Is “human food” safe for dogs? The answer is, some food is safe, while some isn’t, and knowing what’s safe to share can mean the difference between a healthy treat and a trip to emergency. We all know that dogs must not be fed these foods: Sugar-free candy and gum, chocolate, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, and onions and garlic. But did you know that there are certain foods you should be giving your dog because of the health benefit?
Liver is not only a source of vitamins A, B, and K, and iron, it also contains more of the necessary daily nutrients that dogs need than muscle meats. However, too much vitamin A can be harmful to your dog’s health, so only give smaller dogs half an ounce a day and larger dogs receive can receive an ounce of liver a day.
2. Leaner Meats
Meat is an essential part of any pup’s diet. Leaner cuts of meat like pork and chicken are also full of vitamin B and healthy amino acids. They can also help boost your dog’s metabolism. Look for cuts that are low in fat and avoid ground beef.
3. Salmon or Tuna
Ddi you know the natural fats found in salmon and tuna cuts are also great for canine brain function? Yep! Tuna and salmon are rich in omega-3s which are great for coat health.
Oatmeal contains fibre and whole grains, which aid in our digestion as well as our dogs’. It is great for older dogs with digestive problems, as well as those with possible wheat allergies. Make your dog’s oatmeal the same way your would for yourself but leave out any sweeteners.
5. Nori Seaweed
That dried seaweed most commonly used to wrap sushi is called Nori. It is rich in fibre and contains healthy amounts of vitamins C and E. Seaweed can also help boost a dog’s metabolism thanks to the presence of chlorophyll.
The crunch of carrots can help remove plaque and other gunk off your dog’s teeth. Carrots are also full of essential vitamins and nutrients.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been gaining popularity as a health food. And guess what? It isn’t just a wonder food for humans, but dogs as well. Coconut oil is also full of monoglyceride monolaurin, which is known to have antibacterial properties. One scoop of the oil per day can help keep your dog’s skin and fur super healthy.
8. Cottage Cheese or Yogurt
Cultured dairy products are great sources of calcium and can help keep your dog’s bones strong and healthy says Viralnova. Yogurt also contains probiotics that can help regulate the digestive system of not only humans but dogs too. Dairy products made with skim milk are preferred to keep fat at a minimum.
Peas are an excellent source of potassium and contain vitamin B and phosphorous, all of which are essential for peak doggy health.
Does your dog’s breath stink? Along with regular brushing, sprinkle some fresh parsley over your dog’s food and let it work its dental magic.