At Happy Nashers, we believe there should be zero compromise when it comes to your dog’s health, which is why we have developed a delicious, nutritious range of treats to support canine health whilst maintaining a high level of luxury.
Our story begins with one of our very own four-legged companions, Blade, who after being confirmed highly allergic to a number of different foods, inspired us to develop a recipe to ensure he didn’t miss out when it came to tasty treats. You can find out more here. After endless research and consultations with experts in the field, combined with our own experience of dog nutrition that coincides with our dog’s barf diet, we finally created what is now known as Happy Nashers. A business that prides itself on high quality ingredients.
So, what’s inside and why?
NONE! We believe in keeping things as fresh and natural as possible, so you won’t find any added preservatives in our treats.
Our products are developed specifically to be free from common food allergens and assist in good health and physical condition. No expense is spared when it comes to the ingredients used in Happy Nashers treats. Our ingredients are natural, organic and eco-friendly (where applicable)and contain no added sugars or sweeteners. Each treat is also loaded (to the correct amount)with high quality vitamins and minerals to offer numerous health benefits whilst remaining incredibly tasty. But what are these ‘high quality vitamins and minerals’? And why are they a standard ingredient in all of our recipies?
We’re glad you asked!
We all know calcium is great for the development of strong healthy teeth and bones, however It’s also incredibly beneficial for neuromuscular, cardiovascular, immune AND endocrine function. (Calcium has a lot going on!)It also supports enzyme function, neurotransmissions and helps in maintaining membrane stability. A diet lacking in calcium can cause hypocalcaemia. In this instance the calcium needed for bodily functioning is drawn from bones, which over time leads to weakening, brittle bones, and disorders such as hip dysplasia.
Omega 3 and 6
Omega 3 and omega 6, are a type of polyunsaturated acids, otherwise known as ‘good fatty acids’. Dogs are unable to synthesise these acids themselves so it’s important to provide them in their diet.
Omega 3 aids in creating a more responsive immune system, as well as being particularly useful in reducing inflammation that can occur around the joints, especially in older dogs. It’s also great for overall brain and heart health, and of course let’s not forget the wonders it does for skin and coat condition!
Omega 6 essentially has the same function as omega 3 with a few bonus extras. Linoleic acid is a common form of omega 6 that increases the skins permeability, further aiding the skin and coat condition. A lack of omega 6 can cause sterility in dogs and even miscarriages in bitches. It also plays a vital role in puppy growth and development, with a lack of it increasing the risk of liver and kidney degeneration.
Zinc helps to release energy and is the second most used mineral in a dog’s body. In active dogs this can become depleted quite quickly, especially as it cannot be stored. Zinc deficiency has been found to be more prevalent in breeds such as Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies, as they require a higher than average amount compared to other breeds. It can lead to numerous health problems such as;
Chronic digestive issues: If a dog has digestive issues related to zinc it’s for one of two reasons; either it’s not getting enough zinc, or the zinc isn’t being absorbed properly. This can then cause diarrhoea (particularly in huskies) which further hinders zinc absorption, creating a vicious circle of zinc deficiency. Processed dog foods often contain ingredients such as wheat, corn and soy, which when broken down create phytates. Phytic acid bonds to zinc in the intestine, creating a malabsorption issue as the zinc is unable to be absorbed properly with the addition of its ‘hitch hiking bond’.
Seizures: A lack of zinc hinders taurine uptake, and without an adequate amount reaching the brain, its neurotransmitters can become over excited and begin firing randomly, which can cause a seizure as a result.
Organ failure: A inadequate amount of zinc means that the body is unable to support its major organs, leading to organ failure.
Malfunctioning thyroid: The body directs zinc to the thyroid once it has directed it to other areas of the body higher in the hierarchy. Therefore, a lack of zinc means by the time it’s the thyroids turn to take a zinc hit, there isn’t enough there for it. In turn, this can result in a thyroid deficiency causing numerous problems such as weight issues, hair loss, and long term may hinder hormone production.
Under active immune system: Zinc is required to make T-Cells. T-Cells are responsible for recognising foreign, invading cells, in order to begin the body’s process of fighting them. A lack of zinc means a lack of T-Cells, making it harder for the body to differentiate between normal and invading cells, thus compromising the dog’s immune system.
These are all but a few issues related to zinc deficiency. Although many dog food manufacturers add zinc to their processed kibble, they add a cheap source of zinc in the form of zinc oxide or zinc sulphate. Your dog’s body cannot easily absorb or use these forms of zinc, often resulting in a zinc deficiency. We at Happy Nashers make zero compromise with the high quality of zinc used in our products.
Magnesium plays an important role in the health of dogs muscles, by aiding in their contraction and relaxation, and regeneration. It is also important when it comes to your dogs organ health and functioning, ensuring systems such as the cardiovascular, and digestive continue to function at an optimum level. The presence of magnesium also assists in the absorption of other minerals such as zinc, calcium and importantly, potassium. It has also been suggested by experts studying the role of magnesium in dogs, that has a calming effect when it is found in abundance in their body. On the basis of this, magnesium could also be a beneficial ingredient to any anxious pups we have out there.
Magnesium is one of the few minerals dogs finds hard to absorb so ensuring they are supplement with enough of it is very important. A deficiency in magnesium is known as hypomagnesemia. This can cause a wide range of symptoms such as:
• Muscle trembling
• Ataxia (Muscle incoordination)
• Hyperreflexia (Overactive reflexes)
• Tetany (Severe muscle pain)
• Arrhythmias (Abnormal heart rhythms)
Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in nearly all plants and algae cells and is responsible for the conversion of light into energy (glucose) during the process of photosynthesis.
The structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to haemoglobin excluding one atom. (Haemoglobin is the protein found in red blood cells that carries the oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body.) The central molecule in haemoglobin is iron, differing to that in chlorophyll which is magnesium. Despite this single atom difference, it is believed that chlorophyll is still capable in assisting red blood cells by increasing oxygen utilisation, thus the amount of oxygenation that takes place. Furthermore, it’s almost identical to haemoglobin form it is also believed to aid in blood cell regeneration.
Chlorophyll also has purifying qualities that aid in the detoxification of the body. An abundance of oxygen and strong blood flow encourages the removal of harmful impurities sand toxins. This strengthens the immune system, assisting your dog in body cell cleansing, fighting infections and healing wounds.
Research has also found that an acidic body pH can lead to cancer. When the body’s pH is more acidic, it increases the likelihood of ill or development of infection occurring. Chlorophyll reduces the body’s acidity and has the ability to attach to carcinogens, reducing their ability to bind with DNA and also preventing the digestive system from absorbing them. In turn this has been found to reduce the risk or even preventing certain cancers from forming.
So, your dog eating grass, only to then regurgitate it straight back up 5 minutes later, isn’t as pointlessly weird as it may have initially seemed.
There you have it. A full breakdown into the what and why of the vitamins and minerals we use. What’s more, we aren’t stopping there! We are continually educating ourselves to create new, delicious and nutritious recipes to share with you all. We hope this post was interesting, and don’t forget to subscribe to ensure you don’t miss any of our future posts!
Woof for now,
Happy Nashers x