I Have Flaxseeds in My Cereal, Can I Add It To My Dog’s Breakfast Too?
November 27 2021
Of course you can! The seeds of the flax, commonly known as flaxseeds or linseeds, are considered an excellent source of food, natural fibers, and oils. They are small, shiny, brown, nutty-flavored, and when added to your dog’s diet, offer many health benefits, among which we can count their fibrous content which is excellent for the dog’s health and their nutritional value which provides energy and keeps our best friend’s immune system strong.
Preferably, they can be added grounded to your dog’s diet, however, if oil is preferred, capsules are actually recommended as the oil quickly becomes rancid after opening a container.
Flaxseeds also contain lignans, low molecular weight polyphenols found in plants, particularly seeds, whole grains, and vegetables, which are believed to improve cardiovascular health and fight cancer. Flaxseeds are also good to lower blood pressure and improve your dog’s kidney function. In addition, flaxseeds has a high content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (the good ones!).
Omega-3, also known as alpha-linolenic acid will not only help with your dog’s general health, but it also helps with new cell production and their function. And, if all the above were not enough, these wonderful seeds help maintain your dog’s healthy skin and fur.
In conclusion, flaxseeds will be good for your dog for the following reasons:
- A healthy coat
- A healthy immune system
- Healthy kidneys
- Healthy blood pressure
- Healthy digestion – no constipation
Below is the general recommended dose for your dog, however, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is getting the right amount.
- Small dog: 1 teaspoon a day
- Medium dog: 2 teaspoons a day
- Big dog: 3 teaspoons a day
As with anything else, consult with your veterinarian before feeding flax seed to your dog if he is taking medication.
Avoid whole flax plants, raw or unprocessed flaxseeds or meal as these could be toxic for your dog.
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