Dogs love to try and eat everything we are eating – some things (quite a lot of things actually) aren’t safe for our canine friends and some can be fatal.
The following foods are tasty, healthy and safe human foods to give your dog.
Chia Seeds, derived from the desert plant Salvia hispanica that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. It is a source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They also provide fibre, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin and zinc.
Try sprinkling some chia seeds on your dog’s meals, or mix some with a little coconut oil for a super nutrient dense snack.
Sweet potatoes, rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and high in vitamins A and C. Sweet potatoes with purple flesh have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sardines a favourite of our Wolfhounds – a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential to your dog’s well-being.
Tripe known as a Superfood for your dog. Rich in naturally occurring enzymes and probiotics to aid digestion. It also contains lots of vitamin B, calcium and phospjorus and essential fatty acids.
Coconut can be given to dogs, it contains lauric acid which strengthens the immune systemby fighting viruses. Its also great for improving dog breath and clearing up skin conditions – helps with itchy skin. Coconut milk and coconut oil are safe to give too.
Honey is packed full of many nutrients which include Vitamins A, B, C, D, E &K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and antioxidants. Feed in small amounts as an occasional treat can help with allergies, purely because it introduces small amounts of pollen into their system, building up immunity to allergens. Honey is also a great topical treatment for burns and superficial cuts.
Peanut Butter is great for dogs, and they love it. Make sure to check the ingredients list, and don’t give it if has sugar substitutes, as these can be very toxic to dogs. Heres an easy refreshing peanut butter treat for your dogs on a hot sunny day: Mix a cup of peanut butter (unsalted) with half a mashed up ripe banana. Drop spoonful’s onto a baking sheet, and place in freezer.
Broccoli supports detoxification processes in your dog’s body. Contains healthy fibre to aid digestion, is rich in beneficial nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and vitamin C. It has anti-inflammatory properties, supports eye health; helps repair skin damage; and supports heart health.
Kale is a dark green vegetable loaded with vitamins (especially vitamins K, A and C), iron and antioxidants. It helps with liver detoxification and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Add 1 minced or chopped kale to your dog’s food three or four times a week as a great source of fibre, nutrients and whole food antioxidants. You just need a tablespoonful or two. Its good to remember that vegetables are safe human foods for dogs too – much better than a sweet treat.
Blueberries are loaded with phytochemicals and antioxidants and are also a good source of fibre, manganese and vitamins C and E. Replacing one of the processed treats you feed your dog each day with fresh or frozen blueberries is a great way to increase antioxidants in your pet’s diet, and a refreshing thirst quencher when its hot and sunny outside.
Pumpkin, fresh, steamed or boiled (or canned), is relatively low in calories and high in soluble fibre, which is beneficial for dogs with gastrointestinal problems. Pumpkin helps to regulate bowel which function helping to relieves both diarrhoea and constipation. It is also an excellent source of potassium.
There are other safe human foods to give to your dog, and we will continue to compile lists for pet owners.