Superfood: Flaxseed

Even though your dog may be eating high quality pet food, they may not be getting all the necessary nutrition they need. Fortunately, as I have mentioned numerous times, you can still supplement their diet. One terrific addition to your pup’s diet is flaxseed/flaxseed oil. Flaxseed is one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet, which is why many refer to it as a superfood. 

Flaxseeds are derived from the flax plant; they are small, nutty-flavored seeds that offer a lot of health benefits for dogs. Flaxseed oil is made from ground and pressed flax seeds, shares similar health properties. Both come loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are both good fats.  

If you decide to add flaxseed/flaxseed oil to your pup’s diet, avoid using whole flaxseed. While it won’t hurt them, it’s likely to pass right through undigested. Ground Flaxseed or flaxseed oil are the best options for adding to your pup’s diet.

Why is flaxseed important for your pup? 

  • omega 3 and 6 fatty acids keep your dog’s skin, coat, and heart healthy
  • soluble fiber aids in digestion and eliminates oxidized cholesterol 
  • anti-inflammatory alpha-linoleic acid supports joint health
  • anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseed can help ease symptoms of arthritis
  • flaxseed can lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat in dogs
  • antioxidant lignans support the immune system  
  • lignans can improve cardiovascular health and may help fight cancer 

Adding a little bit of flaxseed to your pup’s daily diet or in treats provides a world of health benefits! 

Flaxseed is considered a natural remedy safe for treating a variety of ailments and afflictions in dogs. It contains a great many nutrients and minerals that benefit complete dog health inside and out. Your Veterinarian can advise you on the proper dosage and frequency, based on your dog’s breed, size, age and health condition. 

Stay tuned right here on Paws Give Me Purpose, where I will be sharing an easy meal recipe that you can make with flaxseed/flaxseed oil that your dog will love! 

Sources and further reading:  

http://m.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/healthy-foods-checklist-flaxseed-dogs 

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/flax-seed-oil 

https://www.vetinfo.com/flax-seed-oil-dogs.html