I get many emails from readers who want to feed their dogs a healthier diet. Commercial kibble is okay, but who wants to eat that stuff day after day after day?
We’ve talked before about adding people foods to your dog’s diet, and many of you have been doing this with great success. Still, there are so many questions about what’s appropriate and which foods will help your dog live a longer, happier, healthier life. After all, isn’t that what we all want for our mutts?
I’m a firm believer that Combining a good diet with some natural healing for a healthier pet, such as http://www.qigongenergyhealing.com/animal-healing-pet-healing/, and seeing your veterinarian as needed, you will have a happy, energetic and healthy dog for years to come and your dog will thank you for it.
So today I’m sharing 12 more people foods that are great for your dog.
- Scrambled Eggs
Nike and Georgie have scrambled eggs every Sunday morning. We refer to it as their “doggy omelet”. Eggs are full of protein which is incredibly important for keeping your dog strong and preventing illness. Remember, dogs don’t need seasonings, so don’t add anything to the eggs when you cook them.
Fish is one of those people foods which is a good option, and many dogs love salmon or tuna. Fish is full of oils and vitamins that help to keep the body healthy and can even increase mobility in older dogs. Never to feed your dog raw fish, because it is dangerous for them.
Chicken is another one of my dogs’ favorite foods. About once a week, they get chicken, brown rice, and mixed veggies for dinner. It is a big hit, and these good foods help us mix up their diets a little bit to keep things interesting.
Plain yogurt is great for dogs. It’s full of probiotics which will promote good gut health and kill any harmful bacteria which may be present in your dog’s body. You only need to add a teaspoon or two to their regular food to see the benefits of this simple food.
We know it’s important for us humans to eat our greens but it is not usually said for our canine companions. However, greens can be a great source of protein and vitamins for our pets and can provide essential phytochemicals that are missing from commercial dog foods. By giving our mutts chopped spinach or parsley along with their regular food, you will be giving them these essential vitamins to enjoy. My dogs also love green beans, peas, and green peppers.
Whether it’s fresh or canned, pumpkin is full of beta-carotene, potassium, and lots of fibre. This is incredibly good for our dogs and is a brilliant addition to their daily dinner. We mix a little into their kibble to give it a whole new flavor.
My dogs go crazy for blueberries and other fruits. I add them to plain oatmeal, which they love for breakfast once a week. Blueberries are full of antioxidants which are essential for keeping your dog healthy. Give her a small handful with her dinner to provide some great health benefits and a new and interesting flavor.
Root vegetables are great for our dogs because they are easy to digest and they provide many health benefits. Beetroot in particular is filled with phytochemicals, antioxidants, and detoxifying chemicals that are good for your dog. You only need a teaspoon or two to add some color and life to your dog’s dinner bowl. As a funny bonus, it might even turn her tongue purple!
- Carrots & Green Beans
We use frozen carrots and green beans instead of commercial dog treats because they are healthier. Our dogs love them, too. Carrots and green beans are full of vitamins, protein, and fiber to keep your dog’s digestive system healthy. It also provides a good way to clean your dog’s teeth, but of course it doesn’t take the place of proper dental hygiene.
This classic cereal choice isn’t just a great source of fiber for your 2-legged kids; it can also be an amazing training treat for your pet. Make sure you choose the unsweetened Cheerios, and use these during training for a healthy and nutritious snack.
Turmeric is a spice that can help relieve muscles pain and loosen the joints, which is why it is a great add-in for your dog’s diet as they age. You can either sprinkle some of the turmeric on the top of their food in the morning, or make some dog biscuits at home and add it there instead. It will be a welcome treat for your dog and can really help to relieve any minor pain they might be experiencing.
- Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is packed full of healthy fats and protein. You can add a small teaspoon to their dinner each day, or whip up a batch of these peanut butter and apple sauce cookies for dogs. Not gonna lie: I give my dogs peanut butter right off a spoon and they love it.
One thing to keep in mind with peanut butter: check the label to make sure there is no xylitol in your peanut butter. Xylitol is a sweetener that is found in many types of candy and gum, and it’s also in some peanut butters. It is deadly to dogs, so make sure your peanut butter is Xylitol free.
As you can see, there are lots of natural, healthy people foods that are great for your dog. I strongly recommend checking with your veterinarian if you have any questions about what’s safe for your dog to eat.
What people foods does your dog like? Tell me all about it in a comment below.