Whether you’re having a meal or simply a snack, you’re bound to give in to the wide-eyed dog begging for a morsel à la Puss in Boots (an act any dog behaviorist will condemn, mind you!). Those beautiful black eyes will peer into your soul, forcing your hand to hand over a few little bites from time to time. However, as generous as sharing your food with her may seem, you’re actually harming her and putting her health in danger. For instance, chocolates, onions and garlic foods, and fried foods are bound to affect your dog’s health, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Some cases may escalate, leading to the need for medical treatment.
Luckily, there are some foods which you can share. In fact, some of the following should be part of your dog’s diet in order to boost his immunity and ensure his health for years to come.
As cheesy as this may sound, cheese is the best treat you can give your pooch as long as he’s not lactose intolerant. String cheese may especially become his favorite since he can play with it as well. However, you’re welcome to also give your dog cottage cheese since it’s full of protein and calcium. In fact, mix it with dog food for an extra dose of nutrition.
Another human food to give a non-lactose intolerant pup is yogurt. This edible will improve his digestive health, which is why it’s ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Just remember to give him unsweetened yogurt without artificial flavoring or even fat-free yogurt if he’s on a diet. Moreover, in summer, serve it frozen as a cool treat you both can share.
Though your dog is essentially a carnivore, you should make sure that she gets her fair share of veggies from time to time. While certain vegetables are bound to irritate her stomach and cause diarrhea, you can definitely feed her the following to ensure her health on the long run.
Broccoli – Excellent for your pooch, this vegetable has over 33 cancer-preventing compounds which can boost her immune system. However, moderation is important as too much green can affect your dog’s thyroid function.
Sweet Potatoes – Though sweeter than regular potatoes, they’re ideal for your gal as they contain vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium and other nutrients that keep her healthy.
Green beans – These make great snacks for your pooch as they’re low on calories and high on nutrition, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients.
Baby Carrots – Another snack-worthy veggie, raw baby carrots are filled with antioxidants that can ensure the health of your doggie.
Pumpkin – According to Modern Dog magazine, pumpkin contains fiber and beta-carotene. As a result, your dog’s digestive health will improve. However, moderation is necessary here as well since too much can cause diarrhea or flatulence.
Like vegetables, fruits are an important part of a healthy doggy meal. However, you need to be selective of which fruits to give him, so abide by the following.
Apples – Apples are excellent for dogs, especially since they keep the dentist at bay. Giving your dog apples will clean his teeth while providing him with fiber and vitamins A and C. Just make sure to seed and core the apples before handing them over to him.
Bananas – Dogs go bananas for bananas. They’re also good for pooches since they back extra nutrients and energy. Just make sure not to give your dog too much or else you’ll have a “messy” situation to deal with.
Blueberries – All forms of berries are great for dogs since they contain antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. You can serve a little frozen to avoid upsetting your dog’s stomach.
Though you shouldn’t give a lot of popcorn to your pooch, a little won’t do any harm, especially if you skip the butter and salt. This low-calorie snack contains potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, boosting your dog’s health during movie night.
Also on this list are rice, hot dogs, cooked salmon (keep the sushi for you), eggs, chicken and peanut butter. For more information on what to give your ol’ boy, talk to your veterinarian or reputable dog trainers in your area.