Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps and wavin to your canine BFFs, too!!!
Did y'all know that our beloved dogs can also benefit from diets filled with fresh fruits and veggies?!
Here to give you the scoop is our very own DDScottville "For The Dogs" Guru, Christine Baer of Wet Noses Sarasota (Christine is the owner of Wet Noses Sarasota, the best grooming salon and holistic doggie boutique in town)!!! Take it away, Christine...
Dogs Like Veggies, Too
If you’re on the lookout for new and fun ways to rev up your furry best friend’s diet, adding vegetables and fruits can be a really healthy way to do that. Of course certain veggies and fruits will be better for your dog than others. Take a look at the following 10 healthiest human foods for dogs and consider adding them to your own dog’s meal routine:
Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.
Getting your dog to eat his green beans will probably be easier than getting your kids to do the same. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch.
We certainly understand the value of spinach in our own diets, but luckily this green, leafy vegetable can be just as powerful for your dog. Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.
Besides the fact that it’s super fun to watch a dog eat an apple, the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well.
Feed your dog pumpkin to load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health.
A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl.
Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections.
If it’s lycopene that you’re looking to add to your dog’s diet, watermelon is your best source for that. The health benefits don’t stop there, though. Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.
When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them.
Maybe if your kids see your dog eating Brussels sprouts, they’ll hop on board and eat them, too. And your dog should be eating Brussels sprouts for their vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6.
For all of your dogs' health needs, Wet Noses carries fabulous custom formulas made by Dogs For The Earth including 100% organic veggie food formulas and treats like Veggie Patch (organic Kale, Carrot and Green Beans) and Fruit Patch (an organic blend of apples, blueberries and cranberries), whatever is freshest and seasonally available. - D. D.'s dogs, Buckley and Siggy, are huge fans. Come in and ask for a sample!
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Thanks Bunches, Christine, for the wonderful information!!!
For Buckley and Siggy, I bake sweet potatoes, mash 'em up, and top them with a terrific scoop of the Dogs For The Earth organic food! They love it! I also fix them rice, quinoa and pasta (all organic) and alternate these items with the sweet potatoes, always topping their selection with a scoop of Dogs For The Earth.
***Here's a fab fun gem about the "scientist" behind Dogs For The Earth: Kathy has her Masters in Animal Sciences, focusing mainly on nutrition. And she only uses 100% organic ingredients in all of her dog food formulas and treats.
Christine drives to Kathy's Anna Maria Island "lab" regularly to pick up Kathy's latest formulas for all of her Wet Noses customers. Thank you, Christine!!! P.S. Kathy is also making a new, diabetic formula that is doing wonders for Buckley who has the first signs of diabetes.
How many of you DDScottville Peeps treat your dogs to fruits, veggies and organic food? Let us know your dogs' favorites and how you prepare them...
The Best of For The Dog Wishes --- D. D. Scott