Not all human food is bad for your pet. Actually, some human food is good for them and helps them get fit. Some of the commercial dog food is high in fillers. These fillers can cause your pet to gain weight and have other medical issues like blood sugar and heart problems. Offsetting the commercial pet food with some leaner more nutritional food can help your pet’s health.
There are several foods in each of the food groups that are good for your dog. You have several options that you can choose to add to your dog’s diet. Before you begin substituting human food for the commercial dog food, you need to make sure the food is on the safe list for your pet.
Food from the Ocean
When it comes to protein, fish is a great source for your dog. Fish provides amino acids and the good fats. The most beneficial fish for your dog is salmon and sardines. Salmon is full of vitamins and proteins, while sardines offer your pet extra calcium.
As you start feeding your dog fish you cook at home, there are some things that you need to know. First, you never want to feed your dog raw or undercooked fish. Next, when you feed your pet fish, other than sardines, make sure you remove all the bones. Another point, you should start feeding your dog small portions of fish so you can monitor his or her tolerance. Some dogs may have allergies to fish and any time you introduce him or her to a new variety you will want to take it slow.
Fish does have many benefits for your dog, but do not overdo it. Limit the number of times per week you feed your pet fish. Veterinarians do not recommend fish more than two times per week for your dog.
Dairy is not a Problem
Some dairy is high in fat, but if you go for the lower fat varieties your pet can see the benefits. Your dog can eat milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs. Dairy products are a good source of protein and calcium for your pet. Just be aware of the precautions you need to take when feeding your pet dairy.
When it comes to feeding your dog cheese, some are very high in fat. The high fat cheeses can cause your pet to gain weight. So, if you want to use cheese as a treat for your pet, make sure you go for the low fat cheeses like mozzarella or cottage cheese. You will want to make sure the cheeses are plain and do not have any added flavors like garlic.
Yogurt is another great human food that benefits your dog. Plain yogurt provides your pet with the probiotics it needs to digest his or her food easier and also strengthens the digestive system.
Nuts and Grains are a Go
Another human food source for your furry friend is grains. Grains like bread and rice are good for your pet but in moderation. Grains and bread help curve your pet’s appetite and make them feel full. If you are feeding your pet bread make sure you read the label. Some bread can contain high amounts of sugar or other preservatives so you will want to limit the intake by your pet. Too much may cause your dog to have a weight problem.
If your dog does not have an allergy to nuts, you can add cashews, peanuts and peanut butter to its diet. But be sure to check with your vet before feeding any type of nut to your pet because some varieties are dangerous. The nuts will give your pet protein, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants that are all good for your dog.
Adding Lean Meats
In addition to feeding your dog fish, you can add lean meats like chicken, turkey and pork. The lean meats are lower in fat but still have the protein and other nutrients your pet needs. When feeding your dog meat, you need to make sure that it is without seasonings and sauce. You must also make sure that all meat is properly cooked all the way.
Veggies are a Plus
Not all vegetables are good for your dog. The veggies that your dog can eat include:
- Brussel sprouts
- Green Beans
These vegetables are good for your pet because they are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Some veggies help your dog’s eyes and heart while others help keep your pet slim and trim.
Fruits are the Sweet Treat
Not only are vegetables good for your dog, but so are some fruits. With the natural sweetness, fruits can make a great treat for your pet. Some of the fruits that your dog can eat include:
These fruits offer your friend a refreshing change from regular dog treats. The fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Before you begin feeding your pet human food, consult your veterinarian for both nutritional and dietary needs. As you start feeding your dog human food, begin slowly to make sure he or she can handle and does not have any reaction to the new foods. Remember to also keep everything in moderation. Please let us know if you have any questions about what human foods your dog can eat.
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