Just like us, our dogs are happiest when they can see our loving smiles, not to mention enjoying the sightseeing during their outdoor adventures. But unlike us, they can’t exactly throw on a pair of sunglasses or prescription glasses to give their eyes a break. That would look cute, though.
With that said, it’s crucial to make sure Fido’s diet includes vision-supporting ingredients that keep them ready for all their places to go, and pups to see. So, here are five great ingredients that are sure to help them out!
1. Fish Oil for Omega-3s
Fish Oil can support eye health thanks to its DHA (or Docosahexaenoic Acid), a fatty acid that is naturally present in the retina. So, as dogs grow from puppy to senior, dietary DHA supplementation is a great way to maintain healthy retinal DHA levels to support their overall macular function. Salmon, Krill, and Cod Liver Oil are all effective (and tasty) options that support your dog’s DHA levels.
2. Lutein (with Zeaxanthin)
Lutein has antioxidant properties that have been shown to boost retinal response and visual function for dogs. The same can be said for Zeaxanthin, which is another carotenoid that provides similar benefits. Both Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally found in leafy greens and vegetables, along with supplements by extracting Lutein and Zeaxanthin from marigold flowers. Don't miss this one!
3. Vitamin C
We all know that Vitamin C is practically a must-have to support the overall wellness of our furry friends. Among its many benefits, this vitamin contains antioxidant properties that have been shown to support eye health for dogs that need some extra TLC from prolonged oxidation. That said, any pet vision supplement worth its weight in belly rubs should include this incredible vitamin.
While we’re on the subject of antioxidants, Astaxanthin is widely considered to be one of, if not the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant that mother nature has to offer. Just for perspective, Astaxanthin is said to be 6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C! So, when it comes to protecting your dog’s eyes from free radicals and oxidation, adding Astaxanthin to their diet is a must.
5. Vitamin A (as Beta-Carotene)
For many dogs, maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin A levels is essential for keeping the eyes healthy. That’s because Vitamin A is what the brain draws from to register what the retina sees, just like how an electrical power source is required to turn on a TV. In both its active and beta-carotene form, Vitamin A rich foods (such as carrots) or supplements can help to support macular health, retinal function, and even night vision.
As you can see, these nourishing ingredients can truly support your dog's vision and overall eye health. For dogs with pre-existing eye conditions, we always recommend consulting a veterinarian to help your pet based on their specific health history. But head to Amazon to see highly rated dog eye supplements today!
For health-conscious pet parents, nothing is more important than making sure your furry friend gets the healthiest food, treats, and supplements available. So, whether it’s reviewing each ingredient on a product label or doing online research to learn more about the ingredients that brands are using, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep those not-so good ingredients away from your pet’s food bowl. We love that!
But as they say, just because something is on the internet doesn’t make it true! As such, we want to shed some light (and even debunk a few things) about an ingredient that’s given pet parents like you some cause for pause lately -- Palm Fruit Oil.
Chances are, you’ve stumbled upon a few articles that describe Palm Fruit Oil as highly toxic and dangerous for pets. We completely understand why that would spark concern from loving pet parents. However, those articles have caused quite a few misconceptions to form about the overall safety of Palm Fruit Oil. So, let’s revisit how these concerns came about, and what it truly means for your favorite furball.
Many dog parents love taking their canine companions to the beach for fetching frisbees and fun in the sun. But sadly, not everything that washes ashore is Fido-friendly, as some beaches are located in areas where ships frequently dispose diesel fuel waste into the sea. Contaminated water is already appalling enough as it is, but it doesn’t just stop there.
This toxic ship fuel waste also contaminates Palm Fruit Oil, which is sometimes offloaded at sea by nearby companies that use the fruit for other purposes. As a result, the ship waste and discarded Palm Fruit Oil combine to take a gelatinous form that smells of petrol, which attracts dogs to sniff and even consume the oil. Needless to say, such contamination is highly dangerous, and poses a serious health risk to both people and pets.
Understandably, the news of contaminated Palm Fruit Oil (in the United Kingdom) traveled fast, which immediately caught the eye of pet parents that recognized Palm Fruit Oil as an ingredient used in pet supplements. In turn, that sparked frightened pet parents to conclude that Palm Fruit Oil, in general, is a life-threatening ingredient that should be avoided at all costs. But if you’re concerned, rest easy.
Can Palm Fruit Oil Really Harm Your Pet?
If those details about contamination make you cringe, trust us. You’re not the only one. But as you can see, natural Palm Fruit Oil isn’t the culprit, it's the associated diesel fuel and other contaminants that causes harm to pets. But still in all, let’s just hope that one day, ocean waters will stop being used as a dump for harmful chemicals that put our loved ones at risk.
The good news is, Palm Fruit Oil is completely non-toxic in its pure form. In fact, it’s so healthy that Harvard Health has described Palm Fruit Oil as having better fatty acid composition than Coconut Oil!
We can’t vouch for every brand out there, but at Zesty Paws®, we only use clean Palm Fruit Oil in our pet care products. To go the extra mile for your pet’s wellness, our Palm Fruit Oil is also RSPO SCCS certified for meeting the stringent criteria of sustainable palm oil. Lastly, all of our formulas go through a rigorous quality control process that meets Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. That means if an ingredient were to ever fall short of our standards, it’s immediately destroyed and no longer used in our manufacturing facility.
We take these measures because we think pet parents should never have to worry about feeding their four-legged friends something unhealthy. After all, we have fur babies of our own as well, and we take pet wellness just as seriously as you do.