Dog Food – Yes!
Deb D’Andrea

Dog Food – Yes!
Deb D’Andrea
4 The Luv Of Dogz
 Nederland, CO
I’ve written here before about good food you can feed your pups as an alternative or supplement to what you currently feed.  Since writing those articles, several people have asked me to recap, so here you are!outlaw in the snow
There are several healthy options for feeding your pup which include fruits and vegetables, along with raw food and meaty bones large enough they can’t swallow.  Why would you want to offer your pup these alternatives?  Maybe to help them reduce weight, maybe because they have allergies to their food, maybe you’re looking for that extra healthy treat, or maybe you want to feed your pup the very best.

I started feeding raw over seven years ago because Tiki is allergic to many foods, showing symptoms with itchy ears, itchy sides and being irritable because she felt bad.  It took me awhile to determine all the things she’s allergic to; thus, leading me to a raw diet.  Since the change in her diet, she’s healthy as a dog and has pearly white teeth!

Some fruits and vegetables my girls eat, and you can try feeding your pup, are apples, apricots and mangos (all three minus the seeds); bananas, blueberries, pears, pineapples, raspberries and strawberries; and beets, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin and zucchini.  My girls love eating whole raw organic carrots, and I cook up a squash, cauliflower and ginger soup for all three of us!

I cut most fruits and vegetables into small bite size pieces, and remove any seeds.  When determining which items your pup will eat, let them smell a small piece and set it down for them to explore.  Sometimes they’ll turn their noses up at it, other times they’ll devour it.  With fruit, I serve at room temperature, just as I eat it; with vegetables, except for carrots, I lightly steam, cool and serve.

Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli have been known to cause gas in pups; and when serving them these, be sure to use the whole vegetable and don’t just give your pup the florets or just the stem.  It’s a whole wholesome vegetable.  Our pets are just like us and may absolutely love some fruits and vegetables, and not show any interest in others.  Eventually you’ll find those which your’ pet will enjoy and you can use as a treat or a supplement with their meals.  Once of my clients feeds high quality kibble and adds in a powdered vitamin mix along with canned pumpkin – her fur kids love it!

As with anything, there are fruits and vegetables to avoid feeding your pup because they can cause significant health issues.  Onions, garlic, wild mushrooms, rhubarb, grapes and raisins are a few.

For a more complete list, please visit:

Till next time.  Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides mobile Canine Massage, PawQuatics, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services.  Her home-made dog treats are sold at local stores, and 4TheLuvOfDogz K9Birthday Cakes are available directly from her.  Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc.  Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or