Healthy and Natural Dog and Cat Treat Recipes
Homemade Healthy Dog and Cat Treats | Crab Cakes for Dogs and Cats
Today is National Crab Meat Day and National Meatball Day. I thought I’d take this time to talk about the health benefits of crab and then provide you a healthy dog treat recipe from my dog treat cookbook, Dexter’s Delights, that includes both crab meat and meatballs, so stay tuned until the end of this blog post.
I will first admit, I am not a fan of crab, or any seafood for that matter. My taste-buds are boring, I know. I do, however, continue to try new foods in the hopes that my taste buds will change. But, back to crab meat and the health benefits of crab for both ourselves and our pets.
Crabs are crustaceans with five pairs of legs, the front ones being their pincers. You can find crabs on many shorelines, including the tropics where crabs can even be found on land. They are funny little creatures to look at and watch. There are over 4,500 species of crabs! That’s a lot of crabs! Ten species of crabs tend to be on our dinner plates.
What makes the crab such a healthy seafood menu item? Well, for starters, crab meat is high in omega-3 fatty acids, making this crustacean a heart-healthy meal. Omega-3 fatty acids help act as an anti-inflammatory, which not only helps the heart, but also the brain. Toss in nutrients such as vitamin B2, selenium, and copper, which helps with brain activity and cognition. These nutrients also help arthritis and gastrointestinal inflammation. That’s a lot of activity for such a funny looking creature.
When you look at the health benefits of crab from a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint, crab is energetically cooling. Crabs help move stagnation, excess heat, and toxins in the digestive system, making them a natural solution for constipation. It also helps move blood stagnation and circulation, decreasing inflammation, making the crab a good choice in the event of an injury.