Have you ever heard of Ghee? You’re in for a treat.
There are several health benefits that ghee can provide for your pup. It's great to be use as a supplement for a great diet and as a topical treatment for allergies and a healthy coat.
What Is Ghee?
It’s a highly-clarified butter often used in South Asian and Eastern Indian cuisine, religious rituals, and medicine. Ghee’s very similar to the butter that you may have in your pantry, but contains fewer dairy proteins than regular butter.
Ghee vs. Butter:
Ghee is made by melting regular butter and then the liquid fats and milk solids are separated and removed. This process makes this butter substitute good for those who are lactose intolerant since the milk solids are removed during production. This is different from butter because it has a stronger and nutty flavor, as well as a darker hue when in comparison to butter.
Ghee has often discredited among the dog community because there is a common misconception that is bad for dogs. Fortunately, this is just a myth and not a fact.
Ghee is safe for dogs!
Here are some reasons you should be using ghee for dogs:
Ghee supports lubrication of hips and joints. It also helps build strong bones. It’s one of the only foods that are rich in Vitamin K2, which plays a role in the body to help avoid blood clotting. This is an essential vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium.
Calcium is important for:
Strengthening the bones
Allowing for flexibility in the tendons and ligaments
Strengthening the teeth and gums by protecting against tooth decay
If your dog suffers from skin irritations, such as eczema and dermatitis, this ingredient is a perfect ingredient to apply topically to your dog’s to help smooth inflammation. The butyric acid in gheehas been shown to be a highly potent anti-inflammatory agent for the skin. You can also use it as a natural paw balm on your puppy's paws! Just warm up the product in your hand, then gently massage on the paw pads.
Some other health benefits that Vitamin A provides are:
Lowering the risk of certain types of cancers
Promotes healthy bone growth
As previously stayed, ghee is high in butyric acid which is also essential for a healthy digestive tract and helps control and reduces gastrointestinal inflammation. Not only that, but it also helps strengthen the lining in the intestinal wall, and reduces the risk of food particles that were not able to digest, into leaking into the body.
It has also been found that ghee is high in gastric juice, which contains enzymes that help break food down into smaller compounds making it easier to digest.
Cholesterol typically has a bad reputation, but there are two types of cholesterol: bad and good cholesterol. Ghee helps combat bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
Good cholesterol is also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL helps absorb cholesterol and carry it into the liver. The liver will then flush it from the body. HDL is essential for a healthy pup because it can help lower risks of heart disease and stroke. Your body actually needs cholesterol to help:
Form and maintain cell membranes and structures
Help create important hormones
Supports liver digestion
High In Fatty Acids
Ghee is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote fat loss and increase in muscle. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel. Omega-6 fatty acids are found commonly in vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds.
These two fatty acids are important for the growth of your dog because it helps service important cellular functions.
How To Use Ghee For Dogs:
When looking for ghee for your dog, we recommend looking for one that is grass-fed and grass-finished,such as this one.
Avoid ghee if your dog suffers from pancreatitis or if your dog is obese because it contains a high amount of saturated fat.
We highly recommend that you feed this butter substitute on a cycle instead of like a daily supplement when feeding it to your dog. Only give this to your dog when you know that he will have more active days or even when you are fasting your dog.
Use a cycle that works for you and your dog!
How Much Should I Feed My Dog
Here are the portion sizes that you should feed based off of the size of your dog:
small dog: (5-25 lbs) — ¼ tsp
medium: (25-55 lbs) — ½ tsp
large: (55+ lbs) — 1 tsp
Ghee is an easy ingredient that you can just add a dollop of onto your dog’s food. You can also easily coat a veggie ordog bone in it and give it to your dog as a treat!
Luckily enough, ghee is versatile. You may also use it when your dog has itchy, dry, and irritated skin. Just warm the ingredient up in your hand and apply as needed.
Just like any other ingredient, enjoy sparingly. A little goes a long way.
Now that you know the benefits of ghee, we hope that you are able to use it and see the amazing benefits that it provides!