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    Howl-o-ween, Veggies & Other Good Stuff!

    05 November 2020

    At Blackdog, we want what’s best for your furry family members and that begins with encouraging a healthy and clean diet! We have come up with a short list of recommended snacks and treats for you to include in your dog’s diet.

    1. Pumpkin

    Pumpkin is a widely used vegetable known to be rich in nutrients and is commonly incorporated in doggy and human diets for their nutritional benefits. The vegetable contains beta-carotene, loaded with fibre and Vitamin B. They can support urinary health, assist with weight loss and digestion. This yummy vegetable also contains health oils that are believed to support urinary health.

    Not only does pumpkin flesh contain health benefits, but their pumpkin seeds do too! Pumpkin seeds contain a healthy ratio of omega 3 fatty acids and other minerals that can boost your dog’s immune system.

    One way of safely serving your dog pumpkin seeds is by simply roasting them in the oven with no added spices and grinding them to small, fine pieces so that it can be sprinkled onto your dog’s meal. It is also recommended you feed them small amounts at a time as they are higher in fat compared to the pumpkin flesh.

    The low calorie and high fibre vegetable also assists with weight loss and digestion where the moisture content from the vegetable will keep your dog full for quite some time, and the fibre can aid dogs and cats alike with digestion and stomach pains. It can also assist with constipation and diarrhea.

    2. Sweet Potato

    Sweet Potato is an excellent source of fibre, extremely rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, potassium and iron and is low fat. These are all vitamins and nutrients that play a significant role in your fur baby’s overall wellness. As such, Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy eyes, muscles, nerves and skin while Vitamin C is important for a proper functioning immune system.

    How to cook sweet potato for your pup:
    A popular way to serve sweet potatoes to your dog is as a dehydrated chew. It is an alternative to rawhide chews, all while still being yummy and delicious. As the potato is so rich in fibre, it’s recommended you introduce it to them slowly.

    Sweet potato would make excellent treats or snacks for your fur baby and is definitely a food source you want to be including into your dog’s diet!

    3. Vitalitae Superfood Dog Treats

    Vitalitae is Australia’s first all-natural wellness superfood dog treat with hemp seed oil. Being Australian made and with locally sourced ingredients, Vitalitae is the first of its kind to enter the Aussie market.

    Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant which is from the same family as the cannabis plant and does not contain the psychoactive chemical component THC that is in the cannabis plant. By extracting the goodness from the seed, it is known to improve skin and coat, improves gut health and wellbeing, it is high in antioxidants, and helps reduce inflammation and reduces anxiety.

    Vitalitae has 5 varieties of biscuits and jerky, with each one focusing on a major area of concern for pets suffering from either osteoarthritis, hip and joint pain or inflammation, stress and anxiety, skin conditions and even intestinal or digestive concerns.

    They also incorporate other all natural and health benefitting ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, chamomile, tryptophan, chondroitin, EPA& DHA & Glucosamine.

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