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Whether you already feed fresh, or simply want to add to the bowl, you can include these foods in your dog’s diet. When offering vegetables, lightly cook or blitz them first, just to support digestion and utilisation, and if there are pre-existing health issues, double check with a qualified practitioner if changes to the diet are suitable.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is packed full of vitamins and minerals. You will find vitamins A, C and E, fibre and antioxidants in these little green trees!
Broccoli also contains a phytochemical called Indole-3-Carbinol. This compound is formed from a substance called glucobrassicin found in broccoli and other brasscia vegetables such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens and turnips. Indole-3-carbinol is formed when these vegetables are cut, chewed or lightly cooked


Kale

One of the leafy greens, kale is rich in folate, or vitamin B9. B vitamins are required to convert food into energy and the demands placed upon the body during sickness can mean more of a demand on this process.


Liver

Whether you opt for cooked or raw, liver is a good source of vitamin D. Vitamin D stimulates immune cell proliferation and cytokine production and it helps protect against infection caused by pathogens


Mushrooms

Not only are mushrooms a great source of B vitamins, but they contain the less talked about mineral selenium.
Lightly cook mushrooms before offering them to you dog and check out the range of species that have additional health benefits too!


Poultry

There’s a reason why you were always told to eat chicken soup if you felt under the weather! Poultry like chicken and turkey is high in vitamin B6. In the innate immune system, vitamin B6 helps regulate inflammation and has roles in cytokine production and natural killer cell activity.


Red Peppers

Red bell peppers contain almost three times the amount of Vitamin C that an orange. Vitamin C contributes to immune defence by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system


Red Meat

Red meat is a great source of iron which plays an important role in immune function. It is involved in the regulation of cytokine production and action, it helps destroy bacteria by neutrophils and it is important in the differentiation and proliferation of T cells.


Shellfish

Many types of shellfish are packed full of zinc and this is a particular powerhouse when it comes to immune function. It has antioxidant effects protecting against reactive oxygen species, it helps modulate cytokine release and also helps maintain skin and mucosal membrane integrity (that first line of defence).
Cooked mussels are a great addition to your dog’s bowl and are easily picked up in the supermarket.


Spinach

Rich in Vitamin C, it is also packed full of antioxidants like beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body but beta carotene, like all carotenoids is an antioxidant, which protects the body from free radicals. Best to lightly cook spinach before you offer it to your dog

Turmeric

This bright yellow spice has been used for years as an anti-inflammatory, but it is also known as an immunomodulator. The inclusion of turmeric has been seen to increase antibodies to particular antigens and overall, it is seen to improve both innate and adaptive immune function.

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Dog Owner Guide | 10 Top Foods For Your Dog's Immunity by My Pet Nutritionist