You know, eating the same thing day in and day out can be pretty boring. We try to feed our dogs good quality dry dog food that helps them maintain their girlish figures because although they have their own large yard to run around in, they don’t get as much exercise in the summer here in the South. It is too hot for them to stay out for very long. But, as my husband pointed out, to our dogs the healthy dog food is probably a lot like eating broccoli every day. Often they come wagging their tails to their bowls for dinner, take one sniff and then turn and look forlornly at me as if to say ‘This again, mom?’
So, here is my solution for turning the ‘broccoli’ into a yummy dinner for my furry little foodies:
Keeping in mind the foods that can be toxic to dogs, here are some dog-friendly food additions that won’t break the bank. No need to visit a specialty store. Your local grocery offers what you need for this task. Above you can see what I found on my most recent trip – unsweetened apple sauce, which was discounted on a ‘back to school’ sale and a few jars of vegetable and fruit baby food. All together I probably spent $2.50 on what you see above.
Anything that is made for babies should be made with pure ingredients, but make sure you read the labels and avoid those with added colors and preservatives. I tend to steer clear of meat-based baby food as well as it can sometimes include onion or onion powder which is not a dog-friendly ingredient. Baby food is also relatively cheap. For example, I found a special on banana baby food – 2/$1.00 and then $0.65 for the large jar of sweet potatoes.
There are a couple of ways you can offer your dogs these food additions to their dry food. Since I have four dogs, I like to make things stretch, so I empty the contents of one of the jars of baby food into an empty ketchup bottle and mix in some filtered water. Then, just shake to mix and squirt a bit on the top of the dry dog food! That simple. Keep the bottle in the fridge once it is mixed.
The other method of delivery is to add a bit to the food directly without mixing it with water. In the case of the unsweetened apple sauce, I put a spoonful of it on top of the bowl of dry food and stirred it in so that it was distributed throughout the dry food. That way my finicky fur balls won’t just lick off the top goodness and leave the rest. You can just pop the unused portions into the fridge for the next meal.
At our house, we call these food additions “Special Dinners” in that the pack doesn’t get them all the time. I don’t want to condition my dogs to only eating food that has been jazzed-up. Special dinners does work to fill them up, though, and since we were all laboring under a bit of cabin fever this weekend thanks to a flood of rain for three days our dogs got a couple of special dinners as a treat – here’s a photo of them chilling with full tummies:
I hope that you can use my suggestions to help your finicky doggie foody enjoy their dry dog food!