In order to make sure that your dog has a long and beautiful life, without any health issues, you need to be aware that its diet is very important. Just like in the case of someone we love and care about, we simply adore seeing our dog eat the food we serve it. If you have a dog, then you probably know just how hard it is to resist those begging eyes when you’re at the table.
It’s almost heartbreaking to see your dog’s face as you enjoy the food on your plate. So, as many other owners out there, you end up giving your dog a bit of your food, to put an end to the sufferance on both sides.
But, as a vet will tell you, most of the things we eat are not just unsuitable for our dogs, but it can even be toxic. Thus, a gesture that seems fine in your opinion can turn into a health hazard for your dog. Our food is too salty, too spicy, too fat, and contains many things our dog’s digestive system and liver can’t handle.
So, before offering your pomsky puppy a bite of your food next time, think twice whether it will do it good or harm. Dogs are native gourmands and will want to eat almost anything their owners eat, without realizing that some of these foods are bad for them. This is why we felt the need to bring some light into this case and present a list of the most recommended human foods for your dog.
Raw And Unsalted Peanut Butter
Yes, peanut butter is great for your dog, as it is healthy and it is a great source of proteins. Of course, always choose a raw and unsalted version of peanut butter, as roasted and salted peanuts are not recommended for dogs. Another very important aspect to have in mind when it comes to choosing peanut butter is to stay away from the “light” and “sugar-free” versions. These two contain artificial sweeteners that can be highly toxic for dogs. As a tip, put some peanut butter in a Kong toy and you’ll have your dog hooked for hours.
If you want to give your dog healthy snacks, then carrots are an exceptional option. It doesn’t matter if you opt for baby carrots or regular carrots that have been sliced. Carrots are hard enough to allow the dog to chew on them, which is great for their teeth, and are rich in fibers and vitamins.
While milk is not recommended, as it causes serious digestive problems in most dogs, yogurt is safe to use in a dog’s menu. Of course, give your dog only plain yogurt, without any sweeteners and additives. This dairy product is a great source of calcium and proteins, not to mention the healthy bacteria that will keep your dog’s digestive system working well at all times.
Another healthy option when it comes to snacks is apple slices. They are crunchy and will help your dog clean its teeth while chewing on them. This will not just promote healthy teeth, but also a fresher breath. Apples are also great due to their high content of vitamin C and A, so this is another reason to choose them. Just make sure that the apple slices served to your dog don’t contain any core parts or seeds, as the dog can choke on them.
Do you have a dog with digestive tract problems, such as diarrhea? Then the high content of fibers in the pumpkin will help with this part, helping with the dog’s digestion. Besides fibers, pumpkins also contain vitamin A and beta-carotene. You can offer it as a snack or you can cook and mash it in special recipes prepared just for your pooch.
Most people don’t believe that dogs can eat green things. Well, it is true that the list is reduced, but green beans are a healthy and safe choice. Green beans are great for dogs with weight issues or those that are on a diet, as they are low on calories and rich in fibers. In other words, your dog will feel fuller for longer, without adding any more weight. Just check the label of the beans when purchasing them, so that they don’t have any salt added.
This is another dairy product you can offer to your dog. But, we have to mention that cheese is suitable only in the case of dogs that don’t have lactose intolerance. If you’re not sure whether your dog is lactose intolerant, give it only a small piece of cheese first and see how it feels. Always opt for low-fat cheese varieties, such as cottage cheese, and offer only small portions to your dog.
Post provided by Jason Goldstein, who works as a Marketing Specialist for Premier Pups. He takes great pride in partnering with the best-certified breeders in Ohio to offer the highest quality, cutest puppies for adoption. He looks forward to sharing his love for pets with people through the agency.