Nothing says love like food. Especially if you’re a dog. With my nose, I can smell every drop, every teeny tiny morsel, that falls from the dinner table. And it’s my nose that tells me what I like and don’t like. But, to be honest, pretty much anything that’s edible is on my menu.
My human tells me that the kind of food I eat is important for my healthy insides, as well as my outsides. My bones, my stomach, my heart, and my skin and fur need good food, just like a human, to avoid diseases and help me live a long and healthy life. Instead of canned food and dry kibble, which uses processing methods that destroy valuable nutrients in the ingredients, my girl, Deborah, makes my food the same way she makes her own – and it doesn’t take much time because she makes our foods at the same time. And I think she’s a great cook!
She tells me it’s important to remember a few things when preparing food for me.
When making your own dinner, you can use the peelings (such as from carrots, potatoes, and squash) and stems (broccoli, for instance). Either steam or bake in the oven … Or you can use a rice cooker.
Use olive oil to cook vegetables and meat. All those omegas are very good for me. Stay away from butter, bacon grease, salt, and that sort of thing to keep my heart going strong for many years to come.
One of my favorite meats is salmon. My human uses a fork to carefully and completely shred the meat and remove all bones. I also love the skin (and it’s really good for me), so she’s found a way to make delicious dog treats by removing the skin before she makes her meal, leaving a tiny bit of meat on the skin. She throws it in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil, skin down first to cook it up nice and crisp. As a timesaver, my human will cook up a salmon steak, skin side down, take the juicy meat for her meal and save the crispy skin for me. You can see how she does it here.
After cooking, make sure you let it cool down for 10 to 15 minutes. My tongue is very sensitive and hot foods can burn me as I scarf down those tasty morsels.
Stay away from feeding me pork, though, since it contains a specific type of parasite that can make me pretty sick and don’t forget — onions can give me some raging gas.
While we’re on that subject, chocolate is a big no-no, as are avocados and grapes. All are toxic to me. In addition, any pits (cherries) or large seeds (peaches) contain dangerous chemicals. Here’s an easy guide to what foods I can (and can’t) eat.
My nutritional needs are very different from a human’s. For instance, I need a larger amount of calcium every day and my diet should be heavier in proteins (about 50% to 75%) than in carbohydrates. So, it’s probably not a good idea to put me on a vegetarian diet.
All this to say, I am feeling the love. Woof!