Since obtaining a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois over 30 years ago, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has cared for companion animals at veterinary clinics in Elmhurst, Springbrook, Wheaton, and Naperville, Illinois. In addition to routine exams and treatment courses, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince educates his clients on the best ways to keep their pets healthy, including advice on proper nutrition.
In addition to dry or wet dog foods, canine diets can be supplemented with produce, meat, or fish. Below are some guidelines for other foods that can help round out a dog’s diet.
Raw Bones -Thick cow or lamb bones that are too big to be swallowed whole are an ideal way to incorporate calcium and other minerals into a dog’s diet. Dogs should only be given raw bones once or twice a week and should always be supervised while eating them.
Carbohydrates – Dogs can metabolize carbohydrates for energy. However, complex carbs such as grains are gentler on a dog’s digestive system when cooked.
Hard Vegetables – Raw, fresh vegetables like carrots not only provide dogs with essential nutrients, but also keep their teeth clean. Dogs can also eat small portions of cooked vegetables, provided that they are not cooked in oil or seasoned with ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as onion powder or garlic.