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The Essential Nutrients Found in Pupsicle Pops

February 05, 2024 | Woof Team

At Woof, we believe in caring for dogs the way we care for ourselves—feeding them the highest-quality, research-backed ingredients. When dogs get the nutrients their bodies need,  they’re able to live healthier & happier lives, which means we get to spend even more quality time playing, resting, and loving them. Our Pupsicle Pops are designed to give your dogs the nourishment they need (not that they’ll know they’re eating anything but the best treat ever!).

Read on to learn all about the research-backed ingredients we use in our Pupsicle Pops, from cutting-edge, protein-rich beef plasma to passion flower, an all-natural solution for calming your dog’s anxiety whenever there’s a thunderstorm. 

Beef and Chicken Plasma: Protein-Rich Powerhouses

Found in: All Pops

Benefits: Immunity, Digestion, Joint & Bone Health

Plasma, the protein-rich fluid found in the bloodstream, is a cutting-edge ingredient that’s rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Studies have shown that it can improve allergy response and bone density; it also contains antibodies that can provide a variety of health benefits (similar to colostrum for humans). As a co-product of meat, it’s a sustainable source of nutrition, which contributes to an improved environmental footprint. 

“Plasma has high digestibility and biological value that also has prebiotic, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective properties.”
Read the Study: Spray-Dried Animal Plasma as a Multifaceted Ingredient in Pet Food

Brewer’s Yeast: Supports Overall Canine Health

Found In: All Pops

Benefits: Digestion, Coat & Skin, Immunity, Muscle Function

While it sounds like an everyday ingredient, Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of minerals, amino acids, and protein (which helps support lean muscle mass), and can serve a crucial role in supporting your dog’s immune system, brain function, digestion, and even eye health. It’s also rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, which helps your pup’s skin, hair, eyes and liver. It’s packed with these key nutrients, making it an excellent choice for overall health: 

Niacin: Helps support the nervous system, digestive system, and skin health.

Thiamine: Promotes carbohydrate metabolism and helps maintain a healthy brain.

Riboflavin: Used to produce antibodies, riboflavin can help fight disease and support nutrient metabolism.

Iron: This nutrient is crucial for growth and development, helping to support red blood cells and maintain enzyme functions.

Zinc: Helps support hormones, skin and coat health, and cognitive function.

Magnesium: Supports muscle function, blood glucose levels, and more. 

“Yeast supplementation has been found to be beneficial for dogs by improving gut microbiota, enhancing immune capacity, reducing inflammation and modestly promoting gut immunity.”
Read the Study: Effects of yeast products on immune response and intestinal health of dogs

Gelatin: Aids Tissue Repair

Found In: All Pops

Benefits: Bone & Joint Health

Gelatin contains essential peptides, proteins, and the amino acid glycine. Acting as a fuel source for connective tissue repair, it helps dogs feel their best every day. 

The oral administration of gelatin hydrolysate significantly improved the signs of activity (vitality), stiffness and lameness.”
Read the Study: Oral Administration of Gelatin Hydrolysate Reduces Clinical Signs of Canine Osteoarthritis

L-Tryptophan: Calms Nerves

Found In: Calming Pops

Benefits: Mood

L-Tryptophan is an indispensable amino acid for anxious dogs. By helping produce serotonin, known as the "happy hormone,” which is the body’s natural feel-good chemical, L-Tryptophan can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Studies have even shown tryptophan’s positive impact on reducing aggression in dogs. Just like us, our pups feel more focused, stable and calm with adequate levels of serotonin, which leads to an overall boost in their happiness. 

“Tryptophan supplementation may decrease agonistic behaviors, without having any effect on voluntary activity.”
Read the Studies: Effect of dietary protein content and tryptophan supplementation
Investigating the effects of incremental conditioning and supplemental dietary tryptophan

Passion Flower: Elevates Mood

Found In: Calming Pops 

Benefits: Mood

Passion flower has been shown to raise levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain, which puts dogs in a more calm and relaxed state. It also helps maintain adequate levels of serotonin and dopamine (those happy hormones again!), which can increase a dog’s mood, encourage an overall feeling of happiness and calm, and offer an all-natural solution for dog anxiety.  

“Passion Flower could be a first-line therapeutic option for mild to moderate anxieties in dogs.”
Read the Study: The Hidden Potential of Herbal Remedies and Nutraceuticals in Canine and Feline Behavioural Disorder

Magnesium: Supports Neurological and Physical Health

Found In: Calming Pops 

Benefits: Muscle Function, Mood

Magnesium, an essential mineral that supports neurological and physical health, helps with muscle recovery after exercise and—most importantly—promotes relaxation for dogs when they’re experiencing stress. 

“[Magnesium] supplementation should be considered for working dogs, dogs moving or traveling to a new environment, and dogs during winter.”
Read the Study: Analysis of serum magnesium ions in dogs exposed to external stress
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