While we mostly try to ensure our dogs stick to their doggy diets, sometimes it’s hard to resist sharing a human snack with them. (Those puppy dog eyes just get the better of us). But it’s important to bear in mind that some human treats that we consider to be tasty may be dangerous for our dogs. For instance; it’s widely known that foods such as chocolate are a no-go, as it is toxic to dogs.
If you often find yourself giving into puppy dog eyes, make sure that you are choosing human foods that are safe for your pooch, and only sharing in moderation.
Here’s a few dog friendly human foods you can safely share with your pooch.
Some cheeses are more pooch-appropriate than others, the better options are those low in fat and sodium, as this can help reduce the risk of intestinal upset. Cottage cheese is naturally low in fat, whilst being a good source of protein. Pets don’t tend to process large amounts of lactase, so make sure you only share in small quantities. For any dogs suffering with a lactose allergy, they’ll have to skip this human snack.
- Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is rich in healthy fats and niacin, which helps regulate the digestive system. It also contains vitamin E, which is important for maintaining your dogs healthy skin and coat. Just make sure your peanut butter of choice doesn’t include Xylitol, as this ingredient is found in some brands and is toxic to dogs. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many human food products. Although it is popular among diabetics for its low glycaemic index, Xylitol consumption in dogs can cause fatal effects, a rapid decline in blood sugar and leave permanent liver damage.
Carrots are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is a natural anti-oxidant and contributes to healthy skin, functioning of the immune system and eye health. Chewing carrots can benefit your dog’s teeth and they are also a good source of fibre, making them a great dog-friendly human snack. (You might even want to try dipping them in a little bit of peanut butter!)
- Sliced Apples
Apples are a healthy human treat for dogs, providing a natural source of vitamins A and C, which promotes healthy skin and contributes in lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart disease. The apple skin is fine for your dog, but the pips naturally contain cyanide, so ensure you remove these before sharing your snack.
Fish tends to be easier than meat for dogs to digest and Omega 3 rich salmon promotes brain function and joint health. (That’s why we 45% salmon as our single-source animal protein in our Move Easy grain-free food!) Salmon is also a great source of protein, good fats, and amino acids – but please make sure the salmon is fully cooked before feeding it to your dog.
- Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is naturally high in dietary fibre, which can aid your dog’s digestive health. They also contain Vitamins B6 and C and are low in fat, making them a great shareable human snack.
As a side note; while you’re cooking up some sweet potatoes, you can even use them to make your pooch their very own indestructible toy.
Feel free to share the foods listed above with your pooch in small to moderate doses. If your pet has any allergies, or you have any other concerns regarding their diet, please contact your vet.