A superfood for dogs is a nutritionally dense food. These foods are natural and should always be chosen over artificially processed food for dogs.
Broccoli is a natural source of easily digested fibre and regulates the rate at which food passes through the digestive tract, which aids digestion. It contains a range of antioxidants which may provide protection against the type of cell damage that leads to cancer. It contains vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium, copper, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, and selenium.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. It boosts natural effective anti-inflammatory effects, and protects the liver from toxins. There is evidence to suggest that Curcumin, found in Turmeric, has cancer fighting properties. Look up Golden Paste for a popular homemade remedy!
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which help to balance the thyroid, making it great for doggy weight control. It also enhances athletic ability by increasing stamina, and promoting good nerve and brain function. It also aids skin hydration AND helps make coats sleek and glossy.
Sweet potato has a high fibre content and contains all natural sugars. It is full of vitamins A, B6, and C, so helps fight against skin diseases AND maintains the immune system. Whether dehydrated for a chewable treat or boiled soft and cut up, all dogs will benefit!
Kelp is iron rich and contains sodium, calcium, iodine, and folic acid. It is great for bone health and blood production. Vitamin A also improves vision and energy levels. It provides your dog with the most benefit with minimum calorie intake.
Apple cider vinegar can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, and as well as aiding digestion it can help prevent and give relief from urinary tract infections. It can be used as a solution to improve the condition of fur, to reduce skin flaking and relieve itching, and can be applied to reduce elbow and hock calluses. It’s a natural antibiotic, but be sure to get any wounds checked by a vet!
Alfalfa is full of nutrients. It is a rich source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and K. It contains saponins which absorb fat soluble nutrients in the small intestine, which is useful for dogs adjusting to a new diet. Research has shown 20% of people who take alfalfa report a marked decrease in painful arthritis symptoms and similar results have been reported in animals.
Flaxseeds are rich in Omega three and six fatty acids. They have a high fibre content and are good for digestive health. They help boost their immune system, are a slow release energy food, help ease the symptoms of arthritis and are great for maintaining their coat and skin. Chop or crush them to break the shell and make them more easily digestible.
Fresh spinach is packed with iron for fighting off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues.⠀⠀
It also contains antioxidants to promote healthy bone growth. It also boosts the immune system, giving more energy, no wonder Popeye loved it!
Carrots are rich in natural fibre and antioxidants. They are full of phytonutrients which help keep eyes bright and healthy. They are great for the teeth and they really do help you see in the dark!
Big changes in diet can require attention by a vet or nutritionist. Once they have been seen, contact me for treatment.
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