The majority of dog owners feed their fur babies traditional dog food. The only difference is its dry (from a bag) or wet (canned) food. Do you wonder what can dogs eat? Yes, your beloved pet can eat real food. We will share with you seven superfoods that will put a spring back in your dog’s step and keep them active and healthy.
Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential for your pet’s health. As a responsible dog owner, one of the common pitfalls you might not have given much thought to is overfeeding… This can lead to weight gain and eventually health problems.
Adult dogs require certain nutrients to meet their energy needs. By adding these superfoods into your dog’s diet, you will give them health benefits that can’t be found in store bought dog food.
What Can Dogs Eat? The Superfood List
- Kale: This easy to find superfood can be shredded, chopped or leafy, steamed, baked, sautéed or raw. Some dogs may not want to eat it raw – so steam until tender and then serve. The benefits of kale are numerous… it is a great anti-inflammatory, helps lower cholesterol, and can help prevent at least five types of cancer in humans. Studies suggest the same in animals.
Kale contains essential vitamins often missing or insufficient in dog food including beta-carotene, calcium, high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin. About one leaf a day should be sufficient for a medium sized dog. Start off with small servings and go from there.
- Carrots: Are a great dog snack that can ease digestion and help with diarrhea. Loaded with carotenoids that reverse cellular damage, prevent heart disease, and promote healthy eyesight.
- Fish: Dogs can get their omega-3 fatty acids with oily fishes such as herring, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.
Fish oil capsules can be incorporated into your dog’s diet to treat arthritis and to help limit inflammation. Omega-3s do wonders to keep their skin supple, coat shiny, treat canine allergies, and even help relieve itching.
- Chia Seeds: The Aztec superfood that we love gives us a great source of energy… and this excellent seed is a source of fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and even protein for our furry pets. You can sprinkle some daily on their food!
- Sweet Potatoes: Did you know, sweet potatoes boast 150% more antioxidants than blueberries? These delicious tubers can keep your pets immune systems thanks to the high amount of heart healthy vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and iron.
Be sure to cook them first! Then slice as a quick snack or include a small portion within their dinner. If your dog has diabetes or allergies, sweet potatoes should be avoided.
- Natural Peanut Butter: Have you ever used this tasty snack as a smear inside a Kong or treat ball? It can keep your pooch busy for hours and it’s an excellent source of protein! Filled with good fats that support a healthy cardiovascular system. But don’t go overboard…as its high in calories.
- Quinoa: Is a great rice and grain substitute and the perfect food for dogs with allergies. You can add this with a selection of fresh meats and veggies for a well balance meal. This source of protein has been associated with preventing heart disease and cancer.
Quinoa is an easy at home remedy: if your pup has an upset stomach… I am sure you have heard to feed your dog a bland diet (usually after the first 12-24 hours). Instead of rice, try quinoa!
What else can dogs eat? Don’t forget about coconut oil! Coconut oil’s amazing antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties will keep your pet happy and fit. Feed your dog a teaspoon a day. A recommended amount is a teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog. They will lick it up!
For once, you can now steal your dog’s food instead of it being the other way around!