Sunday, February 12, 2017

Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Foods

 Top 10 Dog Friendly Human Foods

Pet owners love sharing everything with their canine friend or pet dogs if possible, but it is a little tricky when it comes to feeding your pet dog food, especially when they start lurking around at the dinner table, giving you huge puppy eyes. So what human foods are safe?

Pug eating dinner

1. Chicken

Cooked Chicken breast
Every Dog loves some chicken, be sure to serve it up cooked with no seasoning. Cooked Chicken is a great source for protein and a quick choice for a simple dinner. Avoid feeding your Dogs cooked chicken bones, as they are brittle and split upon chewing.

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter on knife
To be frank, this may be one of the most unusual and least expected human foods to be safe for Dogs, but hey, who knew? Unsalted, raw peanut butter is the way to go. This is a great source for healthy fats, Vitamin B, E and also protein. Avoid “Sugar-free” or “Lite” peanut butters as those contain artificial sweeteners that are very harmful for your dogs.

3. Carrot bits / Baby Carrots

Bunch of Baby Carrots
Letting your pet dog chomp on some carrots promotes better teeth hygiene, similarly for other pets as well! These make a great treat as they are low in calorie, high in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. Mixing up some boiled, mashed carrots into your pet dog’s food is another good way too.

4. Cheese

Different cheeses
Cheese is suitable for canines that aren’t lactose intolerant, small amounts or cheese that are low or reduced in fat would be good choices, one good example is the Cottage Cheese. Cheese is high in Calcium and Protein. Mix them into your Dog’s food, feed them in tiny bits as treats, or even bake them! One such recipe here.

5. Salmon / Cod

Salmon pieces
Cooked Salmon, Cod or most fishes provide our Doggy companions with Omega 3 fatty acids, which greatly helps in achieving a healthy, shiny coat of fur. It also boosts your Dog’s immune system, so pop in some cooked fish for your pet’s meal, and make sure all bones are removed!

6. Apple

Red and green apple slices
One great fruit you should absolutely feed your dogs is Apple. Not only does it provide Vitamins A and C, it also helps freshen your Dog’s breath and clean their teeth. Do ensure there are no seeds left behind, one good way is serving them apple slices, or cubes, as long as there is no core.

7. Honey

Honey in a pot
Ration about 1 tablespoon once or twice per day for your Dogs, honey is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K and Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Anti-oxidants, a great and powerful food source for protecting your furkids from allergies!

8. Yoghurt

Plain yoghurt in a cup
Choose plain yoghurt that is not flavored and not sweetened. Yoghurt is a great source of Calcium and protein, a little amount fed to your Dogs everyday could help with their digestive systems too.

9. Green Beans

Dog eating green beans
Did you know, some owners choose green beans to help their Dog’s loose weight? A convenient alternative as a snack, because green beans are filling, high in fibre and low in calories. Ensure the green beans are not salted before serving.

10. Pumpkin / Sweet Potato

orange sweet potato
These two food choices are high in fibre, Beta Carotene and Vitamin A. There are many ways to serve them cooked, such as steamed or baked, with no seasoning. These ingredients also aid with Dogs’ digestive systems. Try out a Grain Free Vegan Sweet Potato Recipe!

Happy Dog Food

While introducing human foods for your canine companions can be so much fun and result in better bonding between owner and pet, it is important to always try in small, tiny amounts first. Consult a Veterinarian or Pet Nutritionist for a list of safe foods if your dog has any current allergies.

Smiling Dog
Always monitor your furkids’ reactions from a small amount before you take a step further. Creating recipes from these foods can be very rewarding and your pet Dogs will appreciate your efforts for sure!