Food as Medicine. There are so many foods and natural supplements we can use to help our dogs with any medical struggles they may be facing. We’re going to highlight 5 items that are easy to add to your dog’s diet. They are:
Honey has a long history of providing natural healing. Some of the ways it can be used are:
Healing wounds. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it great to heal wounds.
Fighting gum disease and dental plaque. Honey contains an enzyme that is responsible for creating hydrogen peroxide. Honey is also an antimicrobial, which helps fight plaque. Simply add a bit of water to some honey and rub it on your dog’s teeth!!
Probiotic. Honey can help reduce inflammation in the esophagus. It can also help reduce stomach acid or upset by speeding up digestion.
Aids in skin nourishment. Adding honey to your dog’s diet can help keep skin free from flakes. It fights the bacteria within your dog’s body that causes skin irritation.
Helps in weight loss. Honey contains enzymes that help decrease hunger pains. When taken before bed, it improves sleep by reducing stress.
Watermelon is a wonderful supplement to give to your dog. First and foremost, it contains about 92% water which is a great way to keep your pup hydrated, especially during the summer months. The additional ways Watermelon can be used as medicine are:
Cleansing the body. Since Watermelon contains so much water, it’s great to flush the toxins from the body.
Easing muscle pain. Watermelon has a high concentration of amino acids which can help ease muscle pain. This would be great for those pups that participate in various dog sports such as agility or obedience. Including some Watermelon as a treat when the competition is completed would be a great way to provide comfort to sore muscles.
Mood booster. Watermelon contains Vitamin B6 which is a great way to keep your pup stress free and happy! (Shameless plug - we make a Watermelon Dog Treat that you dog will love. Get your pup some here.)
Pineapple has long been held as a delicious tropical fruit, but did you know that it can also help with the following conditions?
Easing muscle soreness. The enzymes found in Pineapple can help break down the inflammation in achy muscles
Cancer tumor fighting agent. Pineapple (both the fruit and the core) contain Bromelain, which is a protein eating enzyme. Studies have shown it is more effective in fighting cancer than some chemotherapy drugs.
Healing. Pineapple chunks or juice can be used to speed up healing of bruises and reducing pain and swelling after surgery.
Cucumbers are a wonderful summer treat that you can grow in your own garden or even on a patio. Here are a few ways they can act as medicine for your pup:
Infections. Cucumber can help treat kidney and bladder infections.
Accelerates wound healing. The juice of a cucumber can speed up the healing of wounds or burns.
De-stressor. Cucumbers calm the body and mind.
Relieves internal heat. Cucumbers cool the body and can help relieve heartburn.
Bananas are mostly known for their potassium but they are beneficial in our dogs’ diets for a variety of other reasons that include:
Skin protection. Bananas help protect skin elasticity along with providing UV protection.
Fight degenerative disease. Bananas are packed with antioxidants that help fight degenerative diseases including heart disease and kidney disease.
Promote liver health. Bananas stimulate the detoxify functions of the liver.
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