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Ever scanned a food label, bypassing several ingredients before landing on one that sounded remotely like food? Thanks, but no thanks. When hunting for the right meals for your dog, choosing one where real meat like chicken or beef is listed as the first ingredient will ensure you’re getting the most bang for your pup, instead of filling their bowl with meat meals, byproducts and other highly processed ingredients.
Unlike cats, dogs are natural omnivores and have a lot to benefit from a diet rich in key vegetables. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrots are rich in vitamins and minerals supporting a wide range of functions in dogs, including eye, skin and heart health. These veggies, as well as others like pumpkin and squash, are also chock-full of fiber, which aids in gut health, promoting healthy digestion (and poops) in dogs.
While salad bars for dogs aren’t likely to be trending any time soon, a healthy dose of greens like kale and spinach can add some color and nutrients to their daily diet. Dark leafy greens are teeming with vitamins A through K, as well as beta carotene, which can help pups keep their skin healthy and their coats soft and shiny.
More than just a sweet snack, berries like blueberries, cranberries and strawberries can offer the daily dose of the antioxidants pups of all ages need to maintain strong immune systems and fight cancer-causing free radicals. Berries are also jam-packed with vitamin C, another key player in building immunity in pups (and people).
Whole grains are rich in carbohydrates, which provide dogs with an immediate source of energy (zoomies, anyone?) as well as dietary fiber for digestive support. Rice, quinoa and oats are particularly healthful and gentle on sensitive pup stomachs. But be on the lookout for filler grains like corn, wheat and soy, which add heft to your pup’s meals without bringing much to the table nutritionally.
Repeat after us: “Healthy fat is where it’s at.” Ensuring your pup’s diet contains a good amount of healthy, unsaturated fats will benefit them pretty much snoot to tail. Fish oils and some seed oils like chia and hemp are high in omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid beneficial to brain development and function, immunity, skin and coat, heart and kidney health and joint care in dogs of all ages. That’s one stinky superfood for ya!
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