5 Natural Ingredients You Never Knew Were Great For Your Dog
Healthy dogs live longer, happier lives, and a dog’s diet is a critical component of their overall health. You always read what shouldn’t be in your dog’s diet, but you don’t hear much about what natural ingredients you should be adding to your dog’s diet.
We have compiled 5 of the best natural ingredients (just to name a few) you never knew were great for your dog and explain why these ingredients should be added to your dog’s diet today!
Best natural ingredients
You may be wondering why you need to include natural ingredients into your dog’s diet if they are already on a vet-approved diet? Like kibble for example. Well, a healthy, well-balanced diet containing natural ingredients will do wonders for your dog’s overall well-being, as well as help to prevent heart disease, improve sleep, increase brain function, and encourage a shiny coat!
To start off our list is the incredible spice, Turmeric. It has a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has proven properties like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing, and anticancer activities. Adding Turmeric to your dog’s diet can help fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues and more.
There is a lot of buzz around Manuka Honey, and you will soon understand why! Manuka Honey has the ability to heal both internally and externally. It contains three powerful chemical components, Methylglyoxal (MGO), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Leptosperin. These components give Manuka honey longer-lasting antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal effects. Add Manuka Honey to your dog’s diet to help fight skin disease, support gut health, and immune support. You can also apply it directly to any small wounds on your dog.
Seaweed is another superfood ingredient to add to your dog’s diet as it not only helps to support healthy digestion but has been clinically proven to improve dental hygiene.
A study found that the consumption of edible treats containing Seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) efficiently decreased plaque and calculus accumulation in the investigated dogs.
Have you come across Charcoal toothpaste for humans? Well, it has the exact same properties for dogs and is a natural tooth whitener! Charcoal can attach to tooth enamel, absorb stains from the tooth surface, and can also help tooth whitening through tooth abrasion.
Did you know that Chia has 3 times more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Salmon? We did, and that's why Bell & Bone uses chia flour in the entire Dental Range. Not only is it high in Omega 3, but Chia is filled with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, helps with energy levels, and helps your dog absorb their vitamins (just to name a few)!
Now that we have shared our top 5 natural ingredients to add to your dog’s diet, below are some ways to introduce them to your dog’s daily routine.
Natural dental treats for dogs
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks not only promote whole mouth health, but they also give your dog the best chance of optimal health using naturally healthy ingredients!
Our Kangaroo, Mint and Turmeric Dental Sticks contain Turmeric, which can help fight as fight diseases like arthritis and diabetes as well as help promote healthier gums in dogs.
Are your dog’s teeth needing a bit of whitening? Our Salmon, Mint & Charcoal Dental Sticks are perfect for assisting with this. Charcoal is added to help brighten your dog’s smile, and mint is to help with those fresh doggy kisses! Our Salmon, Mint & Charcoal Dental Sticks are also perfect for dogs that have sensitive tummies and are hyperallergic.
Collagen sticks for dogs
Is collagen good for dogs?
Collagen is another super supplement that isn’t spoken about enough and should be added to your dog’s diet today! Collagen can assist with mobility and improves your dog’s fur, nails, and overall health.
Bell & Bone Collagen Sticks contain all-natural ingredients (like our entire range), with the added benefit of Collagen.
Our Beef & Manuka Honey Collagen Sticks are loaded with natural ingredients, including Beef, which is a high-quality source of protein, and Manuka Honey, the miracle ingredient supporting gut health, and immune support and helping to fight skin diseases.
Grain free dog training treats
When it comes to searching for the best natural dog food and treats for your dog, always look for all-natural ingredients that are free from fillers and additives that are also grain free.
Grain free dog training treats remove all the heavy grains like corn and wheat (typically used as the main ingredient) and replaces them with higher meat content and complex carbohydrates with a lower glycaemic index like sweet potato for example.
Our Freeze Dried Raw Treats are bite-sized, training and reward dog treats and are suitable for puppies and dogs of all ages. They come in two flavours, Lamb, Coconut & Manuka Honey, and Salmon, Carrot & Flaxseed. They are loaded with all-natural ingredients and grain free making them the perfect reward treat for your dog.
Being a dedicated dog owner often involves asking the right questions, seeking the right advice and, most importantly, checking in with your pup to make sure that it's healthy and happy. When in doubt, or in the event of health concerns, always consult a professional. Head to our FAQs page for more answers to dog treat-related questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch with me and I'll make it a priority to keep you informed and empowered.