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Nutritional Yeast, Algae Oil and Vivus Treats - Superfoods for Dogs

Nutritional Yeast, Algae Oil and Vivus Treats - Superfoods for Dogs

As more pet owners embrace plant-based diets for ethical and health reasons, it's essential to ensure that our furry companions receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health. Here's a focus on a couple key ingredients and some creative (and yummy) ways to make mealtime more exciting using Vivus Pets' treats.

Nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, which is different than active yeast - the ingredient that makes dough rise. Active yeast is a live organism that feeds on other ingredients, specifically sugars, to propagate itself, releasing gases that result in aeration of its substrate (often dough - this aeration is what makes dough rise). Inactivated yeast can't replicate or act on any of the ingredients around it - it is an inert substance, like most other food ingredients. Nutritional yeast in particular is a specific yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae that is packed with essential and beneficial nutrients, making it an excellent addition to your dog's diet. Here are some key benefits of nutritional yeast:

Complete Protein Source

Nutritional yeast is rich in protein, containing all ten essential amino acids necessary for your dog's overall well-being.

Vitamin B Powerhouse

This yeast variety is a fantastic source of B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B6, and even the often elusive B12. These vitamins play a crucial role in maintaining healthy metabolism, brain function, and a robust immune system for your dog.


Nutritional yeast contains a range of minerals like zinc, selenium, and iron, which support various bodily functions, including proper growth, antioxidant and immune function, and a healthy coat.

Try using nutritional yeast as a tasty meal topper

sprinkle some on top of your dog's meal or mix in to their favourite food for a burst of enticing aroma and flavour.

Algae oil

Algae oil can also be a beneficial accompaniment to further enhance the nutritional value of your dog's meals. Algae oil is an excellent plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, which dogs cannot adequately synthesize from many terrestrial plant oils. Although many plant oils (like flax or hemp seed oils) are rich sources of other omega-3 fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid, EPA and DHA are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are not found in these sources, and dogs cannot efficiently convert shorter chain omega-3 fatty acids into EPA and DHA. Thus, dogs have a reliance on marine oils like algae oil as a preformed source of these conditionally essential fatty acids. While EPA and DHA are recognized as essential only for puppy growth (to primarily support healthy development of the nervous system), they are also beneficial for adult dogs as they have general anti-inflammatory effect and at specific doses can help to control blood lipid content, regulate blood flow to the kidneys, support heart health and reduce joint inflammation associated with arthritis.

Because of the 'fishy' taste of algae oil (after all, algae is where the fish get it from in the first place!), many dogs like the oil drizzled onto their food, or will accept encapsulated algae oil as a tasty treat.

Vivus Treats

To make your dog's diet even better, try enhancing flavor and nutrients with Vivus Pets' Treats. Vivus treats also contain nutritional yeast and algae oil.

Tasty Meal Toppers

Toss some Vivus treats on top of your dog's meal to give their meal and exciting little boost. Treats could also be crushed up and sprinkled on top if you're feeling particularly adventurous! Vivus Treats are available in three delicious flavours: Smokey Maple Bacun, Herb Roasted Chick'n and Assorted Veggies, and the best part - they are all plant-based and hypoallergenic!. This simple addition can transform an ordinary meal into a delectable feast for your dog to eagerly devour.

Extra Nutrients and Antioxidants

Vivus Pets' treats are specially formulated to provide an additional boost of protein, essential essential amino acids, antioxidants, EPA and DHA and prebiotic fibers.

By incorporating nutritional yeast, algae oil and Vivus treats into your dog's plant-based meals, you're not only enhancing the taste but also boosting their overall nutrition. Remember, a balanced and well-rounded diet is essential for your furry friend's health and happiness. Please do not offer more than 10% of your dog's daily food intake from treats or snacks. Experiment with these additions to create delicious and nutritious meals that your dog will love. At Vivus Pets, we're committed to supporting plant-based dog nutrition, and we're excited to be a part of your dog's healthy journey!