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Vitamin K helps regulate a dog’s blood function. Blood does not clot in dogs that have low levels of vitamin K or are vitamin K deficient. Many foods can provide your canine with a regular dose of vitamin K. The suggested daily amount of vitamin K for a dog that is 11 to 22 pounds is 25 mg. Dogs that weigh 22 to 44 pounds need 50 mg daily and dogs that weight 45 pounds or more should receive 100 mg per day.
Like many other vegetables, broccoli is high in vitamins, including vitamin K. One and a half cups of broccoli have 50 mg of vitamin K. Broccoli can be fed to your canine raw or steamed.
One cup of soybeans has 45 mg of vitamin K. The most common way to prepare soybeans for your dog is to wash the beans and then boil them for two minutes. Let the beans sit for two hours. Once the beans have soaked, pour enough water into the pot to cover them by two to three inches. Place the pot back on the stove and cook to a boil. Then let them simmer for an hour and a half.
Liver is a good food for dogs and can be eaten raw or cooked. Liver has 25 mg of vitamins for every four ounces. To cook the liver, sauté it in a skillet for five minutes. Onions, asparagus and parsley can be added to boost the vitamins and improve the taste.
One raw egg yolk supplies a dog with 20 mg of vitamin K. Eggs can be mixed with food or scrambled and served alone.
Parsley is healhty snack for dogs and is very high in vitamin K. Two tablespoons of parsley have 50 mg of vitamin K.
Cabbage can be eaten raw or boiled. One cup provides dogs with 50 mg of vitamin K.
Asparagus is also used to add vitamin K to a canine’s diet. There are 40 mg of vitamin K in ½ cup of asparagus.
Homemade Vitamin K Dog Food Recipe
This recipe is filled with vitamin K and can be served raw or cooked. Combine one pound of ground meat, two cups of asparagus, one cup of cabbage, eight ounces of liver, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of yogurt, three eggs and one cup of parsley. Store the unused portions in the refrigerator or freezer. Depending on your dog's size, serve 1/4 cup to one cup daily.
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