Caissie Canine Instruction: Foods to Fight Disease in Dogs
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful Whippet named Wilson.
My mom and dad says I like to play and I can run really fast. As you can see I am a handsome boy.
…….But I think in my past life I might have been a cat. HEE HEE.
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:
Dogs, like humans, help build their immunity through exercise, genes, socialization, and environmental conditions.
Fruits and vegetables also have a huge benefit for dogs to help build their immune system, whether they are a puppy or a senior dog.
Cranberries and blueberries, raw and fresh, (not dried) are super foods for your dog. Both have plenty of vitamins, such as vitamin C, A, and K, which help strengthen your dog’s heart and support their bone strength. Blueberries for a senior dog can help slow sown aging and help with memory loss.
Celery is a wonderful vegetable for your dog as it has iron, potassium, fibre and is low in calories.
Celery can help with your dog’s teeth and breathe. (best to serve a raw stalk cut into small pieces)
Carrots, raw or steamed, sliced (to avoid choking), maybe your dog’s favourite veggie.
Carrots help promote eye health and will improve bone growth and can decrease the risk of bladder cancer in certain dogs.
Fish oil is great for dogs to assist in helping to promote a healthy coat and skin.
However, over the counter fish oils are formulated for human consumption, therefore we recommend a grilled or steamed salmon cube instead.
We feed our dogs raw dog food, therefore our dog’s salmon chunk is raw. Paul cuts up a whole piece of raw salmon into cubes, places the individual cubes on a tray to freeze them individually. Once frozen, Paul puts all the cubes into a freezer bag and uses them for a nice summer treat. This works very well with apples too. Our dogs love it.
Organic, pureed, pumpkin is high in fibre and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract for your dog. There are great pumpkin dog treat recipes on Pinterest.
Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which is anti-fungal in nature, which is excellent for dogs that are itching or have reoccurring ear infections.
Whether your dog is on kibble, home-made, or raw all the above can be added to your dog’s next meal.