For some time, people have tossed around the idea of the green bean diet for dogs. You may have heard of this and considered trying it. So, what exactly is a green bean dog diet and what are some of its pros and cons?
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What is the green bean dog diet?
The green bean dog diet involves standard kibble for your pet mixed with a portion of green beans. Green beans are a healthy way to keep your dog full between meals. For example, your lab may only need two cups of high-quality dog food per day to maintain a healthy weight, but he is always scrounging around and hungry. Adding some green beans to the food at mealtime will help your dog's diet stay on track and keep your dog feeling full and happy.
Let’s get something out of the way. If you choose to feed your dog the green bean diet, you must know that you cannot exclusively feed your pet green beans. Pet owners will need to find a balance between dog food, for example, and green beans that will produce the desired results.
Should all dogs be eating the green bean diet?
Not all dog's need to have green beans added to their meals. Typically, the green bean dog diet is recommended for dogs who need to lose weight. After the initial weight loss, many pet owners continue to follow the green bean dog diet to help maintain a healthy weight for their pet.
Both dogs and owners are often pleased with the results of the green bean dog diet. Pet owners feel good about supporting the health of their dog.
It is also comforting for us humans to see a sizable helping for our pet. Looking into the dog dish and seeing a few sparse kibbles totaling a half cup does not appear as generous as that same amount of kibble surrounded by a healthy helping of healthy, high fiber green beans.
Will my dog like green beans?
It is rare that your dog will turn their nose up at the green beans. Dogs feel fuller and will respond with a more pleasant attitude and less scrounging around in search of some grub.
How will the green bean diet affect my dog?
One negative factor to consider when changing your dog's diet over to the green bean diet is the added fiber. Some dog's systems react to this, so monitor your pet's outputs. Begin adding the green beans slowly and gradually increase. Some pet owners find it beneficial to only add the green beans to the dog's diet at one specific time during the day to keep the dog's potty schedule in order.
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If you decide to turn your dog's diet over to the green bean dog diet, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind.
Measure the amount
You won't be feeding your dog several cans of green beans a day. Purchase a resealable lid to cover the open can of green beans for easier storage in the fridge between meals. Measure the amount of green beans in your dog's diet just as you would measure kibble or treats.
If you notice the store has green beans on sale, by all means, purchase a few cans ahead and stock up. Although green beans are not particularly expensive, it never hurts to save some cash.
Whenever possible, purchase canned green beans with no added salt. This is a healthy option for your dog's diet, typically at no additional cost to you.
Do not simply rely on the green bean dog diet to achieve weight loss for your dog. Incorporate a daily routine that involves walking and exercising your dog for a holistic approach to managing your dog's weight.
The green bean dog diet can have many advantages. Monitor your dog's intake to prevent unpredictable outputs. The green bean dog diet helps to properly lose and maintain weight while keeping you and your pet happy and healthy.