If you aren't following pet blogger Rodney Habib and Planet Paws, go like them on Facebook right now. Rodney, who is a natural pet nutrition blogger, posted this video with Steve Brown who is a world renowned expert on pet food and has formulated food for many pet food companies around the world.
If your dog is fed fresh food, including raw food give them two mussels a day. They can be found frozen in your local grocery store. Steve feeds his dog raw, 80/10/10 (80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, 10% bone) and adds two mussels, 1tsb of salmon and a pinch of atlantic kelp which is one ingredient in our simply complete daily supplement. Salmon is a great source of Vitamin D, and kelp naturally provides iodine for your pet.
Even if you feed your dog raw or fresh cooked food, it's important to vary their diet to make sure they get all the nutrients they need.
If you're feeding your dog kibble, the best thing you can give them is sardines. Look for sardines in olive oil, and avoid sardines in soy. Sardines are a rich source of EPA, DHA, trace minerals, manganese iodine, zinc, copper, many other nutrients.
A can of sardines will replace a quarter of your dog's dry food for the day and can be given to them once or twice a week. Even a well balanced kibble may not have everything that your dog needs to reach their full health.
If you only take away one thing, remember there is no one magic diet for any animal. If there was, we as people would eat the same thing day after day. It's important to vary your pet's diet. Natural treats can be an easy way to mix up their proteins and nutrient sources.