For first-time pet owners, knowing what to feed your dog and what never to give them can be tricky business. You want your dog to always live a healthy, long life, but denying them what they want can be super difficult—especially when they look at you with those puppy-dog eyes!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the best foods you can give your dog other than his own dog food:
Eggs are a great source of essential nutrients both you and your dog need to live a healthy life. Rich with riboflavin, folate, amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B12, iron, fatty acids and selenium, the shell also contains phosphorous and calcium, making it the ultimate food for your dog to snack on—with or without a shell.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fibers, and are low in calories, making them the ideal treat for an overweight dog on a diet. It is also great for your dog’s dental health!
A favorite of almost all dogs, unsalted peanut butter is packed with healthy nutrients such as vitamin B, vitamin E, protein, healthy fats, and niacin. You might want to limit giving your dog peanut butter as a treat, as peanuts are also high in fats and calories, and could negatively affect the health of your dog if given generously.
The fatty fish is loaded with healthy nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids; cooked and de-boned salmon may be able to reduce inflammation and will keep your dog’s skin and fur healthy.
A word of caution: NEVER feed your dog raw salmon! Raw salmon may contain parasites that are linked to the fatal salmon poisoning disease.
A low-calorie ingredient rich in nutrients, broccoli may be given to dogs as an occasional snack. So don’t worry if you discovered your little one sneaking his broccoli under the table to give the family dog!
A commonly occurring ingredient in most dog foods, oatmeal is rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fibers, making it completely fine for you to cook some for your dog when you make your own breakfast!
Plain cooked white or brown rice could be an excellent way to relieve your dog. Rice is relatively easy to digest, and pairing it with chicken or turkey could make for a complete meal.
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