Human Foods That Dogs Can Eat- And Health Friendly
A lot of dog owners nowadays give their pets the same food from the table that we eat. We as dog owners feed our animals food they necessarily shouldn’t have. But most don’t think about that. I think that is because they feel that if they can eat it then why can’t their dog? For an example, my uncle feeds his dogs spam sandwiches and hot dogs all the time. His dogs also end up very obese and eventually end up with health problems.
I did some searching to find out the human foods that dogs can eat. I was surprised that there are many foods you can give them but in moderation. Sadly some owners don’t use moderation very well and dogs end up with health issues.
All The Options…
Dogs can have peanut butter! It lasts a long time especially if you put it in a Kong toy. At stores like Petsmart they have the Kong toys. They are made so you can put treats inside them. Not only is it a treat,, but also a good game for your dog to pass time. Peanut butter has protein, healthy fats, niacin, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B. Just make sure the butter you feed them is unsalted and doesn’t have sugar substitutes.
Yogurt– Is yummy treat for your dog on a warm day! Yogurt contains protein, calcium, and digestive cultures that can improve your dogs health! When picking out a yogurt you want to make sure it is live active cultures and nonfat. Artificial sweeteners and flavors like xylitol are sometimes in yogurt and you want to avoid them. Greek yogurt contains more concentrated levels of probiotics which is the live cultures of bacteria.
Pumpkin– The perfect snack for your dog around Halloween time is pumpkin! You just don’t want any sugar in it. You can feed your dog pumpkin in a can or fresh. It is actually good for a sensitive tummy. It can help with constipation and diarrhea. Pumpkin is also a good source of Vitamin A and fiber.
Honey- Honey contains Vitamin A, B,C,D,E and K. It also has calcium, magnesium, copper and antioxidants. When a dog eats honey it can actually help their allergies! Honey introduces small amounts of pollen into your dogs system. This builds up an immunity to allergens. It can also be used topically for cuts and burns.
Eggs– I never thought raw eggs could be safe for a dog but they are! You can feed them raw or cooked eggs. If you feed them the shell they will get biotin, protein, riboflavin, and selenium. Eggs can also help an upset stomach.
Coconut- Coconut contains lavric acid. This helps combat bacteria and viruses. Coconut also helps bad breath and clear skin conditions like allergies, itchy skin and hotpots.
Sometimes Less Is Better
Sometimes there are foods that are ok for our dogs but better off in small amounts. Food like bread is alright to feed, but it provides no health benefits. If you have an overweight or chunky dog, you may want to skip it altogether. Bread is high in carbohydrates and calories. This will not help a heavy dog achieve any weight loss. Cheese is also good in small quantities but is high in fat. Giving your dog Mozzarella or cottage cheese is a better option with less fat content.
I have never heard of anyone giving their dog cashews but they are ok to feed your dog. They do contain health benefits like calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and proteins. Cashews contain less fat than any other nut so this one is your best option. Rice and oatmeal can be an additive to a meal for your dog. Oatmeal gives your dog dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.
There are many meats safe for your dog. Pork is highly digestible and a protein that has amino acids. It does contain more calories per pound than other meats. Shrimp is safe in small amounts. Raw shrimp can be toxic so making sure it is cooked is important. Raw shrimp is high in bacteria and can make your dog sick.
Turkey and chicken is in dog foods and is safe to feed. Turkey has rich ingredients like protein, riboflavin and phosphorous. Canned tuna is healthy and has omega 3 fatty acids. These promote heart and eye health. Dogs also love meaty bones! They are safe to give your dog as long as the bone is uncooked.
Fruits And Vegetables
Melons like watermelon provide health benefits like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, lycopene and antioxidants. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are free radical fighting antioxidants. Apples contain phytonutrients, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Dogs can eat the skin of an apple but should not be given the seeds. Seeds contain cyanide and are toxic. Dogs should never be fed grapes, raisins, and cherries.
Green been are Vet recommended because they can help a dog lose weight. They are high in fiber but low in calories. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and fiber and easily digestible when steamed or baked. Carrots have high fiber also and have Vitamin A. They are good for overweight dogs because they are low calories. These also can be beneficial to their teeth. Celery and asparagus are safe for dogs but they may not like the taste or texture.
Better Treat Alternatives
So many of these options can be a healthier alternative to some dog treats in the store. Too many treats have preservatives and bad ingredients. I got my lab to eat carrots as a snack. She didn’t like the plain carrot at first so I put just a little of peanut butter on it to give it more of a taste. It wasn’t long and she would eat plain carrots for me.
Keep in mind that your dogs treats shouldn’t exceed more than five to ten percent of their diet. Replacing milk bones with green beans or watermelon could make a big difference in the health and weight of your dog.
I would love to hear feedback from anyone else who has got creative with their dogs snack time!