Danny Tufaro, a veterinarian based in New York City, explains a simple way to add some variation to your dog’s diet. Following is a transcript of the video.
Many people think only in the realm of dog food. I think you should try to feed an assortment of different things. Many people fear giving their dog or cat anything that they eat, varying their diet, but I think that’s an error. People like to feed a specific brand of food for whatever reason. I encourage these people to mix an assortment of different things into the food, like breakfast cereal, lettuces, various meats, carrots.
If your dog’s doing well on a dry dog food or a canned dog food, there’s really no reason to vary it, but if you wanted to there is no reason not to. So if you wanted to introduce lettuces and carbohydrates, things that we eat, that would be fine to mix it with their food. If you wanted to feed things that you’re preparing for a meal, cooked meats, cooked carbohydrates, cooked vegetables, raw vegetables, those are all very good things to feed. I don’t think we feed our pets enough vegetables in terms of dietary intake. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, bananas. There are some things to stay away from, like grapes, onions, chocolate, various sugars like xylitol.
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