Get Joy food helps you take good care of your dog’s health. And that includes their brain. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re highlighting six of our dog food ingredients that help to promote mental sharpness and reduces anxiety in dogs.
Ingredients That Promote Canine Mental Health
Fish Oil:Occasionally consuming fish oil can help battle stress and suppress the production of adrenaline that leads people and dogs to “fight or flight”. Too much adrenaline can cause anxiety and even aggression. That adrenaline rush can be slowed down simply by eating whole foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil.
Found in: All Fresh & Fresh Freeze Dried Meals
Generally, fiber rich complex carbohydrates slow down the rate of digestion and enhance the absorption of tryptophan, which in turn is used to manufacture serotonin. Keeping serotonin production nice and steady helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. Serotonin is often considered a natural antidepressant. As a matter of fact, brown rice doesn’t overwhelm the blood with sugars, which causes surges of insulin in dogs.
Found in: Turkey, Beef and Chicken Fresh Meals
Quinoa:Quinoa contains stress- reducing B vitamins, calcium, iron, fiber, potassium and zinc. Additionally, it contains eight essential amino acids for canine health.
Found in: Lamb Fresh & Fresh Freeze Dried Meals
Carrots:Some of the antioxidants in carrots, like lutein and beta-carotene, significantly impact eye health. In short, these antioxidants accumulate in the retina to protect it from stress. Thus, dog food ingredients like these help your dog's eyes stay healthy longer.
Found in: Turkey, Beef and Chicken Fresh & Fresh Freeze Dried Meals
Beef:The B vitamins beef contains can regulate stress levels. In particular, beef contains pantothenic acid, known as vitamin B5. Vets often use B5 to treat dogs' anxiety.
Found in: Beef Fresh and Fresh Freeze Dried Meals
Turkey:Generally, turkey is a good source of L-tryptophan, an amino acid often associated with the regulation of sleep. Tryptophan also produces what many call “feel good chemicals”; it is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps both humans and dogs feel cool, calm and collected. That's why it's one of the most important of dog food ingredients.
Found in: Turkey Fresh Meals