh ingredients such as an egg, tripe, commercial raw, lean meat and veggie leftovers, or sardines.

    Here is a link to a site that has some good recommendations as well:
    http://www.dogaware.com/diet/freshfoods.html

    Here is another one to a down load that has great ideas as well as a chart on how much to add: https://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DN330EBK

    I think it’s a great idea to add a little something to their dry boring kibble! A word of warning, however, is that he/she will start to expect it and you will get the stink eye if you don’t add anything! 🙂

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    Dewper
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    Thanks so much for the info, and the links! I want to make sure what I give them is good for them/easy to digest, etc., so I will start doing some reading on that:-)

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    crazy4cats
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    You’re welcome! Just remember to keep the unbalanced add ins less than 20% of the diet to make sure they are getting all their necessary nutrients. The canned and commercial raw that I add in is complete and balanced, but not the fresh foods. Good luck to you!

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    Susan
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    Hi,
    sardines, salmon, blueberries, broccolli, also make frozen coconut oil treats in ice cube tray, there’s a frozen Golden Paste treat as well, if you follow “Rodney Habib” on his f/b page, he
    has some really good post & videos on whole healthy foods same as Dr Peter Dobias DMV…
    I tend to give extra healthy foods as treats instead, Green Lipped Mussel are excellent…
    I’ll try & find all Rodney’s video’s links, Dr Karen Becker is in a few vidoes making healthy treats high in Omega 3… Under the Sun is a cheaper formula made by “Canidae”
    https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products
    What brand of kibble are you feeding & is it grain free? have a look at “Canidae” Pure formula’s the “Pure Wild” & “Pure Land” Canidae was tested by *********** Project & got 5 stars so did the Under The Sun Chicken & Lamb formula’s.. http://www.*********************/ click on “Product Ratings” up the top the click on “Dry Dog food” on the left.
    It’s good to rotate between a different kibbles with limited ingredients & single meat protein kibbles…

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    Steve F
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    I sometimes top his food with Sardines, Garbanzo beans or a cracked egg. I feed 1/2 kibble and 1/2 dehydrated in the morning and 1/2 kibble and 1/2 canned in the evening so he doesn’t really need a topper, just an occasional change up.

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