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How to upgrade your dog’s kibble on a budget

Is your furry friend getting bored of their kibble? If that's the case, there are several budget-friendly ways to make your dog's kibble more appealing.


In March, a veterinary student went viral on TikTok after showing some simple ways to improve dog meals. Viewers really loved her ideas as she explained how to improve a dog’s kibble. For example, she recommended rehydrating your dog’s kibble with warm water then adding some Greek yoghurt. A brilliant idea to provide your dog with more protein that can be lacking in plain kibble.


Nutrition experts suggest adding fresh food to your dog's kibble diet to replace lost nutrients in the cooking process. A study found that dogs on raw or vegan diets were healthier than those on dry dog food. However, you can add nutrients to your dog's kibble to ensure their long and healthy life.


In this article, we'll show you how to make your dog's kibble more tasty and exciting without breaking the bank.

Original photo by Ayla Verschueren via Unsplash

Hydrate your dog’s kibble

Our first tip will cost you nothing! Adding a splash of water to your dog’s kibble will keep them better hydrated.


After all, plain dog kibble is dry. You may have even noticed that after eating some, your dog will go straight to their water bowl. This is because regular kibble lacks water, so adding some can make it more flavourful and appealing to your dog.


Many dog owners believe adding water to kibble can help their furry friends feel fuller for a longer time. The problem with dry kibble is that it soaks up moisture and expands in your dog’s stomach. This makes them bloated and at larger risk of struggling with stomach issues.


To prevent this, allow the kibble to soak in the bowl for a few minutes before giving it to your dog. This will cause it to expand in the bowl rather than in their stomach!


Alternatively, you can hydrate your dog’s kibble with some brilliant supplements. For example, you can pour Furr Boost products over your dog’s kibble to add moisture and extra flavour. They offer a variety of flavours specially crafted to support your dog's wellbeing. Check out our available flavours below, and stay tuned for new additions coming soon!

Add protein to your dog’s kibble

Did you know that most kibble contains less than 25% protein? It’s true. That’s why one of the most important ways to improve your furry pal’s diet is by adding protein.


To save on money, you can keep the leftovers from your meal to add onto your dog’s kibble. We recommend:


  • Chicken breast

  • Raw or cooked eggs

  • Ground beef or lamb

  • Meat Toppers 

Bearing in mind, adding fresh meat to your dog’s kibble will increase calories. To decrease the number of calories added, reduce the amount of kibble you usually give your pup when adding meat. 

Top your dog’s kibble with delicious veggies

Veggies contain vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that dog kibble lacks due to the heavy-heat processing. By simply adding a few vegetables to your dog’s kibble, you will really amp up the healthiness of their meal.


A cost-effective way to add veggies to your pup’s kibble is to use leftovers from your own dinner. As long as the vegetables are dog-friendly, there is no reason for them to go to waste. Here are some great colourful veggies you can add to your furry pal’s mealtime:


  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Green Beans

  • Kale

  • Bell Peppers

  • Celery

  • Cooked Sweet Potato

  • Cooked Yellow Squash


If your dog is one to stay clear of veggies, there are ways you can sneakily include them in their diet. Whether it's through dog-friendly smoothies or adding tasty peanut butter (or Poochbutter) to veggies to enhance their appeal! Check out our previous blog about how to add dog-friendly vegetables to your pup’s diet for more information.

Include healthy probiotics and supplements in your dog’s kibble

Your dog needs probiotics in their food for better digestion, more nutrients, and a stronger immune system. In older dogs, probiotics support their neurological function that can decline with age. In younger dogs, probiotics can help prevent potential future health problems. From this, you can see how important probiotics are in a dog's life!


A budget-friendly way to include probiotics in your dog’s kibble is by adding plain Greek yoghurt. You can also find probiotics in soft cheeses such as Swiss, Gouda, and Cheddar, as well as various vegetables and fruit. 


However, if your furry pal is sensitive to dairy, or isn't keen on fruit and veg, then a probiotic supplement may be better for them. Luckily, we offer a variety of probiotic supplements to enhance your dog's kibble.


The Super Pro by Jampy supports digestion, strengthens the immune system, and promotes intestinal regularity. Also, The Good Boy Multivitamin by Jampy helps with energy, digestion, immune system, skin, hair, bones, and joints. It’s suitable for dogs of all ages and breeds! Both supplements are fantastic choices to give your dog’s kibble a healthy boost. 


Choose Hackney Dog House Pumpkin Pre & Probiotics Puree Powder, a superfood for dogs. It is specially crafted to promote a healthy gut and contains soluble fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and probiotics.


Just simply mix it through your dog’s kibble as a supplement. Alternatively, you can make the pumpkin powder into a puree by adding water. Offer this to your pooch directly or mix it into enrichment slow-feeder bowls or Lick mats for extra fun!

Add a drop of Omega-3

If you read our previous article on Omega-3 for dogs, you know how vital it is for your dog’s health. Just simply squirt some omega-3 supplements on your dog’s food to provide them with natural nutrition.


At WOOOF, we offer a pair of fish oil supplements that are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Pets love the taste of Salmon Oils and will devour their bowl of kibble if you place some on! 

Upgrading your dog’s kibble with WOOOF

We hope this article has assisted you in improving your dog's budget-friendly kibble for a healthier diet. Of course, before making any changes to your pup’s diet, you should always contact your vet for advice! 


At WOOOF, we have a variety of food toppers and supplements to make your dog’s kibble more nutritiously tasty! See below for some of our best options.

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