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I'm going to go against the stream here and actually support the addition of "people food" to your dog's diet. If you choose to feed your dog a manufactured kibble you are essentially feeding them a food that has had all the life cooked out of them (that's one of the reason most have natural or artificial vitamins added back in - it's replacing the nutrients that are destroyed when the "food" ingredients are cooked). I've made a personal choice to feed a commercial raw diet, but I fully understand that that could be really hard for a vegetarian (not to mention messy and expensive). I support others' recommendations to move your puppy to one of the ProPlan products (which seems to be one of the better "main stream" kibbles not currently implicated in the DCM scare - which is a whole other topic), but I encourage you to add in some "real" "live" foods as well. There is a website called "Dog Aware" with some good guidelines, but some common healthy additions might include:
*Eggs (raw or lightly cooked)
*Any muscle meat (chicken, turkey, beef, etc.)
*Organ meat (liver, kidney, hearts, gizzards, etc - small quantities since they're rich and can result in diarrhea)
*Canned sardines, jack mackerel, or pink salmon (packed in water)
*Cottage or ricotta cheese
*Veggies (Most need to be pureed or lightly cooked to be properly digested. Some good options include carrots, celery, kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, parsnips, squash and celery. DO NOT feed onion!)
*Fruit (bananas, apples, berries, melon)
You can also add things like rice and pasta but since all kibbles are already high in carbohydrates (they have to be or they'll gum up the extruders), I've never seen the point in adding in more.
Note that you should not be adding so much of ANY of these things that they become a major part of your dog's diet. Think of them more like an occasional supplement; a "vitamin" to boost your dog's health. Too much of even a good thing can cause your dog's diet to become unbalanced, so make sure at least 3/4 of what she eats is a balanced (AAFCO-certified) commercial food. But a spoonful of canned pumpkin or a dollop of cottage cheese or a spoonful of canned mackerel or the pureed stems you took off your own broccoli dinner will both make her meals more appealing and add some living nutrients to her meals as well.