Feeding Fido or Kitty might require a bit more than just filling a bowl with kibble. “Most pet foods are made for adequatenot optimalperformance, and can be lacking in important nutrients,” says Jean Hofve, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Denver, Colorado. Help your dog or cat get the most out of his meals with these two add-ins:
Omega-3s They ease inflammation on the inside while making your pet’s coat shinier on the outside. Mix in 2 tablespoons of fish oil per five pounds of chow for bigger dogs, or poke a hole in a fish oil capsule and squeeze the oil over food for cats and smaller pooches.
Extra protein Many pet foods skimp on meat to keep costs low, but dogs’ and cats’ bodies were designed to take in lots of protein. Make up for what he’s missing by supplementing your pet’s diet with up to 15 percent of lightly cooked ground chicken or turkey, says Hofve.