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Seven Superfoods To Add To Your Dog's Diet - Guest Contributor

 

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The term superfood has been bouncing around for several years now, but according to the History Channel, these nutrient-rich products have been being cultivated and consumed for centuries, but without the superior prefix. The grain-like seed Quinoa for example, has been grown in the Andes mountains for over 5,000 years and considered vital to the ancient Incas. This sacred staple was referred to as the “mother grain” and offered to the sun god Inti by Inca’s high priests. Soldiers took a mixture of Quinoa and fat along with them on long marches calling them “war balls” due to their sustainability.

 

Fast forward to the present day and superfoods are available all over our supermarkets and many pet owners are recognizing their many benefits for their four-legged friends. Dogs can enjoy similar health benefits available by consuming these tasty treats. If you think your canine companion won’t enjoy eating greens, vegetables and other superfoods, think again.

Just like their human counterparts, taste is just that, a matter of taste. While some dogs might turn up their noses at the taste of a blueberries, others will gobble them up quicker than a store-bought treat. A pet owner may discover that their dog would prefer chewing on a carrot rather than a packaged, processed jerky stick.

The list of superfoods is long, but there are actually some that canines should avoid consuming. While some offer the same benefits to both animals and humans, some can be dangerous or even deadly. The ASPCA lists six foods that are healthy for humans, but harmful for dogs.  Restedpaws.co.uk has also published an article on all the foods that can be harmful.

 

#1 - AVOCADOS

The fruit, leaves, seeds and bark of many avocados may contain a toxin known as persin that can cause an upset stomach if too much has been consumed by a dog. The Guatemalan variety that is on most grocery store shelves seems to be the most problematic. Other than eating the meat of this fruit, accidently ingesting the enormous pit can lead to an intestinal blockage that would require immediate, emergency medical treatment.  

 #2 and #3 - GARLIC & ONIONS

The onion family also includes garlic, shallots and scallions, which all contain compounds that can damage a dog’s red blood cells if consumed in large quantities. While it is rare that an animal would consume enough of these to cause problems, concentrated versions like dehydrated onions, garlic salt and onion soup mixes, can pose a real threat.

 #4 and #5 - GRAPES & RAISINS

Grapes and raisins have been recently linked to kidney failure and a number of other health issues in both dogs and cats, who may experience vomiting, diarrhea or even death. While the toxic nature of this fruit is still unclear, some animals can eat them with no ill effects whatsoever, while others can consume just a few and have major problems. For this food choice, it’s probably better to be safe, rather than sorry, and avoid giving them to our pets altogether. 

 #6 - DARK CHOCOLATE

Most of us already know that chocolate is dangerous or even deadly for dogs, but dark chocolate is often considered a superfood due to its potent antioxidants and flavonoids, which can help regulate cholesterol and blood pressure in humans. But for canines, “the darker it is, the more dangerous.” The culprits here are caffeine and theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines, that can cause restlessness, agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures and death.

 

Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways, they even make us healthier, by exercising with them, reducing our stress levels and countless other ways they comfort us with their companionship. We should return the favor and give them a healthier lifestyle by including some of the seven superfoods shown on the infographic above. 

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Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours to supporting her local shelter Karma Rescue within operations and outreach.  She has spent most of her research with writing about animals; food, health and training related. 

 

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Rebecca

This is a great infograph. One of the best on this topic. A picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes. Thanks for posting.

Shaun

Interesting info graph. Especially about the berries, I can see those replacing many dog's treats.

Positive K9 Training

Our dog LOVES fish oil added to his meal!

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