It is a shame that dogs can’t eat almonds seeing as they are filled with a lot of very healthy benefits. Almonds and other nuts are rich in fiber, they are high in protein, and they are also a great source of unsaturated fats – fatty oils included the vaunted omega 3!
Omega 3 is incredibly good for human and dog brains and helps to improve the communication between brain cells. It also prevents inflammation and can combat arthritis as well as brain fog as a result.
The good news is that there are lots of alternative and more natural ways to get these same benefits for your dog.
As mentioned, too much fiber is actually a bad thing for your dog! A healthy and safe source of moderate fiber, though, can come from carrots. These actually help to clean your dog’s teeth, keeping them clean and strong so that they can enjoy playing tug of war and eating tasty snacks for a long time to come!
Omega 3 Fatty Acid
If you want to get your dog a good source of omega 3 fatty acid, then salmon is a good choice. Just like nuts for humans, this can help to improve brain function, prevent inflammation, and combat against age related cognitive decline. You can give your dog a supply of salmon by finding a dog food brand that includes salmon in its ingredients list. Likewise, you can also give your dog salmon from your own plate by shredding it up and removing the bones before you put it in their bowl. Just be careful not to give them too much salmon as it can contain large amounts of the heavy metal mercury – and this can be neurotoxic in large quantities.
If you want to give your dog a vegetable that is safe for it to eat and that will provide minerals like zinc, manganese, calcium, and iron, then something like broccoli is a great choice. This can help to strengthen your dog’s bones, improve their digestion, and even boost their mood and brain power.