Whether you serve packaged dog food or home cooked meals, adding super foods into your dog's diet can help fight disease, boost energy, and maintain good general health. Super foods deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. Be sure to introduce these foods gradually and with the correct proportions, and to consult your veterinarian if your dog has any dietary or health concerns.
Oily Fish - Fish such as herring, salmon, sardines, mackeral, and anchovies are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are great for skin, coat, and brain, as well as limit inflammatory processes that cause arthritic pain and other chronic canine conditions. You can add cooked fish (NOT raw) to your pup's diet during dinnertime every so often (best once or twice a week), just be sure to remove any bones and stay away from fried or breaded seafood.
Sweet Potatoes - Rich in beta carotene and boasting 150% more antioxidants than blueberries, sweet potatoes make great heart healthy treats for your pup. These roots are great sliced or dehydrated and can be enjoyed during mealtime or as an occasional treat.
Yoghurt - All natural yoghurt (no sugars or artificial sweeteners) are packed full of calcium and protein. Great for sensitive stomaches, the probiotics in yoghurt promote healthy gut function and digestion. Frozen yoghurt makes great summer time treats for your dog, bonus points for adding blueberries or raspberries for additional nutrition.
Pumpkin - Another great choice for pups with sensitive stomaches, pumpkin is low in calories, high in soluble fiber and helps maintain the digestive tract. A good dose of pumpkin helps keep things moving along.. which keep the cells lining your pooch's gut healthy.
Kale - This supercharged leafy vegetable contains an abundant of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Kale is easy to add to your dog's diet and usually very easy to find. The unique combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories have been shown to alleviate chronic joint stress and daily wear and tear. Kale can be added to your dog's food by shredding, chopped, steamed, or raw.. depending on how your pup will eat it. Kale should be avoided in dogs with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease.
Carrots - A great dog snack.. these crunchy, naturally sweet veggies are loaded with carotenoids, fiber, vitamin C & K, and potassium. These dental treats in their raw form help dogs maintain strong teeth and act as a polishing agent to help keep your pup's teeth healthy and clean. For dogs prone to sensitivity or irritation in the mouth area, you can cook or puree the carrots and add them to dog food.
Flaxseed Oil - Full of omega-3s, flaxseed oil is a great source of essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Its anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for pups with allergies and dogs with joint pain or mobility issues. Simply pour the recommended amount over your dog's food to serve.