Chia Seed Pet Food

February 20 2012

 

We all love our pets and are constantly searching for ways to improve their health. We want them to be a part of our families for years to come! Just like you take the time to buy, prepare, and eat healthy food yourself, so should you for your pet.  

Homemade dog food is especially easy, economical, and extremely healthy for your dog. However, we are all busy and on a time crunch. If you simply don’t have the time or the resources to do this, you can give your dog (or cat) a healthy boost by adding chia seeds to pet food

Yes, that’s right. The same chia you are eating is also great for your pet. Chia’s protein, calcium and healthy omega’s are just as good for Fido and Fluffy as they are for you! 

Benefits 

Chia seeds have no discernible taste or flavor, so they can be added to your pet’s food with out interfering with the flavors they already love so much. It can help pets that need to gain weight by adding nutrient packed calories without the extra fillers. 

Chia can help pets with dry skin and itching problems, help boost the shine in their coat, and even help with their eye-sight. Chia in gel form is a great pet food supplement if you are noticing your pet has an upset stomach or is experiencing digestive issues. The chia gel will coat the lining of the stomach and intestines, helping to ease discomfort. 

As with any supplementation, it is best to consult with your pet’s veterinarian before starting anything new. Once you’ve received the go ahead, begin adding 1/2 tsp. for every 5 pounds your pet weighs. 

If you sprinkle plain seeds on the food, consider adding a little wet food and make sure they have plenty of water to drink. Ideally, you can incorporate the chia gel into their regular dry food. Your pet will thank you later!

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