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Six foods that can help to ease anxiety in dogs

How your dog’s nutrition can have an effect on their mood

Danielle Elton

Posted 4 months ago

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The experts have been dishing out a lot of advice on separation anxiety over the past few months, and it’s not hard to understand why.

With normal life starting to resume, all those who bought dogs during the pandemic were starting to realise the implications of having to now leave their pets alone.

Separation anxiety has become a bit of an epidemic in itself.

But as well as all the usual advice about teaching your dog to spend more time alone, Butternut Box has revealed that we should never underestimate the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet. 

A healthy diet can have the ability to extend a dog’s life expectancy and reduce risks of

cancer, obesity, and digestive issues. It could also significantly reduce feelings of anxiety.

Unsurprisingly, it is food packed full of vitamins that can have an impact on our dogs’ moods.

Vitamin deficiencies can have a psychological effect on dogs - for example, vitamin E keeps dogs’ cognition functioning in tip-top condition and B vitamins can contribute to their mental balance. 

So what should we be feeding out dogs? 

Here are six nutrient-rich foods that can help to reduce anxiety in dogs.

Blueberries

Blueberries, which can protect against stress, make a delicious and healthy snack alternative for dogs. High in fibre and vitamin C, popping a few of these in your dog’s bowl will provide a low-calorie treat.

Kale

Offering a cocktail of nutrients, Kale includes vitamin A, B6, K, calcium, manganese, copper, potassium, iron, fibre, and antioxidants. It also helps support healthy bones and heart health. Although be wary, it’s high fibre content could lead to stomach upset.

Sweet potatoes

Another food packed with antioxidants is sweet potatoes. As well as its anxiety-reducing benefits, being high in beta-carotene, fibre and vitamins B-6 and C mean it’s also beneficial for a dog’s digestive system.

Just make sure they’re cooked and not raw.

Beef

Beef is a natural antidepressant with B vitamins, and your dog will also likely find it pretty tasty. An excellent source of protein, it is a pretty common ingredient found in a lot of dog food.

Turkey

Turkey is a great source of L-tryptophan, making it another protein-rich food that can also benefit your dog if they’re experiencing anxiety. Like beef, turkey is also commonly found in many brands of dog foods and treats.

Oily fish

Oily fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that suppress adrenaline production used in a dog’s fight or flight stress response. And it’s not just their mental health that fish can help with, the likes of salmon, sardines and tuna are also good for their coat and skin, and are easy to digest for sensitive stomachs.

In addition to sourcing some healthy alternatives for your furry friend, it’s also important to ensure that you’re offering your pup a balanced diet.

If you want to introduce new and exciting elements into your dog’s diet, but you’re concerned that you don’t have enough time to cook fresh meals every day, don’t fear!

There are a number of subscription services out there which you can tailor to your pooch’s specific needs, whether you’re looking for gently cooked dog food, sensitive stomach dog food, or, in this case, dog food that will help with your dog’s anxiety levels and leave your pet feeling healthier than ever.

Diet alone might not cure dogs of anxiety, and if problems persist - particularly with

extreme symptoms - then consider seeking advice from a vet to learn about medicines

that could help alleviate anxiety.

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