These are the best CDB dog treats and other superfoods you should give your dog – instead of sugary treats.
One way to assure our dog’s life is long and healthy is by monitoring what they eat and how balanced their daily meals are.
According to professionals, there are five main foods a dog needs to have a balanced meal (read more), and some of them entail water, protein, and carbohydrates. These are the building blocks to make sure their bodies can fight back, even in the face of aging and diseases.
However, many pet-owners overlook this vital aspect of keeping a pet. Sometimes, dog food, premium or not, isn’t enough to give your dog a pleasant life. I compiled the foods that I think your dog might need, so take this article as an official guideline for their daily meals.
Why You Should Give Your Dog Superfoods
No, superfoods isn’t a term I made up on the spot. It’s a popular term used by health experts and food connoisseurs worldwide, which means a group of foods falling into specific categories. These categories are globally agreed upon to be good for a mammal’s bodily growth and immune system.
These superfoods have these elements as followed:
1. Cannabinoids (Most Specifically Cannabidiol)
A cannabinoid is a term given to compounds found in cannabis. Not all cannabinoids can be considered beneficial or helpful, like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which has psychoactive properties.
True, it can bring some health benefits to the body, but its high potential for dependence, addiction, and overdose overshadows its good intentions. Therefore, THC is not considered a better cannabinoid, and marijuana is not a “superfood.”
To add, it is also poisonous to dogs and other mammals. It can cause overdose and lead a canine to coma and death if not treated almost immediately after ingestion.
However, one cannabinoid stands out above all other of its sister compounds. This phytocannabinoid is called Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is known for its many health benefits with little to no side-effects and absolutely 0 adverse effects.
It can be found in Hemp, marijuana, and several other cannabis species, but its number is noticeably higher in Hemp. Therefore, Hemp has become the primary source of products derived from CBD.
These products can vary from human-focused and animal-focused. In other words, some companies make a set of products solely for us humans to ingest (and could be problematic if dogs or other pets consume it), and there are companies built exclusively to cater for CBD products dosed especially for them. These products can range from CBD dog treats to CBD oil. In whatever form, the most critical aspect is how much CBD there is in the company’s formula.
To know how much CBD is in your products:
- Check out the company’s COA in the form of a lab report.
- Check if this report is from a 3rd-party laboratory, one that isn’t affiliated with the company, to get an unbiased and untampered result. The label should show how much Cannabidiol it has, and it should reflect accurately with their report.
- If it is mislabeled or they do not have a COA, consider this a red flag.
Eggs are one of the most foods given to a dog to keep it healthy. Raw eggs are full of protein, which gives their nails, skin, and fur a healthy glow. They are also well-known for providing a dog a shiny fur coat. However, if you plan to feed your dog raw egg, make it close to occasional, as it can also end up giving them a severe stomachache if frequently given instead.
However, a cooked egg is another thing. If you cook your egg and feed it to your dog, you lessen your risk of giving them salmonella and other disturbed digestive tract conditions. This doesn’t mean you can provide it to them thrice daily. Eggs are known to lead dogs to obesity, which is a big yikes for a pet-owner. Adding it to their diet twice a week should be good enough.
Another problem you might think will arise biotin deficiency. Biotin (link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biotin) is also known as Vitamin B7. It is known to fortify skin, hair, and nails due to its nature of metabolizing the building blocks of growth (carbohydrates, fats, and protein). Egg whites contain a glycoprotein called Avidin, which binds biotin and disallowing its absorption in the body.
This can easily be remedied by giving your dog egg yolk only, though given that the yolk itself is rich in protein, there’s no cause for worry. Still, if you think it will get in the way of their health, or if a specific condition needs every biotin in the body intact and absorbed, feel free to ditch the egg whites.
Another popular choice for your dog is blueberries. Some dogs go crazy for this berry, and you can feed it to them raw, pureed, sliced, and even feed it as a frozen treat. However, just like other superfoods, giving a moderate amount for your dog is preferable, no matter how beneficial it is to their health.
Blueberries have a packed nutritional value despite being so small. For one, it is filled with antioxidants, which help them flush out toxins and other harmful agents lying around in the body. This can lead them to live a healthier, cleaner life. On top of that, it has vitamin C, well-known to fortify the immune system and help with inflammation reduction, and Vitamin K, a potent anticoagulant.
Other advantages of blueberries lie in their ability to help dogs get manganese. This mineral does not exist in the canine body, but they badly need it. It helps them keep their stamina up, metabolize fats and carbohydrates properly, and maintain bone and cartilage integrity.
When you care about your pet, you care about what you feed them. Just follow these tips and you’ll give them healthy treats that will improve their bodies!