Ever since I read Canine Nutrigenomics (see my review here) I’d wanted to create some posters / sheets to illustrate some of the book’s main points. However, I found it difficult to find the time to sit down and do it. You see, I have zero drawing skills, so this meant that I had to start by searching from some free pictures or icons to help. Finally, this week I’ve been able to do so. Fortunately, I’d done my homework and I already had some lists compiled with the information that should go in each. The first of these is the “Top 10 Canine Superfoods”.
In the post below I’ll give a brief overview of why these are considered to be canine superfoods. Note that I’ll try to be as accurate as possible with the information below; however, I’m not a nutritionist nor a veterinarian. Hence, if you’re interested in feeding your dog any of these foods, I’d recommend getting the Canine Nutrigenomics book, reading it, and even talking to your veterinarian about any dietary changes for your dog.
Top 10 Canine Superfoods: The List
All the information below has been extracted from Canine Nutrigenomics which, in turn, refers to various research studies and scientific articles.
Berries, Except Strawberries
They have numerous benefits, such as:
- Reducing cancer cell proliferation and inhibiting the growth of tumors
- They help the cardiovascular system
- Improving memory
Strawberries can trigger allergic reactions in dogs, so this is the reason why they are not recommended.
It’s a powerful antioxidant, that helps against cell damage and favours cardiac oxygenation.
Coconut oil helps the brain age healthily and provides tryglicerides which aid natural body function. It should be unrefined (virgin) and cold or expeller pressed.
Medicinal mushrooms have been traditionally used in Chinese medicine. There are many different species which can help treat different ailments. They have several therapeutic properties, such as:
Please note that non-medicinal mushrooms are actually toxic for dogs.
Omega-3 fatty acids help in the overall body’s health. Some of their benefits are:
- They help fight obesity
- They decrease inflammation
- They help against arthritis and cancer
- They benefit brain health
They can be found in fish such as salmon, sardines, Pollack or catfish, among others.
Several studies suggest that milk thistle can help fight and protect against various types of cancer and improve cognitive function.
Raw honeybee products
Such as raw honey, pollen, propolis, or royal jelly. I’ll focus on the benefits of raw honey since it’s the product that is most readily available. Note that raw honey is not the processed honey found in supermarkets. These are some of its benefits:
- Healing ulcers
- Helping with diarrhoea
- Helping with indigestion
- Soothing sore throats
- Locally obtained honey may also help with allergies
Important note: do not feed raw honey to puppies, as it can be contaminated with a toxin which the immune system of a puppy would have trouble fighting.
Probiotics are live bacteria that provide several benefits both to humans and dogs. More specifically:
- They prevent the growth of bad bacteria in the gut
- They improve gastrointestinal health
- They help prevent allergies
- They reduce the risk of recurring urinary tract infections
Probiotics can be found in yogurts. However, many dogs are sensitive to cow’s milk (Nix is a good example of this, she throws up every time she eats a tiny bit of cheese). Therefore, it’s recommended to opt for goat or sheep’s milk yogurts.
Spirulina is an ancient algae that has the following benefits:
- It can decrease pain and inflammation without any side-effects
- It’s rich in many different nutrients, such as vitamin E and B
- It contains a high percentage of protein
- It can help against cancer
Curcumin helps defend against cancer. It’s an antioxidant with antiimflamatory properties.
Credits & LIcenCing
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to make this poster or write this post without the following resources:
- Book: Canine Nutrigenomics, by W. Jean Dodds and Diana Laverdure.
If you wish to use the poster for your website or personal use, you can do so freely. However, do not remove any of the credits in the poster and make sure you link back to this website (www.nixandus.com). If you have any questions, you can get in touch with me using any of the website’s social networks or by sending an e-mail. Check the contact page for details.