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The Absolute Best People Food That You Can Share With Your Pooch
Although this is a bit off topic for NaturalOn, we know that if you are like us, you consider the family dog not just a pet or a companion, but a true member of the family.
With this in mind, we wanted to give you a list of people food that you can give to your furry family member and feel good about it.
Not all foods are safe for your poochie. We are going to give you a list of those as well so you can avoid any unexpected and expensive trips to the vet.
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Check out the best people foods that are completely safe for puppy tummies.
1. Peanut Butter
An all-time canine favorite! It’s a good source of protein and full of healthy fats. The best kind for Fido is raw, unsalted peanut butter.
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Another big favorite of doggies everywhere. Cheese can be added to regular dog food to increase its protein levels, or you can slip them a pill when you hide it in a piece of cheese. (Don’t let your dog know, however, as this is a human secret!). In a pinch, if you run out of dog food, some cheese and peanut butter is a great substitute.
Plain, unsweetened yogurt is another nice treat for Spike. Yogurt is just as good for your canine friend as it is for you.
These are almost as good as a bone in your dog’s eyes! Miniature breeds, such as Pomeranians or Teacup breeds can enjoy baby carrots, while bigger dogs love chewing on great big carrots. It might look funny, but they really love them!
Canned pumpkin is a nice treat, and if Fido tends to get constipated, this is a natural laxative that works wonders. You can also give them fresh pumpkin — but not the ones you used for Halloween.
6. Green Beans
Some dogs love these and others not so much, but give it a try! Give them fresh green beans or canned beans with no added salt.
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7. Apple Slices
These are a great doggie treat as they clean the teeth and freshen the breath naturally. Remove the seeds and the core before you give the remainder to your dog.
Got leftover oatmeal in the morning? Give Rover a nice treat! This is especially good for older dogs that have bowel problems and a terrific alternative for dogs that are allergic to wheat. Always give your dog cooked oatmeal with little or no added sugar.
Eggs are another terrific source of protein and are very easy to digest. If your pup was sick recently, or had surgery and doesn’t seem interested in dog food, try scrambling them up an egg or two.
Although this can be an expensive treat, if you have some leftovers from dinner, salmon is excellent for improving the immune system and will give your four legged friend a super shiny coat. The skin is also perfectly fine to give to your furry friend. Yes, tuna is also a great treat for your pet.
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11. Cooked Chicken
For some extra protein, you can add some cooked chicken pieces (no bones) to your favorite friend.
Similar to lean meat, liver is another great treat as long as you give it in small amounts. Limit Spike’s consumption to no more than one gram of liver per kilo of body weight. (Your dog’s body weight, not yours!)
If Fido likes pears, by all means, let him have one! These are loaded with vitamins and help to prevent constipation. Remove the seeds and core before you feed it to your fur-covered friend.
This is a low-calorie treat that you can enjoy with Fido every time you two watch a movie together! Opt for no salt or butter for your walking companion, but with lots of calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium, you can really feel good about sharing.
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15. Most Vegetables
Almost all vegetables are fine for Fido. This includes peas, broccoli, green beans, and cauliflower. Also, coconuts and coconut oil can be safely given to your pet.
Keep in mind that, for the most part, these foods should be treats and make up no more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet.
What You Should Never Feed Fido
There are some foods that you should never give to your four legged friend and those are:
- Alcohol – This can cause coma and even death
- Avocados – Often causes vomiting and diarrhea
- Raisins- Too many raisins can cause kidney failure
- Bones – These can cause stomach or intestinal lacerations
- Walnuts or Macadamia Nuts – These cause damage to the central nervous system
- Garlic and Onions – These can cause anemia
- Dairy – Too much milk or other dairy products can lead to diarrhea
- Grapes – Like raisins, these can cause kidney failure
- Mushrooms – Good for us, but not for dogs! These can cause shock and death
- Fatty Foods – Such as French fries and hamburgers; these lead to pancreatitis
- Caffeinated Drinks – This often give dogs diarrhea and vomiting
- Xylitol – Often found in sugarless gum or candy, these cause liver failure and death
- Chocolate – Dogs cannot metabolize chocolate which leads to heart and nervous system damage, sometimes, even death
- Over The Counter Pain Relievers – Such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, these lead to ulcers and kidney failure.
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Always give your dogs small amounts of approved foods to see how he reacts to them. Like people, some dogs have allergies to certain foods. Always consult your vet if you think your dog has consumed something he is allergic to or that he should not have eaten.