KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE WHEN FEEDING CHIA SEEDS
1. Soak the seeds
Chia seeds can absorb 9-10 times their weight and not only does this help with any possible blockage or choking hazards, but it also makes the seeds a lot easier to digest and increases nutrient absorption. Like all seeds, chia seeds contain digestive inhibitors, and phytic acid (which binds to some minerals like zinc & iron in the body which in turn prevents uptake) but soaking them helps remove this barrier.
2. Observe your dog
The first couple of times you give your dog chia seeds make sure you pay close attention to them. Watch for any signs of gagging, allergic reaction, or gastrointestinal upset. You may need to decrease the number of seeds you give them or discontinue use at all
3. Consult your veterinarian
Always consult your veterinarian prior to giving your pet chia seeds, this way they can recommend a starting amount to give with meals.
4. Keep water close by
Always have a fresh bowl of water available for your pup when you give them chia seeds with their meals
5. Choose organic
Choose organic chia seeds
6. Check your dog’s food
Make sure your dog isn’t already getting chia seeds in their diets since many popular brands are now including them in their formulations because as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing! If your dog is eating too much chia, they could have issues like hypoglycemia, stomach aches, and diarrhea.