Dealing with a super nervous pooch? Dogs can struggle as much as humans when it comes to emotional problems resulting in chronic stress and anxiety. Even dogs in loving homes can suffer certain types of stress, like separation anxiety and noise phobia. There are a few simple changes you can make to your friend's meal times that will help him chill out a little more. This selection of power foods will help a pooch on the road to recovering from chronic anxiety, especially helpful for rescue dogs who may be recovering from an abusive environment or dogs born in puppy mills prone to social anxiety. The bonus? If you’re a little on the anxious side yourself, these foods will be super beneficial for you too! “One serve for him, one serve for me….” 😉
Packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, oily fish can help suppress adrenaline that keeps dogs and us humans in a constant state of ‘flight or fight’. A little adrenaline every now and then isn’t a bad thing and appropriate in some situations. However, if your dog is living with the constant rush of adrenaline this will lead to prolonged anxiety and stress. When it comes to fish, think wild salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, they contain vitamins A and D, which are fantastic stress fighters.
Whole brown rice
A low carb diet is great for dogs battling a nervous nature but including some fibre rich complex carbohydrates like whole brown rice will help. This type of complex carbs helps prevent a spike in blood sugar levels which in turn cause a surge in insulin. A jump in insulin will cause jittery and anxious behaviour in your pooch. Feeding your friend whole brown rice is also super beneficial to help overcome constipation and lower the risk of diabetes. If you’re looking for a low carb treat for your pooch, My Pupcakes cookie mixes are entirely grain-free, a great option for a healthy (and totally delish!) treat.
A simple serve of turkey could help your pooch get a little more doggie zen in his life. Turkey is a great source of L-tryptophan, an amino acid responsible boosting levels of serotonin. Serotonin is the natural ‘feel good’ chemical responsible for increasing the feelings of doggie (and human!) happiness. It also reduces impulsivity, aggression and can set your pooch up for a more restful sleep. Who doesn’t feel better after a peaceful sleep?
This may be a surprising one, but the simple addition of sweet potato to meal times can help turn canine anxiety levels down a few notches. Vitamin B6 is found in sweet potatoes and is valuable in reliving high levels of anxiety by helping create neurotransmitters, like serotonin as we mentioned above. Vitamin B6 has also been shown to support the immune system, especially beneficial if your dog experiences high amounts of stress and anxiety.
Raw pumpkin seeds
Raw pumpkin seeds are a great mood booster. Like turkey, they contain L-tryptopham and also selenium, an antioxidant. Anxiety disorders such as anxiety, depression and fatigue are more likely to occur in your dog if his levels of selenium are too low. Selenium is also super effective in supporting your pup's immune system.
Hopefully, these foods will help calm your pooch so you enjoy your time together!