Dom the five-month-old German shepherd pup ate breakfast, as my friend Mary Beth would say, “Like he’s going to the chair.”
For a pup with a queasy tummy and no appetite, this is pretty good.
As I explained yesterday, he has been experiencing some fear issues, and we are attacking it by changing his diet.
I have started feeding him my “courage mix”, a diet specially formulated for him. It is about a third lamb and rice kibble to ensure that he gets all his dog vitamins. I could go shop and find and cook the ingredients, as it really isn’t that difficult to cook a balanced meal for your dog. But since he is going home to a kibble-feeding family, I want to encourage him to keep eating it, and develop a hearty appetite in the meantime.
The contents of the Courage Mix, in approximate measurements. Dom is a big puppy, about 50 pounds, and he will get an evening meal as well along with various treats throughout the day.
- 1 cup lamb and rice kibble
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
Compared to white rice, brown rice has more protein and is a tad lower in fat. These carbs are easy on the canine system and are a great alternative for a dog with an upset stomach.
- 1 cup boiled hamburger
Meat-based protein, the best natural food for the canine system, and it adds flavor.
- ½ cup boiled (frozen) spinach
Spinach is one of the best veggies to feed a dog. It is rife with vitamins.
Vitamin A for skin, coat, and the hair.
Vitamin B complex, to help with appetite and nervous system.
Vitamin C boosts immune system.
Vitamin E for healthy bowels.
Spinach is a great source of fiber. It strengthens the bones, making it a powerful nutrient for growing puppies.
And of course, it is known for being packed with iron, which prevents anemia, and protein, the building blocks for energy.
- 1/2 hard-boiled egg, with 1 tsp crushed eggshell for calcium.
Packed with protein, and great for settling an upset stomach.
- 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin
The miracle cure for digestive problems. Canned pumpkin can fix constipation or diarrhea.
- 2 tsp ground flax
Omega 3 fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat, boost immune system, and fiber.
Nom nom! So far, he has been doing well. Day 2 and no more vomiting, and no accidents in his crate or in the house. Knock wood.
Next, we will discuss building confidence in a fearful puppy. Stay tuned…