We've all been there: sitting down to dinner when the dog walks up. He sits perfectly still and looks up at you with those big, adorable eyes of his. It's almost like a furry Oliver Twist saying "please, sir, I want some more." It can be impossible to resist.
But while it's necessary for your dog to have his own food, not all people food options are off the table, so to speak. We're going to look at some human food for dogs that your canine companion will not only love but will also provide him a healthy nutrition boost.
It's the stuff that viral pet pictures are made of. Your dog licks some peanut butter off of a spoon, then spends the next hour licking the roof of his mouth.
Outside of Internet entertainment though, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein for dogs, as well as vitamins B and E and niacin.
The best options are unsalted or homemade peanut butter, as they have lower sodium levels.
While most peanut butter is safe for dogs, it never hurts to check the labels on store-bought peanut butter. Recently some manufacturers have been using a sweetener substitute called xylitol. It's a sugar alcohol that's harmless to humans but can have a devastating effect on your pooch.
This another excellent human food for dogs that they'll enjoy licking up. Yogurt contains lots of calcium and protein. Probiotic brands have good bacteria that can improve your dog's digestive system. Once again, avoid yogurts that contain xylitol or other added sweeteners.
Honestly, when feeding yogurt to your dog, it should only have two things: milk and live cultures. The more ingredients found on the label, the less helpful it is for your dog. You may also want to look into lactose-free options as well if you discover your dog is lactose intolerant.
Here's something your pup can sink his teeth into. Fish are excellent sources of protein as well as omega three fatty acids. In fact, commercial dog food brands even include fish as an alternative protein source.
The best kinds of fish are short-lived fish like salmon or herring. Longer-lived fish like tuna may contain mercury, a heavy metal toxic to dogs.
Also, make sure to debone your fish before feeding it to Fido. When you cook it be sure not to use too much oil or seasoning, as these may upset your dog's stomach.
Bugs Bunny isn't the only animal that likes carrots. They are an excellent human food for dogs too. Carrots are fantastic sources of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Chewing on frozen carrots will ease a puppy's teething discomfort and improve his overall dental health.
Carrots also have a low-calorie count, which will keep your dog's waistline trim. The only caution with carrots is choking. Cut whole carrots into bite sized chunks before you give them to your dog.
Nothing like a good breakfast to start the day. Like fish, many dog foods already contain oatmeal and for good reason.
It's an excellent source of fiber, protein, and iron, and is especially beneficial for older dogs. It's best served cooked, without any added sugar.
Not all people food is bad for dogs. Some can supplement an existing balanced diet with added nutrition. The key is moderation.
Most of these foods make excellent treats and should only make up about 10% of your dog's diet. Even though these foods are safe, always check with your vet before feeding your dog human food.
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