Many of the foods we eat are not suitable for sharing with our canine friends, but their owners often wonder which foods are suitable for safe sharing.
Below are five foods that can be safely shared, as well as the benefits of sharing these more typically human foods with your dog.
Green beans contain both vitamin C and vitamin K and are also very low in calories, which means they are a healthy snack alternative, especially if the dog in question tends to be overweight.
Many dogs enjoy green beans, even in frozen form, and by replacing a little of your dog’s usual food with this snack, you can offer your dog a healthy alternative for feeding.
Eggs can be used to supplement your dog’s diet, but they must be cooked and not eaten raw or dried, as uncooked eggs can cause a nutritional problem known as biotin deficiency.
Eggs are a rich source of protein and also contain vitamin D, riboflavin and selenium, all of which are good for your dog’s development.
Boiled eggs, prepared in moderation, are a healthy snack alternative for dogs.
Apples can be a healthy addition to a dog’s diet. Apples contain calcium and fibre as well as vitamins A, C and K, all of which contribute to a dog’s good health. It is well known that apple seeds contain cyanide and can be harmful in large accumulated amounts. A good tip would be to remove the core containing the seeds and slice the apples, as this also avoids the risk of choking.
Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and, when cooked and snacked, can be a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep a dog’s coat shiny and glossy, while positively supporting the dog’s immune system.
As with eggs, you should always make sure that the salmon you offer your pet is well cooked.
Carrots are another vegetable that can be safely used as a complementary food. Like green beans, carrots are low in calories and full of vitamins, with the added benefit of being good for your pet’s teeth.
It should be noted that foods promoted as safe for dogs should only be given in moderation and as a supplement to your pet’s normal, balanced diet.