What can my dog eat?
It’s National Dog Day and we all know our four-legged friends love human food. Here are a few foods that are safe for you to share with your pawsome friend!
Dogs are omnivores just like us, they thrive on a good mix of food and it is one of the reasons dogs ancestors and humans got to know each other in the first place. Even though we are both omnivores our digestive systems are different and some human food can be very dangerous to dogs. Just like us though dogs don’t always know what’s best for them. When it comes to our four-legged friends it is always best to play it safe which is why we have compiled a list of foods that are safe for us to share with them!
Special note about Dog Food Intolerance & Allergies
Just like humans, some dogs have intolerances and allergies to certain foods. We recommend only trying one human food at a time and keeping an eye on your pawsome friend immediately after feeding them human food and preferably also keeping an eye on their next few poops.
Carrots are a safe human food for dogs.
Bursting with vitamin A and great for removing plaque from teeth carrots are a pawsome food to share with your dog. Too much vitamin A is bad for dogs so don’t rush out and buy your dog a 5lb bag of carrots, keep your dogs size and weight in mind when determining how much is too much. A few baby carrots are a great treat for smaller dogs while a larger dog will likely appreciate a large carrot to nibble on.
White rice is good for dogs and can help with digestive issues.
If your dog has an upset stomach or loose stool some plain boiled white rice can work wonders for them. As much as possible you don’t want to flavor the rice as some of the ingredients you may use could be toxic to a dog.
If you want to add some flavor you can use natural ingredients that are also safe for your dog such as boiling some chicken, beef bones and carrots and then using the liquid to boil the rice.
White rice can cause blood sugar levels to rise so if your dog is diabetic make sure to only feed them small portions.
Salmon isn’t just good for bears, it is good for Dogs!
Is your furever friend giving you puppy eyes as you scoff down a delicious slab of salmon? Salmon is a great food to share with your dog. Do make sure the salmon is cooked as raw fish may contain parasites that are dangerous.
Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your dog’s immune system and skin. As in all treats do feed in moderation and keep an eye on your dog after feeding it salmon for the first time.
Do be careful if you have a lot of seasoning or sauce on your salmon, a bit of salt and butter should be fine but do be careful as too much salt can be harmful to dogs.
Big tail wag for shrimp another safe people food for dogs.
Our four-legged family members Bow (Lab) and Arrow (Fox Terrier) love frozen cooked shrimp! Shrimp contains iron, phosphorous and calcium which is good for your dog’s teeth and bones. Vitamin B in shrimp is also good for your dog’s digestive system.
Shrimp however is best given as a treat, not as a main course, it is not a highly nutritious food for dogs just a delicious treat they love with some good minerals.
As always do keep an eye on your four-legged friend after feeding them any new food they have never had before.