Whether you're a health fanatic or a foodie when it comes to your own cooking, it is probably safe to say that you want nothing but the best for your dog.
Even though the dog food you're providing it with is pretty much all it needs, it's sometimes nice to be able to share some of your food with your best friend.
The good news is that some of the food you eat is not only possible to give to your dog – but even healthy for them!
Here's some of the stuff you probably eat at home, that you could happily share with your canine friend:
• Eggs – Preferably serve them hard boiled or scrambled. Try to avoid giving any raw egg to your dog. However, dogs are in general sensitive to fat, so if you do serve them scrambled, make sure not to use too much butter.
• Fresh Fish – Fresh fish helps keep a dog’s coat shinier, but make sure to remove the skin as it often contains both spices and fat that are entirely unnecessary for it. If you give fish to your dog, you should be careful not to serve anything with bones in it, as the small ones can be hazardous and get stuck in their throat.
• Oats – Oats are a good source of fiber and also help with their metabolism. You can serve it as porridge or just blend them together with dog food.
• Sweet Potato – These contain a lot of fiber, magnesium and Vitamin A. Serve them sliced and cooked, as it's much easier to digest.
• Kale – This vegetable is bursting with nutrients! Rich in beta carotene, Vitamins C + K, and calcium, kale is best served steamed. Kale is also useful if your dog needs to be on a strict diet, as it is exceptionally nutritious but low in calories.
• Blueberries – A lot of dogs love blueberries, and as they're healthy it's a double win!
• Carrots – High in beta carotene, Vitamin A and fiber, carrots are also perfect for your dog to crunch on as they’re superb for strengthening their teeth.
• Spinach – This superfood is packed with iron, and Vitamins A, B, and C. It's very healthy for your dog; however, you should only stick to one leaf, once in a while, as too much can inhibit the formation of red blood cells.
• Coconut Oil – There's no surprise that coconut oil is healthy for us, but it is for your little pooch as well. You can add some dry flakes into their food from time to time, as it’s good for their teeth and work as an anti-inflammatory.
What about things they can't eat?
When it comes to human food, there are a few things to look out for as they can be really detrimental to your dog’s health: Chocolate, grapes, onion, salt, potato, garlic, and cherries are all very bad for your dog, and you should under no circumstances give any of these to them.
All in all, there's plenty of nutritious food out there for you and your best friend to enjoy together!