I’m kind of a geek when it comes to dog nutrition. I love it so much that I get far too excited to see what my fellow dog bloggers are feeding to their pups. Hoping that I’m not the only weirdo out there, I thought I’d share what Rufus gets on a regular basis:
From Left(ish) to Right(ish):
Pumpkin puree: This is a great way to give your dog a healthy filler when cutting back on kibble as well as sneak in some veggies. I actually only give him the organic kind, but this is what I had on-hand when snapping the picture.
Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Food: A raw, human-grade dog food that gives your pup a mixture of pure proteins, veggies and fruits without the “hassle.” I’m not above giving my dog fresh food, but this has been a great alternative for us. While this is very expensive, I use this mixed in with kibble so a box lasts me for quite a long time.
Acana Dog Food: We switched Rufus from Wellness to Acana about 5 months ago. Acana is a wonderfully small and independently-owned dog food company that offers a variety of dry kibble. Right now we are feeding him the “Grasslands” formula, but I am constantly switching up his protein source to keep his tummy strong. The only protein I tend to keep away from is chicken and other fowl simply because I do notice a little bit of itchiness (mostly his paws) whenever he’s been on formulas containing that meat.
Missing Link Ultimate Hip & Joint Supplement: This is actually a very new product my work has just started to stock, so I don’t have a well-rounded verdict on this yet. We were giving Rufus glucosamine pills as a preventative, but I do like the idea of a giving him a food-based supplement more. As a person who believes in nutrition and the healing power of foods for myself, I like to do the same for my dog. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a direct quote from the website:
The Missing Link® Ultimate Hip and Joint for Canines Formula includes:
- Glucosamine HCl to stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that helps support healthy joints.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and promote joint mobility, a healthy skin and coat and balanced energy.
- Fiber for bowel health and to help maintain normal digestion.
- Phyto (plant) nutrients and traces of various vitamins and minerals important for overall health and well being.
“…combines the benefits of GLUCOSAMINE with natural, quality whole foods, carefully chosen for their nutrient profile and synergistic effects. The product is in the form of a granular powder that is easily sprinkled on the animal’s regular food on a daily basis according to weight.”
aaand…down in front:
Raw knuckle bones: Rufus gets a (very, very nauseating) raw bone once a week in replacement of a meal. He gnaws on this thing for hours and goes into a trance only a wild animal will ever understand. My biggest reason for doing this is that it’s great for his teeth. Even though it grosses this vegetarian lady out, I’ve read enough about the benefits of raw bones to suck it up and let my guy have this special treat.
Uncle Larry’s 100% Lamb Liver Sprinkles: This is really just an extra “treat” that I use very sparingly. Uncle Larry’s is a local product, so I like to support my community while giving my dog a wholesome but yummy topping on his food.
OptaGest: Made up of plant-based enzymes, this supplement helps aid digestion, gas, bad breath, etc. I truly believe this product has helped to decrease Ru’s anal glandular issues a ton. And trust me… anal glands are no laughing matter, friends.
Salmon Oil: This is just a great supplement to give your dog to keep his coat and skin healthy as well as keeping his joints, heart, and brain in tip-top shape as well.
Food rolls: Another product I use sparingly (and mostly for training sessions), but worth mentioning simply because it’s a good product I’d recommend to picky dogs. However, Rufus is far from a picky eater, thank goodness. Right now, I’m using the Redbarn brand.
So there you have it! Of course I don’t give him all of these products all at once, but am constantly mixing and matching to keep things interesting. If you couldn’t already tell, Rufus is one spoiled boy. I pour a lot of work (and $$) into this dude, so I’m planning on him living for at least another 20 years. That’s totally possible, right??