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Human foods that are safe for dogs to eat

Human foods that are safe for dogs to eat

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 you will be pleased to find out that not all human foods have a hidden danger for your lovable canine. There are foods that both you and your dog can enjoy and that are as healthy for them as they are for you. They can be given in small quantities which are part of your dog’s daily food allowance or can even be chopped up and used as ‘treats’ or snacks if out and about or training.
good quality dog food
If you want to ensure that your dog has a healthy, well-balanced diet you can ask your vet to recommend a good quality dog food. There are many good brands on the market. A well designed dog food gives your pet all the nutrients it actually needs for an active and healthy life, so you don’t even have to feed them any human food at all. Read the outer packaging of the dog food carefully. All good dog food manufacturers have first class nutritionists who know what the best ingredients, nutrients and vitamins are for your dog. The information on the packet should also state very clearly what nutrients your dog should be getting, what that brand of food offers and, very importantly, how much to feed them.
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

Healthy human food snack treats which are safe and good for your dog
All the above foods are safe for your dog to eat in very small quantities must be included in your pet’s daily food intake. They are NOT suggestions or replacements for a branded dog food supplement that you may be feeding your dog at present.
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.
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