I posted about all the amazing benefits of including whole grains in your dog’s diet a couple of weeks ago on Instagram. In this article I just want to elaborate a bit further on the topic. So let me introduce you to whole grains beneficial for your dog. There are numerous health problems for dogs that could be prevented by a healthy diet. Some of these health problems are risk of obesity, kidney disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and some types cancers. One important element to keeping your pooch fit is to introduce whole grains to their diet. Whole grains are are a rich source of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.
If you are new to the topic of homemade food then your best bet would be to start with rice and oats/oatmeal.
Oats are a tasty choice to include in your dog’s diet. When eaten plain they are low in calories, at around 100 – 130 calories a cup cooked. They can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, can prevent artery clogging, and helps to boost a dog’s immune system. They have high levels of fiber, are low in fat, high in grain protein, and oatmeal is a naturally gluten-free food!
High in fiber and a great source of manganese, brown rice also offers a source for magnesium and selenium. Brown rice is rich in antioxidants, promotes weight loss, and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Since your dog may not take to brown rice right away, you may want to try introducing them to a small amount of long grain white rice mixed into their food first. Though lacking in the nutrition and taste department, the texture of white rice may be more appealing to start. Rice is generally inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere.
It has traditionally been used for making beer and whiskey but also has a history of showing up in breads. It was once the main bread grain in Europe. Barley comes “hulled” – meaning its outer hull has been removed. Of all whole grains, barley has the lowest rating on the glycemic index. Therefore, it provides perhaps the longest burning energy of any grain. Barley is also especially high in fiber, protein, and antiaging antioxidants. It is probably the one of the best grains beneficial for your dog.
Quinoa is actually an amino acid-packed protein seed. It is considered a complete protein, because it contains all nine essential amino acids, including lysine, vital to tissue growth and repair. Quinoa also contains vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, potassium, riboflavin, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, folic acid and vitamin E. It is a perfect substitute for regular whole grains and is gluten free.
I hope this has helped to clear up a few myths about feeding your dog ‘people food’. Remember to always check with your vet to avoid allergic reactions. And make sure to provide your pup a balanced diet designed for their age, size and health condition.
And lastly I would love to hear your feedback so if you have any comments or questions make sure to leave them below. Also if you would like to extend our article with further grains beneficial for your dog, pink us. And if we managed to convince you to prepare your dog a meal, here is a great homemade dog food recipe.