It is important to feed Fido a balanced diet with fresh and species appropriate food. Here is a simple way to enhance your dog’s diet with these 5 super foods. A super food is full of nutrients with multiple health benefits.
Start with balancing your dog’s gut so he can properly digest food. Probiotics are the easiest way to strengthen his immune system. They are “good” bacteria that balances the gut and are essential for optimum health. Did you know that probiotics are located all throughout your dog’s body?
5. Raw Goat Milk
Raw goat milk contains easily digested probiotics. Dogs Naturally Magazine says “Goat milk contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids. In fact, the body can digest goat’s milk in 20 minutes.”
Make sure you are buying from a reputable source or buy local, if you can. If you want to feed your dog a product that has goat milk in it, try The Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom.
Prebiotics feed probiotics and are necessary for the best results. Together, they keep your dog at peak health from snout to tail. They are like Batman and Robin in the body. They strengthen the immune system and keep it balanced so it can fight off viruses.
Apples make a great treat and are full of prebiotics. Cut some slices and add to Fido’s food. Most dogs love apples because they are sweet and crunchy. Do not feed the apple core or seeds. “Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a substance that releases cyanide into the blood stream when chewed and digested,” according to Healthline. Apples are also higher in fiber, so start feeding in small amounts to avoid an upset stomach.
Now that the gut is balanced and happy, we can move onto the rest of the body.
This mighty vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals for optimum eye health. They are inexpensive with huge benefits. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is good for bones, vision, and skin. This is not a myth, so add some to your dog’s food. Baby carrots make great treats for you and Fido with natural sugar, so they are a little sweet.
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The dark, sweet berries are full of antioxidants and nutrition for your dog. Grab a handful and rinse then share with your dog. According to Animal Wellness Magazine, “Blueberries contain two very important eye healthy carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are like sunscreen for eyes.” Be sure to start off slow, or your dog may get loose stool.
This leafy green vegetable is full of nutrients. Now this may not be your dog’s favorite treat since it is not sweet, but it is worth a try. Food Matters states “Kale possesses phytonutrients, which quell inflammation, improve the liver’s detox ability, and can even protect brain cells from stress.” Try baking up some kale chips for you and Fido. Click here for a delicious recipe.
Dogs love to eat and are usually begging for table scraps. Now you can feel good about sharing food with your pet. As with all things, variety is key. Just start with one at a time and introduce slowly to avoid an upset stomach. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask your vet before adding new items to your dog’s bowl.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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