You won't need to reach further than the spice rack to add powerful healing nutrition to your dog's meal times. Spices are multi-purpose powerhouses of goodness; they won’t only add flavour, they’ll help prevent degenerative disease and improve the overall health of your pup too.
We’re loving these 3 spices for optimum canine wellness.
Cinnamon may bring to mind fragrant candles and fresh cinnamon scrolls (um, yum!) but it makes a great healthy addition to your dog's kibble too.
Packed with antioxidants, cinnamon can slow bacteria growth, promote overall health and wellbeing and help remove the nasty aflatoxins found in pet food. It’s also anti-inflammatory, so older dogs struggling with arthritis will really benefit from a dash of cinnamon in dinner.
Overweight dogs are at risk of contracting diabetes, so if your pooch is on the tubby side, as little as a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can raise insulin resistance and help regulate blood sugar.
It’s pretty clear cinnamon can do some great stuff for your dog, but it needs to be the right kind. Ceylon Cinnamon is safe for dogs thanks to its low levels of coumarin. Coumarin is a natural organic chemical compound, found in many plants and can pose a potential health risk to your dog. A higher level of coumarin is found in the other type of cinnamon, Cassia Cinnamon, so don’t go sprinkling Cassia into your pooch's dinner.
Bonus doggy tip: cinnamon also slows down food spoilage, if you’ve only used half a can of dog food and want to store overnight, sprinkle it with half a teaspoon of cinnamon before refrigerating.
Famous for its ability to soothe upset stomachs and aid digestion, ginger is an effective natural remedy if your pooch is feeling under the weather. If he’s eaten something nasty, as dogs tend to do, fresh ginger will do the trick to settle a nauseous stomach. It can solve car sickness too, just treat your pup to ginger 30 mins before taking a ride. Soothing sick stomachs isn’t the only reason we’re loving ginger for your dog. It can help beat the dreaded heartworm, a natural alternative to commercial treatment options which are packed full of chemicals.
This study has shown ginger as a promising option to treat heartworm disease, dogs treated with ginger experienced an 83 - 98 percent reduction in heartworm larvae during the test!
Pieces of fresh ginger are easy to feed to your pooch, just wrap them in a slice of meat. Give your dog two slices of fresh ginger per 11kg of weight.
Caution: If your dog is pregnant, has anaemia or due for surgery, skip the ginger as it can thin the blood.
The addition of this humble spice can literally add years to your best friends life. Chronic inflammation is responsible for many degenerative health issues for dogs. Low-grade inflammation that sticks around for months or years can result in conditions like cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, dental problems and digestive diseases.
Enter turmeric. This spice has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. It’s one of the best anti-inflammatory medicines nature has to offer, for you and your dog!
When feeding your pup turmeric, you’ll need to mix it with a healthy oil, like coconut, to increase absorption. Taken alone, turmeric is difficult for dogs to absorb properly. Use the below as a rough guide for dosage and remember, it’s best to buy organic turmeric.
● Small dogs should start with about 1/4 teaspoon per day
● Medium dogs can start with 1/2 teaspoon per day
● Large dogs can start with 3/4 teaspoon per day
● Giant dogs can start with 1 teaspoon per day
Check in with your veterinarian before adding any new spice to mealtimes and keep a close eye on how your pooch reacts.
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