Human Foods That Are Dog Foods Too

Human Foods That Are Dog Foods Too!

When you give your pup their daily dinner or breakfast, do you ever think to yourself that they can use a bit more variety? Lucky for you, there are a wide variety of human foods that can be given to your pup with no worry of health complications. This article will list a few of the human foods you can feed to dogs.

Chicken

Chicken is possibly the best meat you can feed to your dog, hands down. It is a fantastic source of protein, and its lower fat content makes it significantly healthier than alternatives like beef. It also contains various instances of Vitamin B, and the antioxidants it contains are fantastic for fighting infection. In most cases, it makes an excellent replacement for dog food when you are running low.

To give chicken to your pup, you should serve it unseasoned and cooked well. Ensure that all bones and fat are removed, to avoid choking. Another serving option can be chicken broth, if it is what your dog prefers. 

Eggs

Eggs are also a great protein source for your pup. As long as they are unseasoned, any form of cooking them is perfectly fine. Eggs have a large amount of riboflavin, selenium, and protein that can contribute towards healthy muscle growth and repairs. However, since eggs are much higher in fat than chicken, make sure you avoid feeding too many to your pup. By feeding eggs to your pup at several points over the course of a week, you should notice a drastic increase in their health.

Be careful of feeding your pup undercooked or raw eggs, as they can be exposed to diseases such as salmonella.

Salmon

Salmon, being fish, is naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids, an incredibly healthy brain booster for your pup. Aside from benefiting your pup’s brain power, omega-3 fatty acids also benefit their coat, skin, and joints. As a result, salmon is incredibly healthy for dogs with arthritic conditions, as it can reduce inflammation and pain. In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is also a great source of protien.

Since it is fatty, salmon should only be given to your pup sparingly over the course of a week as to not overfeed them. Also remember to never give your pup raw salmon. While humans may like sushi, dogs cannot eat uncooked salmon, and it should be avoided at all costs. 

If you cannot afford salmon, tuna, herring, or other types of cold water fish make a great substitute. You can also put fish oil in your dog’s food as well.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are possibly one of the most underrated superfoods to give to your pup. Both the seeds and the actual pumpkin can be given to them. Pumpkins contain many vitamins and minerals that are vital to your pup’s well being, including iron, beta-carotene, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. In addition, its high content of fiber prevents weight gain by keeping your pup full for longer.

Feeding your pup pumpkins on a daily basis will contribute to the health of their urinary tract, and can deworm your pup through natural means.

Carrots

Carrots are another vegetable that is very healthy for your pup. Interestingly enough, pups actually enjoy the taste of carrots, making it a food they will both enjoy in taste and health.

Carrots provide many benefits to your pup, in many different parts of their body. They scrape against the teeth, preventing the buildup of plaque. The high amount of Vitamin A strengthens your pup’s immune system, and the Vitamin C and K promote blood clotting. It also contains many essential elements for your pup, such as potassium and manganese. Don’t be afraid to give carrots to your pup every day, if it is possible.

String Beans

Similarly to carrots, string beans give your pup plenty of vitamins and minerals, including , magnesium, manganese, and iron, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, while Vitamin A and C boost your pup’s heart health and immunity. Ensure that you only feed your pup fresh beans, as they love the crunch and taste of them. If you can only get canned beans, make sure that they are unsalted.

Peanut Butter

The classic human food to give to dogs according to the internet. While it may be funny seeing your pup try and lick peanut butter off the roof of their mouth, peanut butter also provides many health benefits to your pup. It has a high amount of protein and Vitamin E and B, all promoting a healthy immune system and coat. 

The one thing to keep in mind when giving your pup peanut butter is it’s high fat content. As a result, be sure to only give them a small spoonful as a snack every once in a while.

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