Monday, December 21, 2009

Naturally occurring Vitamins!

Home-prepared meals offer many health benefits to your dog - we have discussed many of those benefits in previous newsletters.

But what about vitamins?
One point to remember if you are home-preparing meals is that the wholesome, fresh food contain many vitamins - all perfectly balanced and 'bio-available' (a fancy term meaning your dog can actually absorb the vitamins)

How do I know my dog is getting proper nutrition?
Here is an example:
Last night our girls ate some cooked oatmeal, pureed pumpkin and chicken. Lets take a quick look at what 'vitamins and minerals'  were in that meal.

Vit A                    1125 IU
Vit C                   .3 mg
Vit E                      5.3 mg
Vit K                     1.25 mcg
Thiamin                  .3 mg
Riboflavin               .4 mg
Niacin                    4.3 mg
B6                        .8 mg
Folate                  158 mcg
B12                      1.3 mcg
Pantothenic Acid     .2 mg
Calcium                   402 mg
Iron                          7.1 mg
Magnesium             36.5 mg
Phosphorus              134mg
Potassium                 138 mg
Zinc                          .9 mg
Copper                    .1 mg
Manganese               1.1 mg
Selenium                  9.5 mcg

The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.

Protein                  2 grams
Carbohydrate       12 grams
Dietary Fiber       3 grams
Calcium               37 mg
Iron                      1.4 mg
Magnesium          22 mg
Potassium             564 mg
Zinc                            1 mg
Selenium                 .50 mg
Vitamin C                   12 mg
Niacin                           1 mg
Folate                         21 mcg
Vitamin A                  2650 IU
Vitamin E                       3 mg

Vit A                           29.4 IU
Vit E                             .4 mg
Vit K                           .4 mcg
Thiamin                         .3 mg
Riboflavin                     .4 mg
Niacin                            19.3 mg
B6                                   .8 mg
Folate                           5.5 mcg
B12                               .5 mcg
Pantothenic Acid         1.2 mg
Calcium                         21mg
Iron                                 1.5 mg
Magnesium                 40.5 mg
Phosphorus                 319mg
Potassium                    358 mg
Zinc                                1.4 mg
Copper                            .1 m
Selenium                     38.6 mcg

WOW! - then we added our Green Power!, Bone meal (dogs do need a little extra calcium), and some flax oil
As you can see - the oatmeal and pumpkin are nutrtional 'super foods' -and the meal is chock full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.