These homemade supplements for dogs are super easy to make and strengthen your dog’s immune system!
You can add them your pup’s raw dog food or top their kibble or wet food off with them.
Yours Truly made them all herself!
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Homemade Supplements for Dogs: Turmeric Paste
Here’s what I use to make my pups’ very own Turmeric Paste (also known as Golden Paste):
- 1 cup filtered water from our fridge
- 1/4 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Turmeric is an orange spice from Southeast Asia & the Middle East with a plethora of benefits:
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Liver detoxifying benefits
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Anti-septic & anti-bacterial benefits
I used to just sprinkle turmeric over the pups’ meals until I learned that turmeric PASTE actually increases the health benefits.
This is mainly due to the fact that it contains freshly ground black pepper. The ground pepper increases the absorption of the turmeric 20 times!
Homemade Supplements for Dogs: Green Lipped Mussel Powder
Green lipped mussel powder is super easy to make because it essentially consists of grinding dehydrated or freeze-dried green lipped mussels!
You can also find freeze-dried green lipped mussels on Amazon.
Green Lipped Mussels provide joint health support because of their strong anti-inflammatory and lubricating benefits.
Green Lipped Mussels also contain vitamins and minerals as well as Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids which contribute to a healthy skin, coat, brain- and cardiovascular health.
They truly are a superfood that boosts the K9 immune system!
Only con: If your dog is allergic to shellfish, don’t feed green lipped mussels as they fall into the shellfish category.
My raw-fed pup Wally can’t have any because of his shellfish allergy. I found out when I did a dog allergy test with him.
Homemade Supplements for Dogs: Bone Broth
Bone broth is gentle on the digestive system and great for achy bones.
That’s because it’s rich in glucosamine and chondroitin that seeps out of the bones and into the broth.
It also detoxifies the liver and is a great meal topper for picky eaters.
Here’s how to make it:
Homemade Supplements for Dogs: Puréed Fruits and Veggies
Adding fresh, puréed produce to your pups’ meals will add a new flavor to their meal and works great to entice a pup who’s bored with his food (works great as a kibble topper!).
Less is actually more here because dogs are mainly carnivores and would only find a small amount of digested plant matter in their prey’s stomach out in the wild.
Because of this, I only add about 5-10% of puréed produce to their overall food allowance per meal.
Sweet potatoes (boil them first), carrots, celery, bell peppers, strawberries and apples (always without the core) are all great sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory qualities and fight the effects of aging as well as infections.
Side Note: If your dog is suffering from cancer, only feed low-carb, non-starchy puréed veggies and fruits.
For example, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Cancer cells thrive on carbs, so they should definitely be avoided.
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- Turmeric paste for dogs: 5 key benefits and how to DIY
- Dog supplement hack: How I make my own green lipped mussel powder