5 Foods to Integrate in your Dog’s Diet for a Forever Young Feeling

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In movies, we see people longing to reach the Fountain of Youth for attaining everlasting youthfulness. In the same way, dog owners are also looking for a magic solution that would keep their furry pals forever young as due to old age they suffer from various diseases like arthritis, diabetes, etc. We researched on this topic a lot and found a silver lining in the form of food. After studying the canine nutrition for a long time we found that these super foods are the secret for retaining forever young feeling in tykes. So without wasting a second let us look at these foods:

Blueberries

Blueberries have blue colour due to the presence of anthocyanins and phytonutrients that provide lots of health benefits to the tyke. Anthocyanins consist of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that assist in combating cancer by stalling the growth of cancer cells, thereby enhancing memory and lessening age-related loss of brain function in older dogs along with providing assistance in protecting their heart. Blueberries contain compound pterostilbene, a powerful antioxidant that contains anti-tumour properties that prevents the extension of cancer cells. So the next time you are indulging a bowlful of blackberries, give some to your furry pal too and keep him forever young.

Coconut Oil

It has lots of health benefits for humans as well as doggies. Unlike long-chain triglycerides that is common in other fats, coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), dietary fats that get swiftly digested, absorbed, and used by the body. MCTs provide swift form of energy that is instantly accessible for the body to use and is easygoing on the digestive system. They also provide efficient energy to the brain along with enhancing the cognitive function of older dogs. If your furry pal is overweight, medium-chain triglycerides also assist in losing weight by increasing his metabolism and helping him to burn fat.

Tip: Add a small indefinite quantity of virgin coconut oil on top of some fresh blueberries and see the effect.

Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that the dog’s body cannot create on its own, so the dogs get it from the food. Fish oil contains EPA and DHA – two of the most bioavailable types of Omega-3 fatty acids for pooches. Omega-3s are highly anti-inflammatory and so they assist in fighting a wide array of inflammatory diseases in tykes like osteoarthritis, obesity and cancer. DHA is vital fat for brain, eyes and heart of pooches. it is also healthy for cognitive function, vision and cardiovascular health.

If puppies are given fish oil in their diet, it improves their cognitive ability, retinal function and physical motor skills like dexterity and coordination. It is recommended to get human-grade fish oil supplement prepared from small fish like sardines and anchovies.

Raw Honey

Get raw honey as it is unpasteurised and also holds significant minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and natural enzymes. It also consists of omnipotent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties. It also assists in boosting immunity, fighting infection and promoting digestive health. Locally sourced honey can even assist in preventing seasonal allergies in dogs. It also slowly builds immunity to the allergy-causing pollen due to the presence of pollen spores in it.

If your pooch is diabetic or overweight, take the recommendation of your veterinarian as one tablespoon of raw honey contains roughly 17 grams of sugar and 70 calories. Give a teaspoon of raw honey to adult dogs mixed with gluten-free oatmeal, blackberries, and a small quantity of coconut oil for breakfast. It is not for puppies.

Spirulina

It is a class of microscopic blue-green algae that grows in fresh warm water. There are lots of health benefits of feeding it to dogs since it contains important nutrients like phytonutrients, chlorophyll, vitamin-B complex, minerals, vitamin E, superoxide dismutase and gamma-linolenic acid. Spirulina gets its green pigment from chlorophyll and its blue colour from a compound called phycocyanin, that has strong antioxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, liver-protective, and anti-cancer properties. For best results, add roughly ¼ teaspoon per food cup to super-charge your doggie’s diet.

So, how do you plan to integrate these super foods in your doggy’s diet? Post your invaluable comments below and share your views.

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