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Here is my personal "short list" of beneficial food items you can add to your dog's diet to provide natural sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.


  • Vitamin C: green leafy vegetables, carrots, berries, tomatoes etc.
  • B vitamin complex: liver, nutritional yeast
  • Biotin: beef liver, nutritional yeast, cheese, eggs, chicken breast meat, salmon
  • Choline: egg yolks, beef, wheat germ, oats
  • Inositol: wheat germ, nutritional yeast, liver, brown rice, oats, vegetables
  • Vitamin A/beta carotene: cod liver oil, liver, egg-yolk, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, yellow/orange fruits
  • Vitamin D: exposure to sunlight, cod liver oil, fatty fish, liver, egg yolk, dark leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin E: whole grains, wheat germ and wheat germ oil, avocado, beef, seafood, apples, carrots, celery
  • Vitamin K: leafy vegetables, cheese, liver, also produced by the bacteria in the healthy intestinal tract


  • Calcium: dairy products, blackstrap molasses, fish, ground eggshells
  • Chloride: kelp, tomatoes, celery
  • Magnesium: dairy products, fish, meat and seafood, apples, blackstrap molasses, avocados, bananas, dark leafy vegetables, whole grains
  • Phosphorus: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, bones
  • most dogs get too much instead of too little, often resulting in kidney damage
  • Potassium: fruit, vegetables,whole grains, blackstrap molasses, fish
  • Sodium: present in many foods, also best avoided in high amounts
  • Sulfur: eggs, garlic, lettuce, cabbage

Trace Elements:

  • Boron: honey, fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables
  • Chromium: eggs, beef, whole grains, nutritional yeast, blackstrap molasses
  • Cobalt: vegetables
  • Copper: whole grain, liver, blackstrap molasses
  • Iodine: eggs, seafood, kelp and other seaweed
  • Iron: meat, poultry, fish, grains, fruits, vegetables
  • Manganese: avocados, eggs, brown rice, whole grains, leafy greens
  • Molybdenum: spinach, liver, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables
  • Selenium: whole grains
  • Silicon: oats, alfalfa, leafy green vegetables, whole grains
  • Zinc: muscle meat, poultry, seafood, grains, eggs, seeds, nutritional yeast

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