Seeds are some of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world! Small, yet mighty, they are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals which not only benefit humans but dogs too. Here are five of the healthiest seeds to feed to your dog.
Five Healthy Seeds For Dogs
One of the most popular seeds for pets is flaxseed. Flax seeds are the small golden seeds of the flax plant and have a natural nutty flavor. Flax seeds can be fed whole or ground, but the most efficient way to add them into your dog’s diet is as an oil. Just a teaspoon of flax oil a day provides essential omega-3 for keeping your dogs coat shiny and his skin healthy. Some other sneaky ways to feed your dog flaxseed include baking whole or ground flaxseed into doggy biscuits or adding them into doggy nut butter.
The word ‘Chia’ can be translated to mean strength in the Mayan language - and for a good reason! Chia seeds are packed with protein and are also a formidable source of zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Sprinkled into dog treats or onto your dog’s dinner, they’re a brilliant dietary supplement and can help to alleviate nutrient deficiencies.
Sunflower seeds are another extremely healthy seed to include in your dog’s diet. So long as they are peeled and unsalted, sunflower seeds can provide many essential nutrients, including crucial linoleic acid to slow skin aging, vitamin E to help manage cholesterol levels, and omega-3 for healthy skin and good coat condition.
Peeled and hulled pumpkin seeds are also a healthy, nutrient-dense snack to feed your dog. High in protein with almost nine grams per ounce and packed with folic acid and vitamins A, E, and K, pumpkin seeds aren’t just a healthy wholefood for humans. Feed them to your dog raw, toasted, or mixed into their dinner for a powerful nutrient boost.
Holistic veterinarians have prescribed hemp seeds for some time because they are possibly the healthiest seed you can feed to your dog. A true superfood, hemp seeds contain omega-9, omega-6, and omega-3’s and are also full of essential amino acids, and the antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C. Whether your dog has skin troubles, digestive issues, or joint pain, regularly feeding help seeds could help. Like flaxseeds, hemp seeds can be fed whole, ground, or crushed into oil, depending on your budget and your dog’s preference.
So there you have it! Five super seeds to add to your dog’s diet to support their health. So the next time you shop for your own seeds, grab some for your pup as well.