Chicken is a lean protein source and it's rich in natural vitamins and minerals that can support your dog's health.
Today, you can buy dog food made with rabbit, lamb, fish and even cricket protein. With so many exotic proteins to choose from these days, chicken may seem like a bit of a basic way to go-but basic isn’t bad! In fact, in chicken’s case, the staple protein source is packed with a multitude of nutritious benefits for dogs.
Poultry Is a Lean Protein Source
For starters, chicken is a lean protein source. It can help boost energy without busting their daily caloric intake. And it makes for a great protein source for less active or senior pets.
In addition, less fat in dogs’ diets can encourage better digestion and improve stool quality.
Chicken is Rich in Natural Vitamins and Minerals
Chicken contains more than protein. It’s also a rich natural source of selenium, vitamins B6 and B12 and Zinc. These vitamins and minerals are beneficial to a dog’s diet and health for various reasons:
- Selenium: A microelement, selenium helps support antioxidant function, plays a role in thyroid metabolism, and can help prevent cancer. According to the NCBI, home-made diets have lower content of selenium than commercial food.
- Vitamins B6 and B12: Vitamin B6 is responsible for glucose generation, red blood cell and nervous system function, hormone regulation, immune response, niacin synthesis, and gene activation. And B12 helps facilitate enzyme function.
- Zinc: The mineral zinc plays an important role in many substances in your dog’s body, including enzymes, proteins, and hormones. Zinc is also important for immune system function and thyroid function.
Keep in mind that Sundays for Dogs doesn’t contain any artificial vitamins or minerals. All of the above are contributed by natural sources (with a large portion contributed by our fresh chicken!)