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7 Superfoods for Dogs

Pet Diet & Nutrition 3 min read
NHV superfoods for dogs

Thank you to Amber Kingsley, guest-contributor and pet enthusiast, for writing this blog; and to  Owen Andrew for the artwork for the infographic below. 

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want to do everything possible to keep our dogs happy and healthy. Superfoods, those that are nutrient-rich and offer additional health benefits, are growing in popularity with both humans and their four-legged friends. The infographic below shows us seven superfoods for our pooches. Here are some others to consider when feeding Fido:

Personal Pumpkin Plot

This one comes from personal experience as I once had a dog who pulled on a string from Berber carpeting and ended up digesting an amount equal to the size of a tennis ball. This I learned from a veterinary examination, complete with x-rays, showing images of the mass. My vet considered an operation but insisted we try a different remedy first: pumpkin. She showed me a large cabinet containing many cans of pure solid-pack pumpkin, the kind used to make pies, that she kept on hand for use in similar circumstances.

My veterinarian called later and told me to come and pick up my pet as she had “passed” the Berber she had consumed after eating pumpkin. To this day, I keep a small bag of frozen pumpkin in the freezer for “emergencies” and often feed some to my dog as a treat, she loves it! It’s also good for dogs with digestive issues.

Beware of dogs with possible food allergies or sensitive stomachs. Keep an eye on the ingredient list, and make sure to choose one without the artificial sweetener Xylitol, as it is toxic to pets.

Popular Peanut Butter

Whether you’re stuffing it into a toy or giving them a tablespoon to enjoy all on its own, opt for the natural, unsalted version of this tasty spread. It’s a good source of protein, not to mention an excellent photo opportunity for a quick snapshot to upload onto the internet. Beware of dogs with possible food allergies or sensitive stomachs. Keep an eye on the ingredient list, and make sure to choose one without the artificial sweetener Xylitol, as it is toxic to pets.

Yummy Yogurt

Another popular choice for dogs with digestive issues, but be sure to go for brands that don’t have added sugar, artificial ingredients, or flavors. Plain yogurt is high in calcium and protein making it an excellent choice for a treat. Again, some dogs may have difficulty digesting dairy and may be lactose intolerant, so be careful.

All-Natural Supplements

As dogs continue to age, many of them will begin to develop arthritis and joint discomfort associated with their advancing senior years. Natural supplements like Yucca and Turmeric have shown to aid with:

  • Inflamed muscles and joints
  • Reducing discomfort
  • Stimulating and improving appetite

Discover healthier alternatives for your dog and try some of the superfoods as shown in the infographic below. You might have to experiment with different choices to see what your pet might enjoy. Another one from my personal file, I had a dog that absolutely loved carrots and thought they were a chew toy and would spend hours gnawing on them, eventually devouring the trimmings. As always, please check with your veterinarian before making changes to your dog’s diet. Bone Appetite!

Superfoods for dog infographic

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Published: May 18, 2015

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