Preparing special meals for an elderly dog is one way to show your love. Dogs are omnivores and enjoy variety in their diets. Sharing food with your dog can strengthen your bond. However, dogs are not people and have to eat based on their needs. One strategy is to occasionally supplement your dog's food--which should be a formula designed for older dogs--with delicious kibble toppings whipped up with ingredients from your refrigerator. Be sure to consult your dog's veterinarian before adjusting your dog's diet. And verify that your dog's weight is healthy.
Oats and Eggs
Cook oatmeal without salt, sugar or other toppings. Or, set aside some cooked oatmeal from your own meal before flavoring it to your taste.
Add one egg to the 1 cup of cooked oats. Allow the egg to set with the heat of the oats. Or add water and reheat the oats until the egg cooks. Do not serve your dog a raw egg.2
Allow the mixture to cool. Stir in the unflavored sweet potatoes. Stir in the unflavored green beans.3
Stir in the cottage cheese and canola oil. Combine thoroughly.4
Top your dog's kibble with a tbsp. or two of the special topping. Cover and refrigerate the topping, and it will keep for three days.5