Our Real Eats for Rover series continues today with Sodium Awareness. All dogs need salt to sustain life, but too much can be harmful. If your dog is suffering from a heart or kidney condition, reduced sodium is a very serious concern. Today we’ll offer some easy, real food additions that can add freshness and nutritional value to your dog’s diet without adding sodium. We often have our “go to” fresh additives, right? Maybe sweet potato, carrots or ground turkey?. But do you know how much sodium is in these ingredients? Let’s take a look and see where we can replace them with lower sodium options:
Sweet Potato – I think this is one of the most commonly used “fresh additives” for most people. While sweet potatoes have lots of benefits like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, and iron, they are not a good choice for those dog owners looking to reduce the sodium in their dog’s diet. Sweet potatoes have 73 mg of sodium per 1 cup serving. Compare this to Jicama which has 5 mg of sodium per serving. Jicama can also be dried in the oven for chews, boiled and pureed to top off meals, and frankly raw, in small sticks.
Carrots – Carrots might come in second for fresh additives as their size also lends them to be used for treats. Again, carrots have some great benefits like Vitamin A and Beta-carotene but they have 88 mg of sodium per 1 cup serving. Compare this to an apple, which has 0 mg of sodium per 1 cup serving. Try some dehydrated apples for training if your dog is battling heart or kidney disease.
Ground turkey is used in many diets for dogs and as a basis for some treats. It’s great for upset stomachs too. It does have quite a bit of sodium – 256 mg per 16 oz. serving. You can change this out with chicken thighs that have 30 mg of sodium per 16 oz. serving.
We hope that you have found this information helpful. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry – real, whole ingredients that are used in our meal plan options. If you’d like us to make your dog his own customized meal plan, start here. Thank you!