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Super Food for Dogs – by Amber Kingsley

If you want to imply the excellence of an event or object, putting “super” in front of it usually works. The Super Bowl is far more important than a standard championship game. And most households will turn to Super Glue versus regular glue for those tough repair jobs.

The idea of eating superfoods follows along those same lines. Superfoods contain a greater collection of nutrients and vitamins than many other type of foods. When commercial dog food can contain unknown or potentially harmful chemicals or additives, making sure your dog receives the proper nutrients can be essential to its health. Best of all, some of the same superfoods can improve the health of both you and your dog, and can help with a recovering illnesses as strong as cancer.

Super Fruits and Vegetables

While you might not have considered feeding certain superfoods that you eat to your dog, some of these superfoods will give your dog additional energy and health benefits, just as these foods do for you. Many people wouldn’t consider feeding their dog fruit, for example, but there are a couple of fruits and vegetables that fit in the superfoods category that your dog may enjoy eating.

  • The antioxidants and fiber contained in blueberries can help to regulate your dog’s blood sugar, while providing benefits to the animal’s brain and heart functions. Blueberries are best given to your dog in moderation, as they can aid in digestion in small doses, but they can cause digestion problems if overdone.
  • One of the most nutrient-rich vegetables is broccoli, providing a large number of benefits for humans and canines alike. Your dog will receive improved eye, skin, and heart health with a regular incorporation of broccoli in its diet. A dog may like to chew on a raw broccoli stalk after you’ve cut off the broccoli head for use with your meal.
  • Carrots contain a variety of vitamins that can provide benefits for the dog’s internal organs, including the heart and eyes. And if you give your dog a large raw carrot to gnaw on, it can keep the dog’s teeth clean too. Some dogs will appreciate having cooked carrots added to their regular bowl of dog food.

Super Leafy Greens for Your Dog

If you’re more of a fan of leafy greens and eating salads, superfoods exist that will fit your desires here too. Your dog may especially enjoy a couple of leafy green superfoods.

  • Kale is receiving a lot of publicity among nutritionists for use in a human diet, but this leafy green is great for your dog too. Vitamin A, C, and K all are found in kale, as well as high levels of calcium and iron. Kale can be added to your dog’s diet in many ways, including baking it in treats or adding steamed kale to a bowl of dog food.
  • Spinach is a type of superfood that is believed to work to prevent cancer in dogs. It also provides benefits to the animal’s bones and heart. Vitamin K, iron, and fiber are available in high levels with spinach.

Making your own blend of Superfood to satisfy your dog’s taste buds may be difficult.  There are plenty of recipes available online that simplify the process of making your own dog’s food or dog treats, allowing you to add a variety of superfoods to recipes.

*By Amber Kingsley, pet writer.

Super Food for Dogs

Super Food for Dogs

beer and cheese a love story chicago summer event

Chicago Summer Events: Lagunitas Brewing + Great American Cheese Collection Tasting Event to Benefit SitStayRead Literacy Organization

Beer & Cheese: A Love Story is a curated beer & cheese tasting event featuring five Lagunitas ales and five extraordinary cheese selections from Great American Cheese Collection. Great American’s own cheesemaster Giles Schnierle will be on-site explaining how to make taste combinations that will work best for your palette…You won’t want to miss this!

As though eating cheese (Woof! Yes, please!) with perfectly paired brews wasn’t already the coolest-sounding way to spend a summer night, it gets even better. Proceeds for the event go to SitStayRead, a non-profit that pairs dogs with struggling readers in helping to develop important early literacy skills. To find out more about SitStayRead, visit their website or check out WGN TV’s recent firsthand coverage of the organization’s in-classroom initiatives.

OK, so here’s the plan:

  1. Tell your dog you have a rare evening work meeting as to avoid inciting cheese-eating envy
  2. Schedule an OUG! visit to keep his mind and four legs occupied while you’re away
  3. Come home talking about TPS reports and fax machines until you both fall asleep

No, wait, that’s not gonna work because your dog will somehow as though telepathically know you’ve eaten delicious cheese without him.

I notice you have cheese

New plan:

  1. Tell your dog all about the great cause you’re supporting
  2. Schedule an OUG! visit to keep his mind and four legs occupied while you’re away
  3. Eat some awesome cheese & drink tasty brews
  4. Come home and assure him he didn’t miss any fun, that the cheese was neither all that nor a bag of chips (although, come on, who are you kidding? It’s cheese we’re talking about here!)

Event Details:

Monday, June 30
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom
1843 S. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60608 [link to map]

Purchase tickets for Beer & Cheese: A Love Story here & share your enthusiasm for this fun Chicago summer event in the comments! Woof!