We work hard to keep our dogs on their canine diets, but sometimes we just can't resist slipping them the occasional human treat. If you want to reward your pet with a food scrap, make sure that you pick human food that is appropriate for canine tummies.
Here are a few dog-friendly people foods:
1. Peanut butter
A special treat for a lot of dogs. Not only is it a great source of protein, but it also includes heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E. Stuff the peanut butter into Kong to keep your dog entertained for hours. Try and opt for raw, unsalted peanut butter.
2. Cooked chicken
Can be an added treat to put in a bowl along with your dog's daily food to add flavour and extra protein to their diet. It also makes a good meal substitute if you're in a shortage of dog food.
A fantastic treat for a dog as long as your dog isn’t lactose-intolerant, so make sure you monitor the response of your dog after eating cheese. Look for low-fat options and do not over-feed, as many varieties of cheese can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is generally a good choice.
4. Baby carrots
Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fibre and beta carotene/vitamin A.
Rich in calcium and protein, But make sure you only select yoghurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yoghurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are healthy for your dog's digestive system.
A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining your dog's coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog's immune system. Feed your dog's cooked salmon, add salmon oil to your food bowl, or slip some of your unwanted fish skins.
Excellent source of fibre as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It is also known to help keep the GI tract moving and can support digestive issues.
Scrambling an egg for your dog is a perfect way to improve protein in their diet. Eggs are also a great source of comfortably digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a nutritious snack.
9. Green beans
Make a great treat for your dog as they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.
10. Apple slices
Help clean the residue of a dog's teeth, which assists to refresh their breath. Apples are a good source of fibre, as well as vitamins A and C. Before feeding an apple to your dog, make sure to remove the seeds and the core, as these can be choking hazards.
A good source of soluble fibre, which can be especially helpful for older dogs with bowel irregularity problems. It's also a perfect substitute food for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure you cook the oatmeal before feeding it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavour additives.
These are just a couple of the human foods that you can feed your dog. Try each one in small quantities first. If your dog has any kind of reaction, consult your veterinarian immediately. Before you offer any human food to your dog, do your research to make sure it's safe. Never feed your dog with toxic human goods including chocolate, onion, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol or coffee. Consult your veterinarian for any concerns about what is healthy and what is dangerous.