When we think of dog food, we typically think of meat. We don’t tend to think of things that we tend to reserve for humans: things like vegetables and fruits.
But actually, if you take a look at the ingredients list on the back of one of the better dog food brands, you’ll find that some of them are actually quite creative with their inclusions. You have things like roast dinners with stuffing and bread sauce, you have a combination of grains and oatmeal. Some contain bits of fruit and vegetables.
And this is good! In the wild, dogs would have enjoyed a wide variety of different foods and it’s up to us as their owners to ensure we’re able to mimic this as they grow up. If you don’t give a dog enough of these types of foods, then it can lead to a whole host of problems. And conversely, if you make the effort to try and get your dog to eat a more nutritious diet, then they will be happier, healthier, and less likely to fall ill.
The problem with the way that a lot of people feed their dogs is that they just give them one brand of dog food – normally whatever is available affordably from their local store – and they rely on that forever. Their dog likes it, it’s predictable. Why not?
The problem is that with the best will in the world, your dog isn’t going to get the variety of nutrition that it needs from any one product! It simply can’t replace an entire varied diet, just as humans can’t live off one item of food either.
Thus it is very important that if you do rely on one brand of dog food, you also find ways to further supplement that food with other ingredients and other nutrients.
One of the very best ways to do this? Give them some vegetables!