Superfoods are awesome for people! Whether you're adding goji berries to your morning yogurt or crunching on kale in your favorite salad, you've experienced the benefits of incorporating nutritional powerhouses into your diet. Maybe you're enjoying increased energy and mental clarity or finding yourself under the weather less often. Superfoods can make you feel – well – pretty super! And the same is true when you try out superfoods for dogs.
Feeding your dog a nutritious diet that's centered on high-quality meat, whether it's raw, homemade, or otherwise, is a great foundation for a healthy pet. For that extra boost that will take your dog's exceptional diet to the next level, these four superfoods for dogs, when served in moderation, are some of our favorites:
Bone broth is a great addition to a healthy diet for your dog, especially in winter months (but really year-round). It's chock full ofglycosaminoglycans, including glucosamine and chondroiton, which can strenghten collagen and in turn improve joint function*. It also helps to cleanse the liver when your dog has been exposed to toxins, such as pesticides in conventional flea & tick control products.
To make bone broth, the minimum 3 ingredients you need are: ✓bones✓filtered water and✓raw apple cider vinegar. You can use just about any bones (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) – our favorites are the bulk bones from farmers markets, which are often too large for pups to use as chews and make excellent soup bones. Add at least enough filtered water to cover the bones in a slow-cooker and a tablespoon or two of raw apple cider vinegar, which extracts the nutrients from the bones. Slow cook on low for at least 48 hours and up to 72.You can also toss in some healthy veggies or beneficial herbs if you like. Once the broth cools, you can skim off the top layer of fat and toss it.
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People make a real stink about how smelly this stuff is, but it's incredibly nutritious as a superfood for dogs. Green tripe is actually the stomach of a ruminating animal like a cow, so it's loaded with digestive enzymes and good bacteria to protect the gut. If you don't feed a raw diet, green tripe can be added to your dogs' meals to help them better process cooked foods, which lose nutritional value under high heat. If you do feed raw, green tripe is still an awesome addition to your feeding rotation to keep your pup's belly happy.
Make sure you get GREEN tripe rather than the bleached white tripe that's found at the supermarket. You can order green tripe online or find it at some specialty pet stores and raw feeding co-ops. Fresh (usually frozen) green tripe is preferable over canned! For more digestive support, check out Wondercide's Neem Bark Powder!
Pumpkin is one of those great foods for dog tummies that seems to help out no matter which way the problem is going. Have a constipated pup? Pureed pumpkin can help! Doggie diarrhea? Same solution! Pumpkin is full of fiber and nutrients likepotassium, magnesium, and vitamins C & E. The presence of carotenoids make pumpkins a strong disease-fighter, and it's useful for everything from skin & coat to urinary tract support.
If you opt for the canned pumpkin puree, just be sure not to confuse it with pumpkin pie filler, which has far too much sugar for your canine companions. Making it at home? Just cook up some pumpkin and puree it in a food processor or even a blender.
Blueberries are a great snack for dogs, and they're loaded with antioxidants, too! They can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Plus, they're sized perfectly for treats, or you can toss a few in your dog's bowl at dinnertime!
Too much of a good thing is just that – too much! As with all foods you give to your pup, please keep moderation in mind and don't overdo it. Start small with everything from pumpkin to blueberries and see the wonderful benefits your favorite pup experiences. Since your dog won't be eating a full pot of bone broth or a cow's worth of tripe, freezing any extra is a great way to keep small portions fresh for a long time! Do you feed your dog any superfoods? What improvements have you seen? Tell us about it in the comments!