For a full, in-depth tutorial and information about how I make my own dog food from scratch, check out my old post on homemade dog food.
In addition to those basics, here are some more healthy foods that are great for your dog. Just remember that you should be careful when drastically changing your beloved pet’s diet and it never hurts to consult with your veterinarian first, especially if your dog has health issues at all.
- Yogurt – Great source of calcium, protein, and probiotics. Do NOT choose a yogurt that has sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc. Better yet, make a huge batch of your own and share with your pooch.
- Flax seed – Good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help create a shiny coat, and fiber. Grind it first or choose a flax seed oil instead.
- Pumpkin – Another fiber source and good for beta carotene (vitamin A) . Added bonus – they tops are fun to play with!
- Sweet potatoes – Fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese are all in these spuds. Some dogs enjoy them when dehydrated and used as treats even.
- Brewer’s yeast – Good for the skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Do NOT use regular baking yeast because it can make your pet sick. Beware – Brewer’s yeast can be quite addictive, despite its smelliness. Just ask my cat about her addiction.
- Apples – Vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber are the main reasons to share your apple, but it’s also thought that the skin contains chemicals that may protect against certain types of cancer. Do NOT give your dog the whole apple, though. The seeds contain cyanide that in small quantities won’t hurt, but over time, in larger quantities, can be quite dangerous.
- Pineapple – Good source of calcium and potassium. I’m wary of this one because of all the sugar, but in small quantities, it’s safe. Freeze it for a fun treat to cool off in the summer with.
- Parsley – If your dog has smelly breath, this is a must. It works on humans, too, so grab a spring for yourself if you’re self-conscious about your breath.
- Peas – Green veggies in general are good to add to your dog’s diet. In addition to adding to their food, try freezing them and then rolling them across the floor to be chased!
Do you know of any other foods that are safe and well-loved by dogs?
For me, though, I just fell in love with those bowls, no matter how long the food is intended to be left out! I started imagining all the different food combinations I could put together into a buffet style spread for parties.
Or heck, when there were 6 of us in the house and the kids brought over friends, that was the food equivalent of a party every other day, ha! So it could’ve been fun to have Hawaiian haystack toppings or taco night spreads in dishes like these. Ooo, or for pizza nights where I’d let everybody build their own topping combinations. I’d definitely want the small ones for something like that, though (like shown in the one with jam/butter/cheese). And a sundae bar with all the fixins! And…. ok, you get the idea. My thoughts on them are endless.
The best part is, they’re super cheap. Instead of spending 12 bucks a pop on real dishes, they used weight boats that you’d find in a lab…..$16.95 for 100 of them! Yes, a hundred of them, so for an arrangement like the Catan board, you could have 5 different spreads (19 hexes per board) and just toss them out after each time without breaking the bank. That sure beats washing them, too.
Click over to KO to see the breakdown of the sizes used/recommended (the medium one actually holds 2 full cups of goodies, so beware!).
They’re going to be flimsy, but I think stacking them side-by-side might give them a bit more stability. So long as you’re careful, I don’t think it’d be a big deal anyway. What’s the worse that can happen? A few grapes spill out on the table? Or some salsa gets a little messy? Oh noes….it’s the end of the world!
Or maybe something more poetic like Robert Frost’s less traveled road, with tall trees, layers of fallen leaves, and wild mushrooms growing about.
I supposed the shape could even be altered to make Mario mushrooms, but I like how realistic these are instead.