Our advice is to incorporate the following foods two to three times a week, in place of your pup’s normal chow. Feed real, whole foods to dogs whenever possible, because processing foods results in their losing many of the beneficial traits that make them great. Talk with your veterinarian before you start on this diet discovery, though, to make sure your Chihuahua doesn’t have concerns with any of these ingredients or supplements. Of course we assume you’re already feeding your Chihuahua a well-balanced and healthy diet!
Perhaps no other food packs a more potent punch than cold water fishes rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon, tuna, sardines and anchovies. These healthy fats have been shown to do everything from helping pets’ coats stay shiny and lustrous to combating cancer.
In the simplest terms, omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. By contrast, omega-6 fatty acids, found in ingredients such as corn, can actually contribute to inflammation when ingested at higher levels.
Most dog foods and treats are heavy on the omega-6s. So, in order to balance the ratio in the body and reduce the risk of inflammation, you should feed your dog a diet rich in the omega-3s DHA and EPA. We also recommend additional omega-3 firepower in the form of nutritional supplements for dogs and cats. Have your vet calculate proper dosing and form for your pet.
We now know that the bacteria contained in yogurt is important not only in digestion, but also in promoting the immune system, fighting infections and even preventing cancer. We recommend feeding your puppy plain, unflavored yogurt at least once a week. Spooning just a tablespoon of yogurt over your dog’s food each week could do wonders!
Chickpeas are the world’s most widely eaten legume. And for good reason: their soluble fibers help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, keep your heart and arteries healthy, and promote proper digestion. These beans may also help protect against cancer and are excellent antioxidants.
Dried chickpeas should be rinsed and soaked in water overnight, then boiled. Rinse and drain canned beans well to wash away excess salt. Chickpeas are appearing more frequently in commercial dog foods, and not just because of their health benefits – most dogs love the taste!
Eggs still top the list of protein sources for dogs. In fact, when it comes to digestibility, all other proteins pale compared to eggs. Eggs are loaded with vitamins D, B2, B12, K and biotin, as well as the minerals calcium, selenium, iodine, and phosphorus. We recommend feeding free-range, organic, omega-3 enriched eggs whenever possible. But hold the salt, and remember that each egg contains about 90 calories, what can be a lot for small sized dogs like Chihuahuas.
Quinoa is one of nature’s most perfect grains. Loaded with protein, it contains all 10 of a dog’s essential amino acids – very rare for a grain. Quinoa contains increased amounts of iron, dietary fiber, phosphorus, manganese and copper. It can be prepared like any other grain and is delicious and wholesome way to add variety to your dog’s diet.
Dogs love crunchy treats, and carrots – especially baby carrots – are a go-to-treat for Chihuahuas. These slender orange sticks contain more of the antioxidant alpha-carotene than any other fruit or vegetable. The vitamin A in carrots has long been associated with promoting eye, heart, and lung health, and carrots are also high in fiber, vitamins B6, C and K, potassium, niacin, magnesium, and folate.
Keep them refrigerated for up to two weeks as your dog’s everyday snack. To punch up their digestibility and appeal to picky pups, try cooking them until they’re tender outside and slightly firm inside.
Sweet potatoes are widely acknowledged as one of nature’s superfoods. They have an entirely different nutritional profile. The yellow-orange color comes from beta-carotene, which helps stabilize blood sugar and lower insulin resistance. In addition, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6, A and C, copper, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber.
Dog owners should feed sweet potatoes at least once a week, or whenever you’re enjoying this colorful creation. Prefer to feed my Chihuahuas half-inch cubes that have been steamed or baked. If you’re in rush, microwaving is also okay.
This superfood has incredible nutritional value. Broccoli is among the vegetables highest in sulfur compounds, which increase the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. In fact, broccoli is so rich in the eye-protecting compounds lutein and zeaxanthin that many call it “sunglasses in a bowl”. Vitamins A, K and C, folic acid and calcium are concentrated in this tiny, tasty tidbit.
Today, it mainly serves as a way to scoop up unhealthy dips at parties, but celery deserves more respect. Calorie for calorie, it is one of the healthiest treats you can offer your Chihuahua. Rich in fiber, it helps dieting canines feel fuller. Celery is also brimming with the antioxidants coumarin, which helps support the immune system and regulate blood pressure. It also contains healthful flavonoids that are being studied for their anti-cancer properties.
Because celery contains oxalates, check with your vet before feeding to a dog with bladder stones. Celery can be fed raw or lightly sauteed.
Apple & Banana
Most dogs enjoy a slice of apple or banana as a treat. You can also freeze pieces in ice cubes for warm weather snacks. Both fruits are great sources of vitamin C and antioxidants. Bananas are also full of potassium and vitamin B6. Just be aware, though, that a large apple or banana contains about 120 calories, so feed only small amounts if you don’t want your Chi to gain extra pounds.
These are just 10 most recommended people foods for your dog. Whatever you choose to feed your Chi, we hope you’ll consider adding real, whole foods to his diet.