5 Human Foods You Can Safely Feed Your Dog
Our pets are a part of our family, and just as we would if they walked on two legs, we like to show them our love with the occasional treat to brighten their day. We’ve all seen how wild they go for the odd titbit passed to them under the table, and although we’re viewing it from a human perspective, canine diets can look a little uninspiring.
However, when it comes to feeding our pooches food intended for people, we have to be very careful to give them treats that are kind to their tummies. Here are five to try…
Canines go crazy for cheese, and luckily for them, it's something they can be fed. Low or reduced fat varieties are best, and cheddar is a particularly good choice. However, if you haven’t tried it before, do be aware that a small number of dogs are lactose intolerant, so start with a really small amount just to be on the safe side.
They may not strike you as standard canine cuisine, but carrots are also a good food to try. Filled with fibre and vitamin A, they are low calorie and great for your dog’s dental health.
3. Peanut butter
Another odd one is peanut butter, but most pooches love it. A fantastic source of protein, it contains heart healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin. Although you must be sure to choose a version that is sweetener- and xylitol-free, as these can be toxic, try stuffing some inside a kong to give your dog hours of fun.
4. Cooked chicken
We’ve all seen our dogs prick their ears and develop a love-struck look when they smell chicken, and luckily it’s fine to feed them. Slip it into their bowl to add extra protein to their diet.
It’s not a cheap treat, but salmon is also the stuff of dreams for canine companions. Filled with omega three fatty acids, it will give your dog a shiny coat and a strong immune system. You can feed it either cooked, in oil form, or even through your unwanted fish skins.
Feed these novel foods alongside the odd deliciously tasty dog treat for a happy and healthy canine companion.
You might also be interested in reading how to keep your dog's teeth in top condition.
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