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Guide to Superfoods for Dogs

Nutrient-dense superfoods are an excellent addition to every dog’s diet.

Oct 22, 2020

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You’ve probably heard the term before, but what exactly is a superfood? And what do superfoods have to do with canine health?  A superfood is a nutrient-dense food that offers exceptional health benefits. And they’re not just for humans--pets can also safely enjoy superfoods and their various health benefits. Despite their name, some superfoods can be found right in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. While superfoods such as spirulina or sprouted chia may be less familiar, you likely already consume more common superfoods. If you’ve never heard of the term superfood, think of spinach (rich in vitamins A, C, E, and antioxidants) or bananas (rich in potassium and fiber), which have been touted for centuries as excellent sources of essential vitamins and nutrients. 

Luckily, many of these common food ingredients are also pet-safe, meaning they can be integrated into your dog’s diet to help keep them living long and healthy lives. Veterinarian Dr. Gabby Pagana, DVM, MPH, CVA, CVF (partner DVM at healthybud) notes the significant impact that food can have on your dog’s health and wellness, “My motto is food is medicine. I can tell a difference in my patients that are fed higher quality diets containing rich superfoods: overall, they tend to have less health problems like dental disease, obesity, diabetes, IBD, itchy skin disorders, joint degeneration, among many more.” As Dr. Pagana observes, not only can superfoods relieve existing health concerns, they can also help prevent a variety of ailments and diseases. 

Before we discuss what you can safely feed your dog, let’s take a look at some common nutrients and vitamins found in superfoods. 

• Fiber: Fiber promotes healthy digestive functioning by keeping bowel movements regular. It also helps control appetite and reduce the calorie count of a meal when used as a replacement ingredient.

• Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables offer the biggest source of naturally occurring antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect against cell damage, which can lead to aging, tissue damage, and disease.

• Anti-inflammatories: Anti-inflammatories help reduce both external and internal inflammation and swelling. This can be useful for a wide range of issues that include anything from inflamed joints to discomfort resulting from GI problems.

• Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps support the immune system. Vitamin C has long been used to ward off the common cold, but it can also help prevent eye infections, cardiovascular disease, and reduce cholesterol. 

Below are some superfoods that can be easily added to your dog’s treats or meals so that they can benefit from the rich offerings that each of these ingredients offer. 

1. Blueberry

In addition to being a great source of antioxidants, they also contain vitamins K, C, and B6, manganese, dietary fiber, and copper. Like with any fruit, blueberries should be given in moderation because they do contain sugar, which can cause an upset stomach. Finding healthy dog treats that contain blueberries in the ingredient list is a great way to make sure your dog is getting the nutrients they need!

2. Spirulina

Spirulina is made from blue-green algae and contains high levels of fiber as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It also is a good source of vitamin B, which supports a healthy metabolism. Dog treats containing spirulina are a great addition to your dog's diet! 

3. Coconut oil

As a dietary supplement, coconut oil contains natural saturated fats that increase HDL (aka good) cholesterol levels and helps lower harmful cholesterol. It also aids in digestion and is a great ingredient to look for in dogs treats. Coconut oil can also be used topically to relieve irritated skin and is frequently found in grooming products as a moisturizer. 

4. Flaxseed

Flaxseed is primarily known for its high fiber content. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower blood pressure and therefore support cardiovascular health. Dog treats containing flaxseed can be an excellent addition to your dog's diet! 

5. Raw honey

Raw honey is a lesser known superfood, and we can see why. You might think that the sugar in honey would be unhealthy for dogs but it can be safely used in moderation. Raw honey for dogs can support healthy digestion, soothe kennel cough, and even provide allergy relief. In addition, raw honey can be used topically as a wound dressing or to relieve itchy or dry skin.

You live a healthy lifestyle- but what about your dog? With increasing concern over the ingredients in commercial dog food, superfoods are an excellent addition to every dog’s diet.  A Greenwell Pet Box subscription will ensure that you always have healthy treats, all-natural grooming products, supplements, and more to help your dog maintain that healthy lifestyle. 

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