Giving Dogs Sunflower Seeds
As far as edible seeds go, sunflower seeds have to be right up there in the goodness department. A good source of protein, fibre and healthy fats, it turns out they’re rather good for dogs as well as humans.
They say that giving dogs sunflower seeds benefits their skin and coat, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and reduces the risk of heart disease. Their wealth of vitamins and minerals are no bad thing either.
All of which means I’m going to be sharing my sunflower seeds with my dogs more frequently than I’d planned. Better get some more in!
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Giving dogs sunflower seeds is not a problem providing the husk has been removed first. Eating the husk, the outer shell of the seed, can result in diarrhoea and other digestive problems for your pooch.
On the plus side though, they’re an excellent source of Vitamin E and a more than useful source of vitamins B1, B3 and B6, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and folate, naturally occurring folic acid.
Of course, as with all things dog food related, moderation is the key. Add sunflower seeds to your dog’s diet by all means. I added them to this beef dog food recipe for example. Just be mindful not to go overboard. Feed them as part of an overall balanced diet with plenty of variety, and you should be well on your way to having a healthy dog!