Spinach: leafy greens for your dog
There are plenty of reasons spinach has such a healthy reputation. It’s one of the greatest greens that’s packed with nutrients. Added to your pup’s Lyka meal, spinach provides heaps of benefits.
Why is spinach a superfood?
- It contains folic acid, a B vitamin that’s needed for your pup to grow and develop –they need it for energy too. In fact, folic acid plays a part in pretty much every process in your pup’s body – right down to DNA synthesis and red blood cell production.
- Spinach is high in antioxidants including the immunity boosting antioxidant lutein. We love antioxidants for the same reasons we love it for our puppers – they help to defend cells from damage caused by harmful molecules known as free radicals, they help reduce the effects of brain ageing and boost cell metabolism too!
- The Vitamin A in spinach is essential for helping maintain healthy vision – as well as playing a role in immune function, cell function. It’s also involved in foetal development and normal puppy development during lactation.
- Magnesium is a key nutrient found in spinach. Magnesium plays a role in energy production at a cellular level – so every time your pupper moves a muscle, their heart takes a beat, or a nerve sends a signal, magnesium is involved in the transfer of energy.
- Potassium – spinach is loaded with it! It’s that tiny mineral that’s essential for your pup’s body to function properly, whether it’s helping regulate fluid balance, activating nerve impulses, or regulating heart and muscle contractions. They can’t survive without it!
Oxalic acid? We’ve got it covered!
Some people worry about oxalic acid in their spinach because it can reduce the absorption of minerals such as calcium. To avoid this, we chop and steam our spinach to neutralise the oxalic acid – and we also add ingredients like bone meal which are known to decrease oxalic acid absorption.
Why we have our own in-house vet
Practicing vet Dr Matthew Muir designs all of our recipes for your puppers – making sure that ingredients like spinach and kale are added in safe amounts and follow AAFCO and FEDIAF guidelines.
However, if your dog has had oxalate crystals form in their urinary tract, please discuss the use of a prescription diet or diet plan with your vet or board-certified nutritionist.
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