Why and How to Diversify Your Meat-Loving Pup's Diet

September 17, 2020
We all recognize that dogs have a carnivorous appetite, and their little noses can’t ignore the smell of grilled meat on your dinner plate! But, in addition to a fully-balanced meal plan, treating your dogs to healthy non-meat nibbles, like fruits and vegetables, can provide variety, healthy filler, and extra nutrients that they may be missing out on otherwise.


In a research study with Scottish Terriers who consumed leafy-green, orange, and yellow vegetables 3x/week, those pups had a significant decrease in the risk of developing certain types of cancers than their non-vegetable eating counterparts, even after adjusting for age, weight, neuter status, and coat color for the dogs.

Although the mentioned study did not account for other types of vegetables, it’s important to note that all doggy-safe vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and even beans contain beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants believed to possess anti-carcinogenic properties. With cancer being the leading cause of death in dogs, adding, in moderation, treats that are full of these natural cancer-fighting compounds can potentially help your dog fight off disease and lead a healthy, full life. Also, these foods are a great source of fiber and healthy filler that can be especially beneficial for overweight dogs when trying to cut out “junk” calories and unhealthy table scraps. 
How should you add these healthy treats to your dog’s diet? For maximum digestibility, you’ll want to puree and/or gently cook your fresh ingredients. At this point, you can, in moderation, add some puree or the gently cooked food to your dog’s normal food bowl for a nutritional boost. Or add some peanut butter to the mix and freeze in molds for healthy doggy popsicles!

Start with small quantities of any new food you decide to try out with your dog, as each pup has their own unique digestive system and tastes. Check out our Trial Variety Pack of treats to find out which all-natural treat recipe your dog likes best. They’re chock full of the fresh produce & whole-grain goodness we’ve just talked about! (and human-grade meats... cause we all need a little bacon from time to time 😊)

For more information on pureeing, check out here.
*A word of caution: certain “normal” human foods can be toxic to animals, such as grapes, onions, and garlic. Consult with a veterinarian before introducing a new food or treat to ensure safety and adequate nutritional guidance.

References:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16013542/
https://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/reduce-cancer-risk/make-healthy-choices/eat-well/antioxidants-and-phytochemicals/?region=on
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6314649/