As a dog owner, you always want the best for your dog, especially when it comes to food. While there are dog foods you can buy off the shelves, it’s also important to give your dog a balanced diet. The best way you can do that is by preparing the food yourself. However, not all human food is good for your furry friend and you need be careful about what you make. You don’t want your dog to end up with a bad stomach. So here’s a list of all the foods that you can and cannot feed your dog.
- Chicken: If you want to give your dog a dose of extra protein, chicken is a great way to do it. Make sure the chicken is not seasoned though. The chicken can be raw or cooked, however, if you plan to give cooked chicken, remove all the bones before serving. Cooking makes chicken bones hard. The bones could splinter and injure your
- Fish: While cats adore fish, it can also make a great meal substitute for dogs. You can feed your dog fish that’s been cooked well. Raw fish has bacteria that could make dogs fall sick and certain kinds of fish like salmon and sturgeon, also harbor dangerous parasites. Feed fish in moderation though.
- Pork: Pork can be fed to dogs once it has been thoroughly cooked. Pork could contain parasites that could cause harm to your dog. Another reason to be careful about giving pork is because it contains a type of fat which is difficult for dogs to digest.
- Beef: Raw or cooked beef can be given but remove all the visible fat before serving. Fat from both cooked and uncooked meat can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Also, give your dog only the meat and not bones.
- Lamb: Lamb is very healthy for dogs and can be served either raw or cooked. Lamb is also a great substitute for dogs that are allergic to chicken and beef.
Vegetables And Fruits
If you’re looking for ways to make your dog’s diet healthier, vegetables and fruits might be a
Vegetables That Are Good For Your Dog
- Potatoes: Vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese, and fiber
- Asparagus: Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, and K, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, and fiber
- Brussels Sprouts: Vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and K, potassium, manganese, and fiber
- Carrots: Vitamins A, K, and C, potassium, and fiber
- Cauliflower: Vitamins B6, C, and K, choline
- Peas: Vitamins C, and K
- Cucumbers: Vitamin K
- Green Beans: Vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, and fiber
- Sweet Potatoes: Vitamins A, B5, B6, and C, potassium, manganese, and fiber
- Edamame: Vitamins B2, and K, omega-3 fats, protein, iron, and fiber
Vegetables That Are Harmful To
- Onions and garlic: Could damage red blood cells.
- Rhubarb: Depletes the calcium levels in our dogs.
- Raw & green potatoes: Can cause nausea, vomiting, seizures, and heart irregularities.
- Tomato plants: Could cause stomach upset.
Fruits That Are Good For Your Dog
Like vegetables, fruits also contain many vitamins and minerals essential for your dog’s health. They provide your dog with antioxidants, better immunity, improved digestion, and healthier skin and hair. If your dog does not like to eat fruit pieces, you can mash it into their food. But ensure that you remove any seeds or pits.
Fruits That Are Harmful To Your Dog
- Grapes & raisins: They are toxic and could lead to irreversible kidney damage.
- Cherries: May cause respiratory failure and death.
- Currants: Like grapes, they too can cause renal failure.
- Apricots: They contain cyanide which could cause respiratory failure and death.
- Avocados: Its toxic effects can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
A Few Things To Remember
While this list gives a good idea about what meats, vegetables, and fruits you can and cannot feed your
- Mushrooms are highly toxic to dogs and eating them even in small quantities could cause seizures, tremors, and organ failure. If your dog has ingested mushrooms, take them to the vet immediately.
- Also be careful about feeding your dog leeks, and chives. Along with onions, they are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets.
- Avoid feeding your dog foods that have salt/sodium, sweet treats like ice cream or chocolates, and breads that contain yeast.