When it comes to superfoods for pets, there are a lot of options out there. This can be a little overwhelming when you’re simply looking for the best superfoods for your pet. So we’ve simplified things down to just 3 superfoods that can have a very positive effect on your pet’s overall well-being.
1) Salmon Oil
This is one super food that has long been used to treat all sorts of health conditions in humans and now science is proving its beneficial effects on our pets as well. Salmon oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids that act as powerful anti-inflammatories which makes this superfood effective at treating arthritis , inflammation of the skin (such as dermatitis), skin allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, heart disease and even cancer. Salmon oil is also very effective at enhancing immunity in your pet which means that they are better equipped to fight off diseases. Lastly, among my elderly clients they have noted a correlation between their dog’s mobility issues and the benefits gained from supplementing with super omega 3s such as krill or salmon oils. You can learn more about salmon oil for dogs benefits.
This superfood has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for centuries throughout Asia . Even today it is routinely given orally to individuals suffering from arthritis due to the slow release of curcuminoids over an extended period of time that work together with white blood cells to produce powerful inflammation fighting effects within the body. Although the benefits of super omega 3s are becoming more widely accepted in the veterinary community, turmeric is another super food that does not receive enough attention when it comes to optimizing mental and physical health in our pets. Turmeric can be easily added to most dogs’ food, but for cats you may need to consider pill form or even making your own fresh catnip paste with this superfood mixed into it if they do not normally eat human grade cat treats.
3) Coconut oil
I have talked about coconut oil in previous blog posts on its antifungal properties in addition to its ability to strengthen immunity. Due to its fatty acid profile (which includes caprylic acid) coconut oil also serves as a superfood for cats and dogs because it fights bad bacteria in the body. This super food can be added to your pet’s regular food or to homemade catnip treats!