What is Rosehip?
Rosehip is the part of the rose flower that remains after it has finished blooming, and the petals have dropped. The Rosehip that develops after flowering is often a bright red colour and contains the seeds of the rose plant.
Rosehip has been used in traditional medicine for many years, due to containing high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Is Rosehip good for dogs? The answer is yes, so read on to find out how this wonder ingredient can also benefit the health of our four-legged friends.
Benefits of Rosehip for dogs
Rosehip for osteoarthritis in dogs
Joint problems, including osteoarthritis, can affect dogs of almost any age. Due to being high in Vitamin C (a potent antioxidant) and containing an anti-inflammatory galactolipid (GOPO), Rosehip is often included in joint supplements for dogs, as it has been shown to help reduce inflammation around painful joints affected by osteoarthritis. By reducing joint inflammation, pain may also be reduced, helping your best friend regain mobility and comfort.
Rosehip contains compounds that can improve your dogs’ skin and coat
Rosehips are often a bright red colour, which is due to concentrated levels of pigments lycopene and beta carotene. Rosehips also contain polyunsaturated fats, which can help to support the skin barrier. Together, these compounds have been shown to help increase the moisture content in the skin and increase its elasticity. A healthy skin barrier is vital to help prevent itching and scratching in dogs, and ultimately more serious skin conditions. Healthy skin also supports a healthy coat in dogs.
Rosehip is full on antioxidants that can support immune system health in dogs
Rosehip is high in Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants are important as they combat free radicals. Free radicals are also important molecules as they make up part of the immune system that can fight against pathogens that cause illness. However, when there are more free radicals present than can be kept in balance by antioxidants, they can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA and proteins in your dog's body. Antioxidants like Vitamin C can help reduce excess free radicals ensuring they don’t do damage to the body but can still help fight against disease.
How to give your dog Rosehip
As with any supplement, it’s a good idea to consult your vet before proceeding in case there might be any interactions with medications your pet is taking or other conditions they may have.
Rosehip supplements for dogs
Not all supplements are created equal. The nutritional content of Rosehip can vary greatly depending on the species of rose, growing conditions, soil its grown in and how the Rosehip has been processed. Rosehip is commonly processed using heat and water, which can significantly lower its Vitamin C content.
If Rosehip is deemed suitable for your pet by your vet, it’s available in many forms including Rosehip oil, Rosehip powder and Rosehip granules. As always, use a Rosehip supplement specifically formulated for dogs as this will be formulated to have the right dose of this ingredient that is both safe and effective for your best friend. Human Rosehip supplements may have adverse effects in animals, so please check with your vet.
ZamiPet Dental Sticks Joints for dogs with Rosehip
For pet parents looking to care for healthy teeth and gums in their companion, ZamiPet Dental Sticks Joints support overall oral health for dogs with the added benefits of Glucosamine and Rosehip for healthy joints. Its unique ZamiDental formula also helps reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath, whilst the four-leaf clover shape and texture provide gentle abrasion to clean the teeth.
The information in this article was checked by ZamiPet Veterinarian and General Manager Dr Andrew McKay, BVSc, University of Melbourne, 2000. Vet Registration No: V3985
Disclaimer: This information is general advice only. Before starting any treatment or supplement with your pet, please consult your vet first for the best approach to getting your pet back to their best health.