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Gobble Gobble Nom Nom. (translation “Delicious Turkey Meatloaf”)
Here is one of our favourite recipes to keep in the freezer for 'take-out' nights (take it out of the freezer that is!) One easy-peasy delicious nutritious dinner! Nomnomnom….;o)

Pumpkin keeps stools (poo) soft in dogs.  Not runny, just bulked, and easy to pass.  I can’t say what it does for humans but I know it does this for dogs. He has a generous dessertspoon of steamed and mashed pumpkin in each meal and has no problem with doing his business.  He is a 5-kilo dog so adjust the amount you use for your dog accordingly.
I hear cries of “he’s not fat, he’s fluffy! “. In fact, I have used it myself. Overweight dogs and obesity in our beloved companions are one of the most heartbreaking things because only we are to blame.

You may know by now that I like to feed my dogs basically what I am cooking for myself with appropriate modifications. I think of it like feeding human kids, leave out the bits they don’t like and keep it simpler. Of course, I can do that because I rely on Wellbeing Essentials to be the bridge between my food and canine nutritional needs.

The primary and most significant dietary difference between humans and dogs is the need for calcium. In a nutshell, humans need more phosphorus in their diet relative to calcium and dogs need more calcium than phosphorus. So feeding a dog just human food is not going to meet your dog’s dietary need for calcium. This is especially important with puppies. They require a calcium-rich diet to grow and can suffer greatly if that is not provided.
Kibble, as commercial dry dog food is called, has almost all the water removed, it is dehydrated so that it keeps, it’s cheaper to transport (less volume) and easier for you to store at home. Nothing in that system is about the end consumer, your dog. The dog’s internal system has to re-hydrate the kibble in order to break it down and utilise it, the kidneys work the most, and the moisture must be taken from somewhere in the body.

My question for you would be around fruit. I know blueberries and strawberries are good for dogs, but my boy loves mandarin and banana too (I only give him very small portions)…. are these ok for dogs? Which other fruits are suitable/bad, and also recommended portions?