5 Cost-Effective Ways to Enhance your Dog’s Food

5 Cost-Effective Ways to Enhance your Dog’s Food

Most people think that ensuring healthy nutrition for dogs is expensive. Well, that’s not true. Feeding your dog can be absolutely convenient and affordable if you follow the right approach. It’s worth noting that we all have our budget limitations. So, you need to explore options that fall within your range. If you’re running on a tight budget, these low-cost ways are great to enhance the quality of your dog food. 

Add More Fresh Protein

If you’ve been feeding kibble to your dog, you’ll be surprised to know that it contains less than 25% protein. This means that a considerable part of your dog food contains carbohydrates. According to experts, there is no biological need for dogs to have cards. So, the pet food companies have been adding carbohydrates just as fillers. It just adds to calorific value without substantially enhancing the quality of food. Fresh meat is a great source of protein but most companies don’t include it in their products because it’s expensive. So, one of the best ways to enhance the quality of dog food is by adding more protein. Some of the best sources of protein include ground beef, chicken breast, raw or cooked eggs, and frozen meat. Just remember to avoid meat that contains excessive salt because it contains sodium and it’s bad for the dog’s health. 

Add More Water

Just like us, dogs need to stay hydrated. Adding more water to your dog’s diet won’t cost you a penny.  Hydration is very important for the overall health of your dog. This is something very basic but most people tend to ignore it. We all feed dry dog food but it’s devoid of moisture. Water is very essential for the proper mechanism of the body. It aids in metabolism and prevents the risk of indigestion. In addition, dry food is bland and might kill the urge to eat. So, by adding water, you can enhance the taste and smell of food making your pet eat more easily. Moreover, if you increase the water intake of your dog, it will make them feel full and help them lose some weight. 

Include Some Fresh Veggies

Feed your pooch the rainbow. You might have guessed what we are talking about. Adding different colored fruits and vegetables is very important for your dog’s health. That’s because each color contains a specific phytonutrient that is not found in any of the commercially available dog foods. So, add some colorful veggies like carrots, kale, broccoli, celery, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Honestly, this won’t cost you much and is a great way to enhance the quality of your dog food. 

Add Cancer-Preventing Fruits

If you’re planning to add some fresh fruits, blueberries should definitely be on your list. Research shows that blueberries are loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. This stems from their high concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, which helps in boosting immunity. You can add fresh blueberries to your dog’s food or purchase a dried meal topper that contains blueberries. Other fruit options include watermelon, apples, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and pears.

Include Freeze-Dried Toppers

For pet owners, it’s not always easy to have fresh meat and cook freshly chopped veggies every single day. Due to this, freeze-dried toppers have emerged as one of the best options for dog food. In fact, they are one of the most popular products in stores today. Freeze-dried toppers have advantages over traditional dog food because the process of freeze-drying locks the nutrients and it’s as good as fresh. These dried toppers come with an added dash of nutrients that makes them the perfect food for dogs. 

With these food options, you can surely enhance your dog’s diet. Having a pet is a great boost to your mental health. So, it’s natural that you need to pay attention to your dog’s diet too. If your dog is an emotional support dog, you’ll need an ESA letter to earn the right to live without any hassle. Here’s how you should do it. 

Live With Your Emotional Support Animal Freely

Contact a mental health specialist and get yourself evaluated. The doctor can screen your health and provide you with an ESA recommendation if you qualify. It gives you the legal right to live and fly with your pet. This means that the landlord cannot challenge your dog’s presence. So, it’s a good idea to get an ESA letter and have quality time with your pet. Last but not least, don’t forget the cost-effective tips mentioned above to improve the quality of your dog’s food. 

Randy Meyer
Randy is child nutritionist and works with several schools around California helping parents find the right diet for their kids. He is always looking to find some new tips and healthy recipes for kids. In his free time, he likes to spend time at animal shelters and loves to look for new cafes around the city.