Seeds may seem small and nondescript, but they’re mighty full of goodness. Many types are becoming incredibly popular, thanks to their nutritional advantages for canines and humans alike!
The benefits of seeds, nuts and legumes in our diets is widely publicized by nutritionists and dieticians as an excellent way to maintain a healthy and diverse gut bacteria. Our dogs can also greatly benefit from the inclusion of seeds.
Here are the top six super seeds packed into our meals to aid in keeping your dogs gut and immune system flourishing!
Traditionally, chia seeds have been used to help alleviate skin irritation and joint pain. They’re a plentiful source of protein, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and multiple B-vitamins. They’re also rich in antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid. Plus, they balance electrolytes helping control stress and energy levels!
The fabulous flaxseed is another great source of Omega 3 essential fatty acid and also high in fibre. Flaxseed oil (also used in our delicious meals) makes a beautiful, healthy addition to a dog’s meal giving them a magnesium and Vitamin B1 boost.
Also known as Pepitas, these are an excellent source of zinc, iron, potassium, fiber and healthy fats. They’re delicious roasted or fresh (yes, delicious for ours and our dog’s diet) to continue to support digestion and immune systems.
Containing Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids, Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed oil are highly and easily digestible by dogs. They will super charge your dog’s dinner with high linoleic acid for a shinier, smoother coat and more nourished skin. Hemp is packed full of iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc for vital immune-building assistance.
An excellent source of Vitamin E, iron and copper, Sunflower Seeds are great for your dog’s health and can improve their coat and skin. They can also support the production of good cholesterol with the vitamin E packed into the seed, can be seen as an important antioxidant for their diet.
A highly beneficial addition to their meals when it comes to calcium and protein. These little guys are included in our porridges, but toasted or fresh sesame seeds can also be sprinkled on top of their meals for an extra dose of Omega 6 fatty acids!
Use these seed ideas as inspiration to add delightful but healthy surprises to your dog's food. Remember that each dog is different, so if one seed doesn’t pique your dog’s interest, try a new one.