The incredible benefits of chia for your dog
Posted on April 10 2018
Have you noticed that eating chia is very fashionable? Well, this is because actually these tiny seeds have immense benefits . But the best thing is that not only are they very good for humans, but they can also help your dog a lot.
For those who still do not know the chia, or Salvia hispanica , it is a plant, related to the mint, which is native to Mexico and Central America and has been in this world since about 2600 BC. It was cultivated by the Aztecs and Maya and was part of the daily diet of these civilizations. Even, it is believed that it was used by warriors and runners to have enough energy and to balance their diet.
Therefore, we tell you what are the benefits that this small, but powerful seed can give your beloved dog (and, incidentally, you too):
Chia seeds are high in 18 amino acids and have a percentage of between 18 and 24 percent protein, essential for good health of organs, muscles, hair and nails.
Another benefit of chia is that it is a very important source of calcium, vital for the health of bones and teeth.
Chia is one of the highest vegetable sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, even with a higher proportion than flaxseed or salmon. This is essential for the health of the brain, eyes, skin and hair, and to strengthen the immune system, in addition to helping to keep triglycerides and cholesterol levels low.
For every 28 grams (1 ounce) of chia seeds, you'll be consuming about 11 grams of fiber. This makes them ideal to promote good digestion of your dog and great help to combat constipation if your dog suffers. The key, in addition to consuming chia, is to give your dog enough water .
If your dog is a prime trag, giving chia seeds can also help you not feel so hungry, because when the chia mixes with water, it expands and produces a thick gel that, once in the stomach, It makes you feel satisfied. Of course, the secret is that your dog should also consume enough water .
How to give chia to my dog?
Although there are some chia supplements on the market created especially for dogs, it is best to give the seeds directly.
Some people suggest that by simply placing a teaspoon of chia seeds a day (for small and medium dogs) or a spoonful of chia a day (for big and giant dogs) on your dog's food you will begin to see the benefits in their health .
However, there is another current that says that, because the digestion of dogs is faster than that of humans, the seeds do not get to be completely digested if they are given directly. Therefore, there are those who say that the ideal is to mix the teaspoon of chia seeds with water (or with yogurt or kefir, if you also give it to your dog), wait for them to release the gel they produce on contact with the liquid, and until then give it to him.