Many people like sharing the dishes they eat with their pets; yet it’s not always safe for your four-legged friend.
If you want to find out what human food you can give your pet as a treat, read on and pay special attention to the list of products that can harm your dog’s health.
Oatmeal is especially good for dogs that are allergic to wheat, so it can become a good substitution for it. Cook it until done and avoid sugar – it’s better for your dog to eat it without sweet substances. Oatmeal is rich in fiber and helps relieve bowel issues, so it can become an essential part of your dog’s menu.
Peanut butter (and peanuts) is one of the favorite treats that most dogs love very much. It contains proteins, vitamins B and E and fats that your dog can eat safely. Make sure there is no xylitol or salt in the peanut butter you buy, because these substances are not recommended for feeding your pet.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber and vitamin A. You can cook it or use it when raw: your dog will like it either way. If your dog suffers from some digestion conditions, it may also help your pet. Although, not all dogs can eat raw pumpkin, so you can add it as an ingredient when making treats.
Chicken is also a good option if you want to give your dog something delicious. Just don’t add garlic and onion and use no seasoning – it must be a cooked and unsalted piece of chicken, free of bones (pay special attention to removing all the small bones; otherwise they may hurt your pet’s organs!).
Carrots are beneficial for your dog’s health in multiple ways. First, there are lots of vitamins in them (including beta-carotene), so it’s a good product to ensure well-thought nutrition. Second, carrots are not just swallowed: they are crunched, and chewing carrots may be good for your pet’s teeth.
When giving an egg to your dog, make sure it’s fully cooked! It’s of importance to avoid giving your pet raw eggs, because otherwise it may cause biotin deficiency or lead to infection, as raw eggs may contain bacteria, such as salmonella. Provided you have prepared eggs properly, they are a good source of proteins. Yet don’t give them in large quantities: they’re also rich in fats.
The rules of adding turkey to your dog’s menu are the same: no garlic (it’s dangerous for dogs to eat it!), no onion (for the same reason), no seasoning, no salt, no bones. Try mincing turkey and then mixing it with some flour – there are many ways to cook dog treats that contain turkey.
If your dog can tolerate lactose, he can eat a small piece of cheese if he wants it. It’s recommended to choose the kinds of cheese that are low in fat. For instance, you can buy cottage cheese (a good source of calcium!) or mozzarella for your pet. Yet it is possible only for dogs which digest diary well.
Choosing good yoghurt to give to your dog can be tricky, since most modern yoghurts contain artificial substances, sugar or other sweeteners. These are not good for dogs: pick only those products which are natural and have no suspicious names in the ingredient list. Also, avoid it if your dog has issues when digesting dairy.
Some kinds of fish are better in terms of nutrition than others. Take salmon, for example. It’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients. Sardines are also a good option, since their bones are easy to digest, so it’s another calcium boost for your pet. Cook fish and leave it for some time to cool, and then put it into your dog’s bowl, but don’t do it VERY often!