6 Superfoods to Help Keep Your Pet Healthy
Raw meat: Cats and dogs are carnivores and so feeding them a balanced diet with fresh or pre-frozen raw meat can help to improve their health and vitality (there are some risks to be aware of when feeding a raw meat-based diet but once these are understood and avoided, there are many benefits. For more info have a look at https://holisticvets.co.nz/raw-food-diet-for-dogs-and-cats.php ). If your pet is used to commercial food then it is a good idea to make these changes gradually.
Garlic: has been shown to have some anti-cancer properties, has superb anti-microbial properties (helping with infections) and is also useful to help enhance circulation. 1 medium size clove of garlic per 25 kg of dog per day is a safe dose but high doses of garlic may be toxic.
Kale: is rich in anti-oxidants which help to combat free radical damage in the body caused by some toxins and day to day processes in the body. Unattended, free radical damage leads to wear and tear and a number of disease processes can begin. Kale has also been shown to clear carcinogenic substances form the body more quickly and slow tumour growth.
Broccoli: has compounds that promote anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity in the body. It also helps to flush out some of the chemicals that are known to cause some types of cancer.
Berries: have high concentrations of anthocyanidins which are powerful anti-oxidants with some fabulous therapeutic properties like boosting the immune system, boosting energy levels and have also been shown to have some anti-cancer properties.
Turmeric (curcumin) is a plant relative of ginger and has a number of therapeutic benefits being a powerful anti-oxidant and thereby supporting the immune system. It also has anti-cancer properties, has some anti-microbial effects and helps to ease inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, eczema as well as improve gastro-intestinal function. Dogs can be given 50 – 250 mg of the dried herb 1 – 3 times a day and cats 50 – 100 mg daily.
Remember, dogs and cats bodies’ are adapted to eating meat and the gut content of their prey so while fresh meat is best fed raw, plant matter is best fed with some kind of processing like crushing or “blenderising” to help make the powerful phytochemicals available