Nutrition for pet’s diet: More fruits and veggies for pet wellbeing!
on July 20, 2016
Posted in Daily Nutritional Supplement
Eating in season is good for us and our pets. One way to make sure that the nutrition for your pet’s diet is optimal, ask yourself if your four-legged friend’s nourishment could be more colourful, seasonal and fresh? Most pet owners assume their pets will not eat fruits and veggies, but you may be surprised!
If you provide your dog or cat with a variety of produce you can increase his longevity and even prevent certain types of cancers.
Now that summer is upon us, there is an abundance of fresh and in many cases local produce. Fresh fruits and veggies provide a rich supply of nutrients that dry processed food does not.
Choose colourful veggies that are orange, red, yellow or other bright colours. All pets can benefit from the addition of real food to their diets!
Buy organic or local produce that comes from some place you know. Supermarket varieties are frequently waxed or dyed and this decreases the nutrients in the skin and add things you may not want to feed your dog or yourself.
Our pets lack the enzymes to break down the cell walls in many fruits and veggies so they must be prepared in such a way that the nutrients are available. Using a food processor or grinder or steaming or juicing is a way to break down the cellulose but leave the nutrients.
Here are the top veggies and fruits on my list:
Carrots–must be shredded or juice, but they provide a lot of vitamins–A, B,C, D E and K as well as minerals.
Broccoli– a wonderful phyto nutrient dense vegetable with lots of vitamins, C, A, D, and indole, a cancer fighting ingredient. It is best steamed, but can induce gas!
Green Beans–these are low in fat and have a great vitamins and minerals. They are good for the heart too!
Pumpkin–this is my favourite vegetable for digestive complaints for dogs and cats. The fiber is filling and it is soothing for diarrhea or constipation. It is also high in vitamins and minerals.
Sweet Potatoes-these are rich in beta carotene and are a source of dietary fiber to promote healthy digestion.
Tomatoes-these are best served cooked and are high in lycopene, a cancer fighting agent.
Apples–the perfect food! High in fiber and pectin which prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in the GI tract, apples are also high in antioxidants.
Blueberries and cranberries–these are high in fiber and antioxidants.
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Some of these foods daily are good for your pet. If your pet does not like these things, consider a green nutritional supplement for pets.
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan