Keeping our furry friends on a strict canine diet is harder than most people think. Not only does it call for constant awareness of what your dog is nibbling at, but also resisting the urge to slip him an occasional human morsel. Do not let those puppy-dog eyes get the best of you! Just because something is good for us is not necessarily safe for canine consumption. To help you stay better aware of what goes in your dog’s belly, we have pulled together a list of all dog-approved people foods, along with other toxic items that you should avoid feeding your dog at all costs.
Doggie Good Foods
Berries, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, are all dog-approved foods. They are a nutritional powerhouse, full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. Bonus: Strawberries also contain an enzyme that can whiten both human and canine teeth! Keep a pack of frozen strawberries, so whenever you take it out for a refreshing smoothie for yourself, your dog can also enjoy the crunchy treat. But avoid feeding him strawberries excessively as the fructose in the fruit can be bad news.
Most canines love peanut butter, and it is a great source of protein and healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B, and vitamin E. To keep your dog busy for hours, stuff the butter into a Kong. When choosing a peanut butter, make sure it is unsalted, raw and free of any artificial sweeteners, especially xylitols, as these substances can prove toxic for dogs.
Rich in calcium and protein, plain yogurt is an ideal treat for your dog, especially if he has indigestion. Again, stay away from flavored yogurts as well as yogurts that have additives and artificial sweeteners.
Vegetables make a perfection addition to a dog’s diet, although it is not true for all of them. Onions, garlic and chives are some of the examples of vegetables that can cause red blood cell and intestinal problems. You should always avoid feeding your dog rhubarb leaves and mushrooms. It is better to stick to the healthiest vegetables in the form of leafy greens, carrots, green beans, cucumber and zucchini.
If your dog needs extra protein in his diet, thoroughly cooked and seasoned chicken is a quick and easy addition to his daily food, especially if you are running out of time.
A great source of omega 3 fatty Acids and vitamin E, salmon can help keep your dog’s coat healthy and glossy, along with keeping its immune system strong. Prepare for your dog, add salmon oil to her food, or simply slip him unwanted salmon skins.
Either you can serve your dog raw pumpkin or canned pumpkin as it is loaded with vitamin A and fiber. If your pooch is experiencing bowel problems, pumpkin acts a quick and effective remedy.
Oatmeal, with its high soluble fiber content is particularly great for older dogs that may have developed some digestive problems and bowel irregularities. Also, it acts as a great alternative for those dogs that are allergic to wheat, so make sure you serve cooked oatmeal to your dog instead of uncooked.
Take note that you should give your lactose intolerant dogs cheese in large amounts. However, if your dog is lactose tolerant, cheese can prove an excellent treat. Cottage cheese is a great option, especially if you are looking to increase your canine’s daily intake of protein and calcium. It is also tasty and easy to digest.
Carrots are not only high in vitamin A and fiber, but are also low in calories, making it a perfect option for those dog breeds that are more prone to gaining weight. Also, chewing carrots is great for the health of your dog’s teeth and eyes, and are widely used as treats by owners due to their low calorie content.
Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and offer a myriad of health benefits for both humans and dogs. You can feed your canine friend eggs either cooked or raw. If you are going with the latter, you might as well include the shell to increase the supply of protein, biotin, selenium and riboflavin. However, if you are going with cooked eggs, make sure you feed it without any salt, pepper or other kind of seasoning.
Apples are a tasty and healthy snack for dogs that are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C and phytonutrients. You do not have to worry about peeling the skin, but make sure you remove the seeds as they contain cyanide.
Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, vitamin A and various other nutrients. They can also be digested easily if balked or steamed, and served without any seasoning.
Like chicken, turkey is also fine for dog consumption as long as it is not topped with seasonings and garlic (which can prove toxic for dogs). Also, make sure you remove excess skin and fat from the meat and check for bones as poultry bone fragments can create problems during digestion, causing tears in the intestines and creating blockage.
Simple air-popped, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn is fine for your dog as long as it is consumed in moderation. It consists of thiamine and riboflavin, both of which encourage digestion and health, as well as provide the body with small amounts of protein and iron. Be sure to get rid of any kernels before serving your popcorn to your dog as unpopped kernels can lead to choking.
Corn is one of the most widely used ingredients in dog food. However, the cob can be hard for your dog to digest and thus cause intestinal blockage. To prevent this, avoid giving him corn on the cobs.
Small quantities of plain bread, without any raisins and spices, will not hurt your dog, but it will also not be of any nutritional significance. Bread really has no nutritional value and can really pack on the calories and carbohydrates, just like in the case of people. A better option is homemade bread as compared to store-bought bread as the latter is usually loaded with unnecessary additives and preservatives.
Honey is a great source of countless nutrients and minerals, like vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, and antioxidants. Feeding your dog a tablespoon of honey twice a day can help treat allergies as it introduces small quantities of pollen into their systems, strengthening their immunity to allergens. Additionally, honey can be applied topically on external burns and scars for quick relief from pain and discomfort.
This funky fruit has Lauric, a component that builds up the immune system by combating viruses. It can also be helpful in treating bad breath and various skin conditions like flea allergies, itchy skin, and hot spots. Coconut oil and coconut milk are also safe options for dogs too. Make sure your canine friend doesn’t swallow the fuzzy exterior of the shell as it can get stuck in the throat.
Foods You Have To Avoid
- Ice cream
- Macadamia Nuts
- Cooked Bones
- Chewing gum and candy
- Cat food
- Baby food