When it comes to the health of our pets, we want nothing but the best for our furry friends. We’ve previously discussed superfoods for pets on the Petnet.io blog and the many health benefits that ingredients like turmeric and coconut oil can provide for your cat or dog beyond just their nutritional value. Today we’re highlighting three natural ingredients that can help improve a pet’s health: peppermint, catnip, and cranberries.
Peppermint helps manage peristalsis in pets, meaning it regulates the contractions that help move food along their digestive tracts. Giving your pet a little peppermint can help improve irritable bowel syndrome. When paired with catnip, peppermint can reduce nausea in pets as well, which brings us to number two.
Your cat may or may not have a euphoric type “high” after getting into some catnip, about 50-percent of cats do not. Either way, catnip improves digestion in both dogs and cats and can be an appetite stimulant if your pet has difficulty eating. You can give your feline friend about a pinch or 1/16 of a teaspoon of dried, crushed catnip in their kibble. Or, you can put some on the ground for them to roll in if they’re attracted enough to catnip on its own.
Some pets are prone to bladder infections and dietary supplements like cranberries can sometimes improve their bladder function and level of comfort. Cranberries can be particularly helpful in aiding with bladder related illnesses in pets because they help prevent bacteria from forming on the walls of the bladder. While cranberries can help improve your pet’s bladder function, bladder infections are a serious condition and you should consult with your veterinarian for treatment and a strategy to reduce the chances of a recurring infection.
“We love our four-legged friends and want them to live well. A holistic dietary supplement approach is a natural way to keep your pet’s body functioning as nature intended it to and can be an important part of a long-term pet healthcare strategy.
Of course, you should always check with your veterinarian before using new dietary supplements to treat your pet for any diagnosed or assumed illness or condition.
Tune into our blog next week for three more holistic ingredients that can help your pet stay healthy and happy.
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