It is just possible that you and your dog share the same taste in movies, places to run, places to sleep and that you both love that same blanket and usually try to steal it from one another. However, when it comes to snacks, although they will try and take your food, you need to put that to a stop because you just might be hurting your dear pet. Dogs have different digestive systems than we do. They cannot process the food in the same manner as humans, so it is important that you have a very good knowledge about which food you can and which you cannot share. Here they are, divided into a couple of groups:
When it comes to vegetables it is well known that sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins B and C that are needed in your dog’s diet. They also should eat their pumpkin, baby carrots and green beans. Pumpkin is great because of the fibre it contains. This makes bowel movement easy and fast and it prevents obstructions. Besides that, it is rich in vitamin A, the same reason why you should give your dog baby carrots. For a great source of manganese and vitamins K and C, you should add a little bit of green beans as well.
Everybody knows that a little bit of rice is welcome in your dog’s diet. Also, besides rice, you should give them some flax seed. Besides the obvious fibre ingredient, it also has very important omega 3 fatty acids. With a diet that is rich with these acids, your dog’s coat will truly shine. For vitamin B, protein and more fibre, feed your dog oatmeal for breakfast.
For a great source of potassium, you should give your dog bananas. Apples are great because of the vitamins B and C that your dog really needs. If you dry them, they will replace the expensive dog treats that you spend your money on. Also, you should try and give your puppy some blueberries since they are packed with antioxidants that will keep your pup healthy.
We all know that dogs are carnivores and that the meat is the base of their diet. If you want to keep your dog healthy and on a balanced diet, you should stay away from giving them fat trimmings and replace it with cooked poultry instead.
There are many other things that you can share with your dear buddy. For example, eggs for protein (avoid raw because of possible poisoning), peanut butter for vitamins and so on. You can even give your dog some cheese and yoghurt because of the calcium and protein, but make sure that they are not lactose intolerant.
Using these tips, you will always be on the safe side with your dog. Make sure that you have done a thorough research before you give them something that is not on this list.
-Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover, loves writing about them in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.