Many pet owners wonder if they can give their dog flax seed and the answer is yes! You can give your dog flaxseeds.
Adding flaxseeds to your dog’s meals can prove to be extremely beneficial for them.
In addition to making your dog’s coat shine like the morning sun, flaxseed has been touted to provide many health benefits when added to your dog’s regular diet.
One of the main reasons for the noted health benefits are essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 that are naturally found in the seed. I’m sure you have heard about the boost to our own health when discussing essential fatty acids, many of which apply to our furry friends as well.
Flax seed and flax oil provide energy, dietary fiber for regular bowel movements, protein, manganese, and lignin’s (antioxidants). In addition, the omega-3 essential fatty acids contribute to immune function, normal reproduction, growth, cell membrane structure, and cell function.
Due to the lignans found in flax seed, dogs dealing with inflammatory health conditions or allergies may experience some improvements with continued feeding. They can assist with symptoms of arthritis, improve kidney function, and lower blood pressure.
Lignans have also been shown to improve cardiovascular health and may help fight cancer. Because of these lignans, if your dog suffers from an inflammatory condition such as IBS or pancreatitis adding regular flaxseed to your dogs diet should prove to be extremely beneficial!
Flaxseed is adaptable, which means it is able to support a dog suffering constipation and a dog suffering loose stools. It should assist with bringing some normalcy to your pets bowel moments and the oils in flaxseed help with digestion by lubricating the gastrointestinal tract and making it easier for food to pass through the digestive system.
Another benefit to adding flaxseed to your dog’s food is that it is not a grain nor does it contain gluten. So, if you are keeping your pup gluten and grain-free, flaxseed does not interfere with their regular diet.
Also, if you don’t want to add the flax yourself, there are plenty of shelf dog food that has the seed already mixed in. If you are going to add flax to your dogs diet, here are six things to keep in mind prior to doing so.
What benefits have you noticed in your dog since adding flax to their diet?
I’m glad that you enjoyed this article! It is for informational purposes only , please see a vet prior to taking any information from this article and applying it to your pet. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if they show any signs or symptoms of illness.
- flax council of Canada