by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society
Farm-to-table eating isn’t just for humans!
While at the Farmers Market, remember there are many items you buy for yourself that can be incorporated into your pet’s diet.
- Carrots are high in fiber and low in calories, which make them a perfect snack for you and your pup. They help your dog’s dental health by lightly scraping along their teeth to prevent plaque buildup.
They contain potassium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins K, C, B and a high amount of vitamin A, which provides healthy skin and supports their immune system and eye health.
- Nothing tastes better than fresh eggs. They contain protein, riboflavin, selenium and biotin, which all support nail and skin health. However, eggs are also high in fat, so limit intake to one or two eggs a week — hard boiled or scrambled; no seasonings.
- Fresh green beans are very beneficial for dogs. They’re high in fiber but low in calories, which makes them a great treat for dogs who are overweight. They’re also full of iron, magnesium and vitamins C, K and A, which help with eye and heart health, blood pressure and immunity.
- Bell peppers are another doggie treat. All colors of bell peppers are safe, but red bell peppers are the most nutritious; they contain vitamins A, B6, C and E, which provide health benefits like green beans and carrots do, and most dogs like the sweet taste.
My little girl is a bit overweight and having issues with her liver, so my vet suggested switching from store-bought canned food to a healthier option.
I boil a chicken breast and cut it up into small pieces. I add cooked brown or white rice, cut up cooked green beans, shredded carrots, finely cut up peppers, scrambled eggs and bone broth specifically formulated for dogs.
When it’s time to eat, I add the contents of a probiotic capsule my vet prescribed. I also cook lean ground beef or ground turkey for variety. Check with your vet before starting a new homemade diet to ensure your dog is getting all the nutrients needed.
It’s still a work in progress to get her to eat healthier. Some days she’ll walk up to her bowl, sniff it, and look at me like “you want me to eat THIS?” Other days she can’t get enough of it!