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Pet Owners: discuss Food as Medicine/Life Enhancers for your non-human family members

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Pet Owners: discuss Food as Medicine/Life Enhancers for your non-human family members

pinehurst | Oct 17, 2012 02:19 PM

Thanks, HillJ, for spearheading a Pet Food board idea. With any luck, if interested pet owner 'hounds make enough of an impression here, we'll get our very own board.

The thread in site talk mentioned a lot of ideas to enhance our pet family member's health. Would you share your own evidence (anecdotal or experiential?)

As many have posted, canned or fresh cooked pumpkin (plain pumpkin, not the pie mix) has long been touted to enhance dog's elimination habits. It's delish, high in fiber, and offers great protection against painful, costly woes like impacted anal glands.

Our vet has long touted the benefits of blueberries/blueberry juice for our dogs. We feed them blueberries, but have to cut them in half because round foods (egg yolks, cherry tomatoes, etc) confuse the heck out of our dog. We also give Ben (the hound) a swig in his water bowl every week.

For dog owners, especially female dog owners, a little tomato juice (esp homemade) now and then will prevent brown "pee spots" on your lawn.

And finally, just as humans benefit, dogs benefit from being fed a bit of plain yogurt, especially while on antibiotics. Helps to stave off the gastrointestinal symptoms that a prescription of Doxycycline, etc, can bring.

What foodie tips do you have to keep your pets happy and healthy (other than spoiling the heck out of them?) :-)

Please post a photo if you can, too!

 
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