Mackerel makes great toppers


Rick Woodford, the man behind, is back with another extremely informative, yet easy-to-use cookbook. His new, aptly titled Chow allows even absolute beginners to whip up whole meals or simple nutritious and delicious “toppers” (like this one) for their dogs. Nothing says love better.

Greyhounds are known to reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, making them one of the fastest breeds around. They’re perfect for running in a straight line or chasing prey, but once the race is over the greyhound is ready to take a nap. The Alaskan Husky can reach speeds about half that of the greyhound, but can maintain that speed for much longer – all while pulling a sled. Both breeds are notable for their performances, but are hardly interchangeable for the special requirements needed in any racing environment.

Omega-3s can be obtained from either plants or animals, and like the greyhound and husky, the different sources have different purposes and benefits. Flax seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which can help fight cancer and improve brain function. But your dog’s body is really running on eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Although your dog can convert some of the ALA into EPA and DHA, this is not enough to meet all of the body’s needs. Including EPA and DHA as part of the diet by including fish or meat from grass-fed animals is far better for reducing inflammation and promoting cognitive development. Foods like mackerel can provide a healthy dose of EPA and DHA when fed two or three times a week as part of your dog’s diet.

Whenever possible, buy mackerel with no additives like sugar and monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer that overstimulates the neurotransmitters in the brain. Mackerel in water or tomato sauce is preferable to mackerel in oil because your dog is already getting enough fat in their diet.

1 cup of canned mackerel is about 300 calories; corresponds to about ¾ cup of commercially available dry food

Replace 10 percent of your dog’s normal meal with the following amounts:

10 lb. Dog: 2 tablespoons
20 lb. Dog: 3 tablespoons
40 lb. Dog: ¼ cup
60 lb. Dog: ⅓ cup
80 lb. Dog: ½ cup
100 lb. Dog: ½ cup

Calories 6% • Protein 30% • Total fats 15% • Omega-3 (DHA) 225% • Omega-3 (EPA) 123% • B3 (niacin) 46% • B12 (cyanocobalamin) 26% • D3 69%

Mackerel Mix-In – Meal Topper Recipe

Mackerel can be used in your plate in place of salmon in salmon cake, but it is also beneficial and easy to prepare for your dog. With a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, this topper is a must have for every dog. Using canned mackerel and chopping the vegetables in a food processor improves digestibility without the need to cook anything. Don’t worry about those tiny mackerel bones. They are very soft and will break down even further in the food processor.

1 (15.5 oz) can mackerel
1 clove of garlic
1 medium carrot
1 medium-sized red pepper, pitted
½ cup of frozen spinach, thawed
1 medium-sized red apple, stalked and pitted
½ cup of blueberries

1. Drain and rinse the mackerel.
2. Put the mackerel and garlic in a food processor and finely chop.
3. Roughly chop the vegetables and apple and place in the food processor.
4. Add the blueberries and pulse five or six times to finely chop all the vegetables.

Yield: 5½ cups

Serve the following amount once a day, replacing one-fifth of your dog’s normal meal.

133 calories per cup • Protein 42% • Carbohydrate-protein ratio 0.4 to 1 • Total fats 40% • Antioxidants 38%

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