1 Aug | Posted by Lenka Laskova | no comments |
Feeding is one of the ways we show love to our pets. Sometimes, we do this through special treats such as human food and that is completely alright, as long as we don’t overindulge our loved ones into obesity. Most dog food you can buy in the store contains a proper balance of everything your dog needs on a daily basis, but introducing human food to his diet from time to time can also be a good idea.
However, it is important to know what food our dogs can and can’t eat. Here’s a list of foods dogs not only can eat, but they are good for their health.
1. Peanut butter. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. Be absolutely sure that you’re not using sugar-free or “lite” peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.
2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.
3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.
4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta-carotene/vitamin A.
5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system.
6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins.
7. Pumpkin. Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
Dogs digestive system is sensitive, so sometimes when you introduce a new food if you notice their stomach is not reacting well, don’t insist on it. There’s a plenty of other treats. Also, we’ve prepared a list of food you shouldn’t feed you dog with since they can cause allergies in dogs, or even turn out to be fatal.
1. Xylitol. One of the newest and easily available human foods toxic to dogs is xylitol. Xylitol is present in products from gums to sugar-free cookies. When ingested in relatively small amounts, this sweetener can result in low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and death. These symptoms can show up as quickly as 30 minutes or as long as 12 hours after ingestion, and treatment must be quick and aggressive or they can be fatal.
2. Grapes and raisins. Grapes and raisins have been found recently to induce kidney failure in some animals. This failure can be permanent and life threatening. It does not seem to relate to the volume ingested, and not all animals seem to be equally susceptible. Although some dogs have been eating grapes for years, the safe course is to avoid grapes and raisins completely.
3. Chocolate. Due to articles such as this, many people are now aware of chocolate’s toxicity in dogs and cats. With the recent popularity of chocolates that are 60 and 70 percent cocoa, this risk has become much more serious. Toxic doses of chocolate can cause abnormal heartbeats, kidney failure, and death.
4. Onions. Onions are tasty for our pets as well as us, but too many onions can be dangerous. High levels of onion ingestion in dogs and cats can cause life-threatening anemia.
5. Ice cream. As refreshing of a treat ice cream is, it’s best not to share it with your dog. Generally speaking, dogs don’t digest dairy very well, and many even have a slight intolerance to lactose, a sugar found in milk products. Although it’s also a dairy product, frozen yogurt is a much better alternative.
6. Almonds and Macadamia nuts. Almonds may not necessarily be toxic to dogs like pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are, but they can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe if not chewed completely. Salted almonds are especially dangerous because they can increase water retention, which is potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.
7. Alcohol. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can result in significant intoxication for a dog, which can lead to vomiting, seizures, and even death.