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Offline HeidiM

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Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« on: November 11, 2007, 10:46:45 PM »
Dogs like to eat healhy too!

I knew that dogs are omnivores just like people but I was suprised how they would choose fresh veggies and tofu over fancy commercial can foods.

I tested some various foods on dogs. The favorite of the group I was working with was TOFU!. I always thought that tofu would be too boring for dogs but they love it.
Their second favorite was avocado. Third one was broccoli. They didn't like broccoli  fresh too much but when I defrosted frozen broccoli, they loved it. Many liked tomatoes and apples too. Raw meat was also something they they really liked to eat but it made them aggressive and restless.

I have been impressed with the results so far.  I will continue working with trying different foods.
Dogs want to eat healthy and be healthy too!

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2007, 06:16:03 AM »
I'm making some of the same discoveries. Here in Kern County, where French fries are vegetables, our dog eats better than 99% of the population. His food list includes:

Shelton's free-range ground turkey--raw; an emptied capsule of non-lemon flavored fish oil; nutritional yeast (the cats go for this, too); kelp powder; probiotics and yogurt (live culture, of course). He gets a good kibble, but that's just because we do bicycle touring with him and we need something lightweight.

Favorite snacks include raw Monterey Jack cheese at lunchtime, raw baby carrots or raw peeled broccoli stalks after dinner (after his raw bone). Those broccoli stalks are his favorite. He also loves almonds, though someone told me dogs shouldn't have them.

And I don't know if his food makes a difference (but I think it does), he's the only dog I know that doesn't eat poop--horse or other dogs'.

Offline SarahY

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2007, 11:06:03 AM »
Something kind of cute I discovered just in time for the Holidays.  My dogs love organic canned pumpkin with there breakfast.  I knew they loved it, so did some research to find out that pumpkin is very good for their digestion.  One of my "kids" is an English bulldog that among other problems with eating- gets gas.  I have noticed that when I add a spoon full of pumpkin to her raw food, the problem seems to dissipate.  So if you have any extra pumpkin sitting around at holiday time, give Fido a little helping, and your guests may be thanking you later! :)

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2007, 01:47:28 PM »
Thanks for that tip about the pumpkin. I've found out recently that it's also good for cats. And if, as you say, it helps with gas, boy do I have a kitten that's going to get some pumpkin!

Offline AngelaH

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2007, 11:02:45 PM »
pumpkin is great.. it is also really great in helping with diarrhea for all animals.. i just puppysat for my friend's worm-infested puppy and it really helped, she had orange poop but at least it was solid..

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007, 07:19:38 AM »
Tomato juice is also good for dogs and they love it.  We feed it to our dog and it helps cut down on the burning grass syndrome that usually happens with their urine.

Offline AmandaL

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 10:56:52 AM »
Not all dogs can eat everything.  If you are going to homecook--which is great--make sure you find a holistic vet or canine nutritionist to get a personal diet for your dog/pet.  I cook for my dogs and because of their varying age, activity level and foods sensitivities they get very different meals.
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Offline ShirleyW

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2007, 11:17:51 AM »
This is all great info, animals need help also and sometimes they are the only ears that listen.  Try some almonds for a treat, my dog BEN loves them.

Offline JaneJ

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007, 11:12:22 AM »
Does anyone have any ideas on what cats usually enjoy in a homemade meal?  Sometimes when I run out of their usual chow I wish I knew what I could feed them from my kitchen because it is a long trip for me to the store.  We pretty much never have meat/fish in the house so what kinds of non-meat items are ok/good for cats to eat?   Thanks!

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Re: Dogs Like to Eat Healthy Too!
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007, 07:09:21 AM »
Hi Jane,

I have 4 cats of varying ages. Two are picky eaters, 2 are pretty omnivorous. You DO have to be careful with cats. They are obligate carnivores and cannot subsist on a vegetarian diet. That said, there are some high protein foods other than cat food that I've found 1 or more of my cats like.

My pickiest eater likes organic egg yolks. But not the whites. Go figure. My brother's cat is the same.

All my cats like cottage cheese. I try to go for full fat.

3 of them like raw goat's milk (we have a local producer). Cats definitely don't do well on pasteurized milk.

One of my cats likes cooked beans. He's also the one that likes pumpkin/squash. Oh, and he loves avocado. The other 3 look at me like I've got an IQ of 2 for trying to feed these things to them.

Raw cheese, which we always have around, works for a couple of them.

One thing you might consider is investing in a big bag of freeze-dried raw pet food from Nature's Variety. You can keep it around forever and use it to spike whatever you're feeding your cats. My brother's cat has a complex, chronic condition, and he's spent endless time researching feline diets. Not only are they obligate carnivores, they have vitamin and mineral needs that must be met in the proper ratios, so adding in a specially formulated product would help balance anything else you choose to give them.

Good luck, and if you find your cats liking something unusual, would you please post about it, so I can try it? Thanks.

 


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