Despite the fact that I’m a dog nutritionist, it never ceases to amaze me the wide variety of foodstuffs that are proven to be not only safe, but actually good for our dogs. Take safflower oil for example. I wonder how many pet parents are aware that safflower oil for dogs is highly beneficial for man’s best friend. It’s one of very few dog-safe foodstuffs rich in the essential fatty acid omega-6 for example, and offers numerous other benefits beside. So what is safflower oil, where does it come from and what does it have to offer our constant canine companions?
About safflower oil
Safflower oil is the vegetable oil commercially cultivated and extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant. An annual, herbaceous, thistle-like plant, safflower is said to be one our oldest cultivated crops. Its seeds have been used for food and for medicines for thousands of years. And there’s even more good news from your dog’s perspective. Safflower oil has recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as not only being safe, but actually being beneficial for dogs. So there. The benefits of safflower oil for dogs are official!
Nutrients in safflower oil
Safflower oil is an excellent source of the omega-6 fatty acid known as linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin K, and is particularly rich in vitamin E.
Vitamin E is an important fat soluble oxidant. Safflower oil’s richness in this beneficial nutrient is largely why it’s so highly recommended for dogs. And why, as a canine nutritionist, I regularly add it to my dogs’ homemade dog food.
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Benefits of safflower oil for dogs
Vitamin E helps maintain a dog’s skin and coat and boosts and supports a dog’s immune system. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. These can help with arthritis, strengthen the cardiovascular system and can even help in the fight against cancer.
Aside from its other benefits, safflower oil is ideal for dogs with itchy skin, and, as an ingredient, is being used more and more widely by manufacturers of dog food.
To use, simply drizzle onto your dog’s food as required. I like to give it to my dogs as a dressing on their homemade food a couple of times a week. It has a fairly neutral flavour, so why not try some yourself? You won’t regret it I promise!