Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs
Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.
What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop, and its seeds are a common ingredient in Indian food.
Common names for Fenugreek
Fenugreek is also known as Greek Clover, Bird’s Foot, Methi, and Chandrika, among many other names.
Why is Fenugreek in dog food?
Fenugreek can improve digestion, and helps with skin and coat problems. Fenugreek is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It is also a flavor enhancer.
Is Fenugreek a commonly used ingredient in dog food?
Fenugreek is not a very commonly found dog food ingredient. It is present in a little less than 1 % of all dog foods.
Common benefits or risks of Fenugreek
Fenugreek helps decrease inflammation. It also can lower blood glucose, which might be an issue for pets with hypoglycemia. Fenugreek contains vitamins A, C, and B vitamins as well as potassium, iron and calcium.
Fenugreek is generally safe to eat. Some dogs that are sensitive can develop skin irritation and gastrointestinal issues. Dogs with blood sugar issues should only be served Fenugreek after veterinarian approval.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Fenugreek provides a lot of health benefits and is a source of important vitamins and minerals. Thus, it receive the SlimDoggy Happy rating.
Miscellaneous facts about Fenugreek
Fenugreek is used in humans as a natural treatment for high cholesterol.
Sources and further reading
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