During the domestication of dogs, many changes have occurred to their diet. Due to human convenience, foods such as kibble and tinned meat are a common occurrence. There has been some adjustment/evolution in dogs’ digestive systems however many dogs continue to struggle to adapt to these dietary changes.
Like humans, certain foods do not agree with certain dogs. Symptoms may include; digestive concerns, eczema and other skin conditions, behavioural issues and sleep disturbances.
By removing trigger foods from your dog’s diet, in most cases a reduction, or even elimination, of symptoms may occur. If no improvement is seen, please discuss your dog’s health with your vet. All treats in the Laura’s Pawesome Treats range are hypo-allergenic, therefore they do not include these trigger foods.
Common trigger foods for dogs include:
- Artificial colours and flavours
- Fried foods
There are some fantastic natural foods that you can include into your dog’s diet to replace these trigger foods. Chia seeds, flaxseed meal and coconut oil are frequently utilised in our dog treat range. They contain “good fats”, are high in Omega 3’s and are highly nutritious. Readily available in most supermarkets, a teaspoon of these superfoods mixed into your dog’s main meal will do wonders (look out for shiny coats and smooth skin!).
My favourite food to add to my dog’s meal is pureed pumpkin. With such a wide range of health benefits, your dog will benefit in many ways:
- Pumpkin flesh includes soluble fibre. This helps to slow digestion and is beneficial at managing diarrhoea by absorbing water.
- Alternatively, pumpkin’s high fibre content makes it a great way to help with constipation.
- Pumpkin is great for “bulking up” the main meal for your dog or cat. The extra fibre also assists with making them feel fuller for longer – and they are consuming fewer calories. This means pumpkin in a great addition to your dog’s weight loss program. Replace ¼ of a cup with 1 tablespoon of pureed pumpkin.
- Containing vitamin A, pumpkin flesh is important for vision health.
- An immune booster, the flesh also contains vitamin C. Dogs with joint problems need more vitamin C than they produce naturally, making pumpkin a great source!
- Pumpkin contains zinc which helps promote healthy skin and coat.
- High in the antioxidant beta-carotene, pumpkin help slow the aging process.
- Dogs with urinary incontinence may benefit from some pumpkin flesh or ground seeds in their diet as pumpkin promotes urinary health.
Our dog treats, Gus’s Gut Health, contain a generous amount of market-fresh pureed pumpkin in each treat. They also contain sweet potato, brown rice flour and slippery elm powder – the perfect combination to soothe and regulate digestion!