Posted : 11/8/2007 1:25:20 PM
Garlic isn't bad *in moderation* but yes, onion makes it difficult for their bodies to absorb calcium.
If you use veggies you have to chopd/cook/ or puree them in order for them to get any nutritional value from them -- but freezing such can be a favorite with dogs.
BE CAREFUL -- peanut butter is not wonderful for them. They LOVE it but it's hard on the kidneys. So be SUPER *minimal* with it. And don't give it daily.
Try tahini instead (ethinic/Jewish section -- it's ground sesame) -- tastes similar and man, my dogs LOVE it. Has to be stirred so it's kinda a pain.
The trick is variety -- if you are using a lot of veggies you have to look at the calcium/phosphorous ratio. Carrots have a sucky cal/phos ratio so don't give them everyday or else offset them with something that has a GREAT ratio like kale.
If you are tossing a carrot to your dog it's not 'bad' because they don't digest much of it. It just goes thru them mostly. Raw veggies generally -- they may like them, but nutrtionally they aren't adding much because their bodies can't break them down.
Try things like beef heart, chicken/turkey hearts, whitefish --
If you want a 'binder' use something like ricotta cheese or plain yogurt.