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Is tamarind good for dogs

Is tamarind good for dogs


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Is tamarind good for dogs and puppies?

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Yes, because tamarind is rich in calcium, it contns iron and other vitamins.

There is some evidence it can help with arthritis, so you can be sure that it is safe for puppies.

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Tamarind (used to be known as the 'mellon seed') is a high source of Vitamin A, B-complex and iron. You can't, however, expect a dog to eat anything like a bowl of this stuff without it making them sick, like there was a recent thread where a person fed it to their dog and it made them sick. You'd have to be pretty sick of eating it to get anything out of it, so I wouldn't want to even try feeding it to my own dog.

This article talks about its usefulness as an additive for pet food. It also mentions that it's not suitable for young puppies, but you can get other additives that might be okay. I'd say start by looking in your pet store to see what's avlable, and if that doesn't work, there are always pet food websites.

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Tamarind is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A and protein. It is also quite high in potassium, and has traces of phosphorus and trace minerals.

According to the USDA, Tamarind seeds contn:

8.06% calcium

5.23% phosphorus

0.66% iron

0.15% copper

0.05% zinc

3.33% magnesium

0.25% sodium

4.35% potassium

0.10% sulfur

0.05% chlorine

0.16% bromine

0.35% iodine

0.08% selenium

Trace elements

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Tamarind has a pretty mild flavor when raw and can be used to make a delicious sauce or paste. My first exposure to tamarind was as a sauce or paste for fish which was quite delicious, but I would say that as a dog treat it would be too strong. It was the best tasting paste I've ever eaten. I wouldn't feed it to my dog.

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I have never found Tamarind to be particularly useful as a dog treat. I've seen it in dog treats a couple of times, but there's little reason to expect it to have any significant nutritional value for dogs. I've also seen it as a bird supplement (which is a waste of money in my opinion).

If your dog is going to eat tamarind it will have to have a lot of it, and it's not going to be a particularly good source of potassium or magnesium. I can't see it being a significant source of protein.

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It might be slightly salty if your dog's taste buds are not as picky as you think. It is definitely not a good source of magnesium, potassium, or protein. It's also highly caloric.

You could, as was suggested, add it to a gravy or sauce. My husband, a vegetarian, also added tamarind to his curry sauce.

Tamarind paste was not made for human consumption, so in its simplest form, you could put it into your dog's water, with plenty of fresh water to dilute it, and let him lick it off. The idea is that the tamarind should be a sweet flavor, which the dog wouldn't appreciate.

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Tamarind is a legume, like peanut, and is very high in protein. It is also high in calories, and potassium, so it is not necessarily a bad choice for pets. I know of a few cases where they use it to add flavour to food for dogs, but since they use it in a sauce or gravy, they put something else to soak it in first. In these cases, a sweetener is added to the dish. For example, if they use milk, they might add some milk powder or other sweetener. Since they soak it in milk, the milk may actually have some nutritive value to it. (But don't expect much!)

In many countries, it is also added to dog food for the same reason. Tamarind is also used to preserve and flavour foods, like dried fruit.

The problem with tamarind is that it contns hydrocyanic acid, which is poisonous to dogs and other animals. It is usually used in its powder form, and even though it is dried, it still needs to be soaked in something first. If it is used on food, the food is usually cooked at very high temperatures, and it is heated for an extended time. This removes the tamarind powder, but it is still hydrocyanic acid. So even if it was used on pet food, it is still not a good choice, since hydrocyanic acid is deadly.


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