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17 Superfoods for Your Dog

February 16, 2020 8 min read

Two corgi dogs nibbling on a whole pumpkin.

If your best friend walks on four legs and feels nice and furry to cuddle with, you're not alone. Like all other dog owners, you want the best for your pup when it comes to keeping them healthy and happy. The confusion about what foods to feed your dog and which ones to avoid can be daunting. We're going to make it easy as pie for you by breaking down the top 17 superfoods that you should be feeding your dog so they can flourish. 

 


Apples

A superfood for both you and your furry friend, apples should be a staple on your dog's diet. Be sure that you cut out the seeds and the cores to keep them safe. Apples work well to clean your dog's teeth while they're eating and provide a nice boost of fiber for their gut health.

As the apples work to clean your dog's teeth, the dirty residue is removed. This works to naturally freshen their breath. The type of apples doesn't really matter. Just pick what you like to eat so you and your favourite pup can share a healthy snack together.



Pumpkin Puree

The stuff you buy at the grocery store to make a pumpkin pie, also known as pumpkin puree, is a great dish for your dog. Pumpkins are naturally packed full of carotenoids, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. It's recommended to feed your dog about one to four tablespoons per meal.

All of these natural attributes work to support a healthy immune system, regulate your dog's digestive system, furnish healthy skin and fur, and even work to prevent canine cancer. You can get pumpkin puree in a convenient can and easily feed it to your pup as you would wet dog food. Pumpkin puree is especially helpful to remedy instances of diarrhoea for your dog.

 


Garlic

If you've done any research online about repelling ticks or fleas from your dog, then you've likely run across the home remedy of garlic. The idea is that the sulfur in garlic is naturally excreted throughout the dog's skin. This repels pests including nasty fleas and annoying ticks.

When it comes to feeding your dog garlic, the dosage is key. The limit is ¼ of a fresh garlic glove per 20 Kg (45 lbs) body weight per day. Just as in humans, eating excessive amounts of garlic is unhealthy for your pup. Staying within the recommendation above will ensure your pup gets the natural benefits from garlic without any negative side effects.

Dog snoot licking up some egg yolk from the ground.

Eggs

Eggs are packed full of protein which is highly digestible for your pup. They're also packed with rich vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids. You should aim for about one full egg a day for your dog. Depending on your dog's preference, you can fry, boil, poach, or even feed them an egg raw.

Eggs are ideal for your dog's brain, heart, and eye health. They're also a great solution to get dogs who have lost their appetite back to eating regularly. For a great boost of calcium, be sure to crush up the eggshell and sprinkle it over your pup's regular dog food.


Carrots

Veggies are not only a great healthy snack for you but they're ideal for your pup as well. This low-calorie snack is packed full of beta-carotene. This is a necessity for protecting your dog's eyes from developing unwanted cataracts and assisting in enhancing their night vision.

When it comes to feeding your dog carrots, it's best to go with baby carrots. These help to ensure they don't have issues choking on the food, especially for those smaller dogs. A handful of carrots is just enough to feed your dog each day.

Big light brown dog laying on tiles eating a carrot

Kale

Kale is one of those superfoods that is both good for humans and dogs. It's loaded with vital minerals and vitamins that work to support your dog's liver and cardiovascular health. This is a great alternative to other greens like spinach that can create digestive problems for your dog.

As with green leafy veggies, you need to be careful with the amount you feed your dog. They're completely safe in smaller quantities as a treat here and there. However, they shouldn't be fed to your dog in large quantities as this could lead to unintentional digestive issues that will have your pup feeling sick.


Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great natural treat for your dog. These root tubers contain high amounts of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and naturally occurring sugars. This not only makes them taste good but allows them to provide many health benefits for your furry friend. Due to their naturally high fiber content, sweet potatoes are great for supporting your dog's digestive health.

The high antioxidant content works to prevent various forms of canine cancer and reduces the effects of the natural ageing process. Lastly, these potatoes are packed full of vitamins including B6, C, and even A. It's recommended to start with just a teaspoon for small dogs and a tablespoon for large dogs per meal. This way, your dog's digestive tract can adjust to the addition of this high fiber food softly.


Coconut Oil

This superfood is now making its mark in the canine world. Coconut oil should be included in your dog's diet to help improve their coat and the skin that lies underneath. Coconut oil also works to soothe allergic reactions and assists in keeping the digestive tract running effectively.

It's important to realize that coconut oil is very high in calories. Therefore, you need to be aware of the amount that you're giving your dog so that they can stay healthy and happy. It's recommended to add about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil a day for every 4.5 kilos \ 10 pounds that your dog weighs.


Salmon

You've probably seen salmon included in some advertising for natural dog food before. This tasty feast is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids that work to boost the immune system as well as nourish the skin and coat of your furry friend. It's a good idea to include salmon in at least one of your dog's meals each week.

A regular feast should include about 100 grams of salmon for every 4.5 kilos/ 10 pounds that your dog weighs. If you're already supplementing your dog's diet with fish oil, you need to be cautious with how much salmon they're ingesting in a week. It's possible to overdose your pup on fatty acids if they take fish oil and salmon together regularly.


Dried Seaweed

Usually associated with the sushi dish, dried seaweed is a Japanese staple that you should start giving to your pup. This natural sea treat is bursting with minerals, vitamins, protein, and soluble fiber. Your dog will love the extra shot of zinc, copper, vitamins C, E, and B.

When picking out dried seaweed for your favourite pup, be sure to opt for the low sodium choices. Seaweed is great for naturally improving your dog's coat, cognitive function, and joint health. It's suggested to feed your dog about three grams of seaweed a day. You may find that the store packaging refers to seaweed as kelp.

Black big dog with a banana in its mouth


Bananas

If you think that your dog has a lot of energy right now, try and feed them a banana before your next walk or fetch session. Bananas are a great source of electrolytes, amino acids, potassium, and vitamin C. These all are ideal for boosting your pup's energy levels so they can play or walk for longer.

The size of your dog will determine how much you should feed your pup for their quick energy boost. Small dogs should receive only about two to three small pieces of a full banana. Larger dogs can handle about half of a regular-sized banana.


Blueberries

This tiny, tasty fruit is great for both you and your furry friend. Blueberries naturally have a large number of antioxidants which are great for fighting free radicals in the body. This works to assist your dog in preventing cancer and prolonging their overall lifespan.

While blueberries bring along a lot of good things for your dog, they shouldn't be placed in their normal diet. Stick to about ten blueberries as an occasional treat for your pup. Feeding them blueberries too often or in high amounts can lead to unwanted diarrhoea or another form of gastric upset.


Broccoli

This crunchy veggie is a nutritious snack for your dog. Some will eat it raw while others may prefer to have it sauteed. This power food has potassium, fiber, calcium, and lutein. Combined together, these work to strengthen your pup's bones, eyes, and stomach.

If you wish, you can add broccoli into your dog's normal diet. You should aim for having not more than 10 percent of your dog's daily diet include broccoli. While it does possess many health benefits as you learned above, it can create gastric irritation if you feed your dog very high amounts each day.


Chia Seeds

Especially great for older dogs, chia seeds work to alleviate inflammation and arthritic pain that can cause your dog discomfort. These are packed full of omega 3s and other nutritious components. Chia seeds are super simple to add to your pup's diet.

Simply sprinkle the chia seeds over their normal food before giving them the dish. Aim for about one tablespoon a day for dogs that weigh about 18 kilos / 40 pounds. You should adjust your dog's dosage up or down depending on their specific weight in relation to this recommendation.

A west highland terrier on the table licking his snout.


Cranberries

Apart from being just a delicious fruit, cranberries can be great for alleviating pain caused by a urinary tract infection in your pup. They'll love how tasty and tangy this fruit is. Cranberries can even be consumed regularly by your dog to help prevent urinary infections.

Cranberries are generally safe for your dog when they're consumed in moderation. For small dogs under 11 kilos / 25 pounds, 1 cranberry a day is plenty. For medium-sized dogs weighing in between 11 and 22 kilos / 25 and 50 pounds, you can give them 2 cranberries a day. Lastly, for larger dogs weighing over 22 kilos / 50 pounds, stick to about three cranberries per day but no more.


Yogurt

You've probably heard about the digestive benefits of probiotics that yogurt offers humans. The truth is that the same holds true for pups as well. Whether they're dealing with an upset stomach or you simply want to ensure they have strong gut health, yogurt is the way to go.

It's best to pick yogurts that don't have any added sugars as this could create stomach upset for your pup. Kefir is a great drinkable yogurt option that can make feeding your dog even easier. Stick to about one tablespoon for small dogs and two to three tablespoons for larger dogs.


Raw Honey

While the sweetness of honey may have you thinking twice about feeding it to your favourite pup, don't hesitate. Raw honey is naturally sweet. You don't need to be worried about digestive troubles that foods with artificial sugars create with your dog.

One really cool benefit of feeding your dog honey from time to time is that it builds up their tolerance to bee pollen. This is great for helping dogs overcome allergy season symptoms. Stick to small amounts of about a teaspoon per day when feeding your pup. This will ensure they get that sweet beneficial taste without having to deal with any digestive issues.



As you can see, there are a ton of dog superfoods that you should consider adding into your dog's diet or giving them as occasional treats. As with any new introduction to food, it's always a good idea to start feeding them a small amount to test the waters. If they don't have any digestive upset, then consider upping their intake to a safe recommended amount.

 


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