Get your dogs dinner ready. Crack an egg on it. Voila! Not only have you given it a delicious protein boost, but egg also contains a bunch of awesome amino acids, plus iron, selenium and Vitamins A, B2 and B12. Don't destroy the goodness by cooking it- raw all the way. There is some talk that feeding your dog raw eggs can cause a biotin deficiency, but it would take many eggs per day for this to happen so don't stress. Stick to 2-3 times per week for your average sized dog and you won't have any problems.
NB: you can also feed the shell if your dogs into it (full of calcium but also the most likely place for salmonella to be hiding so choose your own adventure!).
Fish, glorious fish! Feed it, and feed it regularly. Full of Omega 3 fatty acids which are awesome for skin and coat health. There are a few options for feeding fish to your dog, you can add things like salmon or sardines to their dinner, you can buy tinned fish in spring water from the supermarket (tuna, salmon, mackerel, herrings etc) or you can add a couple of fish oil capsules to your dogs dinner if they'll eat them that way. Did someone say #shinycoat ?!
Honey is delicious and dogs like it too. Local honey can be great for dogs with allergies as it contains small amounts of local pollen that when fed regularly over time can help your dog build up a bit of immunity towards local allergens. We include honey in our dogs brekky. Honey also has great antibacterial properties and can give old dogs an energy boost. A teaspoon a week is enough for little ones whilst the big guys can have up to a tablespoon a week.
Give your dog a bone! Please! Not only are they full of awesome-ness for your dogs health, but the dental health benefits are AMAZING. I could go on and on about feeding your dogs bones, but I won't- just do it.
DISCLAIMER: *Please supervise dogs that have never had bones before and never feed multiple dogs bones together because they very well may fight each other for them, cause they're THAT good. Also, choose an appropriate sized bone for your dog.
There are tons of vegetables that are a great addition to your dogs diet- most of them are green. Dogs can't digest the cellulose in plant matter so run it through a food processor first (otherwise it comes out much the way it went in, with little nutrients being absorbed). Fermented veg is also great for dogs- full of probiotics for strong gut health. Remember- NO onions and avoid too much starchiness from potatoes and not too much from the cabbage family. Everything else is sweet.
Fruit is full of sugar so should only be given in small amounts. Small amounts often is great for dogs! Berries=antioxidants. Bananas = potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper. Apple= fibre, Vitamins A & C. Pear= copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. Watermelon= mostly water so great for keeping hydrated, don't leave your dog with the rind though. Avoid seeds and remember NO grapes or cherries. We include a little berry love in our Roo Berry Meal or you can add these to your dogs dinner.
A little oat goes a long way. Great source of protein and fibre. We recommend Vets All Natural Complete Mix as an awesome addition to meat for a balance raw meal. Find it in our Mutt Mix.
8. COCONUT OIL
Theres a lot of hype around Coconut Oil. It doesn't cure cancer or fix EVERYTHING but it is great for skin and coat health, gut health and can even be used to clean dogs teeth naturally (plus they love it and it tastes delicious). Half to 1 teaspoon per 5kgs is good.
I love yoghurt. My dog loves yoghurt too. And just like for us, its good for them aswell. Stay away from the sweetened stuff with lots of added sugar (xylitol is toxic for dogs), keep it "au naturel" for pooch and reap the probiotic benefits.