3 natural food groups you and your dog can enjoy

This article is sponsored by Purina.

You don’t need to be a vet or an animal expert to ensure that your dog is eating an optimal diet, as you’re actually probably eating foods that benefit your pet already.

It’s not widely known, but many of the foods that form part of an ideal human diet, also forms the basis of healthy eating for man’s best friend.

Even dogs need to eat their veggies.
Even dogs need to eat their veggies.

1. Vegetables: Peas, carrot and spinach
Purina Beyond® has been developed to provide a wholesome and nourishing diet for your pooch.

Nutritious whole grains, high quality meats and vegetables are the staples of a nutritious diet for both humans and dogs—and Purina Beyond® contains all of these nutrients. Best of all, the recipes have been expertly created by nutritionists to meet 100% of your dog’s daily dietary needs.

We all know how important it is to get our vegetable intake, and our dogs benefit from the protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids they deliver, too. For instance, peas are an excellent source of protein and are rich in amino acids, while carrot and spinach are full of vitamins A, C and B-6. Peas and spinach are both very low Glycemic Index, which delivers a slow release of energy to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

All of these vegetables are part of the Purina Beyond® range of recipes, with their ingredients sourced from select suppliers who meet high quality assurance standards.

Protein for your pooch!
Protein for your pooch!

2.Protein: Chicken, lamb and fish

This includes, first and foremost, protein. Protein is integral to a healthy canine diet as it helps maintain lean muscle mass, while also supporting the immune system. The first ingredient in Purina Beyond® Dry varieties is real, high-quality meat, including lamb, chicken, salmon and tuna—just like the meat you feed to your family.

These carbs keep your dog feeling full!
These carbs keep your dog feeling full!

3. Wholegrains: Barley and oats

Wholegrains such as rice, oats and whole barley are a great source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates from oat and barley are low GI, meaning they’re digested slowly and release energy for longer—keeping your pooch feeling full long after they’ve devoured their dinner.

These nutrient-packed wholefoods are also a valuable source of fibre in the diet, which can help with digestion and keep bowel movements regular.

Many of us also take a multivitamin or supplement to bolster our intake of vitamin B-12, which has long been hailed as an essential vitamin for cell vitality. It’s required for the proper formation of red blood cells, neurological functioning, and the synthesis of DNA. Naturally found in meat and fish, B-12 is an important part of your pet’s diet.

With Purina Beyond®, it’s easy to ensure your pooch has a healthy diet, as it’s made from the same ingredients you use in your own day-to-day cooking to keep your family fit and healthy.

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