Nuts are high in fat so at GPFK we use very sparingly and always ground finely. Don’t feed whole nuts as dogs don’t chew well and could potentially get a nut lodged in its airway or gastrointestinal tract.
WARNING: NEVER feed nuts to dogs who suffer pancreatitis. A small number of dogs may also have allergies to certain nuts so feed in very small amounts with caution.
Almonds although not toxic to dogs, almonds are relatively high in fat so only the tiniest amounts (one or two almonds once or twice a week) and always grind to a fine powder so the goodness is more bio-available to your dog. Almonds are a good source of Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and fibre. Make sure the almonds are salt free as too much salt in your dogs diet may affect their hydration levels.
Brazil nuts contain selenium, an essential trace element for both humans and dogs, which is necessary for the proper functioning of cells, the immune system and the thyroid gland. Selenium, also found in broccoli, is believed to have naturally occurring anti-carcinogenic properties. The synthetic versions of selenium (sodium selenite and sodium selenate) used in most commercial dog foods today are not beneficial to dogs the way the natural, organic forms of selenium are and in some areas of science, inorganic (synthetic) forms of selenium are even considered toxic. Furthermore, the natural version can be stored in the body, whereas the synthetic version can’t be. Always grind the Brazil nuts before feeding to your dog and for a 20kg dog about 1 teaspoon (or one Brazil nut) once or twice per week should be adequate.
Brazil nuts can be toxic if overused.
Cashews like almonds, should be used in tiny amounts because of their high fat content and ground finely is best. They contain Calcium, Iron, B group vitamins, Vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
Chia seeds high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 to help maintain a shiny coat and clear skin. High in protein and calcium and many health giving vitamins they can help improve your dog’s energy and vitality. A great source of fibre. Chia seeds can be ground before using or let them be in the moisture of your dogs meals for 10 minutes before serving and they will swell with a jelly like coating around them that makes digestion easier for dogs.
Linseed/Flaxseed contains Omega 3’s, good for skin and coat. Always feed freshly ground linseed/flaxseed as it can go rancid quite quickly.
Sunflower seeds only feed the small pale coloured seed inside to your dog. Don’t feed the outer, harder black shell as this can effect your dogs digestion in a negative way. High in Vitamin B-6, Iron, magnesium, protein and calcium, sunflower seeds are also high in fat so use sparingly.
Pumpkin seeds packed with protein, fibre, amino acids, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and folic acid, pumpkin seeds have also been used as a natural way to de-worm your dog. Freshly grind the seeds and add about one teaspoon per 10kg twice a week to your dogs meals.