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We know the value of consuming vegetables and fruits. Packed with nutrition, vitamins, minerals and fiber, they’re a big part of maintaining our health. Some are better than others, however, and those are often referred to as “superfoods.” You’re probably familiar with broccoli, but did you know there are many superfoods for dogs that are safe, nutritious and recommended to include as occasional treats?

Some of the fruits and vegetables have been scientifically researched and studies found a number of health benefits in canines. Some of those foods may even prevent arthritis and increase lifespan in dogs, research shows. But many pet owners are only familiar with a few well-known superfoods for dogs, leaving out a large percentage of other delicious snacks that could improve our dogs’ health and life. Here’s a list of 19 foods you can let your pooch to snack on occasionally and in moderation.

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19 Superfoods for Dogs

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19 Superfoods Safe for Dogs
(and what you must know about them)

Carrots

  • It contains: Phytonutrients, Vitamin A, C and K, beta carotene
  • It helps: Heart, eyes, teeth, lungs
  • Known benefits: Lowers risk of heart disease, improves eyesight, keep teeth clean
  • Warnings: Completely safe in moderate amount

Blueberries

  • It contains: Antioxidants, fiber
  • It helps: Digestion, blood sugar, heart and brain
  • Known benefits: One of the best healthy dog treats, repair cell damage, blood sugar control
  • Warnings: Too many fed in a short time frame can cause digestive issues

Broccoli

  • It contains: Fiber, Vitamin C
  • It helps: Digestion, eyes, inflammations, skin, heart
  • Known benefits: Improve overall health, aids digestion and detoxification processes, cancer-fighting properties, skin damage repair
  • Warnings: Safe only in very low amounts (less than 10% RDA)

Spinach

  • It contains: Iron, fiber, Vitamin K and A, flavonoids, carotenoids
  • It helps: Bones, heart, inflammations, immune system
  • Known benefits: Cancer prevention
  • Warnings: Safe when washed and cooked

Fish (Oil)

  • It contains: Omega 3, Omega 6, Vitamin E and D, DHA and EPA
  • It helps: Skin, coat, inflammations, brain, bones
  • Known benefits: Adds shine to the dog’s coat, reduces itching and scratching, reduces inflammation and helps with arthritis, improves brain and bone health
  • Warnings: Completely safe in moderate (suggested) amounts

Kale

  • It contains: Calcium, iron, Vitamin A, C and K
  • It helps: Liver, inflammation
  • Known benefits: A great treat to boost overall health
  • Warnings: Safe only in extremely small amounts (less than 5% RDA)

Sweet Potatoes

  • It contains: Manganese, Vitamin A, C, beta carotene, antioxidants
  • It helps: Coat, immune system, digestion
  • Known benefits: A healthy source of carbohydrate that’s gentle on dog’s digestive system
  • Warnings: Safe in moderate amount when boiled or steamed

Dried Kelp

  • It contains: Minerals, iodine, antioxidants
  • It helps: Thyroid problems, digestion, allergies, general health
  • Known benefits: It mostly helps with maintaining a healthy glandular system, controlling allergies and fleas
  • Warnings: Safe in small amounts

Beets

  • It contains: Potassium, manganese, fiber, Vitamin C
  • It helps: Immune system
  • Known benefits: Helps maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Warnings: Safe in small amounts, cooked or raw

Yogurt

  • It contains: Probiotics, protein
  • It helps: Digestion, overall health
  • Known benefits: Probiotics in yogurt can improve dog’s gut microbiota, which positively affects digestion and the overall health
  • Warnings: Large quantities will cause digestion problems

Watercress

  • It contains: Vitamins K and C, Phytonutrients
  • It helps: Immune system
  • Known benefits: Enhances food taste for homemade dog meals and helps with healthy immune system
  • Warnings: Safe in small amounts

Pumpkin

  • It contains: Vitamin B6, thiamine, iron, folate, niacin, fiber
  • It helps: Digestion and satiety
  • Known benefits: It stimulates proper digestive processes in dogs and helps with weight loss
  • Warnings: Safe in small amounts

Whole eggs

  • It contains: Protein, Vitamin A and B12, riboflavin, iron, fatty acids
  • It helps: Highly nutritious, overall health
  • Known benefits: Improves the overall health in dogs, helps with muscle recovery and metabolic processes
  • Warnings: Completely safe in small amounts and when fed whole eggs

Lentils

  • It contains: Folate, magnesium
  • It helps: Heart, digestion
  • Known benefits: Improves digestive processes and heart health
  • Warnings: Safe when cooked and in small amounts

Chia

  • It contains: Fiber, Omega 3, calcium, antioxidants and protein
  • It helps: Overall health, better hydration
  • Known benefits: Increases water intake and retention which keeps the dog properly hydrated and for longer
  • Warnings: Safe in very small amounts

Bananas

  • It contains: Amino acids, Vitamin C, potassium
  • It helps: energy
  • Known benefits: increases the dog’s energy through natural sugars
  • Warnings: none

Turkey

  • It contains: amino acids and proteins
  • It helps: overall health
  • Known benefits: it strengthens the muscles
  • Warnings: it must be skinless, boneless and unseasoned

Quinoa

  • It contains: fiber and protein
  • It helps: digestion
  • Known benefits: improves overall health and helps with digestive processes
  • Warnings: none

Raw Local Honey

  • It contains: pollen
  • It helps: allergies
  • Known benefits: it prevents allergic reactions to pollen during allergy season
  • Warnings: none

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