Small in size but large in benefits, chia seeds are found in a great number of recipes for humans. However, should they be incorporated in recipes for dogs as well? Can dogs eat chia seeds?
Can dogs eat chia seeds?
Good news: yes, they can safely eat them! Chia seeds have nutrient-dense properties. They’re an excellent source of vitamins, especially B, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, and minerals.
But, as always, there are some things you need to keep in mind before offering them.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
Here are some of the potential health benefits of chia seeds for our pups:
– Undeniable big source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid. They’re great for the skin, keep the dog’s coat shiny, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, help the brain function… And we could keep counting a lot more benefits.
However, this acid isn’t the most effective way for your dog to get omega-3s. This means that you should not rely on these seeds as the only omega-3 source for your dog, because they probably won’t get enough. Omega-3 from animal sources needs to be included on their diet, as well!
-High fiber content
Chia seeds are a big source of soluble fiber. This fiber is good for controlling pathogenic bacteria, filling the stomach (which makes them feel full), stabilizing blood sugar levels, and keeping the digestive system working as it should.
-Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are great to manage free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. They help slow oxidative stress and keep your furry friend healthy.
-Full of nutrients in general
These super-seeds contain more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. So, chia seeds are a great way to add extra nutrition value to your dog’s meal.
What should I be aware of when offering chia seeds to my dog?
In general, dogs can safely enjoy chia seeds in moderation. However, some dogs may not digest chia seeds properly, so you need to monitor your dog’s feces. If the seeds are not digested, no benefits are taken in.
The dose to offer should be no more than ¼ of a teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day.
The seeds can be sprinkled on food, or can be soaked in water (for 30 minutes more or less) and given as a snack or food topping.
Remember to gradually introduce the seeds and to monitor your pup afterwards, for undigested seeds or any other adverse side effects.
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