Recently, the effect of superfoods on a dog’s eyesight has become a hot topic among dog owners. It comes as no surprise that owners are now turning to food to help their dogs maintain and improve their eyesight.
There are many more superfoods you can try, but here are the top 5 foods for improving eyesight in dogs.
Foods To Improve Your Dog’s Eyesight
When it comes to your dog’s eyesight, you want to look for foods rich in anthocyanins, carotenoids, beta-carotene, glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, lycopene, phytonutrients, and the special combination of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes called the ‘sunscreen of the eyes’. You can find these nutrients in colorful foods such as the 5 foods listed below.
Blueberries are excellent for eye health according to scientific studies. They help to reduce retinal inflammation, oxidative stress, and eye fatigue. Some also suggest that blueberries can prevent progressive retinal atrophy in dogs.
Brocolli is well known for its anti-cancer properties, but did you know it’s also excellent for your dog’s eyesight? This vegetable is great at protecting the eye against age-related degeneration as was found by Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
We’ve all been told to eat our carrots to keep our eyes healthy, and it turns out there’s some truth to this saying. Carrots contain vital nutrients that our dog’s eyes need to maintain proper vision and prevent degeneration.
Fish like tuna, salmon, cod, haddock, and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are very important for eye health in humans and dogs. Studies done by Harvard have shown that omega-3 fatty acids prevent dry eyes and age-related vision loss.
Pumpkins are high in carotenoids and have proven to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. They also help to support overall eye health due to the high concentration of other nutrients that will support your dog’s eyes. Even pumpkin seeds are beneficial since they contain omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients such as zink and phytosterols which are all excellent for eye health.
There are of course many more superfoods that you can include in your dog’s diet to support eye health. Just make sure that the foods you introduce are dog-safe. If you are unsure of what your dog can’t eat, check out our article on Foods Dog’s Can’t Eat – 5 Things To Watch Out For.
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.