Three meals that may enhance your canine’s psychological well being

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It goes without saying that we want to feed our dogs the right foods to make sure they are fit and strong. But it’s not just physical benefits our pups will gain from the correct meals, their mental health can improve too.

Rowan Sanderson, the Chief Nutrition Officer at pet wellness brand, Bella & Duke, reveals three foods that can help support your dog’s mental wellbeing. With the understanding that the food we are feeding our pets every day plays a hugely important role in their mental wellbeing, Rowan explores the nutrients found within these foods and why they can help.

1. Bone broth

A key part of your dog’s mental wellbeing is about looking after their gut – essentially good gut health leads to good mental health. You may have heard of leaky gut in humans? Well, it exists in dogs too and sadly a leaky gut can lead to a whole host of health issues for our four-legged friends. Bone broth is something that can help prevent and heal leaky gut as well as lower inflammation leading to a happier and healthier dog. This can even help protect their brains because it will help lower inflammation there too, if necessary.

Bone broth has quickly emerged as a highly recommended route in the pet world in accessing those important nutrients that contribute to our pet’s mental wellbeing, which explains why it’s becoming a more common and popular choice amongst pet owners today.

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With lots of different choices available, I tend to recommend grass fed beef is the best option unless your dog has a beef sensitivity. I’d also recommend experimenting with chicken, lamb or a novel protein such as venison, of course ensuring you’ve found a high-quality source to purchase from. I’m sure you’ll find a flavour that your dog really enjoys.

Bone broth is loaded with many of the same nutrients as a marrow bone, including glucosamine, chondroitin, amino acid, hyaluronic acid and gelatin. The glucosamine is from a family of miracle molecules called glycosaminoglycans which contribute to improved joints, improved immune health and correct brain function. The gelatin is what helps seal and heal leaky gut in combination with those other incredible components already mentioned.

2. Blueberries

You may be surprised to hear that blueberries are another great food for your dog’s mental health.

Blueberries are loaded with benefits, some of which are only just coming to light in recent research. Firstly, they are loaded with those all-important free radical scavenging antioxidants – but it is the polyphenols found in them however that bring a unique take on pet health.

Polyphenols selectively grow beneficial gut bacteria, especially bifido bacteria, which protect your dog from unwanted nasties entering their bloodstream. They can also play a role in leading to lower levels of inflammation in the gut and emerging research leads us to believe that polyphenols can be linked to stimulating new cell growth, even in the brain! The anthocyanins that are rich in blueberries are associated with improved eyesight.

Remember! Your dog is a carnivore and will struggle to digest excess fruit sugars due to poor insulin control, so it is important to note to always keep any fruit within 5% of their total calorie requirement.

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3. Marrow bone

Not only great for your canine companion’s dental health, a big juicy, meaty marrow bone is ideal for their mental wellbeing too. Key nutrients for your dog that are likely to improve their mental and physical wellbeing are glucosamine, glycine, and collagen – which can all be found in marrow bone. These prized nutrients – and the very practice of extracting them – will bring your dog a stress-busting reprieve from modern living.

My dog, Kismet, smiles when she sees one proffered – and joyfully spins around in circles before sitting down to an afternoon gnaw. It is encoded in your dog’s DNA to find these nutrient-rich, natural treats satisfying and relaxing. Exhibiting natural behaviour is one of the five freedoms of animals as natural behaviour is a cornerstone to mental wellbeing and happiness.

Calcium, phosphorous are in abundance in any bones you feed, but it’s also the collagen, glycine and glucosamine in marrow bones that can really help their mental health. All these elements in marrow bone work wonders in sealing and healing leaky gut therefore improving both your dog’s mental and physical wellbeing.

As a note of caution, always be sure to supervise your dog with a bone and ensure it is size appropriate for your dog. Importantly, please remember that bones should never be fed cooked as they can become brittle and break off into hard sharp shards.

It is incredibly important to make sure you are sourcing high quality food for your dog or cat to ensure you are strengthening their health and wellbeing as much as possible. If you are struggling to find these foods or are just after some of the latest research and information in pet health science, check out the Bella & Duke website to find out more.

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KONG - Tires - Durable Rubber Chew Toy and Treat Dispenser for Power Chewers - For Medium/Large Dogs

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KONG – Tires – Durable Rubber Chew Toy and Treat Dispenser for Power Chewers – For Medium/Large Dogs

KONG
amazon.co.uk

£16.30

This tyre-shaped chew toy has been made from durable rubber, so it’s perfect for determined chewers. It also gives owners the chance to fill the inside with tasty treats, too. Available in two sizes for you to choose the best for your breed. 

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Nylabone Power Chew Textured Dog Chew Ring Toy Flavor Medley Flavor X-Large/Souper – 50+ lbs.

Nylabone
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US$10.49

US$5.99 (43% off)

Made from durable nylon, this long-lasting chew toy challenges the most aggressive chewers. Your pup is certain to love the tasty flavour, too. 

Dragon with Chew Guard Technology

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Dragon with Chew Guard Technology

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As well as being cosy to cuddle, this sweet dragon toy features chew guard technology with a durable layer.

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Built for durability, this bright red dog toy will offer your four-legged friend mental and physical stimulation. And at just £8.50, it’s a real steal buy. 

Wild Knots Bear

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Wild Knots Bear

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£12.89

Soft yet durable, this cute grey bear has minimal stuffing and an internal knotted rope skeleton. 

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Planet Ball Blue

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Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Planet Ball Blue

Planet Dog
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£13.85

One of the toughest dog balls on the market, this sweet ‘planet’ design has been made with award-winning Orbee Tuff material. Certain to provide hours of fun… 

West Paw Design Zogoflex Jive Dog Toy

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West Paw Design Zogoflex Jive Dog Toy

Zogoflex
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Does your pup love to play fetch? Well, this dog toy is one of the most durable styles around — and will aim to stand the test of time, no matter how much it is used. 

Ruffwear Dog Toy with Rope Handle

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Ruffwear Dog Toy with Rope Handle

RUFFWEAR
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£21.95

Ideal for dogs who love to swim, this floating fabric toy has a handle and is designed with abrasion-resistant materials for increased durability. Make sure not to forget it on your next beach trip. 

JW Pet Company Megalast Ball Dog Toy, Large

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JW Pet Company Megalast Ball Dog Toy, Large

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US$11.39

Want to treat your pup to a long-lasting toy? This floating ball has been constructed from thermo plastic rubber and is also infused with vanilla extract. 

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Squeak

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Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Squeak

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£14.86

This is no ordinary ball: made with aggressive chewers in mind, it’s perfect for pups who need something firm to hold onto. It is 100% non-toxic, has a fun squeak sound and is infused with a natural mint oil. 

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Pet-Fun Medium Mango – Safe Fun Durable Rubber Dog Chew Toy for Boredom, Virtually Indestructible Treat Dispenser, Long-Lasting Slow Feeder, Tough Strong Teething Toy for Medium/Small Dogs

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This durable rubber mango toy — which can be filled with dog treats — is sure to provide hours of chewing fun. Perfect for small and medium dog breeds. 

Ruffer and Tuffer Tug Of War Rope and Chew Dog Toy

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Ruffer and Tuffer Tug Of War Rope and Chew Dog Toy

Keep your dog entertained for hours with this colourful chew toy on a durable rope. The makers explain: “Ruffer and Tuffer is specially designed to be stronger than the average, with a unique construction that delivers added durability with superior strength.”

Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers

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Thanks to the built-in rope, owners can throw this ball further for their pups to chase. It is used by the K-9 police as well as the Military Working Dog Teams, so it’s both tough and durable. Brilliant if you want to train and motivate your dog. 

Go Quackers Duck Dog Toy

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Go Quackers Duck Dog Toy

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Perfect for fetch and interaction with your dog, this ball has been made with extra-tough rubber to stand the test of time. Thanks to its soft and unique surface, the ball will also keep your dog’s gums healthy. 

Kong Airdog® Squeaker Football Dog Toy

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This strong wheel dog toy is perfect for aggressive pulling and tugging. The specially developed soft rubber design helps to clean their teeth and massage their gums, while its engaging shape will provide hours of fun. 

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Kong Airdog® Squeaker Donut Dog Toy

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Nylabone Dura Chew Plus, Chicken, Medium

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This chew toy encourages healthy, non-destructive chewing habits with dogs. 

Nylabone Gentle Puppy Dog Teething Bone

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KONG Jump n Jack Dog Toy

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KONG Jump n Jack Dog Toy

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Looking for a durable rubber frisbee? Well, look no further, as this red style from KONG is perfect for keeping your four-legged friends fit and healthy. 

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