Did you know National Dog Day is August 26? Treat your furry friend to some fresh foods!
In many families, dogs are treated like honorary family members. They cuddle with us, we take them out for exercise everyday, and we even clean up their messes. Often, we also sneak some “people” food for them under the table. However, some of these special treats can hurt their stomachs a lot. To avoid the look of agony on your dog’s face when their stomach hurts, check out these fresh foods that your dog is allowed to enjoy!
Raw, steamed or mashed — carrots are a certified Fido favorite. These vegetables have a huge amount of vitamin A, which is great for your dog’s coat and eyes. Serve them to your dog in their bowl mixed with some actual dog food for an extra kick.
When it comes to feeding Fido some yogurt, opt for Greek yogurt! This contains a large source of calcium and protein — without all the artificial sweeteners. Since it’s summer, consider freezing some yogurt as a nice, cool treat for your furry friend.
Can you believe this orange vegetable is actually healthy for your dog to eat? Sweet potatoes contain a high amount of vitamin B6, vitamin, fiber and manganese. If you have the time, slice the sweet potatoes and dehydrate them for a chewy treat for Fido. But of course, your dog will like them baked or mashed just as much!
This crispy fruit will quickly become one of Fido’s favorites. Apple skins are full of plant chemicals that are thought to be protective against cancer in humans. They are a fantastic source of vitamins and fiber as well! However, the seeds at the core of apples contain cyanide so be sure to cut pieces for your pet.
Beef, chicken, turkey and salmon are shockingly healthy options for your pet. They all contain large amounts of protein and good fats that are healthy for your dog’s skin and coat. All you need to do is steam or bake it until is fully cooked. A good rule of thumb: If you would eat it, your dog will probably eat it also.
Green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach are ideal for your dog. They are rich in calcium, fiber and Vitamin C! If Fido is a bit skeptical of the raw veggies, steam and mash them before serving. Dogs aren’t able to get the full nutrients of their snacks if they don’t chew them all the way, so mashed is typically the way to go!
Before changing your dog’s diet, please consult with your veterinarian.
1Plask, E., Scott, L. (n.d.). 10 “people” foods for dogs. Retrieved July 15, 2015 from http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-people-foods-dogs/1896
2Lipoff, S. (31 May 2015). Fresh foods to introduce into your pet’s diet. Retrieved July 15, 2015 from http://www.popsugar.com/pets/Fresh-Food-Your-Pet-28769374?stream_view=1#opening-slide