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Easy & Healthy Omega-3's
April 22, 2008
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Feature Article: Easy Omega 3's
  • 3. Reader’s Write
  • 4. Recipe: Peanut Butter Goodness
  • 5. What Do You Want?
  • 6. Wrap Up

  • Hello!

    Welcome to all the new readers who’ve been signing up for Baggins’ Bites;) I'm delighted you're joining the growing number of folks interested in their pet's health.

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    Easy Omega 3's

    You've probably heard debate of the "good fats" vs. "bad fats" in the news. It can be confusing, after all, isn't fat bad for us?

    Not at all. The right kinds of fat in moderation are very good for us and our pets.

    Omega 3's are food superstars. What do they do?

    They can reduce blood clotting, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, enhance cardiovascular function, reduce inflammation-helping arthritis, help prevent cancer, asthma, diabetes and depression. Just to name a few. Impressive, huh?

    And yummy foods like olive oil, salmon, walnuts and more are loaded with the protective qualities of Omega 3's.

    I'm going to spare you the chemistry involved in the workings of the alpha-linolenic acid, EPA, DHA and all the rest. You can look up Omega-3's at Wikipedia if you want the chemical analysis. The thing to know is they benefit the body and we need more of them.

    How can you help you and your pet to get more of these important nutrients into your diets? It's not as hard as you might think.

    Add more

  • Flaxseeds
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Broccoli (mine likes it steamed)
  • Green Beans
  • Winter Squash
  • Soybeans
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Are all loaded with Omega-3’s.

    Flaxseeds are considered as one of the world's best sources of Omega-3's and salmon is not far behind.

    You can sprinkle flaxseeds directly on your pet's food and mix them into baked treats for a nutty flavor. You can get ground flaxseeds at natural food stores, online or larger supermarkets. They seem pricey but last in the freezer for months and have unbeatable health benefits. And they're pretty inexpensive when you consider the medical bills of some of these diseases.

    You can also feed your pet salmon. I give Baggins canned salmon or tuna and mix it in with his kibble or make it part of a homemade meal with other things. Yes, it makes his breath stinky but then, it's likely to be a little stinky anyway ;)

    You can also feed salmon oil supplements or use Grizzly Salmon Oil Pumpto put on their food to help make sure they're getting more Omega-3's in their diets.

    There's lots of way to incorporate these healthy foods into the diets of our pets. They'll love the flavors and be healthier for it!

    This month I'm including a link to a peanut butter dog treat that's easy to mix flaxseeds into. They act as a natural preservative too.

    Reader’s Write

    I'm looking for grain free homemade dog treats that I can make at home. I have a 2 year old boxer that has a bad reaction to grain. She is on Core Wellness dog food. But the grain free treats at the pet store are very pricey!!
    Any ideas??? Thank you!!

    Hi Sherri,
    You're right, quality treats are pricey. But you can bring the costs down by making them at home. Concentrate on meat-based treats and you can leave out the grain! Try Beefy Grain Free Treat

    Best, Jennifer

    Keep up the comments, I love to hear from all of you.

    And remember, I'm not a vet but I care about our animals and want to share with you all that I learn!

    Peanut Butter Goodness

    Just add a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to natural peanut butter for a healthy treat your dog will devour happily.

    Peanut Butter Goodness

    Tell Me What You Want!

    What questions do you need answers to? What Do You Want? Your questions may turn up in a future issue of Baggins' Bites'!


    Thanks so much for reading. Don’t forget, you can always write me by hitting “reply”. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness. ‘til next time,

    Your in health and treats,
    Jennifer and Baggins

    Your stop for all-natural-dog-treat recipes and tips on improving your dog's health and happiness all naturally.

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