Sharing leftovers or pieces of food with our best friend is one more way to improve our bond with him, however, it can also make him insistent and anxious when it comes to our meal. However, how can we be sure that these foods will not harm you?
In this AnimalWised article we are going to detail 10 human foods that dogs can eat, but we will also offer you some basic tips that you should keep in mind. Take notes!
1.Meat (without salt or cooked bones)
Dogs are not strictly carnivorous animals, as is the case with cats, even so, meat should be the basis of their diet. Although some are more recommended than others, we can offer you any meat: chicken, turkey, pork, veal, lamb … We recommend that you avoid fried meats or the use of salt and bet on grilled, grilled or baked. All these options will enchant you.
Today, many people opt for the vomit diet, which consists of offering the dog raw meat. In this case we must ensure the quality correctly to avoid the transmission of pathogens and parasites, which we can avoid by lightly cooking the meat. It is also important to remember that cooked bones have a certain ability to splinter, so we advise you to avoid them completely and choose raw and meaty bones.
2.Fish (without salt or bones)
Like meat, fish is one of the staples of the dog’s diet. We can choose from a wide variety of fish recommended for dogs: salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, mackerel … As in the previous point, we recommend you avoid fried fish, remove the bones and cook it in the oven, on the grill or steamed, for example.
Eggs are an important source of beneficial fat and protein and are generally a food they love. It also contains essential vitamins and amino acids. It is a very complete dog food. Do not forget that eggs can transmit salmonellosis, so if you are going to offer it raw, you must wash it well. To avoid this, we advise you to offer the boiled egg or serve it in an omelette, always without salt.
As we have commented previously, dogs are not strictly carnivores, so it is advisable to include vegetables in their diet. Although most feed already contain all the necessary ingredients for a complete nutritional contribution, we can use different vegetables to make homemade treats for dogs. An example of this are the dehydrated vegetable snacks, delicious and easy to make, perfect for overweight or obese dogs.
Unrefined artisanal honey is a food rich in carbohydrates (glucose, fructose and maltose) but it also offers other nutrients, such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins among others. It can be offered to elderly or convalescent dogs, as it is a natural energy source. It should never be offered to puppies.
Like fruit, honey is rich in sugars, so we should moderate its consumption and offer this rich liquid only occasionally, as a reward, spreading it on a snack or adding a teaspoon to homemade recipes for dogs.
7. Ice cream based on vegetable milk or water, without sugars
Have you ever wanted to share an ice cream with your dog but have not dared because of its high sugar content? You should know that homemade ice creams based on water, vegetable milk and fruits can be a great option to refresh them in summer. Discover in Animal Expert 4 ice cream recipes for dogs. You will love them!
More human foods a dog can eat
Have you wanted to know more food to offer your dog? Here is a small list of alternative foods that your dog may also like:
- Warm oatmeal is an excellent food for dogs with chronic constipation.
- Brewer’s yeast is especially suitable for older dogs, but it can also be useful at any stage. It provides vitamins, improves the condition of the skin and hair and also cleanses the intestinal tract.
- The liver is an excellent food, due to its contribution of vitamins, proteins and omega 3 and 6, but it is recommended to moderate its consumption to one or two times a week at most.
- Unlike macadamia nuts, which are toxic to dogs, we can offer raw almonds and hazelnuts to our best friend if desired.
- We can enrich a homemade diet with different spices, such as parsley, rosemary, thyme or turmeric.
- Spirulina is an algae that has become popular in vegan and vegetarian diets due to its high content of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and iron. It is ideal for sick or pregnant dogs.
Remember that, although from time to time you can offer these 10 human foods that dogs can eat, it is important not to abuse the extras in their diet, a measure that will help us prevent overweight and obesity. Remember that high-quality commercial dog foods already contain all the nutrients necessary for their optimal development.
However, if your goal is to offer homemade food to your dog permanently, do not forget to consult with your veterinarian to find out in detail what your dog’s nutritional needs are. The specialist will indicate you, not only the quantities, but also the necessary supplements or the essential ingredients.