Hamama Pets: Dogs & Cats

August 25, 2020

Hamama Pets: Dogs & Cats

O Hamama had a farm, e-i-e-i-o. 
And on that farm, he had a tray
Full of microgreens!

Many Hamama growers love to share their microgreens with their furry friends. Not only is it a fun little treat, but can also add to your pet’s nutrition! Our little greens can be added to your pet’s diet, just like your own human diet! There are a few things to note when starting to integrate it into their meals or before handing them a handful from your Grow Tray. To begin with, we’ll share a little more info about microgreens with dogs and cats, but stay tuned as we will do another post about our chicken and bird friends! 


As always, before sharing your green goodies with your pets, be sure to consult your veterinarian! All microgreens should be given in moderation to your pets.

Dogs

 This was Sadie’s very first Seed Quilt growing experience!


Broccoli microgreens could be a great tiny snack for your dog. A few greens could be a tasty treat for fido. It isn’t the number one veggie to hand over though, as it does contain isothiocyanates, which could make your pup's tummy hurt.


Fenugreek is another favorite for your dog. Just as the research shows that fenugreek can aid human postpartum milk production¹, it can also aid a new dog mom with feeding her newborns. Other ways that fenugreek can add to your pup’s diet is by adding vitamins and supplements, aiding in digestion, and reducing inflammation! How cool is that?


A raw diet or even a few extra greens can boost your pet’s overall happiness and health! Just like humans, a little fresh harvest can strengthen your pet's immune system and can assist in reducing allergies.[2]


Avoid giving your pups any spicy greens (Spicy Daikon Radish, Hot Wasabi Mustard, and Zesty Mix) as the spice could upset their tummies. 

Check out this cute video of Mona sharing her greens with her pup here!

Cats 

 

Munching on wheatgrass helps with cats' digestive issues and helps with fur balls.

 

Wheatgrass is very popular among our kitty cats. In addition to helping with their digestive issues, it is said to boost their immune system thanks to Vitamin B and E! When growing your microgreens, just a reminder that no fertilizers or additives are needed, this also helps with ensuring safe consumption for yourself and kitty! 

 

If your cat gets an upset stomach due to microgreens, but can’t help but play with them, we’d highly recommend protecting your greens in a cute, little greenhouse like this one from IKEA. If using a different protective shield for your greens, just be sure it allows some airflow - this is vital to the health and well-being of your greens!

IKEA greenhouse

Just remember that if you’re looking for something to grow your greens in, the dimensions of our tray are 12.5" x 6.5" x 2", the bamboo frame is 12 3/4" L x 6 7/8" W x 2" H.


Share with us! We’d love to see your puppy snacking on some greens or your kitty weaving through their wheatgrass jungle!


Happy growing!

Maura & Sadie :D

 

Sources:

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2006-. Fenugreek. [Updated 2020 Jul 20]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501779/

LaPoint, Stacy L. A Helpful Guide to Feeding Your Pets a Raw Food, Species-Appropriate Diet. Available from http://www.allnaturalpetcare.com/Animal_Nutrition_Research/Guide_to_Feeding_Pets_Raw_Food.pdf

Vetinfo. The Benefits of Grass Food for Your Cat. Available from https://www.vetinfo.com/benefits-grass-food-cat.html#b 

Burke, Anna. 2016. Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Available from https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-broccoli/#:~:text=Yes%2C%20dogs%20can%20eat%20broccoli,cause%20gastric%20irritation%20in%20dogs. 



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