A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Purina Beneful, and it's caused an understandable stir in the dog community. If nothing else, this should encourage all of us to take a closer look at what we are feeding our dogs and find ways to improve upon it. It's never too late to make positive changes - when we know better, we do better - and there are simple ways to upgrade your dog's diet no matter what your budget or feeding philosophy. Here are five suggestions that I utilize myself:
- If it is not within your budget to upgrade full-time, try feeding one meal of higher quality (such as a better kibble, canned food, or dehydrated or freeze-dried raw) or using it as a topper. Some brands I love are The Honest Kitchen and Stella & Chewy's.
- Add fresh or cooked meat and/or cooked or pureed vegetables (broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans) to kibble meals. I will sometimes add small amounts of fresh fruit to The Ginger Sisters' dehydrated raw breakfast - Ruby loves apples, bananas and strawberries.
- Add a beneficial supplement such as camelina, coconut or salmon oil. I rotate between all three.
- Educate yourself and learn how to interpret dog food labels - I highly recommend the book Dog Food Logic. Some formulas may be better than others even within a brand, and depending on your nutrition goals.
- If you use a rotation diet, watch for coupons and BOGO offers for adding variety and quality or trying something new. Click here to order a $1 sample bundle from The Honest Kitchen (affiliate link).