Most of us don’t have access to whole animals, therefore we need to add dietary fats to a homemade dog food diet. Try adding and rotating between the most carefully prepared and least processed versions of the following foods. This will ensure not only varying fat profiles but also the quality of those fats you choose to add! You may also consider adding these to some foods you have bought from your local pet store.
1. Raw Pastured Egg Yolks
One large egg yolk contains around 50 calories, add it to your dog’s homemade diet, or reduce his manufactured diet by 50 calories when adding this to the diet. This is especially helpful to anyone making homemade diets and mainly use lean meats due to ingredient availability.
Research has shown that eggs from pastured hens with diets that include grass and bugs have better fat ratios than others. The Omega-3 content can be up to double, therefore they provide a better ratio of Omega-3 to Omega- 6. This prompts better inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses in your dog’s healing processes. It can also create a more even distribution of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This makes egg yolks an excellent choice for healthy supplementation of a range of fats.
2. Raw Coconut Oil Or Coconut Butter
Coconut oil is primarily saturated fat. Fifty percent of that is lauric acid, a ‘medium chain’ saturated fat. When lauric acid is digested, it forms an antimicrobial lipid called monolaurin which, along with lauric acid, has been proven to kill harmful pathogens.
Other medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil include; caprylic acid, this is known for its ability to fight yeast, and capric acid, which has shown very positive results in studies dealing with diabetes and some other health conditions.
Both are also backed by very promising research showing cognitive improvement in senior dogs. It’s basically brain food! – I might start eating this too!
Add one teaspoon per 4.5kg of bodyweight per day.
3. Raw Pastured Butter
Butter is usually made using two types of fats, these are saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fat is a macro term for many different types of fats. They consist of short, medium, long and very long carbon chains. All have a myriad of different health benefits. Also, because of their lack of double bonds, saturated fats are much less likely to go rancid, especially from heat and sunlight, than some other types of fats.
Choosing pastured and especially raw butter will ensure that you get a ratio of 1:1 for both the Omega-3 and Omega-6 content. It will also ensure higher levels of vitamins, such as A, D, K2, E as well as other nutrients. Try giving your dog one teaspoon per 9kg of body weight per day.