We all like to treat our dog sometimes to something different and while there are so many things that are really not good for dogs, (or humans if it comes to that!) such as ice cream or biscuits – there are lots of other sorts of foods you can give to your dog as an added extra to his main diet. Here are a few more ideas from Holidays4Dogs to spice up your dogs dinners, or as an occasional treat.
Peas – you can add thawed frozen peas to your dog’s diet and they are a great source of Vitamin B, Phosphorous and potassium. In hot weather, your dog may appreciate a few frozen peas too!
Pineapple – this could be another great summer treat for dogs – frozen pineapple is just as refreshing for your dog too. Although it does contain natural sugars it also contains potassium and calcium.
Cottage Cheese – this is a good source of protein for dogs and is also rich in calcium. Start with a small amount as some dogs don’t tolerate dairy foods.
Chopped parsley – many people believe that parsley can help with doggie bad breath and it is also a good source of beta-carotene as well as calcium and potassium. Chop a few tablespoons of parsley into your dog’s normal meal.
Liver – liver is rich in B vitamins as well as vitamin A, K and iron. However, because vitamin A can be toxic to dogs in large quantities they should not eat too much of it – 1g of fresh liver per Kg of body weight once or twice per week is fine. You can feed liver raw or cook it and make lovely tasty training treats.
Yoghurt – this is another excellent source of calcium and digestive cultures – so a good food for your pooches digestive health. Just make sure that the yoghurt you buy for your dog is natural, non-fat yoghurt with no artificial flavourings or sweeteners.
Eggs – these can be fed either raw or , (boiled or scrambled rather than fried though!). Eggs can be given to your dogs raw and in the shells as this provides the maximum amount of nutrients.
Tuna – fatty fish such as tuna is good for dogs as it is high in omega-3 fatty acid and helps keep your dog fit on the inside as well as the outside by maintaining a glossy coat. Always feed cooked fish, never raw.
Oatmeal – this is a good source of fibre for dogs and is far better than refined grains. It is excellent for dogs with digestive issues and good for dogs with wheat allergies often found in conventional dog foods. Cook oatmeal in the same way you would do for yourself, but make sure it is cold before serving it to your dog.
Seaweed – lots of dogs will help themselves to seaweed if they’re at the beach, so they may already know it’s a good food for them to eat! Seaweed is rich in vitamins C and E and a metabolism regulator too. You can buy seaweed powders made specifically for dogs from on-line health food stores.
Always add new foods to your dog’s diet gradually and one at a time just in case he does get an upset tummy – but none of these foods should upset your dog if you add them in small quantities to your dog’s diet. He’s bound to appreciate and enjoy trying some new foods which will provide him with lots of health benefits.