All About Autumn: Canine Comfort Foods
Now that autumn is here, evening walks are edging closer to dusk than they were a few short weeks ago. Remember to clip your dog’s tag to a reflective collar for safe evening jaunts (our eZeClip will make this easy and quick). Evening entertainment for our four-legged friends now consists of spiders and moths instead of bees and wasps, and comfort food is our go-to once again.
This last point is especially important for pet-parents, but can easily get overlooked. After you’ve spent the summer fanning your pup and giving them a steady supply of cool water and frozen carrots, you might be tempted to slip back into a meat-and-biscuits mindset for autumn. However, our furry friends love seasonal comfort food just as much as the rest of us.
Check out our helpful round-up of tasty treats your dog will love to enjoy as the season changes.:Apples:
- Vitamin C
If ever there was an autumnal fruit, the apple is it. Sweet pies, sauce on roasts and hot cider on chilly nights... They’re a staple for us and a favourite for our pets!
Not only are they low calorie and delicious, but they also keep your pooch’s teeth clean and breath fresh. Just be sure to steer clear of the seeds - they’re dangerous over time due to cyanide concentration.
- Vitamins A, B1, B6, G and K
This tiny cabbage-like vegetable can divide families at Christmas dinner, but the humble brussel sprout is full of goodness for us and our canine companions. As well as providing a long list of vitamins and minerals, sprouts help keep your dog happy by boosting their immune system, promoting healthy bones and providing a good source of fibre.
The trick with brussel sprouts is to steam or boil them - don’t feed them to your pup when raw and try to use them in moderation as too much can cause an iffy tummy. Mix a couple with a few of your dog’s favourite veggies and some good quality mince for a pup-approved Sunday dinner.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Carrots are often a go-to in summer months; they’re crisp, juicy and keep dogs busy. They are also easy to freeze as a quick treat to cool our furry friends down. But they are also a staple vegetable for autumn snacks and meals, providing plenty in the way of health benefits for two and four leggers alike.
With immune-boosting vitamins and minerals to help everything from your dog’s vision to their healthy skin and fur, there is a lot to love about carrots. Bonus: like apples, this crunchy treat will help keep teeth healthy. Feed raw for a quick bite or cook up with some sprouts and gravy.
- Vitamin A
We challenge you to find a more autumnal fruit than the pumpkin. Of course, not every pumpkin is for carving; most are best enjoyed by your grateful pup. Whether mixed into homemade bakes or cooked in a warm and tasty snack, pumpkin is a fantastically popular treat for pets.
As well as helping dogs feel fuller and reduce their appetite - a great bonus if your hound has a little more to love - the nutrition-packed pumpkin can boost your dog’s cardiovascular health and even aid symptoms of diarrhoea and constipation. It makes them happy and healthy - what’s not to love?
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
Like Popeye, pups enjoy and benefit from leafy green spinach. Packed full of nutrients like iron and anti-inflammatories, helping to do everything from lower blood pressure and cholesterol to aid digestion and cardiovascular health, this is a great seasonal vegetable to treat your dog to.
Of course, if your four-legged friend doesn’t like the no-frills spinach steamed or raw, you can always find healthy treats like dental sticks that use spinach as an active ingredient.
Now, the seasonal produce above is just a small selection of what will be available to you and your dog this autumn. So be creative with mealtimes, whip up some wholesome snacks, and make an effort to introduce canine comfort foods to your home.