Flax seeds are a great natural supplement for dogs and cats, and is a real boon in the diet of both humans and our pets.
Flaxseeds are rich in soluble and insoluble fibers, which are essential for the optimal functioning of the digestive system. It contains lots of omega 3-fatty acids, proteins, and essential amino acids, not to mention it is a rich source of lignans, which are anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory substances.
If your dog or cat is suffering from gastritis and gastroenteritis, the ideal daily nutritional supplement is pre-soaked flax seeds in water (Or even better in a probiotic, acidophilus, etc.) and left for about 1-2 hours.
The seeds release mucus when soaked, which is beneficial for your dog’s digestive tract, and greatly reduces the symptoms of the disease.
The Daily Dose Of Pre-Soaked Seeds Are As Follows:
Small dogs: 1-2 teaspoons.
Medium dogs: 1 tablespoon.
Large dogs: 1-2 tablespoons.
When you start giving your dog flax seeds, you should always start with a small amount until the digestive system gets used to it. It is essential that fresh flax seeds need to be ground before being consumed.
This will allow the digestive system to utilize all the nutrients from the seeds, while the non-ground flax seeds will be completely unused and undigested.
Although you can already buy ground seeds, they tend to oxidize quicker, and do not have such a high-quality composition.
Flax seeds are also recommended for dry skin, dandruff, dehydrated skin, increased shedding, atopic and/or allergic dermatitis, arthritis, and immune system support. For this purpose, the seeds need not be moistened in water, but use freshly ground flax.
Also, your pup will need bioavailable amounts of the necessary nutrients to develop properly and live a long, healthy life. Offering your dog a supplement of flaxseed is an excellent way to ensure this.
In terms of quantities, a pinch of seeds is enough for small dogs every day. For a medium/large dog, a teaspoon a couple of times a week is sufficient.