Friday, October 14, 2016

Canine Cuisine: The Human Foods You Should And Shouldn’t Give Your Dog

Our dog may be our best friend, but unfortunately, he can’t sit at the table and enjoy dinner with us. In fact, some human foods are downright toxic to dogs. And others are actually delectable treats which you can turn into delicious doggie snacks. Read on to discover the foods you should and shouldn’t be giving to your dog.

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Treats Our Dogs Will Love

Number one on the list is peanut butter. Rich in protein, healthy fats, and vitamin B and E. But always check the label of your peanut butter and make sure it does not contain xylitol as this is toxic to our canine companions. But as long as your peanut butter is free of this ingredient, he will love special homemade dog treat recipes made up of this delicious spread.

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Next up are carrots. Nope, they’re not just for rabbits. Carrots are great for dogs as they are low in calories and fat and high in soluble fiber. They must not help him see in the dark, but they will help with his eye health and his dental health. Crunchy raw carrots are great for their teeth because they gently scrape the sides and reduce plaque build up.

Want to give your favorite friend a taste of Christmas dinner? Both turkey and chicken are fine for dogs as long as they are not covered in garlic or seasoning. Cooked chicken is great as a meal additive or treat. But never feed your dog cooked chicken bones as they can splinter when your dog tries to digest them. Raw bones are fine. Also, remove excess skin and fat from your chicken or turkey.

Your dog will be pleased if you give him cheese! As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant (which is rare) a cheesy treat every so often will become a firm favorite. Choose low-fat cheeses such as mozzarella and cottage cheese. Or even occasionally squirty cheese from a tube! Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog and is also rich in calcium, vitamin A, and B-complex vitamins. A small piece of cheese also offers the perfect camouflage when you are trying to give your dog medication. Hopefully, you won’t be foiled!

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Green beans are perfect for doggies that need to lose some weight. They are low in calories but high in fiber and are a great addition to your dog’s mealtimes. They also feature vitamin C and K and manganese.

Sweet potatoes are also another healthy treat for dogs. Rich in vitamin B6, C, beta-carotene and manganese they are great sliced up in his dinner or dehydrated as a special chewy treat.

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Foods That Are Dangerous For Your Dog

Chocolate is a huge no-no when it comes to feeding your dog. It is extremely toxic to our canine friends and contains methylxanthines which stop a dog’s metabolic process. Even a small amount of chocolate can cause seizures, irregular heartbeats, and even death. Chocolate is extremely poisonous to your dog. Cinnamon is also dangerous for your dog. It can lower their blood sugar level and cause sickness and stomach pain. Garlic is also toxic for dogs. It can cause anemia and poisoning in dogs.  

I hope you found this information helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

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