Monday, September 26, 2016

Binky's food update 2 - What I feed my puppy

Her schedule now goes something like this:

6:30am - 1/2 wafer vitamin (NuVet Plus K-9 Wafers)

7:00am-8:00am - Breakfast - Usually cooked chicken, cooked turkey, or cooked salmon with  (Complete Probiotics for Pets), Krill Oil Liquid Pump for Pets, Astaxanthin, and Digestive Enzymes.

As mentioned in my Supplement blog, I also include Curcumin for Pets and Organic Mushroom Complex for Pets occasionally, especially if her immune system needs a boost. She eats both just fine in a small amount of the meat of choice.

I also try to feed her up to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, but sometimes she won't touch it, while other times she'll gladly lick it all up. So this isn't daily.

12:00pm-1:00pm - Afternoon Snacks - My vet told me that at her age she's ok with just two meals. So instead of a new meal at lunch, I usually giver her the food she didn't eat at breakfast. She rarely eats up all her breakfast, so finishing it up at lunch makes sure she gets all her supplements without giving her extra foods.

I give her this once a week for a general detox, or more often depending on what she's going through health-wise - Liver and Kidney Support for Pets

This is also the time we do training so I use Liver and Berry Bites, dehydrated sweet potato bits, or peanuts, or other treats received from her Bark Box, as an extra treat.

Through the day she also snacks on low caloric veggies, such as carrots, cucumber, zucchini and peas while I'm eating my meals. At breakfast, if I have some banana in my cereal she excitedly hops on the couch as she patiently sits and stares at me until I share some. It's quite adorable, she doesn't usually like to eat banana, if I randomly offer it to her, but if I'm eating it at breakfast she gets super excited about eating it with me, plucked out of my almond milk cereal. 

5:00pm-6:00pm - Dinner - I try to encourage her to eat her NutriSource puppy kibble, by the suggestion of her vet, but am not opposed to giving her some freshly cooked meat like chicken, turkey, salmon or beef if there is some available, and I can use it to train her. Since she sits down for her morning meal, I like to have her dinner meal to train her with, as this is the time for her Basic training class on Wednesdays too. 

Snacks - She gets plenty of veggie bits while I'm cooking my dinner, so I don't have to serve that to her in her dog bowl. This helps keep her happy and occupied while I cook. Same thing with fruit, if I'm eating a fruit she will eat I will always offer some to her (apart from grapes and others not recommended for dogs). Another treat I give her almost daily, especially after running around outside, is a kefir/fruit frozen treat that I make for her. In silicone molds, I mix kefir (for her to get some probiotics from) with either blueberries, banana, papaya, pineapple or peanut butter as an extra special treat. She absolutely loves her frozen treats, and sometimes settles for plain old ice! Another hydrating loved treat.

I still do leave some kibble out for free feeding, but now I'm more conscious of how much, since she's past the stage of being at high risk for a blood sugar drop, because of her little size, she eats plenty so I only put a very small portion for her to snack on freely.  $47.99 NutriSource Small & Medium Breed Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food, 35-lb bag

Used for training and a healthy treat between meals. $18.97 Liver and Berry Bites: 1 box

*All the meats I feed her (chicken, turkey, beef, deer and salmon) area always organic and free of antibiotics.