Updated: Jul 3, 2020
Is your dog is getting the right vitamins and minerals? This is a question many of us ask ourselves. Most home cooked diets and commercial diets either include synthetic vitamins or are required to add them to make the diet "Complete". Synthetic vitamins are harmful to dogs in many ways. A Synthetic vitamin is just a fraction of what would be found in naturally occurring vitamin. It is missing the important cofactors that make it work.
Synthetic Vitamins can be unpredictable and can even cause an increases risk of cancer and other health issues.
Your dog should get these vitamins and minerals as naturally as possible. The vitamins and minerals in these essential canine functional superfoods will help your dog fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health in general.
Vitamin A: Carrots, spinach, liver, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fish oil, eggs, turnip greens, watermelon, mangoes
Vitamin D: Marine fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef, cottage cheese
Vitamin E: Plant oils, leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, liver, papaya, mangoes
Vitamin K: Liver, leafy green vegetables, milk, cabbage, fish, papaya, blueberries
Vitamin C: Fruits, vegetables, organ meats, watermelon, papaya, blueberries, oranges, mangoes
Vitamin B: nutritional or brewers yeast, liver, beans, Green Vegetables, spirulina, nuts, dairy products
Calcium: Milk, yogurt, tofu, sardines with bones, raw bones, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, papaya
Phosphorous: All animal tissues, eggs, fish, milk
Magnesium: Spinach, broccoli, green beans, tomato, beans, seafood, papaya
Potassium, Sodium and Chloride: Fruits, vegetables, milk, papaya, banana
Zinc: Spinach, broccoli, yogurt, beef, poultry, vegetables
Sulfur: All protein foods (meats, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes and milk)
Iron: Red meats, Fish, poultry, shellfish, eggs, Legumes
Iodine: Iodized salt, seafood, dairy products, kelp
Selenium: Seafood, meat and vegetables
Copper: Seafood, nuts, whole grains, seeds, legumes, bananas
Manganese: Nuts, whole grains, leafy vegetables
Chromium: Lean meat, brewer’s yeast
Cobalt: Liver, kidney, fruit, vegetables
Fluorine: Available in water
Molybdenum: Legumes and organ meats
Silicon: vegetables, beans and peas
Rotating these foods into your dog’s diet can improve the quality of life for your dog. For some time, I was making home cooked diets adding Synthetic vitamins into their meals to ensure their diets where "Balanced" and "Complete" Something I have learned over time is that there is no such thing as "Balance" or "Complete". This can be achieved over time feeding the right foods.
You may be wondering how I feed my dogs now. I will tell you my dogs are on a rotational mono raw diet. They eat Fruits and Plants on the same day, and they have raw meat on other days. Never on the same day. I rotate through every appropriate fruit and vegetable over weeks to achieve a natural balance. No added vitamins other than a digestive enzyme to help with the transition from cooked meat to raw. In my next blog post I will discuss in more detail about the Mono Rotational Raw Diet and what I have learned so far.
Sources: Dogs Naturally, The Bark, Healings Diets for Dogs and Cats