Makes me smuggle plants and herbs into my dogs’ diet 🙂
I do know dogs eat meat and fish. I aim at around 70% of their diet to be protein and fat: mostly lean meat and fish but also some fatter cuts of meat. However, I also use lots of vegetables (green, leafy ones in every meal), a bit of fruit and quite a lot of herbs in my cooking. Each dog is different, so, as in everything, we try and find the ones that we think are best (me: from nutritious perspective, Lily: taste-wise).
Lily’s not a fan of fruit (some of my dogs were) so she mainly eats her veg with meat. She seems to like carrots and parsnips a lot. Then spinach, chickpeas, celeriac, salsify, beetroot, runner beans, broccoli and cauliflower.
I often add some ground flax seeds or spirulina powder to her food. And herbs: I don’t use salt when I cook for dogs, but apparently, with various herbs some dishes are good enough even for a human palate.
If you fancy some cooking for dogs, you can safely use: turmeric, oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, alfalfa, kelp, chickweed, marjoram, nettles, aniseed and peppermint. Some less common plants (well, herbs, really) that are also beneficial for dogs include burdock root, chicory root, cleavers, celery seeds, chamomile flowers, marigold petals, milk thistle seeds, rosehips, caraway seeds, passion flowers, echinacea and aloe vera. I’m sure there are more, but if you’re not sure if the plant is safe for your dog, don’t use it and check with your vet (or google, as we do). I don’t use garlic or cinnamon as the opinions about them are divided. So I simply decided it’s easier not to- Lily’s diet is pretty varied as it is.
At times I do add some fish/cod liver or coconut oil but I generally don’t overdo anything-and I don’t follow fads. My dogs seem to thrive on a diet with almost no grains, but they eat lots of plants instead. I often use frozen vegetables-the ones that are not in season are always frozen, I hate the taste of plastic-fantastic creations found in supermarkets all year-round.
My diet influences what my dogs eat entirely because, as I generally eat plants only, I know quite a lot of them and possibly about them. I don’t intend to have vegan dogs.
I cook because I like to show my love in any possible way (and I like cooking). I’m also controlling more what really goes into my dogs’ bellies. As cooking for dogs is simple, I use it as yet another way to make them happy. Whenever they express their joy, they do it in such an uninhibited manner that I have to smile. It’s easy to be happy when you have a dog.