Super Foods for Your Pooch

Humans and dogs can share seven common foods that are nutritionally dense, and pack a lot of healthful benefits into a serving.

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Humans and dogs can share seven common foods that are nutritionally dense, and pack a lot of healthful benefits into a serving. These super foods help people and their pets fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health in general.

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Carrots
A great dog snack crunchy, naturally sweet and most dogs really like them. They are loaded with carotenoids, fiber, vitamin C and K (needed for blood clotting), as well as potassium. They have magnesium, manganese, most of the B vitamins and phosphorus, which is required for energy production, among other things.

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Blueberries
Available year round either fresh or frozen, blueberries, loaded with phytochemicals, are a great treat for your dog. The deep blue color comes from anthocyanidins, which are potent antioxidants, and the berries also supply vitamins C and E, manganese and fiber. Slow introduction in small quantities is particularly essential; gorging on this tasty fruit can adversely affect canine and human bowel movements.

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Broccoli

Aids in digestion and detoxification. It has cancer-fighting properties. Broccoli can help in the repair of skin damage. This super food supports eye and heart health.

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Spinach

Spinach has two key properties that can help prevent inflammation and caner in pets. Spinach is also high in iron, fiber, and vitamin K.

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Fish Oil

Omega-3s do wonders for skin, coat and brain as well as limit inflammatory processes that cause arthritic pain and other chronic canine conditions. (If your dog has any of these conditions, ask your vet if fish oil in capsule form might help too.)

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Kale

Kale is a supercharged leafy vegetable that contains an abundant amount of vitamins, including A, E, and C. It is a good source of antioxidants and helps the liver detoxify the body. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Avoid in pets with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease

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Sweet Potatoes

These tuberous roots are rich in beta-carotene and boast 150% more antioxidants than blueberries. Sweet potatoes are also super high in heart-healthy vitamin A and packed with vitamin C to keep the immune system strong.

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Applesauce loves yams! When ever I cook them I give her the skins.

Author: Brenda Mueller

Website designer, blogger, instructional designer, business coach, marketer, graphic designer Married to my wonderful husband, Mark Mueller, homemaker, blogger, marketing strategist, musician, music teacher and ranch hand. I love of my two rescue dogs Porkchop and Applesauce and my two draft horses April and May.

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