Have you ever wondered if your dog is getting all the nutrients they need? Me too! Especially when we transitioned away from a processed kibble diet to a homemade, 100% human-grade, dog food diet. We soon realized that supplemental dog vitamins and nutrients would be key to his recovery and continued health. It's also been a game-changer for our puppy who has benefited from eating well for her entire life.
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After 18+ months of researching, exploring, and navigating the world of supplements for our dog I decided to share what has worked and leave out all of what hasn't so you can skip the hours of deep diving on Google and spend that time with your dog as you should be!
Humans don’t get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need from a one-stop-shop kind of a diet and neither do our dogs! Whether your dog is eating a diet that consists of kibble or you are dishing up a homemade dog food recipe like this one, your pup needs vitamins!
We really like and use the brand Dog Greens! It is a plant-based vitamin and mineral powder that we just shake over the dog’s food at each serving. They love the flavor and I love knowing that all of their nutritional needs have been met at every meal!
Your pup deserves to have a healthy heart, immune system, and a luxurious coat at any age! This is how you get there...
This fish oil supplement supports a healthy coat, heart and immune system in your dog. It is formulated using only wild, non-farmed salmon fresh-caught in Alaskan waters.
This salmon oil features pure, premium salmon oil which is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to support a healthy coat and conditioned skin. With improved coat and skin health, your dog may experience less dry skin, itching, flaking, shedding, and allergies.
Good hydration is essential for dogs with kidney disease! Here is how we keep our dog healthy, happy & hydrated.
This product was a lifesaver for us when Hooch was first diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. I needed to increase his protein and vitamin intake while also making sure he was getting as much liquid into his body as possible.
The more hydrated he was, the easier it would be for his kidneys to do their job. If you are nursing a puppy or looking to hydrate a dog suffering from kidney disease this Advanced MILK Rx Supplement is the way to go.
Another great product that our dogs love is this Beef Bone Broth from The Honest Kitchen! This bone broth with turmeric for dogs is perfect for chilly days and post-play time hydration.
It's made from a mix of human-grade ingredients like parsley, pumpkin, and turmeric extract, that has been dehydrated. Simply blend with hot water before serving to provide your pup with a delicious and satisfying treat any time of the day.
Dogs with canine kidney disease can't conserve water by making concentrated urine. The result is that they pee larger amounts more frequently, and to maintain fluid balance, dogs with kidney disease drink more water. Monitoring their water intake is very important to prevent dehydration.
We noticed with our Hooch that he started gulping so much water that he was literally gagging and spitting it back up. It would happen multiple times a day and began to become a real problem as he hoarded more and more water.
This slow feeder is what we use in our home and it regulates how much water he can get at a time which means less gulping air and less accidents.
Shit happens! It's how you deal with it that matters.
Stomach distress is an occasional occurrence in many dogs; how you treat it is what really matters. We keep a stock of this Vet's Preferred Advanced Anti Diarrhea on hand at all times. It works fast, is easy to administer, and we can rest assured that as soon as we give our pups a dose, they will be feeling better soon!
Since we are sort of on the subject of butt's anyways, can we take a minute and discuss how disgusting anal glands are?! Ok, let's not actually discuss it, and let's say when you see your pup (or cat) performing the butt scoot boogie across your floor, or they have a foul, slightly fishy unpleasant aroma, you are probably dealing with anal glands.
Our Rebel had an ongoing issue with stinky glands until we started regularly adding this powder to her diet. It has the added bonus of containing beef liver and since she is a growing young dog she needs organ meat in her diet, unlike our older dog with kidney disease who needs to avoid phosphorus.
If you are avoiding organ meat, as in dogs with kidney disease, you could opt for Glandex peanut butter treats. These chews are a unique fiber blend; these chews promote firmer stools to help the anal glands empty naturally and contain probiotics and digestive enzymes to support a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Made from the highest quality all-natural ingredients, these soft chews have a delicious and real peanut butter flavor your dog will love.
If your dog deals with the occasional anal gland issue you may also want to keep a tub of these on hand. They do a really great job of curbing any odor that may be lingering. Albeit you really have to love your dog to use this product altogether.
Supplements are important, but quality of food and clean filtered water are everything for a dog living with kidney disease.
It's a fact, feeding your pup a diet of 100% human grade dog food is easy, cost effective, and WAY better for them than a traditional doggie diet of processed kibble!
When dealing with kidney disease the end goal of everything your dog consumes should be to make it easy for the kidney's to do their job. The cleaner the food & water the easier it will be for your dog's already taxed kidneys to do their jobs.
When it comes to water...
Filtered or distilled water only || The kidney’s main function is to filter out the toxins in our bodies and since tap water can be loaded with chemicals and contaminants it is best to only give your dog clean, filtered water to drink. If you have a dog living with kidney disease like we do, you may also want to eventually invest in a slow water feeder as dogs with kidney disease can get quite thirsty and will actually start drinking water too fast which causes its own unique set of problems.
When facing a major lifestyle and diet change like this one you are going to need a few great recipes in your back pocket.
This easy homemade dog food recipe combines lean ground beef, wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and tender herbs for a healthy, vibrant alternative to traditional dog food that has given our 11 year old dog a new lease on life!
This 100% human grade homemade dog food recipe that utilizes some of the best fall produce for your dog like sweet potatoes, cranberries, rosemary, and sage! Our dogs love it so much I decided to share it here too so you and your pup can celebrate the best the season has to offer.
It's no secret that fresh herbs & spices are beneficial to a person's health & diet. But, did you know that your dog's diet could benefit from the addition of them also!?
In the summer months I add fresh, vibrant herbs from the garden like basil, oregano, and thyme to the dog's food.
But, when fresh herbs are sparse, I turn to my spice cabinet, where I keep a little jar of spices labeled 'Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend.' This easy-to-make custom spice blend combines dried parsley, basil, dill, rosemary, & oregano for a seasoning blend your dog is sure to love!