7 Foods That Humans Can Eat And SO Can Your DOG

  • 23/10/2017

How much thought do you actually put into choosing what you give your dogs to eat? If you are like many old-school dog owners, not much at all is given. In fact, it is often assumed (and wrongfully, quite frequently) that if you can eat something and survive, surely your loving canine companion can do the same, right?

But this is a dangerous game to play; even if in the beginning nothing seems awry. But why leave to chance something as simple and important as giving your dog foods that are nutritious and safe?

Luckily, there is quite a large area of intersection between what you and your pooch can have, so relax, you don’t need to avoid everything. In fact, after learning these common human foods that your dog can savour as well, you two will likely develop a stronger bond of love.

Ready for a treat? (Not you, your dog!)

1.      Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a classic that can be enjoyed by both you and your dog (given that you don’t have allergies). Peanut butter is a good source of protein and contains fats that are good for your dog’s health. In addition, peanut butter is also a good source of B vitamins and Vitamin E, which can improve metabolism and boost cardiovascular health. Give about a tablespoon from time to time - but be sure that it does not contain excess sodium or the artificial sweetener xylitol, both that may be troublesome to your dog’s health.

2.      Salmon

There has been an air of confusion when it comes to giving dogs fish, but for the most part, fish is extremely safe. Salmon is an excellent protein source for dogs, as it is a source of lean high-quality protein, and has small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids as well. When it comes to avoiding fish, the only troublesome ones appear to be tuna and swordfish, which due to their long lifespan, accumulate more than the average amount of mercury. All other varieties are fair game, with salmon being an excellent option.

3.      Sliced Apples

Fruits are and should be an essential part of your dog’s diet, but frequently owners skip giving fruit altogether. Apples are an excellent and easy fruit to incorporate into your dog’s diet, as it supplies essential Vitamin A and C, along with ample fibre. This helps prevent the development of digestive issues related to poor intestinal motility and can help raise your pet’s immunity. Plus, apples can help to clean your dog’s teeth, removing accumulated residue and saving you the trouble of cleaning yourself. Just remove the seeds, cut into small slices and give your dog a piece or two when you are having some - he may actually love it.

4.      Oatmeal

Another excellent and healthy grain that can be enjoyed by the both of you, it is an excellent option for older dogs with reduced food consumption and bowel disturbances that usually accompany them. Oatmeal offers plenty soluble fibre, which helps keep probiotic bacteria fed and avoids malabsorption of food. It is not necessary to add sugar or other additives, as you want them to consume high quality, unadulterated food- but you must cook it.

5.      Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an extremely versatile food to both humans and dogs alike, being rich in fibre and vitamins A and C. pumpkin can be made into a puree, combined with rice or given as-is, helping to keep the digestive system healthy and promoting regularity.

6.      Cheese

Cheese can be considered more of a treat, as it is high in fat, but it’s also high in protein, which is necessary for helping keep your dog active and healthy. Some dogs are also lactose intolerant, so be sure to test with a small piece and gauge the response. You wouldn’t like to be fed cheese if you were lactose intolerant, would you?

7.      Honey

Honey can be considered a natural super-food and should be given to your dog if he spends a significant amount of time outside. Why? Honey contains small amounts of pollen in it, which is allergenic to many humans and dogs alike. By gradually increasing exposure, the immune response to pollen is diminished until it subsides completely. Plus, it is fortified with numerous vitamins and minerals, which are beneficial to your dog’s health, so give a teaspoon from time to time.

A guest post by Kate Corr, The Founder of Best Mattress Expert, a blog dedicated to helping people choose the best mattress brand. Check out www.bestmattressexpert.com to learn more about Kate.

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