Are you tired of giving your dog the same old treats? Or better yet, is HE tired of the same old boxed treats? If so, keep on reading! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten “human” foods that are not only healthy, but are also doggie approved.
As usual, I went ahead and made the list into an infographic for you guys, so feel free to share it so other pet parents can see it 🙂
The following foods are not only delicious, but they’re also nutritious and will make a good supplement to your dog’s regular diet. Just make sure to start small and see how your dog reacts when first introducing them. Feed these foods as treats in small amounts, or mix it up with their food to add extra nutrition. Try them out and see which one your dog loves best. Our personal favorite is sweet potatoes. My dog Betsy and I eat them all the time!
Here's the top 10 roundup:
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Promotes eye health, great for teeth, they're low in calories, and dogs love them. What's not to like about this orange veggie? Can be fed raw or steamed if your dog doesn't like them raw. Betsy prefers them soft, so I make sure to give her a few pieces whenever I have steamed veggies along with my dinner.
They're crunchy and sweet, just perfect for treats. I usually peel the skin off, but keep them on for maximum nutrition. Use an apple corer and feed just the fruit, as the seeds are poisonous.
Super healthy and good for your dog! Try mixing these with their regular food for some added fiber. If they don't like them raw, steaming them usually does the trick. Betsy doesn't like these raw, but she'll eat them right up if they're steamed.
Quite possibly Earth's most perfect food. These mighty tubers contain vitamin A, vitamin C, Copper, Potassium, Fiber, and I could go on. They're Betsy's favorite food and mine too! Not a week goes by that I don't eat these baked with her. We like ours completely plain, just throw them in the oven for 45 minutes and you're good to go. If you're looking for an excellent rawhide alternative (and one that's nutritionally superior) try these.
This powerhouse berry contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals. The result? A decreased risk in cancer and other age related diseases. The best part? Blueberries make a great ocassional treat for your dog. Try a few and see if he likes them!
Like with Blueberries, this berry packs a similar punch and is also dog approved. Share a berry or two next time you have them in hand and see if Fido takes a liking.
Did you know dogs could eat eggs? Packed with a healthy source of protein, these make an eggcellent addition to your dog's regular diet. In fact, our dog's ancestors ate eggs in the wild. Even the shell is edible, making the whole egg a complete food. Fortunately for our dogs, we can hard boil our eggs before giving it to them therefore bypassing any chances they may get sick from eating a raw egg. I don't feed Betsy the shell (although you could) and usually just give her half an egg.
In moderation, this type of fish is a good way to help promote a shiny and healthy coat. Make sure to cook your Salmon thoroughly as it can make your dog sick (and you too) if it's undercooked. Remove all the bones, and feed a small amount. Most dogs love it! If you want to get the same benefits without having to feed the Salmon, you can try giving your dog a fish oil supplement made specifically for them. I'm writing a post soon about this, so look out for it in the blog.
High in calcium and protein, yogurt can be a healthy addition to Fido's diet. The beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in yogurt can also promote your dog's digestive health. Be sure to feed only plain, nonfat, unsweetened yogurt as traditional yogurt is filled with sugar and is high in calories. Artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Sucralose can cause mild stomach issues in your dog while Xylitol is downright poisonous. Check the labels and you'll be fine (and I don't generally like eating foods with "fake" sugar anyways. Did you know Aspartame has been shown to KILL ants? Scary!)
A good source of protein and healthy fats, I've yet to come across a dog who doesn't love peanut butter. Put some in a kong and it will keep them busy and entertained. When feeding peanut butter to your dog, make sure you get the raw, unsalted kind. Some peanut butters these days are being jammed with Xylitol, which as described above, is highly poisonous.