How to Give Chia to Dogs

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Ask your veterinarian about chia seeds as a nutrient-rich source of fiber and fatty acids for your dog. If she concurs they’re worth a try, start with a few sprinkles soaked in water or broth and add to your dog’s food to gauge his tolerance. Gradually increase to one-quarter teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your dog’s weight. This translates to approximately 1 teaspoon for most small breeds and 2 teaspoons for larger dogs. You can top dress the seeds on wet food without soaking as long as your dog has constant access to fresh water.

The Nutrition of Chia

  • Chia is high in essential fatty acids omega-3, -6 and -9, but without the malodorous quality of fish sources that some dogs may find objectionable. Since it is so high in omega-3s, however, ask your veterinarian about an omega-6 source to balance this high content. The small daily dose of chia seeds also provides your dog with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper and zinc.

Internal and External Benefits

  • Dogs with bowel and anal gland issues may find relief through chia’s high fiber content. You may notice less stiffness in your dog’s joints, and a healthier coat and skin. Chia also promotes overall growth and development of both body and brain, supports a healthy immune system and may help your dog’s vision. Dieting dogs are likely to feel less hungry with chia in their diet, but without losing energy throughout the day.

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