Best dog foods for your canine friend
Human foods that are great for dogs!
You’ll be interested to know that some recent research studies show some of the foods that we eat and enjoy are also considered as the best dog food for your canine friend.
Of course, we don’t mean pizza, chinese or KFC and table scraps are out of the question, as there are some foods that are harmful to your dog. So, before you cave in to those puppy-dog eyes and give your dog something that could potentially be harmful, it is advisable to know which human food your dog can eat safely, without worrying about adverse side effects.
Now, many dog owners take the easy way out, sometimes because of a lack of time, motivation or knowledge we feed our canine friend ready to eat dog food like kibble, dehydrated, wet, dry, complete foods or a mixture of all.
However, the same studies have shown that these ready-to-eat foods often contain additives that could be harmful for your pet over the long term. Instead of relying on these types of food, now is the time to experiment with a natural selection which is not going to harm them in the long-term.
The following suggestions can be in addition to what you are already feeding your friend or you may want to decrease your dog’s current diet and include some of the more natural choices below.
Here are some food items that we eat, which are also safe to feed your dog.
Oatmeal is a great choice if your dog suffers from constipation or has wheat allergy? Cook the oatmeal without sugar or flavourings and let your dog munch on it. It is rich in fibre and will keep your dog’s digestion optimal and ensure regular bowel movements.
Peanut butter is another great food for dogs but only the unsalted version. Unsalted peanut butter provides dogs with vital protein and healthy fats. However, avoid giving your dog peanut butter that contains xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener and can give your dog an insulin rush, which will cause your dog’s blood sugar levels to decline rapidly. In a worst-case scenario, this can turn into a life-threatening situation.
Chicken is an excellent source of protein for your pet and because it is so quick to cook, it is the best replacement for preserved dog food. When cooking chicken for your dog, do not add any seasoning. Mix the cooked chicken with rice for a delicious wholesome meal for your pet. For extra filling you can also add vegetables and even fish for a really healthy meal.
Well, there is nothing like giving your dog plain and simple yoghurt. It is rich in calcium and protein, both of which will do your pet a world of good. You may want to put your pooch on yoghurt if they suffer from digestion issues. Remember, you can only feed your canine yoghurt that is natural and devoid of sweeteners and sugar.
If your dog’s coat is starting to look dull, you can restore the sheen by feeding your them cooked salmon (not raw). Make sure you purchase the salmon from a reliable source so that it's not contaminated with heavy metals. The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in the fish will make the coat shinier as well as healthier and Salmon provides a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Did you know that green beans are healthy not just for you, but also for your pooch? French beans are a great source for iron, vitamins and fibre. Make sure you cook the beans to destroy the lectins, which can result in nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Of course, green beans contain merely 5 to 10 per cent lectin, and usually do not have an adverse effect on dogs, but it is safer to cook the beans to destroy them completely.
When you want to give your dog a quick dose of protein, egg is the easiest way to do this. Simply poach the egg, cool it down and serve it to your pet. Remember, raw eggs are a big no-no. This is because they could be contaminated with salmonella and you could end up making your dog sick.
Pumpkin is also healthy for your dog because it is rich in Vitamin A and fibre. You can give your dog a slice of raw pumpkin to nibble on or you can cook it along with the rice or meat. It will also help to ease any digestive problems your doggie is experiencing.
Carrots are as good for your dog as they are for you. For one, the gnawing will clean their teeth and keep the gums healthy. Secondly, raw carrots have a high content of fibre and vitamins besides being low in calories to keep your dog’s weight in check, carrots are also cheap to buy and widely available.
When you are looking for the best dog food for your pet, remember, freshly cooked foods beat preserved foods any day. Serving any of these foods with brown or white rice will ensure your dog enjoys a meal that is wholesome and healthy.