Compared to humans, dogs, unfortunately have brief life spans.
While we can’t control genetics and other factors that contribute to a dog’s lifespan - we can control how we nourish them.
As Hippocrates once said, "let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food"
So right now, ask yourself this - are you feeding your dogs the best you can?
If you are one of the many pet owners who simply feeds dry, extruded kibble packed with carbohydrates, preservatives, fillers, and synthetic vitamins on a daily basis - yes, you probably could do a lot better.
Depending on your circumstances, you may not be able to spend either a lot of time or a lot of money on completely fresh dog food - and we totally understand that.
In this article, we’ll show you five different ways to improve your Shiba Inus food in a manner that fits your budget as well as lifestyle.
# 1 - The 'Fresh Supplementer'
You can do a world of good for your Shiba Inu’s health simply by adding fresh food to her daily bowl of dog food.
Dry kibble doesn’t provide enough moisture for healthy digestion so adding fresh foods will help to get moisture levels up.
Fresh foods will also provide your Shiba Inu with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and natural vitamins and minerals that are mostly rendered null in dry kibble.
Here’s a short list of the best fresh foods to add to your dog’s current diet:
Lean 90% beef
Smaller sized wild fish like mackerel, sardines,
Colorful veggies like carrots, red bell peppers
Dark green veggies
Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yam
Fruits such as apples, blueberries, papayas
Lean cheeses - on occasion
Be sure to adjust serving side of dog food when supplementing. This may take practice but just remember to give less dog food when supplementing with high caloric foods and vice versa.
Also remember to stay away from the bad stuff. Things that are bad for humans like processed foods, sweets, chips, fats, etc... are all bad for dogs too.
As a fresh supplementer, you will be giving your Shiba Inu fresh foods that can make a positive impact on your Shiba’s health and well-being.
Don’t just take it from me though. Scientific studies have already shown the value of fresh food supplementation. Read more here.
# 2 - The Premade “Semi” / Fresh / Dehydrated Food Supplementer
If you don’t have much time in purchasing and preparing fresh supplemental foods for your Shiba - luckily you now have many options in purchasing some that is already made.
More and more consumers are concerned about what they are feeding their beloved family members and sales of “premium” foods such as freeze-dried raw have increased significantly over the past few years.
As a pre-made semi fresh food supplementer, you simply purchase your favorite premium freeze-dried dog food and supplement that to your dogs current diet.
How often you choose to supplement with semi-fresh foods all depends on your budget and your dog’s needs.
Also, even though you can’t always prepare fresh foods especially for your dog - don’t hesitate to add “good stuff” to your dog’s meals (along with the semi-fresh stuff) when you have it.
For example if you have some leftover carrots or sweet potatoes, just add a small portion to your Shibas semi fresh supplemented food for an even better meal for your dog.
# 3 - The Premade All-Fresh Food Supplementer
As earlier mentioned, sales of “premium” dog foods have increased exponentially of late.
In addition to freeze-dried raw offerings, many dog companies, new and old, are offering 100% fresh, human-grade balanced dog diets.
Many of these companies will also get you this food straight to your doorstep.
So as a pre-made “all-fresh” food supplementer, you buy (when you can) fresh pre-made dog food and supplement to your dog’s normal diet.
The costs for human grade quality foods along with delivery service can be quite high - so do what you can within your budget.
# 4 - The “Little Bit of Everything” Feeder
This category is perfect for dog owners that can take the initiative to adapt to multiple feeding scenarios.
It’s also great for Shibas that like variety and aren’t sensitive to frequent diet changes (the most ideal)
First off, the little bit of everything feeder is someone who determines what to feed their dogs based on time and availability of foods.
Because the L.B.O.E. feeder has issues with time, the base meal of their Shiba should be a super high quality premium kibble that can be given when time is an issue.
Not many dry kibble will fall under our definitions of super premium kibble and the ones that do are considerably more expensive then the norm.
But because the L.B.O.E. has more money than time, this should not be an issue.
When the L.B.O.E feeder has more time to spare, simply add any of the fresh or semi-fresh foods mentioned above to your dog’s base food.
If you have some fresh meat and veggies. Awesome. Add that in. If you don’t have anything fresh, but do have time to prepare some freeze-dried raw food. Great! Add that in.
# 5 - The No Time, But “Got The Bacon” Feeder
This is the easiest category to give directions for because if budget is not an issue for you, then of course, we would recommend to provide your dog with daily, fresh homemade meals delivered to your door for your convenience - whenever possible.
The important factor in this category is to do proper research to find out which company offers the best food for your dog’s needs.
Since you are in the category of less time / more budget, it’s likely that you might have not spent enough time researching which foods are the most nutritious for your dog.
The very best companies use veterinary nutritionists to create balanced meal plans especially for your dog.
We’ve done quite a bit of research and are confident to recommend a few of our favorite fresh-made dog food companies:
TIP: For times when you forget to order or restock fresh food, the natural fall back would be either the super premium dry kibble mentioned in the L.B.O.E category or freeze-dried raw dog food.
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