What better way is there to get healthy, nourishing food into your dog’s tummy than letting him or her have it through playtime? Here are 10 superfoods you can use to create stuffing for your KONG.
Whether you give Fido kibble, canned food, or raw, dehydrated food, it’s always beneficial for him to have some superfoods included in his diet – even as a snack. Superfoods are regular foods that have high concentrations of nutrients that can help people and pets fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health in general. But be sure to introduce these foods gradually and with the right proportions, and check with your pup’s vet if your dog has any dietary concerns.
Especially great for senior doggies, pumpkins help to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Pumpkin contains exceptional amounts of carotenoids, potassium and vitamin C and very little calories. Best when gently steamed and pureed, or boiled and mashed it also works as a great paste for getting ingredients to stick together for a great KONG stuffing.
2. Sweet Potato
You can make another great mash or puree with sweet potatoes. They’re rich in beta-carotene and have even more antioxidants than blueberries. They’re packed full of vitamin A (excellent for hearts) and vitamin C (great for immunity). Can be steamed, boiled or roasted; either way your dog will love it.
Carrots are awesome because you can stuff them into your KONG completely raw and crunchy for that extra texture. They’re naturally sweet and loaded with carotenoids, fibre, vitamin C and K (needed for blood clotting) and also have magnesium and phosphorous, which is essential for energy production (great for senior doggies, too!).
4. Oily Fish
Fish such as herring, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. These work wonders on the skin, coat, and brain and can even limit inflammatory processes that cause arthritic pain and other chronic canine illnesses. Oily fish are also an excellent source of protein, モバイル カジノ which is essential for numerous bodily functions.
Who knew dogs could enjoy seaweed too? It’s got a great composition of protein, vitamins (C, E and all the Bs), plus minerals such as zinc and copper. On top of that, it also contains some lesser known sterols and chlorophyll, which are beneficial for regulating metabolism, especially fat metabolism. Other benefits include boosting immunity and anti-tumour response. However, you’ve got to make sure you only buy seaweed that’s low in sodium and unflavoured. To use it in your stuffing, simply crush it and sprinkle.
Chia seeds are high in fibre, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and even protein. They are also very absorbents and can help hydrate the body. There’s no cooking involved with chia seeds and they can simply be sprinkled and mixed into your KONG stuffing.
Veggies are great for dogs too! Kale is one of the best as it contains an abundance of vitamins (A, C, and E), antioxidants and also helps the liver detoxify the body. On top of that, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for elder dogs. However, pets with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease should avoid it entirely. Kale can be chopped into small bunches and mixed into your KONG stuffing.
Yogurt contains a host of friendly bacteria called pre- and probiotics that help to fight bad bacteria in the gut. It also contains a number of nutrients, including protein, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and iodine. Great for digestion and gut function, yogurt can simply be spooned into your KONG for a delicious and healthy playtime snack. Be sure to only get natural, unflavoured yogurt.
Pronounced as “keen-wa”, quinoa is actually a seed related to spinach. It’s also considered a complete protein that supplies all eight amino acids and is also a great source of fibre, folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and many phytochemicals. A formidable ingredient, it is also a potent antioxidant and helps to reduce to risk of diabetes. Quinoa needs to be boiled before feeding your pup.
10. Organic Oats
Oats are high in protein, soluble fibre, iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins. They benefit several body organs and systems, including the skin, stomach, spleen, lungs, and the urinary and reproductive systems. They also have anti-tumour properties and keep pups fuller for longer (great for overweight doggies). Oats must be cooked with water and be sure to keep it plain. You can add eggs or fruits (like apples) to give your stuffing more flavour.