Editor’s Note: This post is from our archives.
While Daley may not have been sure about what he wanted to do with this green bell pepper I grew in our backyard, a Los Angeles-based veterinarian recently had positive things to say about green foods and their potential health benefits for dogs.
Dr. Richard Palmquist writes a regular column for The Huffington Post. Palmquist specializes in integrative veterinary medicine, which utilizes both conventional and alternative treatments. In his Sept. 1 column, “Green Veterinary Medicine: Veggies for Pets,” he writes about kale, shares how he incorporated it into his treatment plan for a dog with a large benign fatty tumor called a lipoma on her side (specifically, Palmquist says the lipoma was “located over a major acupuncture point that governs the liver and gall bladder”) and shares the very good results.
While Palmquist stresses that this case is one particular example of kale’s benefits, the column is full of useful information about lipomas, which are common in older dogs, and the antioxidant qualities of green foods.
For those of you considering a broader scope for your senior dog’s health care, Palmquist’s article also provides a snapshot of how integrative medicine may be used when treating a dog’s health issues. Plus, he doles out some advice for us humans as well: Eat your greens, people!