Contributed by Years.com
Pet food experts have revealed the 11 superfoods dog lovers should be feeding their four-legged friends. The dog nutrition experts at Years.com have identified the foods packed with vitamins and minerals to help dogs live a healthier life. Vegetables including sweet potato, kale and carrots are all on the list alongside grains and seeds including quinoa and chia seeds.
Promoting a healthy diet in dogs is vital in increasing longevity, with a study by Dr Gerald Lippert highlighting that dogs fed a fresh, wholefood diet can live up to three years longer.
Years.com has developed a Complete Nutrition System to maximise the lifespan of each breed of dog based on these principles and including a wholefood meal, probiotics and prebiotics, and a superfood supplement.
Founder Darren Beale from Years.com said: “Increasing the lifespan of our four-legged friends is central to everything we do at Years.com and feeding them a healthy, wholefood diet is central to that.
Our meals come with a superfood supplement, but superfoods can easily be added to what you’re already feeding your pet. It just takes a little extra time and preparation.
Do check how much you should be allowing them based on breed and size – getting this bit right is essential in giving your pet a healthier, longer life.”
11 Superfoods for Super Dogs
1. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is a natural source of fibre and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A which promotes a healthy coat, eyes, nerves, skin and muscles in dogs.
Watermelon is a nutritious superfood, with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins A, B and C, potassium and magnesium. It’s mostly made up of water so a great summer time treat for hot dogs.
Carrots are high in fibre and contain beta-carotene which boosts immune health, supports eye health, and improves your dogs coat and skin. Do remember to cut them into bite sized chunks before feeding to your dog.
All green leafy vegetables are good for dogs. Kale is full of fibre, high in iron, potassium and calcium which support healthy bones and a healthy heart. It’s also full of vitamins A, C and K.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin and this compound has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may support healthy joint mobility in your dog. It can help with other conditions including arthritis, cancer, allergies, as well as dental, kidney and digestive disease.
Quinoa is a natural source of fibre, protein and essential amino acids. It also contains potassium, magnesium and vitamins B1 and E. Magnesium supports heart and nervous system functions, vitamin B1 supports metabolism and proper brain function with vitamin E nourishing the coat and skin.
Like carrots, pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene which supports immune health, boosts eye health, and helps your dog’s skin and coat. It’s also rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and E.
8. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are full of Omega-3, fibre, protein, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, calcium and B vitamins. They’ll boost your dog’s immune system, help improve skin and coat, support the joints, and regulate blood sugar. Just sprinkle a small amount on top of your dog’s meals.
9. Oily Fish
Oily fish has high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which support heart, brain and joint health in your dog, and improve the quality and condition of their coat and skin. Try using oily fish on their lick mat.
Packed with protein, amino acid, essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients, the benefits of eating eggs include improved skin and coat for your dog. Do feed in moderation as they have a high fat content and cook them thoroughly.
Berries are high in fibre and full of good vitamins. Blueberries are particularly good – they contain high levels of antioxidants which slow cell damage. They also support urinary tract health and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Do you feed any of these superfoods to your dog? Please share your questions or recommendations in the comments below.
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