At WCF, we are passionate about supplying your pets with good quality, tasty and nutritious food. Whilst your dog will mainly be fed on a recipe tailored to their needs, there is no harm in adding a few human superfoods to the mix, in moderation of course. The benefits of superfoods for dogs can be the same as they are for humans. It is also becoming more common to find these ingredients added to premium dog foods. Read on to find out how superfoods can boost your dog's health.
Bananas are a fantastic, cheap, and healthy food available all year round. They provide a high amount of potassium, fibre, and magnesium which is important for muscle and building protein. They also contain Vitamin B6 and C with the latter, being an antioxidant that helps to reduce cell damage.
Apples are a lovely, high fibre, crunchy treat that provide your dog with vitamin A and C, and help with digestion. They are best cored as the pips have small traces of cyanide inside them. This can build up over time if the concentration is high and cause poisoning by preventing oxygen travelling throughout the body.
Eggs are another cheap, protein-boosting food that is great for your dog's health. They contain riboflavin, selenium, and are a complete source of amino acids. They are also rich in essential fatty acids which help to build muscle, repair tissue, strengthen hair, and settle irritated stomachs. We advise only to feed your dog a hard-boiled egg as raw ones can put your dog’s health at risk. Always remember to remove the shell.
Salmon is an excellent source of protein that contains healthy, essential omega 3 fatty acids, along with vitamins A and D, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. It can help keep your dog's coat shiny, support the immune system, maintain healthy joints, aid brain function, and keep inflammatory issues at bay.
Broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals and can be given to your dog cooked or raw. It contains protein, is low in calories and fat, and helps fight carcinogens (a substance that causes cancer). In older dogs, it can help prevent skin and heart problems. It is also a good source of dietary fibre.
Consider feeding carrots as a snack instead of biscuits. They are low in calories and fat, high in fibre, and help with digestion. Loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots help promote a healthy immune system and maintain healthy eyes. Chewing a carrot can also help prevent plaque and tartar build up on your dog’s teeth.
Cauliflower is a natural source of vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and folate which provide numerous health benefits to your dog’s immune system, eyesight, muscles, liver, and blood. As it is high in fibre, it's important to give it to your pet in moderation as too much could lead to bloating and excessive flatulence.
Sweet potatoes are another low fat, natural energy source which are jam-packed full of nutrients and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids and phytochemicals (plant chemical compounds) which all help transport oxygen around the body and help to build protein.
Omega 3 oils are a group of healthy fats otherwise known as essential fatty acids. They are important because they can’t be made by your dog’s body and need to be obtained from food. There are three types; EPA and DHA, found in oily fish, and ALA which is found in nuts and seeds such as linseed. These oils can benefit your dog’s body in many ways, some of which include maintaining joints, kidneys, liver, eyes, and cells. They can also boost the immune system, reduce allergies, and promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Introducing our brand new premium dog food range that contains many of the above mentioned superfoods, including salmon, sweet potato, cauliflower, carrot and Omega 3. Each range contains a blend of 5 carefully selected superfoods. The new recipes are packed full of highly digestible protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and come in 3 mouth-watering flavours - salmon, duck, or beef.
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When you are introducing dogs to new foods it is best to do it gradually. Try mixing 25% of the new recipe with their normal food and increase each day. After 4 days they should be ready for a complete changeover.
The above human superfoods can do wonders health-wise for your pet but it is important to remember that not all human foods are safe for dogs to eat. The following foods should be avoided as consumption could cause serious illness or even death: onions, garlic, chives, chocolate, artificial sweetener xylitol, nuts, avocado, grapes, fruit stones, raisins, alcohol, mushrooms, corn cobs, coffee beans, uncooked dough and cooked bones.
The above list is only intended as a guide. The RSPCA website has a good article on what foods and plants are dangerous for your dog. If you think your dog has eaten any poisonous foods contact your vet immediately.