Important Vitamins and Minerals for Your Dog
Your pup needs their greens, too!
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Us humans are obsessed with the latest superfoods — but what are the vitamin and mineral equivalents of turmeric for dogs? Because we for sure want to be feeding them to our pups.
“Functional superfoods [have] the most beneficial effects on health,” says Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM. “They reduce chronic inflammation and promote healing; are powerfully antioxidant, antimicrobial and antitumor; and are even believed to delay aging.” Serving your dog the vitamins and minerals in these essential canine functional superfoods will help your dog fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health and weight in general.
So, what vitamins do dogs need everyday and what foods do they come from? For some pet parents, feeding dogs commercial food makes the most sense; it is not only convenient, but — if they select high-quality food made by companies with proven records of ingredient integrity — it provides their dogs with a generally wholesome diet. However, there are a lot of factors in commercial pet food to consider, and it might not provide your dog vitamins and minerals for a “complete and balanced” diet.
To ensure that your pup is getting the vitamins and minerals they need, you can add them to your dog’s diet with superfoods like these:
Marine fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef, cottage cheese
Plant oils, leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, bran, whole grains, liver
Liver, leafy green vegetables, milk, cabbage, fish
Fruits, vegetables, organ meats
Whole grains, nutritional or brewers yeast, liver, beans, green vegetables, spirulina, nuts, dairy products
Milk, yogurt, tofu, sardines with bones, raw bones, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower
All animal tissues, eggs, fish, milk
Spinach, broccoli, green beans, tofu, tomato juice, beans, whole grains, seafood
Potassium, Sodium and Chloride
Fruits, vegetables, milk, grain
Spinach, broccoli, yogurt, beef, poultry, whole grains, vegetables
All protein foods (meats, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes and milk)
Red meats, fish, poultry, shellfish, eggs, legumes
Iodized salt, seafood, dairy products, kelp
Seafood, meat, whole grains, brown rice, vegetables
Seafood, nuts, whole grains, seeds, legumes
Nuts, whole grains, leafy vegetables
Lean meat, vegetable oils, brewers yeast
Liver, kidney, fruit, vegetables
Available in water
Legumes, cereals, organ meats
Cereals, vegetables, beans and peas
Claudia Kawczynska was co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Bark for 20 years. She also edited the best-selling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot.