Most people assume that the natural diet of a dog is meat only. But, in fact, wild dogs ate the stomach contents of the animals that they killed as well. And this provided the vegetable portion of their diet.
And I have a theory that the lack of vegetables in the modern dog’s diets is a major factor in lots of the problems that these dogs experience – allergies, sore joints, auto-immune disease, etc. the dog foods on the market are quite good at providing balanced levels of vitamins. But they forget about the other nutrients which we get from plants – anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, oils.
Your dog’s diet should ideally consist of about 20% vegetables. Cooking does make them easier to digest, but overcooking can destroy valuable nutrients. So I suggest a mix of raw and cooked vegetables and fruit. Basically any vegetable/fruit will do, except onions, which, in large quantities, are toxic to dogs. Suggestions:
- red peppers
In addition to the many benefits of vegetables – anti-aging, anti-cancer, immune boosting – vegetables can also be a useful tool in helping to control obesity in dogs. I know it sounds ridiculous, but try substituting a carrot stick as a treat for your obese dog. It is so much better for him than bread or biscuits.