Friday, March 30, 2012

Are Human Foods Safe for Your Dog?

It can be very difficult to ignore your dog as he lovingly and longingly looks up at you begging you to share your mouth-watering food with him. Many of us can't resist giving our dog human food now and then, but what foods are actually safe to share with your dog? Of course, you should always check with your veterinarian and be aware of any food allergies your dog has, but there are several foods that are okay to give your dog.

Popcorn: When you and your pooch are cuddled up on the couch watching a movie together it is all right to share some of your popcorn with your dog. Ideally it should have no butter or salt, which is a great low calorie snack for your dog (and for you!)

Squash: Squash is a good treat cooked or raw. It helps in preventing constipation in your dog and is also beneficial for eyesight.

Green Beans: They can be given to your dog thawed or frozen.

Pasta: Cooked pasta is a great treat for your dog. You can also freeze it and give it to your dog frozen.

Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamins for both you and your dog. Obviously, don't feed your dog the seeds or the apple core J

Rice: Rice can be a nice treat if your dog has a tummy ache. White rice is easier to digest while brown rice contains more protein and less starch.

Lean meat: Chicken, beef, and pork all provide a good source of protein.

Salmon: Salmon can help your dog's immune system and can help keep their fur and skin healthy.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins for your pet and are tasty too!

Cottage Cheese: Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium. Since cottage cheese is a dairy product, and some dogs don't do very well with dairy, make sure to only give a small amount.

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a healthy high-protein treat. You can put some inside of a toy or a bone and let your dog lick it out.

Eggs: Eggs are a good source of protein for your dog.

Melons: Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are all healthy melons you can share with your pet. Stay away from the more exotic melons.

Many dog treat manufacturers are now incorporating the above foods in to their treats. Of course, they are probably not as good as the real thing but are also good options for a healthy treat. Many local pet stores in Arlington, such as Dogma, offer natural treats with some of the above ingredients, such as peanut butter. If you have a dog walker, you can ask him or her to give your dog one of the above treats when they come by for their daily visits.

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