Your dog’s meal plays a key role in ensuring his good health. And since we all love our canine family, we must make sure that what they are eating does not cause any harm to them (imagine, the poor creatures cannot even complain of a stomach ache and have to suffer in silence. That’s why you need to be extra careful). Usually, people wonder if they can feed their dogs ‘peanut butter’. Well, the answer is yes, you can certainly feed your dog peanut butter along with other human foods. However, many times, we commit the gaffe of slipping one of our own menu items from the dining table, but more than being a reward; it can be quite hazardous to your pup’s tummy.
The below listed food items will certainly get their tails wagging and will spice up their food. Read on to know the foods that your dogs can enjoy from your platter.
A great source of protein and calcium, yogurt makes for an enjoyable summer treat to your dog. While picking yogurt, chose one that does not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugar, and instead has live active bacteria which acts as probiotics. If your pup is chubby, make sure you’ve picked the fat free variant and also avoid the ones that include fat substitutes such as Olestra or Simplesse.
2. Peanut Butter
Many pooches actually enjoy feasting on peanut butter. Apart from being a good protein source, it contains vitamin B, vitamin E, niacin, and other healthy fats. But it is suggested to opt for unsalted, raw peanut butter that contains no preservatives, added sugar, etc. Smear some of it on one of his toys or allow him to lick the container when a bit of it remains inside.
A fine source of soluble fiber, oatmeal is helpful for aged dogs that face trouble with bowel activity. It is also used as an alternative grain for canines that face allergies with wheat. Always remember to cook the oatmeal before you feed it to your dog and keep it plain with no flavoring or added sugar. It can also be combined with probiotics and fed to your dog for enhanced function.
Dogs need fiber and beta-carotene in their diet. Besides being a good source of supply of the mentioned supplements, pumpkins are also a provider of vitamin A. They also aid in solving issues relating to your dog’s digestion and help to keep the GI tract in motion.
A great supplier of selenium, riboflavin and digestive protein, eggs can easily be included in your dog’s diet plan. For those pooches who suffer from improper digestion, eggs work as a good protein boost. No doubt, it’s a healthy treat; the only thing you need to remember is to cook the whole egg and not to give it raw as the egg white can cause a deficiency of biotin.
6. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain a lot of health and goodness. They are a source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, dietary fiber and beta-carotene. Dehydrated and greatly sliced, sweet potatoes work as a great chewy treat for your furry friend. Thanks to the abundance of dog treats available in the market, we often forget these healthy, simple and reasonable ones, but we just reminded you of one, so all’s certainly good.
For those of you who do not know what salmon is, it is a fatty fish that is a good supplier of omega-3 fatty acids. The benefit lies in the fact that the fats are great for your dog’s coat and skin health, and also support his/her immune system. Just like most of the other food items, remember to cook the fish before you feed it to your dog, as raw salmon may carry a particular kind of parasite that can cause sickness in your dog. Another way to feed your dog salmon is to include salmon oil in his diet. It is also indicated that the fish benefits dogs in certain allergies.
For your dog, apples make a delicious crunchy treat. Not only do they provide vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, the skin of apples contains phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that are known to protect humans against certain kinds of cancer. However, one caution you must exercise when feeding your dog apples is not to feed the apple seeds to him/her. Apple seeds contain cyanide that can greatly harm your dog if fed consistently over a period of time.
Rice is a great meal option when your dog is battling with a stomach disorder. You can feed him both brown and white rice. Brown rice contains slightly greater amount of protein and lesser fat in comparison to white rice which is instant rice with carbohydrates that are easily digestible and provide quick energy to your sick or older dog.
10. Green Beans
Green beans contain vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese and plant fiber. In case if your dog tends to put on weight easily, it is better to feed him green beans instead of regular food. Green beans are low on calories but will fill your dog’s tummy just like any other food. It will also help him/her to maintain a proper weight. Tip: Most dogs enjoy their green beans frozen.
11. Lean Meat
Lean meat includes beef, pork and chicken. Feeding your dog lean meat is a great idea; just make sure there are no added seasonings, sauces or visible fat. It is a great source of extra proteins, provides excellent, balanced amino acids, builds muscles, and provides a number of B vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, cobalamin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, etc). All these vitamins help in the process of energy metabolism of the body.
12. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is fairly bland and is high in calcium and protein; therefore, it is a great way to further add protein to your dog’s diet. The only caution you must exercise is to know if your dog is allergic to dairy products or not. A wise decision would be to begin with a small amount first.
Thawed or frozen, peas can easily be added to your dog’s diet. Peas provide sufficient B vitamin (thiamine), potassium and phosphorus.
Pineapples are enjoyed by nearly all the dogs. They contain sugar, potassium and calcium. Frozen pineapples make for a special summer treat.
Yes, this may sound a bit unusual, but you most certainly can feed popcorn to your dog. The only thing to adhere to is that they should be salt and butter-free. Popcorn is full of potassium and other bone building minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. So the next time you catch a movie, make sure to snuggle up with your little furry companion and share a bowl of popcorn too.
So, here are some of the food items that your dog can enjoy from your kitchen! Here’s wishing happy eating to the master and the dog!