Natural Nutrition for Dogs: Do's and Don'ts

Natural nutrition for dogs isn't as complicated as it sounds. Many owners feed their dogs naturally on a diet of raw bones and meat, fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you feed your dog naturally.

Do Include Fresh Meat and Bones

Your dog will likely love one or more of the following healthy protein sources:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Fish

You can also feed your dog raw bones.

Do Feed Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

You can feed your dog any of following:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Grains
  • Some nuts

There are exceptions, of course. Be sure to read the section relating to avoiding toxic substances, below.

Do Include Grains

You can bulk up your dog's diet with any of the following grains, to give him the carbohydrates he needs:

  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Corn

Do Not Feed Toxic Substances

You might not be aware that many foods are toxic to dogs. They include:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate (or anything that contains caffeine)
  • Walnuts
  • Avacados
  • Fruit pits
  • Raw eggs and raw fish
  • Potato peels
  • Grapes and raisins

Do Not Feed Certain Bones

Chicken and other poultry bones could splinter and damage your dog's internal organs. When making natural dog food at home, don't include poultry or fish bones.

Do Not Feed Too Much Of The Same Thing

Your dog needs some variety in his diet to get the nutrition he needs, and to feel excited about eating. A diet based on natural nutrition for dogs should be varied.

Do Not Feed Fatty Foods

A diet with a high fat content could harm your dog's health in the long run.