It seems natural to share our food with our dog. What better way to deal with leftovers at the end of a meal than to tip them in to our dog's bowl. It saves money on dog food too.
Most of the food we eat is OK for dogs and some of it is very beneficial. However, there are a few things to watch out for.
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Here are some of the foods that we can share with our dogs.
Eggs are a great food for dogs. They are not only a good source of digestible protein but also riboflavin and selenium.
Dogs can eat raw or cooked eggs.
A hard boiled egg can be chopped up and the pieces give to your dog as treats.
There are some reports that eating raw eggs can cause biotin deficiency in dogs.
Biotin is part of the vitamin B complex and is essential for a healthy skin and coat, proper muscle formation and healthy digestion.
It is available from plenty of other foods including meat, sardines and green leafy vegetables
Most dogs love peanut butter.
It is fine to give them peanut butter in moderation.
It is a great source of protein and healthy fats. It is best to use unsalted peanut butter or homemade peanut butter.
Some brands use an artificial sweetener called Xylitol. This is harmful to dogs and should be avoided.
Generally, most dogs can drink milk without any problem. However, some dogs are lactose intolerant and for them milk causes intestinal distress. The symptoms of this age gas, diarrhea and vomiting.
Different dairy products contain different levels of lactose - with milk and yogurt at the high end and cheese at the low end.
Cheddar cheese has no lactose and is ideal for giving to your dog as a treat..
Yogurt is high in calcium and protein and is good for your dog if he can handle the lactose. Check the label and do not offer your dog yogurt containing added sugar or artificial sweetener.
Dogs can eat fish including salmon and tuna. In fact, fish can form the basis of a very healthy diet for your dog.
There are many commercial dog foods that are formulated around fish. You can also just cook up a piece of fish for him.
Heavy metals accumulate in fish,especially and long lived species like tuna and swordfish. For this reason, shorter lived species may be a better choice.
Fish is rich in protein and is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Fish is an excellent addition to a balanced diet for dogs.
Dogs can eat a variety of vegetables including zucchini, cucumber and carrots.
Carrots are excellent for dogs. You can chop them up to use as a treat or add them to the diet as a filler for extra hungry dogs.
They are a good low fat ingredient in the diet of obese dogs.
Carrots are a good source of vitamin A which, in dogs, is essential for bone growth.
Dogs oral health will benefit from carrots. Chomping on thems will clean his teeth and help prevent the build up of plaque.
Dogs can safely eat both white and wheat bread. Some dogs have allergies to some of the ingredients in bread so the first time you give some to your dog, do so sparingly.
Do not give your dog uncooked bread dough. This can be dangerous. The yeast inside the dough will cause it to swell.
There are sometimes additives in bread which can cause problems for dogs. These include raisins, garlic, nuts and seeds and Xylitol. These ingredients are discussed further in this article.
It is fine for dogs to eat apples. They make a great low-cost, low-calorie treat. They are also high in fibre.
Some older dogs are on low meat or low calorie diets, and for them. apples are ideal.
Avoid feeding the core which can be a choking hazard and the seeds which contain cyanide.
As is the case with all foods, apples should be given in moderation.
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Whatever you feed your dog, make sure he is getting a balanced diet and all his nutritional requirements are being met.