Are you a dog owner who loves their pet dog unconditionally, so much so, you would take a bullet for the dog? This is great to hear because there are too many people who believe they love their dog more than life itself, but yet contradict themselves by choosing to ignore the importance of their dog’s diet. Anyone loving a dog more than life would make sure healthy foods was implemented into their diet.
Not all dog owners are fully educated on the best dog foods and therefore doing more harm than good at feed time and this is sad because most of these people don’t do this intentionally.
Good & Bad Dog Food Tips
Don’t give your dog table scraps. In today’s kitchens a lot goes on with spices and herbs for cooking meals and this isn’t good for a dog’s indigestion, as is the same for some humans too. No matter how sad those puppy dog eyes look watching you eat at the table don’t be tempted to give in and give them food, it could prove costly to the dog’s health and your pocket with vet fees.
- When it comes to giving your dog a treat and you have run out of dog biscuits try giving a tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter. Avoid the type containing xylitol. Peanut butter consists of healthy fats and protein.
- Let your dog sample a taste of yoghurt and if he or she likes it happy days because it’s high in protein and calcium. Avoid yoghurt types containing sugar or artificial sweeteners. Choose plain yoghurt over flavoured to help your dog if they have digestion problems.
- Dogs with specific bowel problems can benefit greatly from oatmeal without added sugar as it’s full of fibre. Supposedly it’s good for dogs with wheat allergies.
- Chicken is a good source of protein.
- A dogs health will better and his coat gets shinier by eating salmon content of omega 3 fatty acids.
- Broccoli is vitamin-rich. It’s a great nutrition boost for dogs. Although a popular healthy green vegetable, it shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of a pet dog’s diet as it can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
- Pumpkin just like oatmeal is a great source of fibre and offers vitamin A. Pumpkin can be given uncooked or from a tin.
- With dog treats you have to be careful they don’t contain ingredients that give cause to weight gain. Green beans with no added salt not only are nutritious but low in calories and will fill your dog full of other good things (iron and vitamins). Note: Most beans contain a protein called lechtins and if given to a dog in large amounts it can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein. Because it’s a dairy product don’t use it if your dog has problems digesting dairy products. As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant you can try other cheeses also with lower-fat options.
- Carrots are not just for rabbits. They are low in calories and high in fibre and vitamins.
- Be careful with eggs even though they are high in protein. Too much is not good and raw or undercooked eggs are a definite no for any dog regardless of breed. Consider the risk of contamination from bacteria such as salmonella.
- Chocolate contains caffeine-like stimulants known as methylxanthines. If eaten in big amounts, it can cause serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea, irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death.
- Eat five a day to stay healthy they say, not in a dog’s world, especially if grapes and raisins are included. Although these fruits are nutritious for you, they’re toxic to canines.
- Avoid avocado leaves, fruit, and seeds because they contain a toxin called persin which is known to upset the stomach, as well as cause breathing difficulties?
- Don’t give dog’s booze. The littlest amount can result in serious intoxication for a dog. Vomiting, seizures and even death are known.