Did you know?
In humans and in dogs the neurotransmitter serotonin contributes to the fact that our (dog’s) mood is generally and permanently at a high level and to generally feel good and optimistic. If the serotonin level in the brain is low, we and our dogs are more susceptible to low moods and depression.
Well-chosen nutrition can boost the body’s own production of this “happiness hormone”. In order for our (dog’s) body to be able to produce serotonin, it needs tryptophan as an important building material. This essential amino acid can be found in many foods.
The smartest way to replenish the tryptophan storage is by adding carbohydrates. So, while feeding liver and oats to your dog, eat brown rice or full grain pasta yourself. If your dog is a real ball junkie, but is not otherwise stressed or anxious, try giving polenta instead of oats.
This way, other “happy makers” are included such as the amino acid phenylalanine, nerve-strengthening B vitamins and magnesium.
With this recipe you cover the daily requirement of your 25 kg dog for iron, B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and boost the tryptophan:
- 250 g liver
- 200 g oats
- 20 g pumpkin seeds
- 10 g brewers’ yeast
- 10 g wheat germs