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Would you like to eat the same bowl of cereal every single morning and evening of your life? No, and neither does your pet! That’s why using certain human foods to top their kibble is a good way to incorporate some “living nutrition” without a lot of calories.
Wash the shell first and put it in a blender – shell and all. The shell is a natural form of calcium, and my latest feed trials on Egg Shell Membranes (ESM) have shown there are many benefits to ESM for joint and cartilage support. Take the whole egg and put it in the blender to have a complete nutritional package. Scramble it in a little olive or coconut oil and give to your pet 1 -2 times a week.
Use only a culture from a natural food store – not a regular grocery store because that yogurt is not processed as well. You can buy large containers at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other privately owned natural food stores. A dollop per day is a healthy treat. However, it should not be used as a sufficient replacement for probiotics, especially if your dog is on antibiotics or under stress.
This is why I prefer to provide my dogs with a powdered probiotics, like 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio Pac (which I designed) for First Choice Naturals.
Dairy: Cottage Cheese/ Cheeses/ and Buttermilk
Many pets love these products. They can be higher in calories, so if you have a dog with weight issues, cut back a bit on the kibble if you are using cheese of any kind. Again, buy your milk products from a good health food store such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other natural food stores that have organic and all-natural products.
Please note: Some dogs can’t tolerate milk products due to lower levels of lactose, an enzyme that helps the body digest lactose.