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Sweet Treat! Benefits of Blueberries for Your Pup
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There’s nothing better than a big bowl of fresh, sweet berries to enjoy as a summertime snack! For years, blueberries have been touted as a superfood and enjoyed for their juicy sweetness and their health benefits. But did you know that blueberries pack a lot of awesome nutritional benefits for your dog, too?

Here at Pawsitively Pure, blueberries are among our favorite treats for our boys. Stick them in the freezer for a cool, crunchy snack on a hot afternoon, or try them in our Blueberry and Oats natural dog treats! Blueberries are a wonderful addition to any dog’s diet as a treat because:

  • They help protect eyes. Older dogs in particular are susceptible to cataracts, especially if they’ve spent most of their time having fun in the sun. Studies have shown that blueberries help improve dogs’ nighttime vision as well as restoration of their visual acuity after exposure to glare. Keep your furry friend in good visual health for longer.

  • They’re anti-carcinogenic. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs. Blueberries are full of a number of different compounds that help to prevent a variety of types of cancer, including colon cancer. Studies have even shown that the phenolic compounds in blueberries can cause cell death in cancerous cells.

  • They’re great for the brain. Blueberries also contain a number of compounds that help support the brain’s function, especially later in life. They’re also great for puppies in that they provide nutrients shown to support spatial learning and memory, like Anthocyanin. Your old dog really can learn new tricks with the support of this tasty snack!

We love blueberries as a tasty and healthy addition to your dog’s diet. When you choose human-grade food for your dogs, you want to be sure you’re getting the freshest natural ingredients. Pawsitively Pure Dog Food features all natural, organic products, good enough for you AND your dog to eat (but please leave the snacking to the pups!). To view our available products, click here.

3 Ingredients to Give Your Pets Healthy Skin and Coat!
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Healthy Skin & Coat

for your furry friends

Your skin is your largest organ, and you feel your best when your skin is comfortable and cared for. Your dog feels just the same way! Having healthy skin and coat is so important to help your pup live a happy, active life. After all, your pooch can’t run around in the sun if they’re spending all their time scratching, or if they’re stuck indoors to avoid allergens.

Before you start investing in medicated creams and topical solutions, the best way to help your dog get the healthy coat they deserve is by providing them with a healthy diet. Here are 3 of the most important nutrients for your dog’s skin and coat health - all of which you can find in our locally made Orlando natural dog food:

  1. Fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are at the top of the list for your dog’s skin and coat health, just as they’re important supplements for human skin and hair. Usually associated with fish oil, your dog can get necessary omegas from flaxseed, canola, and menhaden oils to help keep their skin supple and their coat shiny.

  2. Vitamin A. Found in high levels in carrots and sweet potatoes, vitamin A helps keep your dog’s scalp free of itchy, uncomfortable flakes. Vitamin A is an overall nutritional powerhouse as it benefits your pup’s eyes and joints, as well! We love feeding Jackson chunks of carrot or sweet potato as a raw, tasty snack. It’s one of his favorite treats.

  3. Vitamin B. Vitamin B should stand for brightness! You can tell your dog isn’t getting enough B vitamins if their coat is dull and brittle. Believe it or not, brewer’s yeast is a great source of vitamin B for your pup, but the green veggies we use in our natural dog food formulas pack plenty of nutrition.

Providing your dog with healthy skin and coat is so much more than a cosmetic issue. Without a healthy coat, your dog is more susceptible to irritations, allergies, and even flea and tick infestations. A healthy coat is your dog’s first defense against the elements - and it’s a great way to tell your furbaby is happy. To learn more about the ingredients in our natural dog food, click here or send us an email.