Some great human foods for your dog that provide them
with variety and a nutritional boost
If you have read our article on what type of human foods are harmful to your dog, you will be surprised to find that ‘innocent’ foods like chocolate, raisins and even bones can cause so much damage to your dogs system and well being. Dog owners have to be very careful about what titbit or scraps are given to their pets, by their friends and family. Dogs can also feed off these dangerous edibles if they are left out on tables or worktops and even from easy to open cupboards and refrigerators.
You can give your dog the odd bit of human food as a special treat. Just make sure the portions are limited, and the foods are cooked, pure, and not fatty or heavily seasoned.
But like humans, dogs do like a little variety in their diet and can benefit from a healthy piece of apple or a chunk of refreshing melon on a hot sunny day. If you do plan to give them some of the safe human foods listed, make sure they are small portions and are a part of their daily food allocation. Green beans are perfect for replacing some of your dog’s dog food, especially if they are on a diet and need to lose some weight. The green beans are both filling and healthy.
Fresh drinking water
You should also provide fresh drinking water at all times for your dog. Give your dog a clean fresh bowl of water daily. When it comes to refreshing their water, empty the remaining water and always fill with fresh water, don’t just top it up. Also clean their food and water bowls regularly on a daily basis. When your dog has finished their meal, clear up the food bowl, especially in the summer to avoid flies and insects contaminating the food. Leave them their supply of fresh drinking water throughout the day.
Your dog should eat their nutritional dog food regularly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes give your dog the odd bit of human food as a special treat. Just make sure the portions are limited, and the foods are cooked, pure, and not fatty or heavily seasoned. If you’re looking to change your pets dog food with human food as a meal replacement, you should talk to your vet about what to give them, the amounts to feed them and the frequency of mealtimes. Also include any edible dog treats as part of their daily food allowance.
Your dog’s diet
Always, check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medication. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients.
The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good healthy nutrition paired with a health care and exercise program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15 percent.
The suggestions above are not meant to replace your dog’s normal, balanced diet. Rather, they are ideas for alternative treats or are great ideas for adding a little variety to your dog’s meals.
Check out our useful article on healthy dog treats that you can easily prepare at home, instead of buying dense, high calorie ones from supermarkets and pet stores.