Superfoods super GOOD for your dog

May 3, 2018

blueberries in baskets

Superfoods are foods naturally good for any human being, delivering maximum amounts of nutrients but with a very low-calorie intake. Unsurprisingly, these superfoods are also great for your dog, packing a lot of health benefits into a bowl.

Superfoods help pets (like people) fight disease while providing a boost of energy. They also support good health and maintenance, which makes them a great add-on to their everyday diet.

No matter if you feed dry food or homemade meals to your pet, you can always read the labels to ensure you introduce these foods gradually and in proper quantities. Contact your veterinarian if you are unsure or if your pet has any health concerns or allergies.

Blueberries.

Loaded with phytochemicals, they are full of antioxidants, supplying vitamins C and E, manganese and fiber. They are available all year long and can be given fresh or even frozen, for a crunchy treat!

Pumpkin.

Full of fiber, pumpkins are loaded with vitamins and minerals to help maintain a healthy digestive track.  Because pumpkin is high in carotenoids, potassium and vitamin C, it helps to support the immune system and can even prevent or slow cancer growth. Canned organic puréed pumpkin is available at food stores and your dog will love it as a topper over his kibble.

Sweet Potato.

One of our top-choice superfoods for dogs, these bright orange root vegetables are rich in dietary fiber and naturally occurring sugars, and a key source of vitamins and minerals to keep immune systems strong.

Flaxseed.

These nutty-flavored seeds are loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are packed with a whole lot of fiber, an important factor to a dog’s digestive health but also essential in maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat. Many pet foods contain flaxseed as part of their ingredients, but Zoë takes flaxseed to a whole new level, making it a key ingredient in their dry dog food recipes as well as in their dog treats. Pet owners should seek advice from their veterinarian on how to incorporate flaxseed in their pet’s diet if food sensitivities or allergies are present.

Quinoa.

This ancient seed is actually linked to spinach and has earned the tittle of “superfood” due to its nutritious content. Because of its high protein and essential amino acids content, quinoa is a good source of fiber and a potent antioxidant that is easy for dogs to digest.

Cranberries.

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help support your pet’s immune system, playing a major role in keeping your dog healthy. In fact, their high ratio of vitamin C is what distinguishes Cranberries as being a key driver in helping to prevent urinary tract infections, improve cognitive functions and alleviate allergies and skin problems.

There is no denying why these 6 superfoods are our top picks and why many premium pet foods, including Zoë, incorporate them as part of their food’s ingredient list.

Overall, superfoods should be a portion of a complete and balanced diet that also includes animal proteins like chicken, duck, turkey, beef, lamb, pork and fish for optimal development; dogs by nature need protein to thrive and have a healthy, happy life.

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