Kale: Good, bad, or incredible for your dog? Our veterinary nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg pledges the latter. Kale is a superfood for both you and your dog, which is why Dr. Shmalberg decided to include it in our healthy Porkalicious Potluck recipe.
Kale is a powerful superfood, known for it’s impressive balance of maximum nutrition for minimal calories. Plus, its crunch adds a nice, fresh texture to high-protein meals. Let’s count the ways it keep your dog on top as one of the healthiest pups around:
1. Kale has been proven to reduce cancer risk, and prevent heart disease. Phytonutrients available in cruciferous vegetables like kale help boost your dogs immunity, and provide antioxidants that disarm free radicals before they can damage DNA and cell membranes. This alone can prevent cancer in your dog. The same phytonutrients are also responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and eyes.
2. Kale is a great source of fiber that helps your dog get the most from their food. As fiber slows digestion, the body is able to absorb more vital nutrients from every meal.
3. Kale is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A takes on many jobs; it promotes eye health, immune function, and bone development. Vitamin C keeps your dogs skin healthy, a huge plus for dogs prone to allergies. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that prevents against oxidative damage to cells within the body.
4. Kale provides an important dose of calcium. Calcium is crucial for your dog, as it builds strong bones, and helps your dogs blood clot and muscles contract.
An ingredient that packs a punch like that? We think every dog deserves it.
Want to add kale to your dog’s diet? Select Porkalicious Potluck in your dog’s NomNomNow profile. Please keep in mind that kale is not recommended for dogs with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease.