Keto For Dogs: How to Cook for Your Pup



Do you know what’s in your dog’s food? Most pet parents don’t know what is really in kibble and the truth is shocking. Kibble is full of additives that be seriously harmful to your furry friend. Dogs were meant to consume primarily protein and fat, so why are there so many carbohydrates in kibble? Well, it is because they are a cheap filler ingredient. Instead of buying food filled with harmful chemicals, learn more about the use of keto for dogs.

An Overview of Keto for Dogs

A modified ketogenic diet is optimal for dogs because it gives them the balance of nutrients that they need (i.e. high protein, moderate fat, low-carbohydrates). One of the simplest ways to ensure your dog is getting the correct balance of macronutrients and micronutrients is to simply cook the food yourself. It is often cheaper than buying pre-packaged foods and gives you control over what is really going into their dishes.

Micronutrient Balance

When you’re on the keto diet, you need to make sure your electrolytes are balanced – and that’s the same for Fido too! Potassium is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Potassium promotes a healthy brain, heart, and nerve function. While potassium is added to most kibble, you’ll need to monitor your dog’s potassium intake if you’re cooking keto-friendly dishes for him.

How to Start Cooking Keto for Your Dog

It is easy to get started and you’ll only need a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Meat (like beef, turkey, or chicken)
  • Leafy green vegetables (like broccoli or spinach)
  • Salt (make sure not to add too much!)
  • If you add a fat source (like coconut oil or butter) make sure to add a fiber source (like chia seeds) to help mitigate any GI issues

Cook up your meal just like you would for a human! Ground turkey and broccoli is a great starter meal for dogs.

Additional Ways to Improve Pet Health

In addition to adding necessary supplements, you can further enhance your dog’s diet with chia seeds, healthy fats, and leafy greens (more sources of micros!), and fresh meat. Want to take it a step further? Consider a raw ketogenic diet for your dog!

Reference: Pak, S I. “The Clinical Implication of Sodium-Potassium Ratios in Dogs.” Journal of Veterinary Science, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2000.