As a dog parent, you want nothing but the best for your furry friend. You might be wondering if peas are a good option to add to your dog's diet. The answer is yes! Peas are not only safe for dogs to eat, but they offer a variety of health benefits as well. This blog article will take a closer look at why peas are good for dogs and how to incorporate them into your dog's diet.
What Are the Health Benefits of Peas for Dogs?
Peas are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also low in calories and fat. Here are some of the specific health benefits that peas can provide for dogs:
- Improved Digestion
Dogs who eat peas can benefit from improved digestion thanks to the high fiber content in peas. Fiber helps to move food through the digestive system and can also help to reduce constipation and diarrhea.
- Healthy Weight Management
The high fiber content in peas can also help dogs to feel fuller longer which can be beneficial for dogs who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. In addition, since peas are low in calories, they make an excellent treat option for dogs who are watching their waistlines.
- Reduced Inflammation
The antioxidants found in peas can help to reduce inflammation throughout the body. This is beneficial for overall health but can also be helpful for dogs who suffer from conditions like arthritis or other joint problems.
Peas have a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc, potassium, magnesium, carbohydrates, manganese, and other antioxidants that will help your pup continue to thrive. Peas can also help your pooch's immune system and assist in kidney issues. Fresh peas are easy to add to your dog’s meals, you can also use frozen peas but ensure they are cooked first because bacteria may be present.
What types of Peas can your Dog Eat?
There are a few different peas that your pup can enjoy, snow peas, sugar snap peas, garden peas and english peas. Peas are easy to add into your pup’s food or give as an occasional treat. Always ensure you are washing your peas before you serve them. To avoid peas being a choking hazard ensure you are giving them pieces that aren’t too small or big, and always supervise them when they are eating. Peas are the perfect low-calorie snack or treat that provides your pooch with great nutritional value.
How to Incorporate Peas Into Your Dog's Diet
When adding human foods or new foods into your pup’s diet it is important to keep track of how they react to them. There are many ways to add peas to your pup’s diet.
One easy way to incorporate peas into your dog's diet is by using Dog Child’s Grain Free Meal Mix which has peas in it. Or try out our Chicken Pot Pup Pie recipes which uses frozen peas and is complete and balanced. Another way is to mix into their kibble at mealtime. You can also mix cooked peas with yogurt some as a healthy treat option. If you're looking for a creative way to serve peas to your dog, try freezing them into Kongs or other puzzle toys as a fun summertime activity. You can also serve them mushed on a lick mat with other veggies or fruits your pup loves as a dog treat. No matter how you choose to serve them, your dog is sure to love the taste of these nutritious little green veggies! If you have a pup that’s a picky eater and doesn’t like eating veggies try our Mixed Veggie Meal Mix, this is a top seller of ours and picky eaters love this mix the most! Our Grain Free Meal Mix has peas within the mix, high-fiber legumes, and a blend of probiotics and prebiotics. Our Meal Mixes support digestive and gut health.
Dog Child Recipes and Meal Mixes
At Dog Child, we have created a Meal Mix that you can add to any protein your pup likes with oil and water and it contains all the essential nutrients that your pup needs to thrive. We have created many recipes on our blog that can inspire you to cook for your dog creatively. Our Grain Free Meal Mix includes green peas that help make fresh dog food a great alternative to commercial dog food. The Grain Free meal mix has high-fiber legumes and has a blend of probiotics and prebiotics. Our Meal Mixes support digestive and gut health.
We have tons of recipes listed on our website under the recipes tab. One of these recipes includes our Doggy Shepherd’s Pie.. Our Doggy Shepherd’s Pie is super easy to make and is a great dog food substitute to give your pup a break from pre-packaged or dehydrated dog food. In order to make the Doggy Shepherd’s Pie you need, 1.0 lbs Ground Beef, 2 Potatoes, 3/4 cups Green Peas (fresh or frozen), 3 Carrots (add the carrot tops to reduce food waste), 3/4 Cup Dog Child, Essential Nutrient Mix, 2/3 Cup Corn Kernel (fresh, frozen, or canned), ½ tbsp Safflower Oil and 1 cup water for 2.5lbs of food. To make Shepherd's Pie you need to boil some peeled and chopped potatoes until they are soft. Drain the potatoes, mash them until smooth and put them aside until later. Next In a pan add your ground beef, Stir, and cook the meat until it has browned, add water, green peas, chopped carrots, and fresh or frozen corn kernels. Simmer the meat filling until it is thick. Once the meat filling is thick enough, turn off the heat and stir in the Dog Child Essential Nutrient Mix, olive oil and mashed potatoes. Finally, Pour the meat mixture into a casserole dish. And place it in the fridge. Once it has firmed you can slice it up into meal-sized portions. This Shepherd’s Pie will have your pup begging for more and it gives you the ease of mind to know that they are getting everything that they need in a meal to thrive. Our recipe page on our website is full of other recipes that you can make for your pup so feel free to mix up their meals just like how we mix up our meals every day! Dog Child has three different Meal Mix flavours, Mixed Veggies, Oats and Berry, Grain Free and the newly launched Nutrient Mix! We can ensure you that your pup will never be bored of mealtime again and they will be getting all the nutrients that they need to thrive.
Adding peas to your dog's diet is a great way to improve their overall health and well-being. Peas are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can provide numerous health benefits for dogs including improved digestion, reduced inflammation, and healthy weight management. Incorporating peas into your dog's diet is easy and can be done in a variety of ways depending on your preferences. So go ahead and add some peas into your pup's next meal - they'll love you for it!