Staying healthy and fit is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. The growing popularity of natural pet food and homemade treats suggests that pet parents are becoming more mindful of what is healthy for their animal pals. On a global scale, the organic and natural pet food market has become a $22.8 billion industry.
Using research from various studies and internet resources, Native Pet compiled a list of 10 superfoods found in most kitchens that can double as healthy snacks for dogs and their people.
In the U.S., according to the latest data available from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, pet owners in the U.S. spent more than $118 billion on their pets in 2020, and the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group, estimates even more growth took place in 2021, with the industry cresting $123 billion. APPA found dog owners spend about $287 on average on pet food per year.
But not all foods are the same—sometimes dogs need a little extra something to keep their diet healthy. “Superfoods,” or foods that are nutrient-rich, have gained popularity in the 21st century, with the global market projected to reach about $215 billion by 2027, according to Mordor Intelligence, a market research firm.
While there is no scientific definition of a superfood, they are generally believed to promote health or prevent disease because of high levels of antioxidants, fiber, or other nutritional benefits, according to Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit American academic medical center. These foods can supplement a nutrient-deficient diet or serve as a delightful treat. However, even with nutritious “superfoods,” moderation is essential. The 10% rule, which states that treats should account for no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories, is a good rule of thumb to follow.
Read on for 10 superfoods from your own kitchen that dogs can enjoy.