Your dog is a member of your family. As such, you want to ensure that your faithful pet is eating the best food possible. While feeding dogs “people food” is controversial, there are some safe foods that you can give to your dog as a treat. There are also items that should be avoided, so double check before you let your pet eat kitchen scraps.
Safe All Around
Humans and dogs process foods differently. Luckily, there are many foods that are a safe snacking choice for your canine friend.
Proteins, such as cooked meats, are typically safe for pets. Pork, chicken, and turkey are usually fine for dogs to eat. Always make sure to avoid seasoning the meat, and you should cut off excess fat. Peanut butter is a beloved treat, too. Choose plain or unsalted peanut butter to cut back on your dog's consumption of calories and salt.
Some fruits are safe and healthy snacks for pups. Blueberries are excellent for dogs; they contain antioxidants and vitamins to keep your dog healthy. Small amounts of pineapple, strawberries, and apples are also healthy choices.
For vegetables, consider sweet potatoes or cooked regular potatoes. Pumpkin is also an ingredient commonly found in many dog treats.
There are several food items to limit within your dog’s diet. These items are okay to feed occasionally, but they shouldn’t be given on a regular basis. One such item is honey. Honey is very sweet, so mixing it with other foods, such as their kibble and some yogurt, can help your dog get the benefits of both foods. Milk, cheese and yogurt are alright to offer in small amounts occasionally — just be aware that many dogs are sensitive to dairy. Nuts, like cashews and almonds, may also have a moderate place in your dog’s diet. Small servings of each are recommended as an occasional snack, but be aware that they can be a choking hazard.
Never Feed These Foods!
So, what should you avoid? You’re probably already familiar with the rule of never giving chocolate to dogs. There are many other dangerous foods, though, including the following.
Grapes and raisins should never be given to pups, either. Dogs can find themselves with kidney failure and even death from ingesting raisins or grape.
Macadamia nuts are also toxic to dogs. While the toxin is unknown, macadamia nuts can cause dogs to vomit, have muscle weakness and even hyperthermia.
Onions have been shown to lead to anemia in pets.
Lung issues, like breathing difficulties, can arise from consuming avocado.
Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, should also never be given to dogs. Additionally, there’s a sweetener called xylitol that should always be avoided. It’s commonly found in candy or gum, and it can cause seizures and muscle weakness.
By being proactive with your dog’s diet, you can keep your beloved companion safe. Always know what’s safe, what to limit and what to avoid when feeding your pet. Knowledge can save your pet from potential harm.
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