About Swiss chard
A leafy green vegetable native to the Mediterranean region, Swiss chard is a cultivated descendant of the sea beet. Believe it or not, it’s actually related to sugar beet and beetroot.
Nutrients in Swiss chard
Swiss chard is high in vitamins A, C, E & K. It’s also high in fibre, protein, magnesium, manganese and iron.
Low in calories, Swiss chard packs a real punch in terms of its beneficial nutrients. It can make an excellent addition to your dog’s diet when fed in moderation. It’s nutrients can help support the health of your dog and provide benefits to its vision, blood, liver, colon and immune system.
Just one word of warning though. Swiss chard is high in oxalic acid. This can interfere with your dog’s calcium absorption and potentially cause digestive issues. So, as with many ingredients in homemade dog food, moderation is important.
And lightly cook your Swiss chard for dogs as well. This removes the slightly bitter taste of older leaves.
Other than that, as a canine nutritionist, I highly recommend the addition of Swiss chard for dogs to your best friend’s diet.
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