Giving your dog people food is a highly debatable topic. Many people have heard over the years that dogs must eat dog food and if you give your dog table scraps or human food they will get sick and have diarrhea. This is of course totally ridiculous. The natural diet of a dog is to eat our left overs. That doesn’t mean you want to give your dog fast food or your left over Pad Thai, but you shouldn’t be afraid to give your pup whole real foods like you eat every day.
Keep in mind that every dog is unique and individual. Some may have allergies or be sensitive to certain foods so take it easy at first but to keep your dog healthy and happy it’s a good idea to give your dog human foods daily.
If you search the internet for lists of human foods that are ok to give your dog vs. foods that could potentially kill your dog, you will find they can contradict one another. Also it’s important to note that any food that is not part of your dog’s normal diet could cause stomach upset so start small and work your way up. You have to monitor the fat and sodium levels in everything your dog eats, as well as your dog’s own sensitivity to certain foods.
If something is going to fall off your plate and onto the floor, here are just few of a few the human foods that are not only okay to give your dog, you should start working these items into your dogs diet ASAP because of their amazing health benefits.
Blueberries – A great summer snack for dogs. Just pop them into the freezer for a few hours and your pup now has a icy treat to cool them down in the heat of summer.
Broccoli – A great source of fiber and vitamin C when given in moderation.
Carrots – Raw carrots can be hard for a dog to digest so it’s best to cook them or dehydrate them so puppy can chomp them up into smaller pieces.
Peanut Butter – Full of heart healthy fats, and vitamins B, E, and niacin. What dog doesn’t love a little peanut butter stuffed into a Kong? Best to get unsalted and low sugar peanut butter. WARNING! Check the ingredients in your peanut butter and avoid xylitol. This is a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. If your peanut butter has it, choose a different brand before giving it to your dog.
Salmon – Everyone needs omega 3 fatty acids, even dogs! Salmon will help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy and also helps boost the K9 immune system. Salmon should be cooked or you can use salmon oil. If you’re not into eating the salmon skin, your pup would love it!
Pumpkin – A digestive aid that can also help with diarrhea in dogs. Always good to keep a can of pumpkin in the cupboard.
Cooked Chicken (NO BONES!) – cooked chicken bones are bad for all dogs, never give your dog cooked chicken bones, but the chicken meant, when cooked, is a great source of protein and if you’re ever in a pinch, can make a great replacement meal.
Raw Meats Including Chicken (bones are okay) – When giving your dog raw chicken the bones are okay for your dog to eat but you must be sure you are picking the right food and do it safely. Be sure to consult a professional and get educated if you’re going to switch your pups from processed store food to raw food.
Cheese – If your dog is NOT lactose intolerant, a little low fat cheese won’t hurt them but be sure to monitor their reaction to cheese. Low fat cottage cheese is best.
Eggs (cooked or raw) – A scrambled egg is a great protein boost and most dogs can’t resist them. If your dog isn’t feeling well or having trouble eating, this could be a great way to get some protein in them. Raw eggs are a great source of nutrients and your dog can even eat the shell.
Apple Slices – A couple apple slices can actually help freshen your dogs breath.
It’s important to be educated when feeding human foods to your dog. Introduce them slowly and always in moderation. An apple slice is ok, but the core of an apple is potentially toxic. A Cashew is ok, while a Macadamia Nut, not so much.
Then you have to take into account, that just because a food is canine approved, does not necessarily mean it’s ok for your dog. Some dogs can be highly allergic to certain foods. If you think your dog may have food allergies, it’s best to consult your vet.
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