So you've experienced the many wonderful benefits of adding Superfoods to your diet. You've considered your health, your partners and your children's. You've already passed the good news on to extended family and friends and you've become an advocate for Superfoods to just about anyone and everyone you meet, at your yoga meet, the coffee shop, the grocery store. But, just before you start stopping random strangers in the street to highlight the beneficial changes you've seen in your health and wellbeing since introducing a few key players and recommending that they too embark on a personal journey toward wellness, have you thought about another category of possible Superfood recipients a little closer to home? Namely our four legged friends?
Yes! A few choice dietary additions could be advantageous for them too! Once you have realised the benefits of Superfoods for yourself, its only natural to want to share those benefits with your pets and the good news is that just as Superfoods can be great for your health, they can also be useful for your four legged friends. Its just a case of knowing which ones as your personal nutritional needs are much different to your cat or dogs and some Superfoods can actually be toxic to them.
Cats are typically much pickier eaters than dogs and have more sensitive stomachs, so it’s usually easier to boost doggie kibble with Superfoods than cat chow. These are some delicious Superfoods that are suitable for dogs, but check with your veterinarian before switching up your pet’s diet.
It might surprise you that that Spirulina is dog friendly and positively encouraged! Pets can also reap the benefits of this nutritious Superfood and our Sari Foods Organic Spirulina is a totally natural, low sodium variety that provides your pooch with healthy doses of protein, B vitamins, folate, iron and chlorophyll. An occasional meal boosted with seaweed is known to enhance immune functioning and metabolism in both dogs and humans, freeing up more energy for vitality, healing and assimilation of nutrients. Find more on the scientific research of seaweed and pet diets on All Natural Pet Care’s site.
Not only a delicious treat for us, but for our dogs too and they love it!! Filling a Kong with peanut butter not only provides hours of entertainment and mental stimulation but healthy protein, heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Just make sure you choose a raw, unsalted variety.
Carrots are a great and wholesome treat for your dog. They offer a low calorie treat alternative which is especially great during training as all those rewards can add up and sometimes lead to a little weight gain. They are also great teeth cleaners and they're high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A which is known for supporting healthy eyesight a healthy heart.
Who'd have thought it? But pups go mad for these chewy, tasty berries that offer vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B2, iron, selenium and other antioxidants. You can either give them as is, instead of processed treats or rehydrate them in water to make them more digestible.
Pumpkin too is a nutritious food for dogs. Its no secret that its a favourite among our canine friends but did you know that it is a good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A? Fiber can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
Giving your pets Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast is a sure fire way to get them to eat healthily. Cats and dogs alike love it! So if your pet is resistant to your healthy eating efforts, entice them with a sprinkling of Nutritional Yeast. Exactly as with human diets, it can be added to just about anything to enhance the flavor and as well as a great taste, including Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast in pet diets increases their protein intake and provides essential B Vitamins. Choosing our non-fortified option leaves you rest assured that your beloved companion isn't receiving any synthetic additives that could be potentially harmful.
Whether you wish to provide an all natural doggie diet or just give your pet pooch a healthy, nutritious snack or treat option, so many Superfoods can benefit our beloved canine friends and can offer further support their healthy functioning systems. However, there are a few to watch, Chocolate/cacao, yeast dough, garlic, avocado, macadamia nuts, onions, raisins/grapes and walnuts can all be toxic for our pets (even though they can be so beneficial and not to mention tasty, for us!)
Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe and consult your veterinarian with any questions you may have. Remember to make any dietary changes gradually and with small amounts and if your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.