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The right nutrition for your dog: the Good, the Bad, and the Yucky

The right nutrition for your dog: the Good, the Bad, and the Yucky

There are so many different dog foods on the market, and they all claim to be totally healthy and nutritious, with packages showing pictures of what looks like delicious premium ingredients.

But unfortunately, this is often just marketing. 

The commercial pet food industry in the United States was built on the back of the human food industry, with products designed for convenience and a long shelf life over the health of our dogs.  These foods undergo extreme processing that destroys the nutrition naturally present in its ingredients, and synthetic chemical supplements are added back in after cooking to meet minimum nutritional values.
These foods aren't just less nutritious for your dog - studies have shown, the chemicals and low-quality ingredients present in many commercial dog foods may increase the occurrence of common health issues like inflammation, bacterial infection, digestive upset, joint pain, and over the long term, even cancer and organ failure.

Simply put: our dogs deserve better.

So what can we, as consumers, do to make sure our dogs are getting healthy nutrition that doesn't just meet their minimum nutritional standards, but actually protects or improves their health?

There are two solutions I recommend to dog owners who share these concerns:

-Add a source of natural, raw nutrition to your dog's diet in the form of raw or only lightly processed natural foods: USDA certified meats, fruits and veggies purchased from your local market and prepared at home, or frozen or freeze-dried raw commercial dog diets

-Supplement your dog's regular diet with a natural, comprehensive multivitamin to boost nutritional intake

Supercharging your dog's diet with natural foods or vitamin supplements will not only improve their nutritional intake, it can even help fight the damage caused by low-quality foods!

For example, Canine Sciences' own Radiant Canine multivitamin supplement contains over 45 healthy, nutritious ingredients chosen to improve every area of your dog's health through good nutrition:
  • probiotics and digestive enzymes to reduce digestive upset and increase nutritional absorption
  • natural anti-oxidants that fight free radicals to improve immune health, protect organ function, and reduce the effects of aging
  • omega fatty acids associated with reduction in inflammation, and improvement of skin and coat health
  • joint health compounds that keep your dog's joints healthy, mobile, and pain-free as they age
...and a whole lot more!  Click here to check it out for yourself, risk-free!

Spotlight On Superfoods: Nature's Nutritional Miracles

Spotlight On Superfoods: Nature's Nutritional Miracles

Nutritionists - both the human and animal variety - have concluded that natural foods are generally much better for us than heavily processed foods.  But even among natural foods, not all nutrition is created equal.

Enter superfoods!

If you haven't heard this term before, a superfood is a food which is very nutritionally dense, and contains a higher proportion of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than other foods, so you get more healthy nutrition out of every bite.

Even better, not only can humans benefit from a diet rich in superfoods, but dogs can, too!

You're probably already familiar with many of these amazing foods, like:

-Leafy greens like kale, parsley, and broccoli, that are packed with so many essential minerals like calcium, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium for organ function and strong bones that they reduce the chances of some canine cancers by as much as 80%

-Berries and fruits such as blackberry, pineapple, and strawberries which are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins C and K to promote immune health and fight the effects of aging for a longer, healthier life

-Root vegetables and squash like pumpkin, sweet potato, and carrots that contain huge amounts of fiber to improve digestion and maximize the nutrition your dog gets from their meals, and beta carotene to protect coat health and vision

Feeding your dog a diet which includes plenty of superfoods like these, raw or lightly cooked to retain their natural nutritional benefits, is a great, easy, and delicious way to protect your dog from many potential health problems.

Every meal and snack that your dog eats is a chance to provide the essential nutrients they need to be healthy.  The next time you're mixing up your dog's meal, try chopping up one of two of these raw superfoods into their dish for a boost of vital nutrition, or serve them alone as a special treat.

That's why the veterinarians who helped to formulate Canine Sciences products included multiple healthy superfood ingredients in each, like the blackberry, sweet potato, and kale in our doggie favorites Nutrient Heaven Freeze-Dried Duck Delights, or the carrot, kelp, and parsley in our Radiant Canine Full-Spectrum Dog Nutritional Supplement

As an added benefit, crunchy veggie superfoods like carrots, zucchini, or cucumber served raw also help clean your dog's teeth while they chomp, for stronger teeth and better breath in addition to better nutrition!

Another fun way to introduce superfoods to your dog's diet, is with frozen smoothies!  If you blend up some superfoods, portion them into ice trays (or pour into a food toy!), and freeze, those cool and crunchy treats will keep your dog occupied as they nibble, provide tasty nutrition, keep them cool on a hot day, and even soothe the pain from puppy teething!