What is considered good form for human interaction could prove harmful or even fatal for your best friend. You are probably doing a dog a great disservice by sharing what’s left over from your meal or the junk food in your snack bag. If you want yet another connection to your dog, sharing food is a good one. The trick is to enhance your dog’s diet, not jeopardize its health.
Facts To Consider When Feeding Your Dog Human Food
People Food To Never Feed Your Dog
Some foods are just not a good idea in any amount. Please be aware that these foods could also be used as ingredients.
- allium – chives, garlic, onion, leeks
- artificial sweetener
- canned meat and fish
- dairy (except some cheeses)
- fat trimmings and bones
- fruits (except ) esp. grapes, avocado, and raisins, persimmons, grapes, peaches, plums
- nuts (except cashews) esp. macadamia
- raw eggs, meat, and fish
- salt and sugar saturated
- yeast dough
Some Good Choices
Introduce acceptable human food to your dog’s diet gradually, mostly clean and unseasoned meats and veggies. Make sure that the menu has veterinarian approval, and ask for recipes.
You can share slices of apple, banana, orange, and watermelon minus the seeds, stems, and leaves, with your best friend. Freeze fresh fruit and include raspberries, pineapple, and strawberries for a nice cool treat. Slices of cucumber, zucchini, carrot sticks, and green beans make for crisp alternatives to kibble or crunchy treats that offer little nutritional value.
Once your dog becomes accustomed to small bits of human food, you guys can share some lean meat and baked potato. That lean meat can also be accompanied by pasta or plain white rice. Remember to cook your dog’s food separately. Lean meats should be baked, broiled, boiled, or grilled, and nothing should have seasonings.
Fish, especially sardines (check the sodium) and salmon, is a great source of nutrition twice a week. The same goes for boiled eggs.
Common Assumptions and Myths
Dogs instinctively know what they should not eat. Actually, dogs eat what smells good, what they think will taste good, or what they trust that is given to them by their masters.
Dogs have been associated with bones for so long that it seems like a natural state. Well, chicken bones are not the only bones that are not good for your dogs. All bones can splinter and shatter. These shards can damage your dog’s teeth, soft tissue in the mouth and throat, the stomach, or the intestines.
Treats – Food for Thought
Dogs love treats. Keep in mind that treats are meant to reward desired behavior, and not begging. It’s up to you to give them healthy choices. A few exceptions to the rule, like cheese and cashews, may be given very moderately. Bread is not harmful to dogs, but it does not have any nutritional value, either. So, make a sandwich with raw peanut butter (watch the sugar and sodium) for an occasional tasty protein boost. Peanuts with no added salt are also acceptable. No butter, no salt, and air-popped, yes, you and your dog can enjoy popcorn and a movie now and then. Great for the drive-in!
Sharing food with your dog is a really good way to bond on a level that it can appreciate. Frankly, eating people food that’s good for your dog means healthy food for you as well.
To learn more information on the best food to share with your dog, don’t hesitate to contact Festival Animal Clinic today!