Posted: March 26, 2015
Obese dogs are developing the same kind of health problems humans are such as type 2 diabetics and joint strains. Continue reading
Source: Care2 Healthy Living
Janelle Martel | February 5, 2015 | 5:02 am
Superfoods, which are foods packed with nutrients, aren’t just for humans. Your dog can get great benefits from these nutrient powerhouses, including disease prevention, increased energy, and better overall health.
1. Chia Seeds
This little seed is packed with omega 3 fatty acids, which improve your pet’s skin and coat, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system. Because chia seeds are so high in omega 3s, they are a great option for dogs who are unable to tolerate fish oils. The combination of high fat and fiber cause chia seeds to be digested more slowly, leading to a sustained release of energy for your active dog. To add these nutrients to your dog’s diet, try sprinkling some chia seeds over wet food, or mix chia seeds with warm water to create a gel that can be added to dry food.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which supports eye health, helps maintain a healthy skin and coat, and acts as an antioxidant to prevent disease. These tubers are also a source of Vitamin C to support immunity and fiber to promote healthy digestion. Evidence has also shown that sweet potatoes help to remove fatty cells from the liver to help maintain healthy organ function. Try cooking sweet potatoes to add to your pet’s meals, or look for freeze-dried sweet potato treats.
Just like humans, dogs reap great benefits from adding dark, leafy greens to their diet. Kale, which is packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C, is one of the best options for your pooch. Because kale is a cruciferous vegetable, it contains a compounds called isothiocyanates, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Kale also contains a number of flavonoids, which can help reduce chronic joint pain and reduce daily wear and tear on the joints. To prepare, slice kale and steam before adding to your dog’s dish. Just be sure to avoid kale if your dog has had bladder stones or kidney disease, because it contains oxalates which can aggravate these conditions.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber, an indigestible carbohydrate that improves digestive health and can be used to treat both constipation and diarrhea. Pumpkin is also rich in carotenoids, which are plant pigments that help to reduce the risk of cancer, boost the immune system, and help prevent cardiovascular and eye diseases. Try adding a spoonful of pumpkin puree to your dog’s food – just be sure to buy pure canned pumpkin rather than pumpkin filling, which contains added sugar and spices.
This little berry is packed with polyphenols to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which are help to prevent disease. These antioxidants also help to keep the arteries clean, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties of blueberries are also great for your pooch’s brain, as they help prevent dementia and other age-related cognitive decline. Fresh blueberries make a great snack for your dog, or you can add a few to his dish a couple of times a week.
Alfalfa is part of the legume family and has traditionally been used for its health benefits in animals. It’s rich in fiber and has been shown to help improve digestive health. Alfalfa also helps remove uric acid from the kidneys, which can help with arthritis and urinary conditions. Alfalfa also contains chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant, and phytoestrogens, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Powdered alfalfa can be added to your dog’s meals, or you can look for alfalfa in dog treats. Bonus: it helps freshen your dog’s breath.
June 24, 2014, 10:10 PM
by Angela Kennecke
SIOUX FALLS, SD – A Sioux Falls couple’s new business is going to the dogs–literally. The effort to save their own pooch from dying of diabetes has led to a new product, a patent and now international attention.
We first introduced you to Vinny, the Italian Greyhound in 2012. Vinny was diagnosed with diabetes and nearly died, until his owner, Kameron Carlson, concocted a treat in his kitchen that saved him.
“I knew it was something very special because it worked so quickly in dogs and Continue reading
April 8, 2014
By Mark Warner
As humans have taken to dishing out unhealthy junk foods for their pets, the costs of insurance could be adversely affected for overweight animals.
Owners are forking out £215 million a year in costs for fat pets, and some pet insurance firms are looking into reducing payouts for obese animals, as the industry has done for human health insurance.
A few pet insurers already include clauses to say that pets not in a ‘normal healthy state’ when the cover is first taken out can’t claim for Continue reading
Source: Oneindia Boldsky
Written by: Deepa
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 2:20 [IST]
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that is observed in adults, children and pets alike. It has tripled for pets since the late 70s. When initially diagnosed with diabetes, most pet owners tend to face major issues not knowing how to take care of their pet and managing them. But, most of you become habituated to it after some time.
Remember, once your dog is diagnosed with diabetes, it’s going to be diabetic for life. You will need to care for him and nurture him in such a way that Continue reading
Source: The I Love Dogs Site
Look at that face. I mean can anyone really say no? We all know that tablescraps are typically bad for our four-legged friends, but isn’t there something we can share? Much to our luck, there is! In fact, there are a few people treats we can pass over to our pups. But remember, all of the items on this list are without any extras – no butter, no salt, no sugar. They are as is, and believe it or not, your pooch will probably love them! Just remember that they are still treats, so you only want to feed them sparingly.
1. Sweet potatoes – Yep! These are actually very nutritious, containing lots of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. To feed sweet potatoes, simply bake them and mash them up or cut them into treat-like cubes. A simple and long-lasting treat!
2. Peanut Butter – You probably already knew about this one, but that’s good! It means you’ve been choosing a healthy and safe people snack for your pup! Peanut butter tends to be an all-time favorite Kong stuffer for both dogs and owners alike. The good news is that we can keep it up!
3. Yoghurt – Now, remember that when we say yoghurt, we mean plain yoghurt with no added flavors, sugars, or artificial sweeteners. Don’t go giving Fido your strawberry-banana flavored store brand. When you choose yoghurt with active bacteria cultures, you’ll actually be feeding your dog a healthy probiotic! In fact, yoghurt is one of the few items on this list that you should have no problem feeding with every meal.
4. Eggs – Everyone can have protein for breakfast! Scrambling up some eggs for your pooch certainly won’t hurt him (just remember to hold the salt and pepper).
5. Kelp – You might be wondering if this is actually a human food, but it is! In fact, kelp holds a ton of nutritional value for both humans and dogs. While you might not have access to raw kelp, it’s readily available in powdered forms to add to your dog’s meal.
6. Carrots – These were my dog’s favorite growing up! Baby carrots are a super easy snack that’s healthy too. A raw carrot is packed with antioxidants and is sure to give your pet a little something to chew on as well!
7. Apple Slices – You may have read our article before about making sure to keep apple seeds away from your dogs, but apple slices are perfectly fine. Once sliced and cored, they provide a high fiber, crispy treat that you and your dog can enjoy. Especially dipped in peanut butter!
There are other treats you can share with your pet as well, but we thought these were some of the easier and more unique ones. Whether you’re out on a picnic together sharing carrots or planning a nutritional meal, these “people” foods are sure to give your pet just as much nutrition as they are great taste!
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