Summertime is upon us and that means a lot of things to many people. For us, one of our favorite summertime activities is planting a garden. But no, not just any garden. A dog friendly garden that we can share with our dogs! Yes all you dog parents, you should do this.
Even veterinarians are beginning to advocate gardening for our furkids. Fruits and vegetables added to your dog’s diet can provide endless benefits. One of the reasons we started Your Dog’s Diner was to show that there were safe and healthy ways to “treat” your dog. That’s why you will find organic and natural vegetables in our mixes. But yes, we want to show you what to plant on your own. Because we believe education is KEY to helping our dogs live happier, healthier lives. But we have to have fun in the process! Let’s do this!
The number one reason for the overweight epidemic in our dogs is that they are simply eating too much. Did you know that kibble is extremely high in calories? So if you don’t have time to make every meal from scratch (you will get there eventually, we just know it), then substitute some fruits and veggies for some of that kibble. Like what? Uh, veggies from your garden of course!
So what should you plant? Why not start with the following:
Sweet Potatoes (no leaves)
The pawsibilites are endless! So how do you know if a fruit or veggie is safe for your dog? One resource we ruv is the ASPCA website. Don’t be scared! Roll up those sleeves and dig in! We bet we know someone who can help you with that.