We all know we aren't suppose to give our precious doggies chocolate, grapes or raisins, or onions but did you know you can share all kinds of other things with your babies?? Check it out!!
1. Melons: Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are all
healthy options for your pooch. " Consult animal poison control before feeding your dogs any of the more exotic melons.
2. Sunflower seeds (shelled): Skip the salt if
possible, or serve in moderation. Remember, treats
should not comprise more than 10 percent of your dog's daily calorie
intake. If your dog gets 500 calories a day, 50 calories could come from
3. Peanut butter:Peanuts don't appear
to cause allergies in dogs like they do in people. I sometimes hide their pills in Peanut butter. No problem getting them to take it!!
4. Berries (fresh and frozen): Blueberries,
blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries or raspberries -- all are good
for your furry friend for the same reason they're good for humans:
free-radical-fighting antioxidants. A lot of dogs like them frozen.
5. Cooked chicken: Ran out of your dog's regular food? Whether
boiled, baked, served rotisserie-style or grilled, this food is a
healthy substitute. Dogs will eat a freshly cooked chicken any way they
can get it.
Healthy dogs can handle cooking oils and seasonings. Just be sure to
avoid adding onion or too much garlic. If you're concerned, non-salt
seasonings can be used, but that matters more for the human eater than
the dog. Scrambled eggs, hamburger, rice, pasta and/or
oatmeal can serve as meal replacements in a pinch.
6. Cheese: This is a safe snack for dogs, but just like
humans, they can experience lactose intolerance, so monitor your dog's
reaction. Many families use a dollop of cottage cheese with every
meal. To avoid overfeeding, consider giving your dog low-
or reduced-fat dairy products.
7. Bananas: My dogs love bananas and I share mine with them regularly. All fruits have phytonutrients
and required nutrients. They are good for all of us. If the foods are
healthy for us, they are more apt to be healthy for the dog.
8. Apple slices: It is recommended to serve your pup
seedless, organic apple slices, because apple seeds naturally contain
cyanide. Citrus fruits such as oranges are good too, but leave off the
rinds; they contain many oils and could be too strong for a dog's
9. Baby carrots: Fresh, crunchy vegetables are good for
your dog's teeth. Plus, it's a bit easier not to overfeed
with veggies. If you're giving your dog vegetables, you can give a lot
more in volume, because these are low-calorie foods.
10. Green beans: Because this veggie fills dogs up,
weight-management programs often include green beans, usually canned
with no salt added. An entire can of green beans contains
70 calories. What a bargain, and filling too!
Of course every dog is different and you and your vet know best if he or
she has any food sensitivities, weight issues or other health concerns
that should guide your dog's diet. It is always a good idea to check
with your pet's doctor if you are planning on changing what your dog
eats. Also keep in mind that it is best to introduce new foods to your
dog slowly. You don't want your pooch to get gas, bloating, soft stools
or other digestive problems.
This information was provided by Mary Kearl at Pawnation.com. A wonderful website with lots of information to help you provide your four legged babies a happy and fulfilled life.
Tammy Johnson The Shih Tzu Shoppe Missouri 417-443-0965