By Jackie Newton
We’ve all done it, even though we’re not supposed to– we’ve all fed Fido table scraps when no-one was looking. How can you resist those cute puppy eyes?
Rest assured, you’re not alone, all doggie parents seasoned and not have done the same thing.
Apart from additional nutrients and variety, human foods are a useful tool for your dog’s training, reinforcing good behaviour.
So let’s jump right into it. Below is our recommended top 10 dog approved people foods to feed your furry friend for a varied and healthy canine diet.
Packed with protein, calcium and friendly bacteria yogurt makes a great snack not just for humans but for dogs too. Especially when used in a frozen KONG! It will help keep their bones healthy and digestive system running smoothly. Here’s a tip: choose the unsweetened version – it’s a healthier option and lower in calories too. We don’t want any unnecessary weight gain!
Ah, another rich source of protein are beans and dogs just seem to go crazy for green beans. Mine does! They are a rich source of iron and other minerals and vitamins A, C and K. Essential for you but also your pup and besides being yummy they’re also low in calories and happen to be very filling. Win-win!
Oily fish such as salmon are a superfoods of which your dog should not be deprived. These fish are packed with omega fatty acids, protein and healthy fats. They’ll help your pup with his energy levels, his coat, joints and brain health. Have we mentioned how tasty it is as well? Your dog’s taste buds, like ours, will beg you for more. Tip: don’t feed your dog raw or uncooked salmon since in its raw form it sometimes contains parasites that will make your dog sick.
An apple a day will keep the doctor away! Same is true for dogs, but stick to feeding your dog apple slices and remove the core and seeds since these can be toxic. Apples are another healthy snack for dogs since they’re rich in fiber. Fiber helps keep the doggie digestive tract in check. In addition to being a rich source of vitamins A and C, it’s also great for cleaning your pup’s teeth and promoting fresh breath. A natural dog breath freshener and cheap too!
You’ve guessed it – peanut butter makes for a healthy delicious snack and a great treat especially in a KONG toy. This food is a healthy source of protein and healthy fats that you can safely give your dog. Packed with vitamins B, E and niacin your dog will devour it. But like with humans, limit how much you give your dog since it’s a densely calorific food too. Tip: buy the unsalted version since it’s a healthier option.
Cheese is another great treat that we’re sure your dog will love, that is unless he is lactose intolerant. Cheese is a great source of calcium that will help keep their bones and joints healthy. Tip: choose the low-fat version or cottage cheese since these have lower fats and are healthier alternatives.
Don’t be afraid to feed your dog baby carrots since these are rich in fiber and beta carotene. Carrots will help clean your dog’s teeth, promote good eyesight and healthy skin. Both raw and cooked carrots are safe for dogs to eat.
A great source of easy-to-digest complex carbohydrates for your dog which slowly releases energy throughout the day. It’s lower in calories that white potatoes too and similar to carrots it’s packed with vitamin A, fiber and other nutrients. Try feeding your dog cooked sweet potato, or mix it directly with their other food.
Yup – dogs love it, that is if they are not grain intolerant. It’s also a great alternative to wheat which so many dogs are allergic to. Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber so it helps keep their GI tract moving and is another great slow-energy releasing food.
Eggs are a great source of protein which are easily digestible and will also help keep your pup’s coat healthy and shiny. Serve as either scrambled or boiled and cut into edible chunks. Eggs are very filling, so just keep it to one egg per serving 2-3 times per week.
These are just a few of the canine-friendly human foods that you can help supplement your dog’s diet. Remember though to keep servings small as part of their total calorie intake since this is not a free for all.