While dogs and cats are considered carnivores, it’s important to make sure their diets also include nutrients they can’t get from meat alone. Vegetables (and fruits) can provide these nutrients using whole foods rather than synthetic vitamins. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are part of a group of vegetables that contain natural essential phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins which provide many benefits to our pets.
WHY ARE LEAFY GREENS SO IMPORTANT
Dark leafy greens are often considered a “superfood” because they are rich in nutrients that are vital to health. Magnesium found in some greens can help support brain and heart health, while iron delivers oxygen to the blood for energy and wellness in our dogs and cats. Aside from their naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, leafy greens are loaded with soluble fiber to support the overall digestive health of our four-legged friends. Remember, moderation is still key, even when adding leafy green vegetables to your pet’s diet!
THE TYPES OF GREENS TO LOOK FOR
Kale is one of the most universal greens for pets. It contains high levels of Vitamin A which can support eye and skin health, Vitamin C to help boost the immune system, and Vitamin K to help with blood clotting and healing. It also has calcium and potassium to help support bone and heart health.
Like Kale, Spinach also contains Vitamin A for eye & skin health and Vitamin C for immunity support. Spinach is packed with calcium for bone support and is loaded with iron to help boost the energy in our pets.
Collard greens are extra rich in beneficial nutrients for our furry friends! Like kale and spinach, collard greens contain Vitamin A for skin and eye support, Vitamin K for blood and bone support, and Vitamin C to help boost immunity. Different from kale and spinach, collard greens also contain B vitamins to help support increased energy in dogs and cats. They also contain high levels of manganese to support energy and calcium for bone and joint support.
Broccoli often isn’t directly associated with leafy greens, but it comes from the same family! It contains high levels of Vitamin K for blood support, Vitamin C for immunity, Vitamin E for healthy skin and coats, and Vitamin B6 to support the nervous system of our four-legged friends. Broccoli is a high protein green and contains lots of fiber for digestive support of dogs and cats. It also contains chromium to help regulate weight in our pets.
MAKING SURE YOUR PETS GET THEIR LEAFY GREENS
To add more leafy greens to your pet’s diet, try topping their bowl with Healthy Green Smoothie Edible Elixir (packed with organic power greens like kale) or adding a splash of Green Goodness Goat Milk+! You could also make the switch to one of Primal’s Balanced Bases—complete & balanced base formulas made from high-quality proteins and Certified Organic produce.
Not sure where to start? Try out some new bowl combinations using our interactive Bowl Builder!