With a senior dog and a puppy in my house, and ages in between, I am always reading up on great things to add to my dogs’ diets that are A. affordable and readily available and B. compatible with the pluthera of allergies a couple of my dog suffer from.
I recently came across a great article via Dogs Naturally that highlighted a few great foods.
Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. A majority of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).
Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid (about 40%) in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.
Here is a list of benefits of coconut oil (always use organic for you and your pets)
- Helps clear up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Plain Goat Milk Kefir
- Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria that aren’t found in yogurt, and also keep in mind that many dogs are allergic to cow’s milk.
- It also contain friendly yeasts, which can control yeast (Candida) overgrowth in your dog.
- It contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals, ad a wide variety of probiotics for super awesome healing qualities.
- Some studies have shown kefir fights salmonella and E. coli.
- Kefir can help prevent allergies in your dog.
- It’s been shown to help with gastritis, pancreatitis, abdominal peptic issues, skin psoriasis, rheumatism and joint disease as well as gouty arthritis, weakening of bones, anemia, and leaky gut.
- Some studies show kefir to reduce the risk of some cancers.
The feeding guide given in the article I read is provided below. It did not go by pounds but “size” of dog/cat. I will assume that small is under 20lbs, medium is 20-50lbs, and large is over 50lbs but please do consult with your vet when adding an new food to your pets’ diet:
Small size dogs or cats: 1 tsp – 1 tbsp
Medium size dogs: 1 – 2 tbsp
Large dogs: 2 – 3 tbsp
Fresh Whole Sardines
We all know the benefits of fish oils but feeding your dog fresh, whole sardines in place of fish oils supplements is a great way to go. Sardines are full of omega-3 fatty acids and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Worried about mercury? Don’t be: “Sardines may be small, but they’re mighty when it comes to pet nutrition,” says nutrition counselor Celia Kutcher, aka the Food Healer. “Since sardines are small, they tend to have far less mercury than larger fish, which makes them an ideal choice for people, too.”
Can’t find fresh sardines? You can buy canned sardines but make sure to always buy wild caught, packed in water.
Kitties can have half a small sardine and dogs can have one whole small sardine per 25lbs. It is not recommend to feed sardines every day, especially to cats. And don’t worry about the bones for dogs or cats: they’re safe, and will supply a little calcium as well!
Raw Beef Bones
Nature’s toothbrush for your dog! Raw meaty bone diets keep wild carnivores’ teeth in prime condition and they can do the same for our domesticated companions. Raw meaty bones are sold at nearly every neighborhood pet store and can be found at your local grocery store too. Click here for a guide to bones for your dog.
Also, consider turning those raw beef bones into a bone broth for your pup: the benefits are amazing!
- Bone broth is good for joints
Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans and you might even be familiar with one of them: glucosamine. Not only does bone broth contain super amazing amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
- Bone broth helps detox the liver
Your dog’s liver suffers a onslaught of lawn chemicals, toxins in his food and water, vaccines, heartworm and parasite meds every day and the liver’s capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. Guess what has tons of glycine? Bone broth!
- Bone broth promotes a healthy gut
The lining of the intestines contains millions of tiny holes that allow the passage of digested nutrients to enter the body. Stress, poor diet and bacterial overgrowth can cause more holes to open or to become bigger … and when undigested food matter and yeast enter your dog’s body, allergy symptoms appear. Bone broth is loaded with a gooey substance that can plug up those leaky holes: gelatin!