|Barked: Fri Mar 18, '11 12:46pm PST |
Celery Fed as a Nutrient:
I feed my little Shih Tzu a 100% homecooked diet, and I do sometimes use celery as part of her veggie portion. Since I want the celery IN her food recipe to be of nutrient value to her, I do cut the celery into small bite-size pieces and then I boil it until it is very soft. You must do this in order for dogs to be able to digest the celery. OR, if you prefer to feed it "raw", you must puree the celery. Boiling to soft, or pureeing, will help to break down the cellulose (which dogs are unable to do on their own). Since all of her homecooked recipes include a veggie portion, I also give my dog digestive enzymes a few times per week (this helps with the breakdown of protein, fats, and carbs).
Celery as Bone replacement
I do not give my little Tzu recreational bones to chew on. Nor do I give her any raw hide. And unfortunately, she's not a fan of "toy bones" or "rope bones". And given that she is on a soft food diet (homecooked), I worry she needs something to actually "naw" on at least once in a while. So, I began giving her celery to chew on (while I monitor her). And YES, she does the exact same thing as your dog did --- naws very fast on the celery and basically annihilates the celery into miniscule micro shreds! It's cute to watch, though. haha. I have her chew on the celery while she lounges on a beach towel -- easy clean up that way. Eventhough I do brush her teeth daily, I do feel that nawing on the celery does at least give her jaws, teeth, and gums a good workout. Keep in mind that when they chew on celery in this way (raw and whole), they will not be getting any of the vitamin or mineral nutrients out of the celery. They will however get LOTS of fiber (as you will most likely notice in their stool). I try to limit her celery chewing to 1/2 stick (though I give her the whole stick to hold onto), maybe 3 times per week or less.
I really love using the celery as a bone replacement for my pup. When I see her maneuver her little paws to try and hold the stick in place, it brings me such JOY....as it's one of the rare occasions she actually acts like a D-O-G. (in reality, I think she fancies herself a C-A-T! ).
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