Owners want to give the best to their dogs always.
We feel we can do much more for our furbabies, specially good, nutritious food.
Here are two recipes to address your concerns about your dog’s health.
Food for bone strength
A dog can benefit from a little extra calcium to boost your dog's bone strength, says Kim Cromptom in “The Bone Strength Booster for Dogs” in PetCareRx.
“If a milk mustache is the universal sign for healthy and growing kids, then a pile of crushed eggshells should be the symbol of strong dogs everywhere, “ Cromptom said.
“Eggshell powder is one of the easiest do-it-yourself supplements to add to any homemade dog food or dietary routine. Eggshells are loaded with calcium and small amounts of over 20 additional nutrients including magnesium, iron, sulphur, and zinc that promote proper bone development in canines,” Cromptom added.
Cromptom noted that calcium deficiency is one of the biggest problems with home-cooked meals but “supplementation is probably not necessary if your dog is getting most of their daily calories from complete and balanced dog food.”
“Proper bone formation leads to a healthier and more active pup and this 100% natural recipe will boost and maintain your homemade-food-eating dog’s bone health,” Cromptom said.
Here is the recipe for EGGSHELL POWDER from Cromptom:
• 12 eggshells
1. Clean and dry eggshells thoroughly (do not leave any egg residue).
2. Spread the eggshells on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes at 300°F.
3. Let the eggshells to cool completely, then blend thoroughly in a coffee grinder.
4. If you do not own a coffee grinder, you can place the shells in your blender and set it to “pulverize,” or simply put the eggshells in a plastic bag and crush the eggshells with a rolling pin.
5. Please grind and/or roll the eggshells until they are a fine powder with no sharp edges.
6. The simple rule in adding eggshell powder to your dog’s food is: add ½ teaspoon of eggshell powder per 20-30 lbs body weight of your dog to their home-prepared food.
7. Eggshell powder can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for 60 days.
8. Always consult your vet when planning and supplementing homemade diets so that your dog will get all the proper nutrients.
Food to soothe upset stomach in dogs
Dogs also experience an upset stomach. A mashed pumpkin recipe can calm a doggo’s stomach, said Cromptom in “Recipe to Help Dog Digestive Distress.”
“Dogs, like humans, are prone to icky tummies for a multitude of reasons and often without warning. If your dog is experiencing symptoms of an upset stomach such as diarrhea, constipation, or intermittent vomiting, a quick trip to the produce section for some pumpkin could do the trick, “ Cromptom said.
“Surprised? Turns out pumpkins can be used as more than just Halloween décor – they are actually a great remedy for digestive trouble. When prepared simply for your pup, pumpkin can provide the relief and regulation your dog’s stomach needs. This popular autumn squash can also be used to combat weight gain and improve the ‘good bugs’ that live in your dog's digestive tract, “ Cromptom stressed.
Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin A, which is good for the eyes.
Here is Cromptom’s recipe for MASHED PUMPKIN:
Please make sure you do not get a pumpkin pie filling when buying canned pumpkin. The sugar in the filling is not good for your dog.
It is always best to use fresh pumpkin.
Cromptom shared these guidelines on how much pumpkin is recommended for your dog in a day based on the weight. Ask your vet if you can increase the amount
• 0-15 lbs dog: 1-2 tablespoon
• 15-35 lbs dog: 2-4 tablespoons
• 35 lbs dog or more: 2-5 tablespoons
1. Clean a small to medium size pumpkin. Remove all the dirt.
2. Cook the pumpkin at 375 °F for 45-60 minutes. The pumpkin should become soft.
3. Let the pumpkin sit for 5-10 minutes.
4. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and skin.
5. Place the hot pumpkin flesh in a food processor or mash it by hand.
We have been giving pumpkin to our dogs. We cut the pumpkin, remove all the seeds and the skin. Then we grate the pumpkin and boil it. The dogs love the pumpkin with malunggay leaves and a little meat in the soup.
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