Superfoods are foods that are nutritionally dense, so they pack a ton of healthy benefits for your dog. We've gathered vets top superfoods for you in one easy to digest list! (Of course, please consult your vet before making any changes to your dog's diet.)
Eggs play double duty in the superfood world. Not only are they one of the best sources of digestible protein, but they are also a great stomach-soother for dogs. Eggs are rich with amino acids and vitamins that help the eyes, brain, and heart. Add cooked eggs (raw can cause a biotin deficiency) to your dog's food for an extra healthy boost, or chop up a hard boiled egg for a training treat!
Carrots are great for weight management in dogs. They are a low calorie snack, full of beta-carotene which boosts night vision and helps protect eyes against cataracts. But, be sure to cut up carrots in smaller pieces (especially for smaller dogs) to avoid a choking hazard.
Apples (Without Seeds)
An apple as day does keep the vet away! Apples are full of fiber and clean your dog's teeth as they chew.
Pumpkins are another food that is packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that regulate digestion, support the immune system, create healthy skin and even help prevent cancer. Pumpkin puree is also great at keeping the GI tract moving, which helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy. Make sure to buy pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
Pumpkins are another great source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Try them sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat or canned as a puree to add to your dog's food.
Sardines are nutritional powerhouses that are great for active dogs. They’re packed with vitamin B12, omega-3 oils, protein, vitamin D and more.
Bananas are great for active, athletic dogs. The natural sugars metabolize quickly and provide an instant boost of energy – they’re also full of amino acids, electrolytes, vitamin C and potassium.
Yoghurt is a good source of available calcium, protein, and probiotics. Make sure to pick a yogurt that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners.
Blueberries are full of fibre and antioxidants making them a healthy addition to most dogs’ diets.
Kale is a great low-calorie treat, making it a nutritious choice for overweight or obese pets. It's packed with vitamins A, C, and E. It also has plenty of antioxidants that help with inflammation in the body. Kale can be served raw or cooked, my dog likes chopping on frozen kale in the summer.