We love our pups more than anything in World – and more than often what puppy wants, puppy gets. As you eat your food, they give you that look. The look that makes you wonder “should I give them some of my food or not?” Canines have sensitive digestive tracks and humans break down food and chemicals that dogs can’t tolerate. So, you must proceed and consider what’s in your dinners before giving them something to nibble on. Some foods meant for human consumption can be dangerous and even deadly to your dogs. So, to help you loving dog owners, The Healthy Crunch Company is here to let you know about three topics regarding to food and dogs.
1) Why should you feed your dogs real food
2) Foods to be cautious of giving to dogs, and
3) Foods that are dog-approved people foods
Why should you feed your dogs real food
Adding human food like proteins and vegetables, and fruits, contain living vitamins, minerals and enzymes that prevent aging and diseases. Studies show that adding green leafy vegetables like broccoli, kale, carrots, peas, blueberries, reduced dogs risk of disease.
A great recipe to consider feeding your family, including your dog is Grilled vegetable salad with Feta, and Quinoa.
Did you know that many of the commercial dry pet foods on the market, don’t actually contain human-grade ingredients and most of what inside kibble is fillers and processed ingredients. Processed dog food is going to do just what it does to humans, potentially make them unhealthy. Synthetic vitamin and minerals are added to fill the gap of calorie-dense grains. Even just adding a little human food can make a huge impact on your dogs health.
Foods to be cautious of giving dogs
Some snack foods are nice as a treat for yourself, but some aren’t the greatest for your dogs. Snacks such as grapes, raisins, and currants should be kept away from your pup, especially if your dog is sick and older. Grapes are known to cause kidney disease in most breeds. Another healthy fruit that is good for humans but not for dogs are avocados. Did you know that avocados contains persin, which is known to cause dogs to vomit and to have diarrhea. Foods with flavour enhancers such as onions, garlic, and chives need to be kept far away from dogs. These can cause GI irritation (gastric irritation) and red blood cell damage to dogs. Another type of food that can also cause GI irritation is dairy. One slice of dairy won’t hurt your dog, but large amounts can GI irritation since dogs don’t have lactose to break down dairy. Sugar substitutes are also foods that you should be really cautious about. Artificial sweeteners including xylitol are toxic to dogs and can lead to liver failure and hypoglycemia. This could also include caffeine. This can cause dogs to be restlessness, have heart palpitation, and also bleeding.One of the most popular foods everyone knows not to give to their four-legged friend is Chocolate! The reason behind the toxicity in this sweet treat lies in the theobromine, a toxic agent. Just one bite can cause dogs to vomit or have diarrhea. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, and seizures. If your dog ever sneaks around and eats a piece of chocolate, make sure they drink plenty of water after! Other foods to be cautious of is fried fatty foods, macadamia nuts, and also yeast dough.
Foods that are dog-approved people foods.
If you’re ever unsure about what foods you can give to your dog, here is a great list to help you out!
Good source of protein, heart healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E. You can stuff peanut-butter in your dog’s Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. A side note is to make sure peanut-butter is pure, sugar-free, unsalted!
Such as chicken, turkey, lean beef, and lamb are a good source of protein for dogs.
Fruits and Vegetables
Apples. Not only are apples delicious for humans but they are also great for dogs. Apple slices help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth which helps to freshen their breath. They are also a good source of fiber, Vitamin C and vitamin A.
Carrots are good for dog’s teeth, carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin A
Pumpkin and sweet potato are a good source of fiber and vitamin A, keeps GI track moving and also aids with digestive issues.
Green Beans/Peas. Either raw or cooked, dogs love to eat green beans.
A good source of Omega-3 fats which keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. Add salmon oil to their food. Salmon fish skin can be given to dogs for good fats. Salmon also supports dog’s immune system. One thing to remember if you ever feed your dog cooked salmon is to watch the salt. A great salmon recipe for you and your dog is Salmon Cakes.
1 6 ounce can salmon, drained
1/2 cup cracker meal or dry bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Scrambled eggs are diet rich food for your pup
Oatmeal / Pasta / Rice
A great source of soluble fiber, especially for senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues.
Always remember that before feeding or experimenting with new foods for your four-legged furry friends, check with you veterinary.