Happy bellies means happy dogs… we’ve got the details for this recipe!
Have you ever felt sluggish or down, and know it was because of what you ate? Like maybe the third cupcake wasn’t a good choice? A nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle have us feeling more energised, lively and good about ourselves. This is the same for our dogs. Whatever is in their belly can affect their entire mood and wellbeing, so it’s important to consider what we put in there.
Here are some of the superfood ingredients you’ll find in Bell & Bone treats:
This superfood improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, contains antioxidants and is even used to treat diarrhoea (though we’re hoping it doesn’t come to that). So, how does it work?
- Carob is a rich source of fibre, which bulks up bowel movements and stimulates regularity, meaning improved digestion. This fibre is insoluble; so it absorbs liquids and results in your pup having healthy, firm number twos.
- If the aim for your dog is weight loss, carob can help with this. It inhibits the secretion of postprandial ghrelin, a hormone that tells the brain it’s hungry. This means it can help stop your dog’s over-eating, and in turn help with weight loss attempts.
- Did we mention superfood? With Vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and protein, you can be sure you’re making the right choice. And when you consider the taste… you’ll have them begging for more.
Grandma was on to something when she’d give you a ginger ale to soothe your stomachache. It’s a natural anti-nausea treatment that has been used for centuries, for a plethora of digestive issues. The problem is that your pup can’t tell you when they’re feeling gassy or motion sick. Instead, we can tell by their enlarged stomach, or if they whine when you rub their belly. Ginger can also but used as a preventative method. Why?
- This root plant is a natural anti-inflammatory which can help with numerous ailments, including the reduction of nausea caused by treatment in dogs with cancer.
- A build-up of gas in the intestinal tract leads to discomfort. Ginger works by breaking up and expelling intestinal gas, leading to relief. Just maybe not for your nose!
- Dogs can get carsick too! Ginger helps to soothe nausea, and by feeding some to your dog about 30 minutes before a road trip, you can make sure the twists and turns are in the road and not your pup’s belly.
Allergies and digestive issues are way too common amongst dogs which is why we promote a grain-free, healthy diet. Grains can cause issues with digestion, weight problems and often have little to no nutritional value for your dog. We recommend reading the ingredients before you buy and avoid corn, cereals, wheat, sugar and anything you don’t easily recognise as an ingredient. It’s important to understand how your furry friend reacts to different foods and what works for them, so you can put their gut health first. Combining good food (including good treats!) with exercise and love, you can feel like the best pet parent and they can feel the goodness from within.