Having a dog as part of your family is both a privilege and a big responsibility. Keeping them healthy is a primary concern for any responsible fur parent. A dog’s diet differs from humans, and not everything that we can digest is healthy for our pets. What’s more challenging is maintaining the diet of a dog with medical conditions.
Some of the prevalent medical conditions in dogs are skin anomalies and allergies, seizures, ear infections, as well as digestive and intestinal problems. However, dogs can also suffer from diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, parvovirus, and rabies, to name a few.
Having a healthy diet and choosing the right dog food is the first solution. Research on the type of diet your dog requires to help manage their medical condition. Specially formulated treats are also available to prevent your dog from having a seizure. There are numerous variations and types of food in the market, so one must be cautious, read the label, and research on the appropriate kibble.
To help in treating or preventing the medical conditions in your furbabies here are some treats to give them:
Look for treats rich with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. This ingredient has been known for controlling inflammation, especially in the management of diseases related to the kidney, joints, and skin. There are also various available omega-3 supplements that you can purchase for your dogs. Just remember to read the label and ensure that these are dog-friendly.
Another way to introduce omega-3 is by adding fish in your dog’s diet. One good option is Salmon as it is low in mercury. Also, consider steaming, baking, or grilling a fish treat for your dog.
Carrots remain one of the best treats to give your dogs, whether they’re healthy or with a medical condition. Leafy greens and yellow-orange veggies have been studied and proven to reduce the chances of bladder cancer in dogs. The progression of cancer in dogs was established to be hindered by dietary fiber, plant sterols, and bioflavonoids found in vegetables.
Safe and recommended greens to give your dogs are squash, sweet potato, lettuce, spinach, parsley, kale, beet greens, and turnip greens, to name a few.
Fresh or dried fruits are excellent treats for dogs. Since fruits are low in calories, giving fruits will help address obesity in dogs. Not to mention the phytonutrients present in some fruits that can prevent cancer. Fruits that are recommended are blueberries, apples, bananas, and strawberries. Stay clear from grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.
Consider giving your dogs lentils, oatmeal, flax, and chia seeds as treats to your dogs. These fiber-rich treats can help your pet feel full and aid in addressing obesity, which can lead to joint, liver, and respiratory diseases. Furthermore, fiber helps in maintaining gastrointestinal health to help in your dog’s immunity.
Polysaccharopeptides (PSP) can be found in mushrooms, which are believed to aid in fighting the tumor. If your pet was diagnosed with cancer, ask your vet for supplements or treats containing extracts or include mushrooms in your dog’s food. Do note that there are poisonous mushrooms, so be cautious and seek advice.
When choosing treats to feed your dog, always keep in mind that each one is unique. Consider their medical condition and identify what nutrients they require to fight off or prevent their disease from worsening. They also have their preference, so what may work for other dogs may not work for your pet.
No food can fully guarantee that your dog will be disease-free. But what is essential is that you provide your pet with adequate amounts of nutrients and the care they deserve.