Following on from last time, here are some more dog-approved human food items, which your four legged family member can safely enjoy:
• Flax seed – flax seed oil, or ground flax seeds, are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are great for the dog’s skin and coat. Store according to instructions so it doesn’t go rancid, and add to your dog’s food.
• Yoghurt – while many dogs can be lactose intolerant, fresh yoghurt with live bacteria and without artificial sweeteners or added sugar is great probiotically for a dog’s digestive system. Frozen yoghurt is a good summer treat.
• Popcorn – air popped corn without added salt or butter is a great treat for your dog. It’s low in calories, has potassium, and also magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus for healthy bones.
• Lean Beef or Pork – remove all visible fat (dogs can become obese too!) and bones, don’t season with spices or sauces, and this is a good balanced source of protein and amino acids, as well as B-vitamins.
• Peas – add a handful of frozen or thawed green peas directly to your pooch’s food. He will love the taste, and they are a good, healthy, and safe source of potassium, phosphorus, and Thiamine.
• Pineapple – frozen pineapple is a special summer treat. High in sugar, pineapple also offers good levels of calcium and potassium.
• Apple Slices – no seeds or core – apples (without the seeds or core, which are hazardous) are a great source of fibre, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They also clean a dog’s teeth of residue from other foods, and help to leave Fido with fresh breath.
• Green Beans – choose green beans with no added salt for a healthy, filling treat which is low in calories.
• Sweet Potatoes – like pumpkin, this is a good source of fibre and various vitamins and minerals. Sliced and dehydrated, this is a great chewy treat.
• Oatmeal – not just great for humans, oatmeal is a fantastic source of soluble fibre. This is particularly of benefit to older dogs and those who have irregular bowel habits. Oatmeal is also very beneficial for dogs that may be allergic to wheat. Always cook oatmeal prior to offering it to your dog, and never add sugar or other flavourings.
Always offer only small amounts of these human foods to your dog to ensure there is no adverse reaction. If in doubt after having your dog try a new food, seek veterinarian advice promptly.
And again, NEVER give any dog chocolate, caffeine, onion, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, alcohol or avocado.