If we had to be totally honest, we probably would all admit to being guilty of giving table scraps or a bite of our snack our faithful companion once in a while. But are all snacks bad for your pup? In this first of three articles about healthy foods for your dog, let’s talk about apples and honey!
Are Apples, Good for Your Pooch?
Did you ever hear your Grandma say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” If that saying is true for humans, is it also the case for dogs? You may be surprised to learn that this common, affordable and widely available fruit is as good for you as it is for your four-legged friend. Not only is the taste usually loved by pets, but apples also offer several health benefits.
Rich in Fibre
Fibre is not essential for your dog, but contributes to gastrointestinal health and helps regulate the metabolism.
A Good Source of Antioxidants
Great for your dog’s eyesight, immune system, coat, bones and more, antioxidants are true superheroes, working hard for your canine’s health.
Packed With Vitamins A and C
Vitamin C contributes to healthy bones, while vitamin A boosts the immune system, helps keep your pet’s coat healthy and soothes skin problems. Not bad, right?
Low in Fat
For dogs who need to watch their weight, apples are a perfect choice at snack time. Flavourful and healthy!
How to Serve Them?
Cut them in slices, as you would for a child’s snack, or mix apple puree in your dog’s food. Let’s bet they will soon become a favourite on the menu. Avoid feeding your pooch the core and seeds, as they can cause health problems in the long-run and present a choking hazard.
The Sweetness of Honey
Who can say no to the sweetness of raw honey? Certainly not your dog! In addition to its irresistible taste, when eaten with moderation, it is a superfood for your pet.
A helping Hand
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it can accelerate healing for various types of infections.
Sugar, that’s a well-known fact, helps with vitality. Honey is particularly useful for older dogs, who need a boost to keep their energy level up.
Because of its antibacterial properties, some veterinarians recommend honey to relieve temporary gastrointestinal pain. Ask your family “dogtor” to see if it’s a good solution for your pup.
Like the vast majority of the foods we eat, it’s best to consult a professional to know what is beneficial for your dog and what is not. Keep in mind that it’s not recommended to feed raw honey to human babies because of the possible traces of the Clostridium bacteria and the same rule applies to puppies.
Treats for Gourmet Dogs
Your faithful companion doesn’t show any interest in “human” food, or you would rather not give him that option? Don’t worry about it! Crocx offers healthy treats with the great taste of apples and honey, made with 100% natural ingredients. Let’s bet they’ll please even the pickiest eater!