Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat
We all like to treat our dogs sometimes. While there are so many things that are really not good for dogs, such as ice cream, or biscuits – there are safe human foods you can give to your dog as a treat, or add to his main meal. Here are a few ideas from Holidays4Dogs to spice up your dog’s dinners, or as an occasional treat.
This could be another great summer treat for dogs – frozen pineapple is just as refreshing for your dog too. Although it contains natural sugars, it also contains potassium and calcium.
Cottage Cheese –
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 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.
This is another excellent source of calcium and digestive cultures – so a good food for your pooch’s digestive health. Just make sure that the yoghurt you buy for your dog is natural, non-fat yoghurt, with no artificial flavourings, or sweeteners.
These can be fed either raw, boiled or scrambled. Not fried, though. Eggs can be given to your dogs raw and in the shells, as this provides the maximum amount of nutrients.
Fatty fish, such as tuna, is good for dogs as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. It helps keep your dog fit on the inside, as well as the outside, by maintaining a glossy coat. Always feed cooked fish, never raw.
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.
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 online health food stores.
Dogs will always appreciate fresh meat in their diet. This can either be cooked or served raw. Most large pet shop chains now sell raw meat in convenient packages. Chicken, turkey and lean beef are all fine for your dog to eat.
Always avoid fatty meat like pork or bacon. Never give your dog cooked meat containing bones as this can be very dangerous.
Likewise, processed meat such as burgers and sausages may contain high levels of salt and possibly onions and, therefore, you should refrain from giving this to your dog.
Always add new foods to your dog’s diet gradually and one at a time just in case he does get an upset tummy – none of these foods should upset your dog if you add them in small quantities to your dog’s diet. Some of these foods may encourage a picky eater to enjoy his, or their meals, more.
Your dog is bound to appreciate and enjoy trying some new foods which will provide him with lots of health benefits.