I was reading Cesar’s Way (I don’t care for some of his training practices, but I love his magazine) and came across an article sharing 10 superfoods for dogs and I’m all about keeping my furbabies with us as long as we can! This is what I learned…
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Great for the brain and joint stiffness. If your dog has arthritis (2 of ours do), then fish oil will help improve mobility. We give our dogs fish oil mixed in with their kibble a few times a week. We don’t do it daily, because it’s too much and gives the dogs the runs.
Best delivered through quality dog food or the actual food (the eggs and liver) than via supplements. I don’t give our dogs vitamins (outside of our veterinarian’s recommendation), because I worry about them receiving higher levels of the vitamin that they need, which can lead to a host of other issues.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, great for immune health, and some skin issues.
9. Sweet Potatoes
My first thought was these are GREAT when our dogs have sore, tender muscles after a long walk or rigorous play session. What I learned as that these are GREAT at fighting off the onset of inflammatory bowel disease in dogs. If you’re like me, then you’re now saying “Inflammatory Bowel whatttt???”
“Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a disorder in which one or more sections of the gastrointestinal tract have become invaded with inflammatory cells. Over time, this inflammation causes the intestine to become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from digested food and weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea often result. Early signs are often subtle which allows IBD to go undiagnosed for months to years until the dog begins to develop more serious symptoms.” ~ Halo Pets
Not only is this another great antioxidant, but it also helps with diarrhea (Rodrigo) and constipation. We give it to our dogs raw as a treat, but it spoils crazy fast so we don’t stock up on it like we do carrots, which were missing from the list. FYI – carrots are also great for digestion and diarrhea (Rodrigo).
Check out this great book for cooking for our dogs: Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs
Do you feed any of these superfoods to your dog? Supplement or the actual food?