I am constantly looking for food that I can feed Chico,, as well as your senior, and most importantly, food that they will eat. Not so easy, I know.
The following is what I have found by trail and error, in addition to checking with my vet for the go ahead:
Yogurt is a source of probiotics (beneficial bacteria that can help with digestive system)
Eggs provides protein that is missing from most “senior” dog foods
Liver is packed with vitamins and trace minerals. Feed small amounts regularly. Too much will cause the stools to be loose.
Fish provides omega-3 fatty acids that support the immune system, reduce inflammation and contribute to the skin and coat. Canned fish is best, such as sardines, jack mackerel and pink salmon (rinse to reduce the sodium content)
Broccoli cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Good luck finding ways to disguise these vegetables. Chico does not like any of them, as your guy won’t either. You have to be creative to fool a seasoned senior dog, to eat these vegetables, and I am. After all, we are smarter than they are , right??
Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene. They are a good source of vitamin C. They should be cooked!
Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries help to prevent cancer. Berries also provide fiber.
Chicken, dark meat provides more nutrition than low fat chicken breast. Remove skin and small bones. Chico has no problem eating drumsticks. Give him the whole thing-skin off, and small bone removed.
Beef. Red meat provides iron, zinc and other nutrients. Beef and Lamb supplies a variety of fatty acids. Cook beef and drain some of the fat.
Oatmeal and other whole grains provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants, as well as fiber that can help with digestive issues.
Make these items for the week, and it won’t seem so overwhelming to do each day.
My goal of course is to keep this guy around for as long as possible. Small sacrifice, right? I know you feel the same about your senior.
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