Admit it, you are guilty of giving your dog table scraps that are not good for them. They give you a cute look with their big eyes, or they tilt their head at you in a way that you cannot resist. Admittedly, not all table scraps are bad for dogs, but some can be extremely harmful. When giving your dog a treat from the table or bit or human food when they are sitting in the kitchen begging for just a little bite, there are foods that you can safely give your pooch. These treats can actually be beneficial to your dog’s overall health, and you can give your dog a treat without feeling any guilt.
It should not come as much of a surprise to pet owners that foods that are good for them are actually good for their dog, too. One of these foods that are good for both humans and dogs is bananas. Bananas have a lot of amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, potassium and fiber. Due to the fact that bananas have a good amount of sugar; bananas are used as treats for working or athletic dogs to reward good behavior. Bananas can give your dog the pick-me-up they need, and you can even give them a piece of your fruit when on walk or just sitting in the house.
Many dog foods contain, and boast about having beets in their formula. Beets have beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A, B and C. They also help aid in liver health, and often use for detoxifying purposes. If your dog ever has any liver problems, beets are a good way to help cleanse your dog’s body. Beets are a healthy snack for any dog, whether he has liver problems or not.
Your doctor has probably told you many times to incorporate more green vegetables into your diet, and the same can be said for your dog. Green beans are a great green vegetable that your dog will enjoy on top of their food, or just as a little snack when you are preparing dinner. They have lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. If your dog is putting on a few extra pounds and you want him to lose some weight, green beans can be a great weight-management snack. You can still give your dog the treat he deserves, without feeling guilty about making him gain any more weight.
A funny snack that people often give their dogs is peanut butter, and it is humorous because it sticks to the top of a dog’s mouth and they struggle to get all of the peanut butter-y goodness from the roof of their mouth. Peanut butter provides your dog with a good source of vitamins, protein and healthy fats. If you want to give your dog this tasty snack, look for an all-natural peanut butter. You want the ingredients to list peanuts only, and avoid peanut butter that has a lot of sugar, salt and preservatives.
If you are looking for a seasonal snack for your furry friend, go no further than the ever-popular pumpkin. Pumpkin contains vitamins, beta-carotene and fiber. It is also low in calories, and it helps settle the stomach of a dog that may have a tummy ache. It also helps relieve diarrhea. It is better if you can get pumpkin fresh, but if you absolutely have to get canned pumpkin, get a brand that is not full of sugar or preservatives.