Have you noticed a decrease in activity in your dog with winter? Perhaps he looks morose; it is less dynamic; and he doesn’t go bathing with so much enthusiasm anymore.
In winter, our dogs’ immune system is put to the test. It’s cold ; humid ; viruses proliferate.
I had the opportunity to see a video made by Rodney Habib, a committed dog owner, who created the English site “Planet Paws”1. In this video, he reveals 3 virtuous vegetables. These 3 vegetables will help your dog stay healthy this winter – and throughout his life!
Broccoli, the quintessential anti-cancer vegetable
Broccoli contains nutrients extremely effective in the fight against cancer. Namely: sulforaphane; Indole-3; and kaempferol.
A study published in 2016 proves that these components kill cancer cells in dogs – but also in humans, so don’t hesitate to share a bowl!
- It improves digestion thanks to the fiber and the amount of minerals it contains, broccoli favors the digestion of the animal, provided that it is ingested in adequate quantity. However, this correctly dosed vegetable can prevent and treat constipation in dogs.
- It fights anemia thanks to the folic acid and iron contained in broccoli, this food helps fight and prevent anemia. However, this product should never be the only solution for anemic dogs, as it is necessary to follow the guidelines established by the veterinarian in order to properly treat anemia in dogs.
- It is effective in the fight against diabetes! Diabetic dogs can consume broccoli without any problem and, moreover, see the consequences that this disease can develop in them reduced. Thanks to the antioxidant properties of this food, the benefits it provides to the cardiovascular and immune systems can prevent possible damage to blood vessels, which minimizes the risk of suffering from problems related to the heart or the brain, for example. Of course, this is not an exact science and simply including broccoli in a dog’s diet cannot guarantee that such damage will never occur, but adding to diet and exercise appropriate, the risk of diabetes is reduced.
Kale, antioxidant and detoxifier
Le chou Kale is filled with a product called isothiocyanates. In addition to being anti-inflammatories and antioxidantsthey eliminate toxins from the body.
Kale is also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin K, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
What are the differences between kale and broccoli?
In general, both vegetables have the same health benefits. As you may have noticed if you have looked at the nutritional composition of both foods, Kale has fewer minerals and vitamins than broccoli, which is also reflected in the properties and health benefits impact. the dog’s body. So if you’re in doubt between offering broccoli or kale to your dog, we recommend choosing the former. However, if the question is whether you can feed both foods equally, the answer is yes. In fact, the ideal is to alternate them so as not to always give the dog the same food.
Brussels sprouts, a crutch of the immune system
Brussels sprouts are rich in glucosinolates, a molecule that activates enzymes fighting disease. They also contain beta carotene, vitamins B6 and B9, as well as antioxidants.
Above all, Brussels sprouts are rich in chlorophyll. chlorophyll blocks the effects of toxins present in food.
Don’t be tempted to cook these cruciferous vegetables. A study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” shows that just 9 minutes of cooking causes up to 60% of the phytochemicals present in cabbage to be lost.
Just chop or grind the vegetables just before adding them to your dog’s food. If you like, you can also steam them.
Question quantity, go gradually. Start by adding a teaspoon per meal, to observe how your dog reacts to this new vegetable. Then gradually increase. The vegetables should not exceed a third of the bowl.
How to give Kale or broccoli to your dog?
Before starting a homemade diet for dogs, it’s important to keep in mind that their digestive systems are different from ours and therefore they don’t metabolize food in the same way. Foods that are good for humans can be harmful to dogs when the proportion is not respected, such is the case with the broccoli and kale mentioned in this article. Dogs can eat broccoli and cauliflower, but be careful too much can lead to gastric problems typical of poisoning by certain substances that make up these foods.