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Introducing whole foods into your dog’s diet is super beneficial for his or her overall health and lifespan. A great way to get started is by slowly introducing puppy friendly whole foods into your dog’s diet. When creating a meal, you want to include the following nutrients:

Protein should make up the highest portion of your dog’s diet. Beef, chicken, turkey and lamb are great sources. If you are going to include fish, be sure it is from a source that is mercury free (i.e. smaller fish like salmon, sardines and shrimp).

Essential Fatty Acids are key to maintaining your dog’s health. You want to make sure your dog gets the right ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. Cooking with olive oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil is safe for your dog. You may want to consider supplementing with a high-quality fish oil as Omega-3 fats are harder to get into your dog’s diet through whole foods alone.

Carbohydrates in the form of vegetables, fruits and grains are a great source of energy for your dog and the fiber content aids in digestion. An excess amount of carbohydrates, however, can lead to obesity, a shortened lifespan and disease. Just like with us Mommas, fat does not make your dog fat, it is the excess carbohydrates in the forms of sugar, grains and flour. Therefore, you do not want to overdo this nutrient in your pup’s diet.

If you are going to switch to a more whole foods based diet, you MUST consult with your veterinary professional to ensure that your dog is getting the right combination of nutrients, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. Supplements will need to be included.

Further, while switching to a whole foods diet can be costly and time consuming, toppers are a great way to easily include some whole food goodness into your pup’s diet. Just top your dog’s kibble with some cooked meat and vegetables.

Dog’s weight in pounds Amount per serving for cooked recipes
3-5 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup
5-10 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup
10-20 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup
20-30 3/4 cup – 1 cup
30-40 1 cup – 1 1/2 cups
40-50 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups
50-60 2 cups – 2 1/2 cups
60-70 2 1/4 cups – 2 1/2 cups
70-80 2 1/2 cups – 2 3/4 cups
80-100 2 3/4 cups – 3 1/4 cups

Here are a dog puppy friendly recipes to get you started:

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Healthy Homework

We encourage you to cook a home-cooked meal for your doggy. Share a photo of it with the other doggy mommas in our private Facebook group. Don’t be surprised if they ask you for the recipe! 😉