We all know that a dog’s diet is not quite as discerning as it should be, and this can lead to potential health problems down the road for the dog. And while we are often told not to give dogs human food for various health reasons, people seem to be in the dark about certain human foods that actually can benefit a dog. We thought we would take a moment to shine a light on some foods you may have in your fridge that are a tasty and healthy treat for your canine friends. Remember, as with any treat you give dogs, the key is giving them these treats in moderation.
First off, we need to shout out to peanut butter. Though most people have been giving it to their dogs as treats for years (because they are so cute when they eat peanut butter), let’s not forget it’s also a high protein treat that is good for your dog AND delicious.
While many would not think dogs and green beans would be a good combo, dogs tend to gobble them up when they are given to them frozen, and green beans are high in vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as plant fiber, which can be great for the dog’s digestive tract.
Oatmeal is a great treat, especially for older dogs looking for more bowel consistency, which can be a problem when a dog begins to age. Always remember, feed the oatmeal to them cooked, and with no sugar or flavoring. In other words, real oatmeal, and not that sugar-filled flavored kinds that people give to their kids. That would only cause the dogs more problems.
Baby carrots are a great treat for dogs. They are good for their teeth, low in calories, and high in fiber. And dogs tend to really enjoy the workout they get from eating them frozen, so bust out a few of these in summer time and let them go to work.
Cooked salmon will not only be something your dog will LOVE, but the omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for their coats. Even if you don’t give salmon regularly, consider adding salmon oil to their daily food intake, and see how much softer and shinier their coat gets over time.
Remember, next time you go to give your dog a treat, think about giving them something they will love that is also good for them. Most likely, most of the stuff listed here is already in your fridge or cabinet, and is just another thing you and your dog have in common. Human foods can be good for dogs, but make sure you give them the right foods.