Up until the 1930s, man’s best friend was fed real meat and vegetables, as canned dog food was not yet in production. As far as anyone knows, they survived just fine. Everyone deserves a nice home-made meal once in a while, even your pet, and while you may not have time to prepare a meal just for it, there are things which you eat on a regular basis that dogs consider to be a real treat and is actually quite beneficial for them.
However, not all food is dog friendly and we must be pretty careful what type of food goes into our dog’s mouths. So what is lying around in our kitchen that could easily classify as dog food?
Cooked meat is always a great alternative to give to your dog if you’re out of canned food, just make sure it’s not attached to any bones. Although cartoons has taught us that all it takes to shut a dog up is to give him a bone to chew on, bones can actually do more harm than good for your pet as it can cause choking or intestinal tearing. Chicken meat is a particularly beneficial alternative to canned dog food, as it provides your dog with extra protein with less fat in his diet and is therefore a great choice.
The saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay’ works equally as well for dogs too. Apples clean the residue off your dog’s teeth and keep its breath fresh. They are an excellent source of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C. Just make sure the core and seeds are removed as these are a choking hazard.
Just like us humans, canines go crazy for a bit of peanut butter. It contains numerous amounts of heart healthy vitamins and protein that is just as beneficial for your dog as it is for you. When picking out your peanut butter, make sure you do not choose a sugar-free option as artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol can be deadly for your dog. Raw and unsalted is the best option as too much salt isn’t too good for them either.
As we grow old, most of us start having bowel irregularity issues, including our dogs. Oatmeal is the perfect food go to meal in such situations. Cook it without adding any sugar and it could serve as one of the healthiest treats you can give. As it is found in a number of dog foods, you can rest assured that oatmeal is definitely safe for your dog.
As long as your dog is not lactose intolerant rest assured that it is in for a treat. Don’t over feed when it comes to cheese, and low/reduced fat varieties are probably a smarter choice. The best type of cheese you can feed your dog is cottage cheese, as it is high in calcium and protein, but bland and quite easy for him to digest.
As a general rule, don’t feed your dog anything that you yourself would not eat. The scraps you would usually throw away but attempt to feed your dog will cause as much damage in it as it would in you if you were to eat it.
Just to be on the safe side, here is a list of food you can’t feed your dog:
- Onions and Garlic
- Caffeine (Tea, Coffee) – Not everyone needs a morning pick-me-up
- Macadamia Nuts
- Fat Trimmings
- Peaches and Plums
- Alcohol- No matter how fun it may sound to have a canine drinking buddy, getting your dog drunk is not something you should put on your to-do list.
Apart from that, feed in moderation in order to notice any reactions. Your dog can thank us later.