Sharing leftovers or pieces of food with our best friend is one more way to enhance our bond with him, however, it can also make him pushy and anxious at mealtime. However, how can we be sure that these foods won’t harm him?
In this AnimalWised article, we will detail 10 human foods that dogs can eat, but we will also offer some basic tips that you should consider. Take note!
1. Meat (no salt or cooked bones)
Dogs are not strictly carnivorous animals, as is the case with cats, although meat should be the basis of their diet. Although some meats are more recommended than others, we can offer you all meats: chicken, turkey, pork, veal, lamb… We recommend that you avoid fried meats or the use of salt and opt for grilled, broiled or baked meats. All these options will delight you.
Currently, many people are opting for the barf diet, which consists of offering raw meat to the dog. In this case, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the meat to avoid the transmission of pathogens and parasites, which can be avoided by lightly cooking the meat. It is also important to remember that cooked bones have a tendency to splinter. Therefore, we advise you to avoid them completely and choose raw and fleshy bones.
2. Fish (without salt or bones)
Like meat, fish is one of the basic foods in a dog’s diet. We can choose from a wide variety of fish recommended for dogs: salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, mackerel… As for the previous point, we recommend that you avoid fried fish, remove the bones and cook it in the oven, grill or steam, for example.
3. Hard-boiled eggs
Eggs are an important source of beneficial fats and proteins and are often a favourite food. It also contains essential amino acids and vitamins. It is a very complete food for dogs. Remember that eggs can transmit salmonella, so if you are going to offer it raw, you must wash it carefully. To avoid this, we advise you to offer the egg soft-boiled or serve it as an omelette, always without salt.
As we have already mentioned, dogs are not strictly carnivores, so it is advisable to include vegetables in their diet. Although most pet foods already contain all the necessary ingredients for a complete nutritional intake, we can use different vegetables to make homemade treats for dogs.
We must be aware that fruits contain a high amount of sugar, therefore, we must ration this type of food and offer them only at the right time. Among all the fruits, we can highlight the apple, for its depurative and antioxidant properties, which also helps to naturally clean the mouth of our dog. Other beneficial fruits for dogs can be pear, watermelon or banana.
Unrefined artisanal honey is a food rich in carbohydrates (glucose, fructose and maltose) but it also offers other nutrients, such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins, among others. It can be offered to older or convalescent dogs as a natural source of energy. It should never be given to puppies.
Like fruit, honey is high in sugars, so it should be consumed in moderation and only occasionally offered as a reward, spread on a snack or added as a teaspoon to the dog’s home recipes.
7. Ice cream made from vegetable milk or water, without sugars
Have you ever wanted to share an ice cream with your dog but didn’t dare because of its high sugar content? Homemade ice cream made with water, plant milk and fruit can be a great option to cool off in the summer. On AnimalWised , discover 4 recipes of ice creams for dogs . You’ll love them!
8. Yogurt and Kefir
Yogurt, as well as kefir, are a source of calcium and probiotics that help the digestive system of our dogs, regulating their intestinal flora and regenerating the lining of the intestines. Although its consumption should not be abused, we can offer our dogs a portion of yogurt on a weekly basis.
9. Broth (without salt or onion)
Broth is an excellent option to help hydrate convalescent dogs, but it can also help us sweeten dry puppy food. As long as it is prepared without salt or onion, broth is a great alternative to encourage our fellow dogs to drink, while providing them with extra nutrition.