It is commonly believed that sharing table scraps with your pup is a bad idea. However, when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, ‘people food’ can be beneficial for your dog.
Please note, these food options are meant to be used as a supplement or treat, not as complete meals.
Cooked Chicken – Plain cooked chicken is a splendid way to add extra protein to your dog’s diet. Or, if you are running low on dog food, it’s a great replacement until you make it to the pet store for more.
Salmon – Salmon is high in Omega-3 and healthy fatty acids, which can help your dog keep a shiny coat, and it can also boost his immune system to keep him happy and healthy.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber that can aid with irregular bowel problems in older dogs. If your dog is allergic to wheat, oatmeal is a suitable alternative. When making oatmeal for your dog, make sure it is plain with no added sugar.
Whole Carrots – Whole carrots are great treats for your dog. They help clean his teeth and rid of any food morsels that may be stuck. They are low in calories and high in fiber, Vitamin A, and beta-carotene.
Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is a great source of protein. It is loaded with healthy fats and vitamins like Vitamins E and B, and Niacin. If you do opt to provide the PB for your pup, make sure to use in moderation, as it is high in sugar.
Yogurt – Yogurt is another great protein additive to your dog’s diet. It is also a great source of calcium. It can act as a probiotic to aid in your dog’s digestive health. Make sure to buy yogurt with no artificial sweeteners or added sugar. To keep your dog busy, one option is to freeze yogurt inside your dog’s toy, like a Kong.
Also, when trying a new food, make sure to start with a small amount and if your dog has any kind of reaction, consult a veterinarian immediately.
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