I'm a pretty good cook now, but I didn't start out that way. Ask Rob. One thing I have always enjoyed is baking and I've always been pretty good at it. When I was a teenager, my Mom and I agreed not to use any mixes and always made our baked goods from scratch. It was good training and I think scratch cakes just taste better than mixes.
Well, I've learned about some secret ingredients that help in keeping my dogs healthy, too. We've been really lucky to meet Dr B who takes a special interest in nutrition. He's worked closely with us on finding healthy alternatives for our dogs.
Samba had issues with her nails at one time. The nails were cracking and chipping and were much too soft. We treated her with vitamin C and beta carotene, and although they improved, they still were bothering her. Then we added the secret ingredient that made all the difference.... zinc. Soon after adding zinc to her diet, we saw a huge improvement in her nails.
Now I have an aging group of dogs and they are starting to experience some of the age related aches and pains. Each morning every one of my dogs gets fish oil capsules. Actually, I train my dogs to take meds using fish oil because they all like the taste. Every dog gets at least one and those who have joint problems get more. Morgan currently takes five a day and we're working toward giving her eight.
Finally, I'm always on the lookout for something to help the pain of arthritic joints, not only in the dogs, but for us, too. I have arthritis in my fingers and Rob has an old shoulder injury that bothers him. Morgan has severe arthritis in her legs and hips. Bailey and Fudge each have some joint pain in their legs and though Tess isn't showing signs of pain yet, she has deformities in her front legs that will probably cause pain at some point. I increase their fish oil when they seem painful but recently I've been reading about tumeric being helpful for joint pain.
Earlier this week when I had Noah at the vet's office, I asked if he was familiar with tumeric for joint pain. He left the room and came back with a bottle of tumeric. He said it could definitely help them and showed me what to look for. We discussed dosage and a couple days ago I started giving it to not only my arthritic dogs but also to those with intestinal issues.
It's too soon to tell if adding tumeric to their diets will help, but it's another possible secret ingredient in my arsenal for keeping my gang healthy and active. We'll let you know what we discover.