Just like their human parents, the canine pets may suffer from weaker eyesight due to lack of necessary vitamins or growing age. For them, nutrients rich, colorful foods can be of much help as they protect against eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, uveitis and much more. A whole range of these foods supply anthocyanins, beta-carotene, glutathione, carotenoids, phytonutrients, lycopene and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Here is a list of some of the beneficial fruits for your dog:
Blueberries: Rich in two eye -healthy carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin blueberries can be a healthy choice of fruit for your dogs. They supply anthocyanins, which are eye-nourishing phytonutrients that support night vision. Bluberries can also relief your dogs from eye fatigue.
Brocolis: One of the best veggies for eye health, Brocoli is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. It also contains beta-carotene. The leaves contain more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Experts have found that sprouts of broccoli are able to protect the retina from free radical damage.
Eggs: Eggs are packed with the two components of glutathione called cysteine and sulphur. The compounds in eggs that contain sulphur protect eyes from cataract formation.
Cold water fish: Salmon, tuna, sardines, haddock are rich in Omega-3s, particularly EPA and DHA. These fatty acids take great care of retinal health.
Carrots: There are almost 100 varieties of carrots in this world and almost all of them are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, and riboflavin, calcium, niacin, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, magnesium, sulphur, copper and iodine.
Garlic: For pet eye health, the sulphur content is very much helpful, as it helps in the production of glutathione. It is a protein that works as an antioxidant for your dog’s eye lens. Glutathione can aid in preventing some visual problems.