With nearly 90 million dogs in the United States, it’s safe to say that we love our fur babies!
As part of your family, your dog’s health is of the utmost importance.
That’s why you should feed them only the highest quality food in order to help them maintain a balanced diet and have a healthy smile.
Keep reading to learn how to keep your dog healthy with a nutrition-focused diet.
The first place to start when talking about your dog’s health is what they put into their bodies.
Just as we shouldn’t eat McDonald’s daily, your dog shouldn’t consume ingredients from uncertain sources. They should also consume a wide variety of ingredients in order to keep a healthy gut.
Let’s dive into the basic ingredients that most dogs should be eating regularly.
Beets are a great way for your dog to get their vitamin C, folate, manganese, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals can help boost your dog’s immune system so if any pesky bugs come your way, your dog will be able to fight them off.
In addition, having a dog eat beets can help promote healthy skin. Beets are also a fantastic source of fiber.
The food can be incredibly messy because the dye can easily stain paws and fur and when given in chunks it can present a choking hazard. It’s best to stick to feeding beets as part of a premade mix like Jemelli so that you don’t have to worry about any of these issues.
If your dog has had bladder or kidney stone issues in the past, be cautious about how many beets they consume. Beets are acidic and can cause further gastrointestinal issues for your pup.
Turmeric is a spice that acts as a fantastic health enhancer for both humans and dogs. It’s a great anti-inflammatory which means that it can help prevent or lessen the pain caused by:
- Kidney problems
- Digestive problems
- Dental problems
Needless to say, turmeric is something that we should all eat a bit more of, dogs included!
As well as an anti-inflammatory, turmeric is also an antioxidant and has been shown to help increase lifespans. Tumeric has also been shown to reduce pain just as much as ibuprofen without any of the gastrointestinal side effects.
Hemp oil has several major benefits that just go to show that we should all have a little in our diets.
If you’ve got a nervous pup, hemp oil can help reduce anxiety. Especially if you’re away from home, hemp oil can be incredibly beneficial in helping your pup relax and enjoy the day.
The oil has also been shown to help fight cancer and manage seizures and epilepsy. Additionally, hemp oil can help manage pain.
Just as humans have started to replace grains like pasta and rice with quinoa, dogs can have it too. In fact, it’s a great gluten-free alternative that is rich in fiber. It’s so rich that if it’s your dog’s first time having it, they might get a bit of diarrhea.
Not to worry!
Your dog’s system should work itself out after a few feedings and they’ll be happier and healthier than ever.
When fed to a dog (and humans!), quinoa should be rinsed and cooked for maximum health benefits.
The only drawback to quinoa is that it is not ideal for dogs with arthritis. Because the dog’s digestive system is not naturally suited to grain, the food can oxalate and cause inflammation. In small amounts, cooked quinoa should be fine, but be sure to monitor your dog’s health when introducing any new food.
Some humans hate it, some love it, and your dog will probably have an opinion of their own. If your dog is prone to kidney or bladder stones it’s best to avoid foods that have high calcium oxalate contents which are found in many leafy greens that humans consider healthy.
Kale is rich in vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in a majorly meat-based diet. So when fed in moderation, kale can help your dog get these benefits naturally.
Broccoli is safe and healthy for dogs when it accounts for less than 10% of their daily intake. Although dogs don’t need a lot of fiber in their diet, a little can’t hurt and broccoli is a good source of this.
Additionally, broccoli includes essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, and iron. There are also compounds in broccoli that contain sulfur which can help reduce the risks of cancer.
When given to a dog uncocked, broccoli can cause a bit of a choking hazard so it’s good to give it as part of a complete mixed meal instead.
Low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins, this is a great snack for your dog. The crunching of a raw carrot is good for their teeth and will help to create that healthy smile as they slow down the progression of dental disease.
Carrots contain vitamin A which is essential for both dogs and humans to live a long and healthy life.
Carrots also contain:
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Wow! Now that’s what we call a superfood.
Another healthy option for your dog is the blueberry. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and K. Dogs shouldn’t eat too many blueberries as the sugar could result in cavities from the sugar or digestive upset.
Dog food should contain enough that dogs receive these benefits, but not so many that it causes stomach upset.
Everything in moderation!
Fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil are beneficial to cognitive function. Additionally, coconut oil can help increase energy levels and improve your dog’s skin and coat. Ideally, coconut oil will aid in digestion and could even reduce allergic reactions.
It’s easy to see why coconut oil is the latest and greatest in superfood trends for both humans and dogs.
The amount of coconut oil that your dog should eat is dependent on their size. A good general rule of thumb is that coconut oil shouldn’t be provided more than once a day because of its high-fat content.
If your dog is looking for a snack between meals, a spoonful of coconut oil mixed with turmeric is the perfect healthy treat.
Another fantastic and healthy fat for your dog is olive oil. Due to the monosaturated fats, your dog will live longer and have a healthier heart when olive oil is consumed in moderation.
Olive oil can help with:
- Prevention of cardiovascular disease
- Prevention of cancer
- Prevention of excess weight gain
- Diabetes prevention
- Healthier immune system
- Healthier coat and skin
Olive oil is especially beneficial for older dogs who suffer from arthritis, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia.
In general, olive oil is a fantastic addition to your dog’s (and your own!) health.
While humans should worry about the cholesterol levels in eggs, cholesterol does not affect dogs in the same way, making eggs a healthy treat (in moderation) for your pooch.
Eggs contain protein and linoleic acid as well as Vitamin A. These are good for your dog’s coat and skin.
In terms of how many eggs should be fed to your dog, it all depends on their size. The egg should account for less than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric allowance.
Pink Himalayan Salt
First, let’s distinguish between minimal amounts of pink Himalayan salt in dog food and salt lamps.
Salt lamps are not good for your pets because they can keep going back for more and more. Too much salt results in salt toxicity which can cause bad neurological side effects. It’s like humans with potato chips.
Most of us just keep going until the bag is empty and then we feel a bit poor afterward.
Most animals don’t have the self-control that tells us to stop eating chips and to move onto carrots and so they just keep going until there’s none left.
On the other hand, minimal amounts of salt are healthy and even necessary!
Pink Himalayan salt can help improve digestion while reducing high blood pressure. Importantly for older dogs especially, the salt can improve blood circulation and make bones stronger. Pink Himalayan salt can help with your dog’s pH balance.
All in all, pink Himalayan salt is a fabulous addition to your dog’s diet when used in extreme moderation.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And the same goes for dogs.
Apple slices are ideal for dogs because they can be great teeth cleaners. They are also high in fiber as well as in Vitamin A and C. Apples contain antioxidants which are especially beneficial to older dogs.
Be sure to remove the seeds and core when feeding apples to your dog as these can be choking hazards. Apple seeds also contain cyanide and while a few won’t hurt, it’s not healthy to have this build up over time in your dog’s system.
Finally, make sure to feed your dog all fruit in moderation. Too much sugar is not good for anyone, especially your pup.
If your dog has cancer or diabetes, speak to a veterinarian before introducing fruit. If it’s okay with them, fruit should be gradually introduced to the diet as not all dogs will react the same.
Spinach, in limited portions, is healthy for dogs. Spinach does contain vitamins A, B, C, and K. Additionally, the leafy green is a great source of iron, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. The digestive tract is stimulated by eating spinach, but remember that it does also contain oxalic acid.
This acid can block your dog’s body’s ability to absorb calcium which can then lead to kidney damage. Small amounts of spinach won’t cause this problem, but it’s vital that you monitor your dog closely when introducing spinach into their diet.
Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C, and K as well as has trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Parsley also contains volatile oils that have natural anti- inflammatory properties. Parsley is also great as an antimicrobial.
Other benefits of parsley include:
- Fresher breath
- Can slow tumor growth
- Can help flush toxins
- Soothes upset stomach
- Aids with digestion issues
- Relieves swelling caused by inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
- Helps to prevent urinary tract infections
Dogs should only be fed the curly variety of parsley, as other types can be poisonous to dogs. You should always verify with the dog food company what type of parsley they are using.
All parsley does contain furanocoumarin which is a toxic compound that is dangerous in excessive amounts.
Brush Their Teeth
Once a healthy diet of superfoods is in place, it’s time to attend specifically to those teeth.
You should brush your dog’s teeth every day, or at least as often as possible since it can be a bit of a task, depending on the dog. Brushing removes plaque and can help eradicate gum disease and bad breath.
You’ll want to use a special toothbrush and cleaner to make sure everything is dog safe.
Establishing a routine can help you and your dog know what to expect when it comes to oral hygiene.
Get a Healthy Smile Today
Why feed your dog something that you yourself wouldn’t eat? At Jemelli, we offer superfood designed for dogs that’s actually human grade!
Without any effort on your part, we’ll deliver to your door monthly a delicious and fresh mix of meat (not grain-based), kale, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, hemp seeds, and more. There are no preservatives, no GMOs, no meat byproducts, and no artificial flavors.
Not only will your dog love it, but healthy nutrition will help them live their life to the fullest.
Your dog is part of your family, so we want to give them only the best.
Get a healthy smile for your pooch today!