Super nutrients for your dogs experienced holistic vets recommend

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“Have you noticed your dog is making irregular poops? Or has bad breath, or excessive barking? Or does your dog seem tired, grumpy or difficult to train? All are signs your dog could be not getting proper nutrition” says Dr Martin Goldstein, a renowned holistic veterinarian, and the acclaimed author of “the Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat”.

Preservatives are premature pet killer

It’s used to prevent the degradation of food which allows it to be on the store shelf for years. Imagine the food with an invisible chemical casing around to prevent spoilage. It makes the food difficult to digest, so your dog is unable to get its nutrients from the food. Designed to keep certain bacteria from getting into food and spoiling it, consequently preservatives get into your dog’s body and kill off much of the GOOD bacteria in his stomach which helps with digestion.

Then, how do you recognise what preservatives are from the food label? Watch out for Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Propylene Glycol, and Ethoxyquin. These preservatives sometimes are not listed clearly on the label, nor anyone regulates any of these unfortunately, but they are certainly toxic and carcinogenic.

High nutritional values in food of natural form

You probably wonder if you should start making fresh food diet yourself, it’s definitely the best idea. But if you don’t have the time, money and knowledge to do so, you can add the below 3 super nutrients to your dog’s diet.

Prebiotics:
It’s superfood for your dog’s good gut bacteria. Natural prebiotics Dr. Martin Goldstein recommends for dogs are pea flour, carrots, flaxseed (ground or oil), ginger, chicory root. Asparagus and bananas are also great prebiotic food options. These help your dog digest food smoothly, metabolise faster, absorb nutrients and vitamins better and have more regular pooping. Be sure to puree or cut the ingredients in the smallest size possible to help digestion, introduce new food gradually.獸醫推介的超級營養素

 

Omega 3:
Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA are building blocks of the brain. Omega 3 fatty acids make up 8% of the brain, which could reverse the signs of ageing brain. It’s not news that dog parents start putting more Omega 3 in their dog’s diet. Because the Omega-3s are fragile and break down quickly in the presence of heat, air or light, they usually lack in both commercial and fresh food diet, despite that pet food labels may state Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids have been added.

In other words, we should add extra Omega 3 as supplements. According to Dr Deva Khalsa, a holistic veterinarian who incorporates homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutrition into her practice for over 25 years, she suggests a combination of the below:

Crushed chia seeds: 1 teaspoon (small dogs) to 1 table- spoon (large dogs) per day
Walnut oil: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon a day, according to your dog’s size as above
Quality fish oil supplement or algae oil supplement: Twice per week. Please follow the suggested dose as instructed on the container.
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Polyphenols:
More and more dog owners have observed that polyphonous could lead to an increase in dog’s energy level, and it sounded sensible because polyphonous has been proven in clinical studies to increase athletic performance for us humans. They are also powerful antioxidants which aid in protecting cells from the damage of free radicals (a major source of inflammation and even cancer).

In fact, there are more than 8,000 known polypenolic compounds which can be categorised into four major classes. Polyphenols can be found in dark berries and vegetables, below food has the most concentrated amount of polyphenols for your reference.

Flaxseed meal (1,528mg per 100g)
Blueberries (560mg per 100g)
Blackberries (260mg per 100g)
Wholegrain hard wheat flour (201mg per 100g)
Apple (136mg per 100g)
Spinach (119mg per 100g)
Wholegrain wheat flour (71mg per 100g)
Broccoli (45mg per 100g)
Asparagus (29mg per 100g)
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References:
“Fish oil for dogs – the good, the bad and the ugly” by Dog Naturally Magazine
“The top 100 foods high in polyphenols” by Nutrition Advance
Dr Martin Goldstein’s interview
“Herbs for Pets” by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L


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