Looking to add more variety to your dog’s homemade meals?
You can boost your pet’s daily nutrition with these incredible superfoods:
Green Lipped Mussels
Rich in natural glycosaminoglycans to support healthier, smoother mobility and helps prevent joint issues (great for elderly dogs or dogs with arthritis!); packed with omega-3 fatty acids to promote better skin, reduce the risk of common skin conditions, and encourage healthy and shiny fur; contains antioxidants to boost the immune system.
Homemade Bone Broth Soup
It’s the soul food for dogs! Bone broth is packed with glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acids), which help boost joint health significantly. This special bone broth also helps detoxify the liver and promotes your pet’s gut health. For even more nutrients, you can make homemade bone and vegetable broth.
Kefir/Raw Fermented Milk
Fermented milk has healthy bacteria in it that aid in improving and maintaining gut health. Good yeasts are also found in fermented milk, and they help prevent Candida. Kefir is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and probiotics. It can help fight against common diseases like gastritis, pancreatitis, joint conditions, certain cancers, and more. You can use any other milk, too, but goat’s milk is the best.
An antioxidant that drastically boosts your pet’s overall health by supporting and strengthening the immune system; improves gut health and digestion; heals and reduce the risks of skin conditions; reduce inflammation, and helps manage allergies.
Berries (Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries)
These powerhouses have an abundance of antioxidants to fight free radicals, these berries are an excellent fruit source for dogs, and they provide a healthy carb and fiber source as well, which help give your pet energy, regulate blood sugar, and improve overall digestion.
A tasteless, golden, and nutritious spice that detoxifies the liver, enhances gut health, helps depression and allergies, and is high in vitamins and minerals.
Premium grade fish oil from sustainable sources is a go-to for dog health, but you can also use other oils, such as organic virgin coconut oil and organic palm fruit oil, for your pet’s homemade raw food meals! Healthy oils are known for their omega fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides, and some oils like hempseed oil have an almost complete balance of Omega 3-s and 6-s. Coconut oil is known to be anti-pathogenic, and red palm fruit oil is anti-cancer. These types of oils help improve your canine’s skin, make their fur coat shinier and healthier, and controls inflammation (e.g., arthritis, allergies, etc.).
Chock full of beta-carotene, a provitamin that dogs can convert to Vit. A helps keep skin healthy, strengthens the immune system and maintains excellent eye health. Carrots are also known for these nutrients:
Vitamin A (Retinol) for healthy skin, better vision, improves bone health and muscle growth, helps prevent urinary stones, and helps repair tissue.
Vitamin C for immunity support helps maintain teeth and bones, boosts absorption of iron in the body, and helps keep skin healthy.
Vitamin K is essential for wounds and helps regulate blood clotting as well as transports calcium throughout the body and maintains bone health.
- Phytonutrients provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. Fermented food is known for the high content of probiotics, which are ideal foods for optimal gut health and digestion. You can make your own fermented vegetables or buy high-quality, organic store-bought fermented veggies for your pet. It’s recommended that you give one teaspoon for every 15 pounds of your canine’s weight.
Full of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, apples are a delightful low-fat snack option for pets. You can make unsweetened chunky applesauce to make the apples easier for your pet to eat and digest or cut an apple into bite-sized pieces for an entirely raw snack. Just make sure that you remove the pit and seeds!
Broccoli is a nutritious snack or addition to our canine friend's meal. Broccoli is packed with nutrients and fiber that help regulate blood sugar and digestion, provide cancer-combating properties, supports eye and heart health, and improve the skin and prevent skin conditions. Make sure you lightly cook or pureed them first before serving to your dog.
Spinach is a nutrient-rich green that has cancer-fighting properties: flavonoids and carotenoids. Loaded with iron, spinach helps regulate blood flow and ensures that oxygen is transported throughout the body; iron also supports bone health and cell production and repair. Vitamin K and fiber are also essential nutrients found in spinach.
Cooked Skinless Wild-Caught Salmon
Although wild salmon needs to be either cooked or frozen for at least 2-3 weeks before you can serve it to your dog, your pet can get many benefits from this fatty fish. Wild salmon is known for its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep your dog’s mind sharp and give their fur a healthy sheen.
Dandelion isn’t just a weed that grows persistently in your lawn or the cracks of a sidewalk – it’s a nutritious dog treat, too! Dandelion is rich in potassium and doubles as a diuretic, which helps improve your pet’s digestion and overall gut health. Potassium also ensures your canine’s kidneys are working regularly and helps remove toxins from the body through the kidneys. The best way for your dog to ingest dandelion is by making dandelion tea (5g-30g of dandelion herb with 8oz hot water, cooled, and served to your pet in 1/3-cup servings for every 20 pounds of your dog’s weight).
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are a superfood berry that’s nutrient-dense and, just like other berries, they contain tons of antioxidants to help support your pet’s immunity and combat free radicals. Goji berries are also known to help prevent the growth of cancer cells and regulate blood and cholesterol levels.
Sardines and Mackerel
Small fish, such as sardines and mackerel, are easy to eat and nutrient-dense. Just like other small oily fishes, sardines and mackerel are full of omega fatty acids that help condition and prevent dry, flaky skin, reduce problematic skin conditions and give your dog’s fur coat a shiny boost. The natural oils found in fish help minimize itchiness, which can cause the skin to become dry, flaky, and inflamed. These oils help lubricate your pet’s joints as well to make mobility more comfortable for them and support their daily activities; if your dog has arthritis, eating fish or taking fish oil can help reduce inflammation.
Other small fish you can add are herring, anchovies, and smelts to your canine’s meals or serve small cooked fish to your pet as snacks throughout the day. Make sure that you don’t purchase pre-made fish that is packed in salt; for example, in many Asian grocery stores, you can find dried anchovies or frozen anchovies that have been made with salt. Your dog doesn’t need the extra sodium!
As one of the most nutrient-packed leafy greens in the produce section, kale is an incredible source of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron. Kale is anti-inflammatory, helps detox your pet’s liver, supports bone and heart health, and maintains regular liver functioning. You can make homemade dog treats with kale mixed in or steam kale and add it to your dog’s raw meals.
Dill, oregano, parsley, and rosemary are some of the herbs that dogs can eat and benefit from. Herbs contain healing and nutritional properties that give your furry friend a spike of health every day; you can incorporate herbs into their meals or snacks. Here is a list of popular herbs and their advantages:
Oregano: This famous herb, found in human foods like pasta and pizzas, is dog-friendly and provides your pet with plenty of vitamins and minerals that support your pet’s health and well-being. Oregano contains flavonoids (cancer-fighting properties) and antioxidants and is an antimicrobial and antifungal herb. This herb also aids in digestion and helps keep your dog’s bowel movements regular.
Rosemary: High in nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamin Bs, rosemary is an excellent herb to include in your dog’s diet. Rosemary is also loaded with antioxidants.
Mint: Mint leaves are known for their incredible healing properties when it comes to digestion and gut health. Mint will help reduce gas/bloating and alleviate upset stomachs and nausea. These aromatic herbs also aid in digestion and keep your pet regular.
Parsley: Parsley is another nutrient-rich, health-boosting herb that dogs can eat. It is packed with flavonoids, lycopene, carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, parsley provides your pet with plenty of nutrition to boost immunity, fight against diseases and reduce risks for health conditions, and even helps combat upset stomachs and bad breath.
- Stinging Nettle: Despite the name of this superfood herb, nettle is a gentle and nutritious dog-friendly green that can help relieve allergies due to its natural histamine content. Nettle can also be used to help soothe your pet’s irritated skin or prevent skin conditions. You can use cooled nettle tea to rinse your dog’s eyes, coat their skin and fur, or give your pet during allergy season. Besides helping reduce allergy symptoms and relieve skin ailments, nettle contains a high amount of iron to regulate blood flow and ensure that oxygen is transferred throughout the body. Nettle also has detoxifying properties, helps maintain the liver and kidney functions, and gives your canine an energy boost.
You can use herbs dried or fresh and sprinkle a small amount on your dog’s everyday meals.
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