Top 10 Surprising Superfoods for Super Pets
When it comes to your pet’s overall well-being, you want to give him a paw up – after all, your Super Pet needs to be running at his best. Rev up your pet’s diet with these Top 10 Superfoods!
Did you know that there are certain foods referred to as “Superfoods”? They came by this name for good reason: packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and other nutrients, these superfoods help to make us healthier and live longer. And good news – they’re not just for people! Our pets can benefit from the awesome abilities of superfoods as well.
But how can you start implementing them into your dog or cat’s diet? You want to make sure you have the perfect balance of everything your pet needs to thrive. It’s a good thing that Solid Gold Pet’s line of holistic pet food includes nutrient-dense superfoods across all of their dry food formulas. As America’s first holistic pet food brand, Solid Gold has over 40 years of experience in blending the right superfoods with high-quality proteins to ensure your pet gets exactly what’s needed to live a happy, healthy life.
So what superfoods will you find in Solid Gold Pet’s dog and cat foods? We’ve picked 10 surprising superfoods you’d never guess were at the foundation of their delicious recipes.
Often credited as being the ‘original superfood’, salmon oil (and other fish oils) is available in a variety of different treats, supplements, and food toppers. But Solid Gold Pet’s dog and cat foods make it even easier by including this nutrient-rich option right in their food.
Salmon oil is rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This includes the 3 main omega-3 fatty acids – EPA, DHA, and DPA. These important fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe skin allergies and irritation, improve wound healing time, and relieve joint aches and pains like those associated with arthritis.
On top of all that (as if that isn’t already enough), salmon oil supports both brain and bone health throughout all stages of your pet’s life.
A type of seaweed, Kelp is a great source of minerals, including iodine, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It also possesses antioxidants which play an important role in your pet’s health by fighting damaging free radicals within the body. Kelp is also a great source of plant-based protein.
Iodine is particularly important for thyroid function, as it works to help keep your pet’s entire glandular system functioning at its full potential. This helps to prevent the development of hypothyroidism.
Don’t “turnip” (Ha!) your nose at Beets – these brightly colored root veggies are high in fiber and essential minerals like potassium and manganese, as well as Vitamin C to help support immune system health.
Beets are also a great option for helping to improve both digestion and skin and coat health. In fact, they are one of the most recommended additions to a pet’s diet when addressing skin allergies, dry skin conditions, fur loss, and stomach issues.
Not only does it help nourish your pet’s coat, but Almond Oil is a nutrient-rich source of Omegas and Vitamin E to help maintain your pet’s overall health and well being. If your pet is suffering from dry, flaky, or itchy skin, the anti-inflammatory properties of almond oil can provide much-needed relief from the discomfort. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber which is key for helping to regulate the digestive system.
This superfood is a taste enhancer, as well as a wonderful source of Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and K as well as phytonutrients, which are important for immune system health. It’s also a reliable source of iron. This sometimes-overlooked mineral is needed by the body to allow the red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Pets that are suffering from low iron levels may appear weak or lethargic with pale ears, eyes, and gums.
It’s not just for carving! In fact, it’s not even just for the fall season! Pumpkin is a highly nutritious addition to your pet’s diet and, according to most pets, a tasty treat. It’s a great source of soluble fiber and supports proper digestion. In doing so, it’s also an effective solution for treating digestive upset including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
High vitamin A (beta-carotene) levels in pumpkin allow it to improve and protect eye health. As your pet gets older, this will help to slow the loss of vision that often comes with age while also preventing the development of conditions like night blindness. In addition to all this, pumpkin is also high in vitamins C, E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
You’re used to seeing Chicken as a protein ingredient in your pet’s food, but what about eggs? It’s nature’s perfect protein, packed with essential amino acids to help support your pet’s muscle strength and metabolism. Eggs are also high in vitamins A and B12, folate, iron, riboflavin, and selenium. They can help to improve the appearance of your pet’s skin and coat and are a good addition to your dog’s diet when overcoming any skin conditions or ailments.
This is what you’d call a super leafy green. Spinach is rich in vitamins and minerals including (but not limited to) vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, fiber, and antioxidants. It helps to support the health of many areas of your pet’s body including boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, protecting vision, lowering cholesterol, encouraging optimal digestive system health, and fighting off harmful free radicals throughout the body. It has been credited with slowing the signs of aging, particularly cognitive decline, and preventing some types of cancer.
A legume rich in dietary fiber for a healthy digestive system, helping to relieve diarrhea and constipation. It is an excellent source of folate and magnesium, which is important for heart health. For pets that are trying to lose a little weight, lentils are a key addition to any weight loss efforts. They help to keep your pet feeling full longer, preventing hunger and overeating. This makes it easier than ever to keep your pet on track with a strict diet.
Ocean Fish Meal
Rich in Omega-6 and -3 fatty acids, this balanced protein helps support overall health, lean muscles, and healthy skin and coat. Fish has long been seen as a ‘safe’ protein source as it is less likely to trigger a food allergy than some of the more common animal protein sources, like chicken.
Are you ready to join forces with Solid Gold Pet and these superfoods to help nourish your pet’s overall health and well being? Head over to Petco’s website and find out which formula is perfect for your pet!
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