Like humans, dogs have an assortment of important dietary needs. And with increasing concern over the ingredients in commercial dog food, healthy superfoods are an excellent addition to every dog’s diet. Here’s the top 10 best superfoods to add to your dog’s bowl:
Eggs - As the old saying goes, “An egg a day keeps the vet away”. Or at least that’s what I think it is. But cooked whole eggs can give dogs a huge protein boost while improving digestive health at the same time.
Blueberries - Frozen or fresh, blueberries are an easily attainable superfood for dogs and humans alike. Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, blueberries will add a flavorful and healthy element to any dog’s meal.
Pumpkin - While pumpkin often elicits images of sugar-intensive lattes and fall colors, it can actually be a healthy addition to your dog’s food. High fiber and low fat makes pumpkin a superfood for dogs to achieve digestive regularity while losing weight.
Chia seeds - When they’re not growing humorous hairlike plants on ceramic toys, chia seeds offer dogs a great source of fiber and essential minerals. They will also help improve a dog’s coat and act as an alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids for canine’s sensitive to fish oil.
Yogurt - If you watched the Superbowl, you may have noticed that yogurt commercials now seem to be the most popular thing on the airwaves today. But this heavily marketed dairy product can be a high calcium, high protein, and fat-free cool summer treat for your dog. Just make sure it has live active bacteria and no sugar!
Broccoli - A crown of broccoli has more power than the crown of a king. Or at least it does for dogs. Raw or cooked, broccoli is a great anticarcinogen and can help prevent the onset of skin and heart problems amongst older dogs.
Salmon - With a huge amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, cooked salmon and other lean fish is the best way to add beneficial fats to your dog’s diet. Salmon can also help to thicken your dog’s coat, relieve dogs with allergies, and improve the quality of your dog’s skin.
Carrots - The best way to show your dog you “Carr-ot all”. Bad puns aside, carrots are loaded with Vitamin A, fiber, and antioxidants to help your dog live a healthier and more nutritious life.
Quinoa - The superfood of all superfoods, quinoa is now a staple at your local vegan cafe. But it is also an excellent source of a complete vegetarian protein, a potent antioxidant, and a good way to reduce the chance of diabetes among especially middle-age dogs.
Kale - The leafiest of all the leafy greens. High in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and an assortment of essential minerals, kale is a great low-calorie addition to any dog’s diet. It is also believed to have anticarcinogenic properties which makes it great for dogs and humans alike.