Foods That Can Help Protect Your Dog from Parvo
We’re all aware that the best way to prevent dogs from contracting the Canine Parvovirus is through vaccination. However, when it comes to Parvo prevention, one can never be too safe. The Canine Parvovirus doesn’t mess around; it’s an incredibly dangerous virus that can take a dog’s life within 72 hours. That being said, additional protection is always a good idea.
Just like humans, dogs need to maintain a healthy diet to stay in tip-top shape. They’ll need to eat the right foods to get the nutrients they need to have a strong immune system and effectively fend off diseases like Parvo.
In this article, we’re going to guide you through five foods that you can incorporate into your dog’s daily meals to keep their immune system in pristine condition.
Phytoplankton are microscopic marine organisms. They’re the ocean’s primary food source and are considered superfoods because of their incredible antioxidant properties. Aside from that, phytoplankton is found to be one of the most nutrition-packed foods out there. In fact, they contain nearly every single nutrient that dogs need. Phytoplankton is specially designed to keep the entire ocean-going, after all.
Phytoplankton can supply your dog with the vitamins, trace minerals, carotenoids, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids (EHA and DHA), and of course, phytochemicals, which help reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, and even prevent the development of certain types of cancer.
You may have already guessed the main benefit of Salmon: omega-3 fatty acids. But out of all the fish in the sea, you may be wondering, why Salmon? Salmon are preferred since they have short lifespans, making them less likely to become contaminated with mercury.
Including small amounts of (cooked) salmon in your dog’s diet can help boost their immune system and keep their skin and coat healthy. The anti-inflammatory abilities of the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can even benefit dogs suffering from asthma and allergies.
If you’re an avid fan of yogurt, then you’re probably familiar with its probiotic benefits. Feeding your pooch small amounts of plain yogurt every now and then can help keep their digestive tract happy and healthy. Plus, it’s a good source of calcium.
However, always remember that you should only allow your dog to consume plain yogurt and only in small amounts. Stay away from yogurt that has natural or artificial sweeteners, and xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs.
Also, some dogs are lactose intolerant and unable to digest dairy properly. So, it’s best to check with your veterinarian first before adding yogurt, or any other food for that matter, to your dog’s daily meals.
Organic coconut oil
Well, organic coconut oil isn’t exactly food, but it has plenty of health benefits! Known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, organic coconut oil is widely used to treat all sorts of infections. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids or MCTs, that aid in overall weight management, immune system support, and energy production in the body.
Like with any other food, before you add coconut oil to your dog’s diet, make sure to ask for professional advice from your veterinarian. They’ll let you know if it’s okay for your dog to consume organic coconut oil and they can teach you how you should give it to them.
When choosing your brand of coconut oil, pick one that’s free from artificial ingredients, and is 100% unrefined or organic.
Did you know that bone broth contains a hefty amount of the joint-repairing nutrients known as glucosamine and chondroitin? Glucosamine and chondroitin are compounds that help reduce inflammation and aid in cartilage regeneration.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements specially formulated for dogs are also in pet-supply stores and vet clinics, but they can be costly and difficult to administer at home. Besides, home-cooked meals are better, and we’re sure your furry friend will appreciate you taking the time to personally prepare food for them.