Make sure your dog is getting the right vitamins and minerals. The vitamins and minerals in these essential canine functional superfoods will help your dog fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health in general.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM, says “The functional effect of a food is only as good as the sum of its ingredients. Functional superfoods [have] the most beneficial effects on health: they reduce chronic inflammation and promote healing; are powerfully antioxidant, antimicrobial and antitumor; and are even believed to delay aging.”
For the majority of dog guardians, feeding dogs commercial food makes the most sense; it is not only convenient, but—if they select high-quality food made by companies with proven records of ingredient integrity—it provides their dogs with a generally wholesome. But there are a lot of factors in commercial pet food to consider and they might not provide your dog vitamins and minerals for a “complete and balanced” diet.
It's easy to add vitamins and minerals to your dogs diet with super foods. They make great additions to your dog’s diet—whether you feed packaged dog food or home cook meals.
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|Vitamin A||Carrots, spinach, liver, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fish oil, eggs, turnip greens|
|Vitamin D||Marine fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef, cottage cheese|
|Vitamin E||Plant oils, leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, bran, whole grains, liver|
|Vitamin K||Liver, leafy green vegetables, milk, cabbage, fish|
|Vitamin C||Fruits, vegetables, organ meats|
|Vitamin B||Whole grains, nutritional or brewers yeast, liver, beans, green vegetables, spirulina, nuts, dairy products|
|Calcium||Milk, yogurt, tofu, sardines with bones, raw bones, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower|
|Phosphorous||All animal tissues, eggs, fish, milk|
|Magnesium||Spinach, broccoli, green beans, tofu, tomato juice, beans, whole grains, seafood|
|Fruits, vegetables, milk, grain|
|Zinc||Spinach, broccoli, yogurt, beef, poultry, whole grains, vegetables|
|Sulfur||All protein foods (meats, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes and milk)|
|Iron||Red meats, fish, poultry, shellfish, eggs, legumes|
|Iodine||Iodized salt, seafood, dairy products, kelp|
|Selenium||Seafood, meat, whole grains, brown rice, vegetables|
|Cooper||Seafood, nuts, whole grains, seeds, legumes|
|Manganese||Nuts, whole grains, leafy vegetables|
|Chromium||Lean meat, vegetable oils, brewers yeast|
|Cobalt||Liver, kidney, fruit, vegetables|
|Fluorine||Available in water|
|Molybdenum||Legumes, cereals, organ meats|
|Silicon||Cereals, vegetables, beans and peas|