Nobody can resist the sad eyes and cute face of a dog begging for table scraps or other food. You will surely be tempted to toss Fido a chunk of steak or your kids might sneak Fido a Brussels sprout to avoid having to eat it themselves.
Giving your dog food meant for human consumption isn’t always a bad thing, but only if you are making all of the right choices. For example, feeding your dog a chocolate bar isn’t wise, but it is fine to feed him peanut butter. Chocolate might be a tasty treat for your dog, but it is toxic and should be avoided.
The best way to keep your dog safe is to learn which foods are good for him and which foods are bad for him. BratPak, your dog daycare in Livermore, offers the foods you can feed your dog and the foods you need to avoid.
There are plenty of dog owners who love sharing food with their pets. Here are a few of the healthier food choices you can make for your dog.
If your dog isn’t sensitive to grains, oatmeal is a good choice for a doggie snack. Not only is oatmeal packed with vitamins and minerals, but it is also an excellent source of fiber. You will make Fido regular again.
Never hesitate to slice up an apple and feed it to your dog. Apples are full of vitamins A and C and are a good choice for Fido. Just avoid giving him the seeds as they naturally contain cyanide.
Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, vitamin A and plenty of other nutrients. But best of all, they are so tasty to both you and Fido. Dogs can easily digest sweet potatoes that are baked or steamed and served unsweetened.
Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for optimal health. If you want to feed your dog unseasoned, cooked salmon, you would be doing him a healthy favor. Just don’t feed him raw salmon.
Green beans are another great food you can feed your dog. Even your vet will agree. In fact, vets recommend a diet of green beans if you have a dog that needs to lose some weight.
Green beans are high in vitamins and low in calories, which makes them the perfect treat for a dog who doesn’t need any added weight.
There are plenty of health benefits that come with eating eggs. You can feed Fido raw eggs or scrambled eggs that have not been salted or peppered.
Pumpkin is yet another healthy food choice for Fido. Fresh, canned or cooked pumpkin is a great choice for dogs, just make sure you don’t add sugar or spices to it. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A.
Yogurt tastes great and it is full of all sorts of good stuff including calcium, protein and digestive cultures. Yogurt is an excellent way to improve your dog’s digestive health. Just make sure that you choose yogurt without flavor or sweeteners and make sure it is low in fat.
Carrots are high in vitamin A and fiber and they are also low in calories. This makes carrots a great snack for any dog. Chewing raw carrots is also beneficial for your dog’s teeth. The low calories in carrots make them a great treat for overweight dogs.
Cheese is a great food for Fido but only if he isn’t lactose intolerant. Cottage cheese can be fed to your dog and it is high in calcium, protein and it is also easy to digest.
Chicken is good for dogs, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Cooked chicken is a good choice, just make sure you don’t feed your dog cooked chicken bones as they can splinter and cause problems.
Raw chicken and raw chicken bones are fine for dogs to eat. Raw chicken bones are soft and chewy and your dog will love it.
Peanut butter is one of the best foods you can feed your dog because it lasts for such a long time. In addition, peanut butter is packed full of healthy fats, protein and vitamins B and E.
The best kind of peanut butter you can feed your dog is unsalted with no sugar substitutes.
There are plenty of foods you need to avoid giving to your dog for a number of reasons. Here is a list of a few foods to avoid feeding your dog.
Regardless of the delivery system, you should avoid feeding your dog caffeine. Caffeine can cause some pretty serious issues in some dogs. So avoid giving your dog tea, coffee, energy drinks or anything else with caffeine.
Avocados contain persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and heart congestion in dogs, which you certainly don’t want. The pit is also a major no-no as it is a huge choking hazard. The pit of the avocado is also full of persin.
Given the choice, your dog would probably choose cat food over dog food. Unfortunately, cat food contains proteins and fats that target a cat’s dietary needs. The fat and protein levels in cat food are way too high for Fido.
Whether it’s chicken, turkey or ham, all cooked bones should never be fed to dogs. Cooked bones can splinter and that poses a threat for dogs.
Corn on the Cob
You can feed your dog small amounts of corn, that is never an issue. However, never give your dog the cob to gnaw on. Corn cobs are a choking hazard and they can also cause intestinal blockage.
In small amounts, garlic is fine for Fido, but you need to avoid feeding him large amounts. Too much garlic can be toxic for dogs.
Grapes and Raisins
Even a small amount of grapes can cause health issues in dogs. In fact, they can cause kidney failure, so it is best to avoid them at all costs.
A small amount of liver is not going to hurt your dog, However, avoid giving him too much as too much vitamin A can adversely affect your dog’s bones and muscles.
Feeding your dog even a small amount of macadamia nuts can be deadly. The symptoms include high temperature, weak back legs, vomiting and muscle shakes. Get your dog to the vet right away should he ingest macadamia nuts.
Whether they are raw, fried or sauteed, you should never feed your dog onions. In fact, onions are one of the worst foods you can feed your dog. Onions contain disulfides and sulfoxides, both of which pose a health danger for dogs.
While it is fine to feed your dog bell peppers, you need to avoid feeding him any type of hot pepper. Jalapenos and other hot peppers are great for human consumption, if you can handle them, but not for your dog.
Salt isn’t very healthy for humans or dogs. So skip out on tossing a few fries from Wendy’s to your dog.
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