If you're not ready for raw feeding, superboosting your dog's kibble is a great way of adding species-appropriate nutrition into your dog's diet.

Although the phenotype (the way a dog looks) has changed, their nutritional needs are still the same and this is a diet of mostly meat with a little plant matter. Kibbles are unable to meet this level of nutrition and have to add vitamins and minerals to meet the basics of a dog's nutritional needs.

Many Grain-free kibbles these days are incredibly high in plant matter and low in species-appropriate nutrition that it's become a problem, a problem that has been noted in Golden Retriever world who are thought to becoming Taurine deficient due to some grain-free diets just not delivering appropriate nutrition.

So what can you do to try and level the playing field?

If your dog is on a Grain-free diet, have a look at the ingredient panel, is meat the #1 ingredient? Is there at least 2-3 meat ingredients in the top 5 ingredients? If you answered No to one of these questions then adding meat to your dog's diet is a good start!

If your dog is on a grain or limited grain kibble, then adding a mix of meat and a small amount of high-quality plant matter is a good start.

Most kibbles will allow you to add up to 20% of extras.
If your dog's meal is 1 kilo (1000g) of kibble then 20% of extras would be 200 grams. If your dog doesn't need to gain weight then you will need to reduce the kibble portion by 20% before adding 20% of extras.

Let's have a look at some 'extras' that you may like to consider:

  • Meat whether than be mince or chunks

  • RMB = Raw meaty bones, not marrow bones. Edible bones such as brisket, necks, carcass etc. Choose a size that is appropriate for your dog i.e. gobblers and aggressive chewers should have bigger pieces. Big dogs generally shouldn't have small pieces like chicken necks unless they can be trusted to chew. If bones are new to your dog then supervise them until you know they can consume them safely.

  • Kefir, this is a fermented milk product packed with pro-biotics that you can make yourself. Start with small amounts.

  • Greek yoghurt - stay away from any low-fat varieties as they tend to be high in sugar and sugar feeds yeast and we don't want that in dogs.

  • Cheeses such as goat and sheep cheese - containing pro-biotics and generally a well-tolerated cheese. Start with small amounts.

  • Bone Broth - this is a jelly-like substance made from chicken feet or soup bones and slow cooked for 24 hours, full of healthy collagen and minerals. Start with small amounts.

  • Table scraps, don't throw it in the bin if it's safe for your dog i.e. leftover meats without sauces.

  • Cooked or soaked (for 12 hours) rolled oats, great for sensitive tummies and runny bums. Best obtained from the health food store instead of cheap ones from the supermarket that could have added sugar.

  • Soaked Chia seeds - great for the coat and overall health.

  • Small amounts of mashed/blended fruit & veg. No need to cook but must be mashed/blended/grated/lightly steamed otherwise dogs cannot break down the walls and therefore cannot derive nutrition from them. Consider Banana's, Savoy Cabbage, Green & Snow Beans which act as prebiotics. Also, consider Blueberries, Carrots and Broccoli.

  • What's on sale at the fish shop? Many Fish shops will give or sell you their offcuts, salmon frames, fish heads and the likes. And, don't forget sardines 1-2 times a week are great for dogs who tolerate them. What about those fish bones? Fish bones are considered 'Soft Bones' which is considered safe for dogs. Raw feeders have been feeding them without any trouble for...forever? Also, consider that dogs ate animals in their full form before us. The only reference, we've ever found to fish bones being negative is from sources without any actual experiences listed or references..just opinions. If you're worried, don't feed them. If the fins are sharp and worry you, remove them. What about parasites? Head here:…/mans-leg-cramp-channels-horror-fi…

  • Hearts - you can find these at your supermarket, they're a great muscle meat (not an offal) and you can feed them as often as you like.

  • Eggs, ideally free-range/pasture.

  • Cottage cheese. Start with small amounts.

  • Tripe. Check with your local abattoir. NZ K9 Naturals have a dehydrated and frozen tripe available (frozen to be d/c soon), you can often find it in Petbarn.

  • BARF patties, you can get mixed balanced raw patties such as Prime100, Dr Billinghurst, Vets All Natural, Leading Edge, Big Dog from many pet stores.

  • High-quality rolls such as Single Proteins from Prime100.

Ingredients your dog doesn't need even though it's become such a norm to give them to dogs. They are high carb and not species appropriate for dogs. They are low-cost fillers:

  • Potatoes

  • Rice

  • Pasta

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