Dogs require a diet that is diverse and rich in nutrients. Humans obsess about superfoods that provide these in spades. So why not get our dogs in on some of that action? The everyday kibble and bits doesn’t always cut it, but there is so much more you could be doing for your pup. If our dogs are family, then why not feed them like it?
There are a number of superfoods that your dog could be eating to improve their health. Dr. Ernie Ward, a member of the Petplan Veterinary Advisory Board, recently put together a list of some of them and their benefits for our canine companions.
1. Apples (without the seeds).
Apples can actually clean a dogs teeth and freshen their breath – and they’re full of fiber.
The pumpkin puree is brimming with fiber, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that are good for regulating digestion, supporting the immune system, creating healthy skin and preventing cancer.
Eggs are well-known source of digestible protein. They have loads of amino acids, vitamins, and nutrients that help your dogs vision, as well as brain and heart function. They can also be a stomach-soother.
Bananas are a wonderful source of energy for active and athletic dogs. The natural sugars can be metabolized quickly and converted into easy energy. They also have tons of electrolytes and potassium.
Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which helps improve night-vision and prevent cataracts. Make sure they’re the appropriate size for your dog, though!
Skinless, boneless and unseasoned turkey is an excellent source of protein for your pooch. It also has a bunch of those amino acids.
These awesome veggies are packed with fiber and natural sugars, as well as antioxidants that help prevent cancer and aging.
Kelp is full of all sorts of great stuff: sodium, calcium, vitamin A, folic acid and iodine, for example. It can help improve immune system function as well as improve energy.
Not just because of it’s recent popularity among humans, quinoa is great for your dog, too! It has lots of nutritious fiber and protein and is easily digestible.
Like a lot of fish, sardines are packed with good nutrition. For your dog, they have vitamin B12, omega-3 oils, protein, and vitamin D.
Raw, local honey can help a dog during allergy season by exposing him to trace amounts of pollen that improve immunity. I sure could use some of that myself!
Broccoli is veggie that can help fight cancer, is full of eye-protecting lutein and is a great source of potassium, fiber, and calcium. Go, broccoli!
A dog on this diet will eat better than I do! Now, if only I could teach my dog how to make a grocery list.
Remember, dogs can have allergies just like humans, so talk to a vet before making changes to your buddy’s food. And don’t forget to share these awesome canine superfoods with your friends who have dogs.