Raising up Thor

The Dos and Don’ts of Feeding Dogs

The Good, the Bad, and the Questionable

Here you will find a list of things recommended to feed your dog. You will also find a list of the forbidden food, as well as things that are questionable in the dog community. You are your dog’s voice. You are the one that makes these difficult decisions about what goes in his belly. If you see something questionable, please, please do more research to help the decision making process easier for you and for your peace of mind.

The Good – Do feed your pup these things

  • Pumpkin (canned in fine, just make sure it is the real thing and not filling) This helps with digestion issues and is good for clearing up loose stool.
  • Apple Cider vinegar – You can add a small amount to is water or mix it with his food. This helps balance the pH in his body and cuts back on the build up of yeast in the ears.
  • Egg shells – It took me a while before I was able to give this to my baby. I was worried it would cut his mouth or he wouldn’t like it. HA! I shouldn’t have worried. It is one of his favorite things to eat! Simple crush up an eggshell and either give it to him just like that or mix it with his food. He will like it. Trust me. For younger pups, you can bake the shells to make them a little softer, however I have never done this with mine.
  • Coconut oil – Just like with humans, tis as many nutritional benefits. You can simply cook up the meat using this oil or add it directly to the food mixture.
  • Oran meat – Preferably serve this raw but it can be fried if necessary. These meats have so much more nutrients than the muscle meat we serve our pup on a regular basis. It adds much needed vitamins to your dos diet.
  • Carrots – These can sometimes be difficult for dogs to digest so it is best to cook these pretty good before serving.

The Bad – Never Feed Your Pup These (this is NOT a complete list)

  • Onions (of any variety, including powder)
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Cooked bones
  • Caffeine
  • Yeast
  • Mushrooms

The Questionable (Do your own personal research and feel comfortable with your decision. Also consider speaking with your vet)

  • Raw eggs (many say no, I say yes)
  • Garlic – This is a complicated one and I feel the need to expand. Garlic is on almost every do food list as a toxic food for dogs. Why? Bad research. There was ONE major study that fed EXCESSIVE amounts of garlic to dogs. This study is what garlic makes almost every toxic list out there. However, garlic has some wonderful health benefits that are worth looking in to. My husband uses garlic to get rid of worms in his dogs. I’ve never personally given our pup garlic because he is too young, but this is definitely one you want to research before deeming it bad.
  • Peanut butter (most say yes, I say no) – Anything that is relatively bad for you, is four times harder on your pup. Peanut oil is hard on a dog’s heart and can clog arteries. That’s just something I do not want to put my pup through, no matter ow much of a treat it may be. Yes, I know. There are recipes galore that contain peanut butter. I avoid them ALL.

 

This is in no way an exclusive list for any of these topics. These are just the ones I chose to include, because they were important to me personally. It is imperative that you do your own research before embarking on this journey with your pup. Size and breed plays a big part in the making of their food so please take tis in to consideration. There are many many many great benefits to making your own dogfood, however, doing your homework on it is even more important.

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