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19 Healthiest Foods You Need to Give to Your Dog & What to Avoid 

 January 12, 2021

By  Gabriela

In many cases, a dog proves to be the best friend of humankind and makes for a very cute and adorable pet.

However, owning a dog is no piece of cake as the canine requires your utmost care and attention. One of the many things that constitute the health of the pet dog is the food that it consumes.

Research shows that around 80% of dog owners are unaware of what to feed their dogs and most importantly what not to feed the dogs. Below is the list of foods that will make you aware of the ways in which you can keep your dog healthy.

1. Lean Meat

Dogs love meat, this we all know. Lean meat is recommended by vets as they provide protein to your dog. Lean meat is also rich in amino acids and B vitamins which maintains the metabolism of the dogs and keeps them energized at all times.

2. Salmon and Tuna

Fish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon and Tuna will improve the immune system and the omega 3 fatty acid will protect its coat and add that extra shine to it.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. Be careful not to go for Yogurt with artificial sweeteners or added sugars as these will harm the dog. Yogurts containing active bacteria are useful for the digestive system of the dog.

4. Peanut Butter

This is a favorite treat of many canines. It is a good source of protein and also has healthy fats that are good for the heart. Get raw, unsalted peanut butter.

5. Liver

The liver is another good food for the dog. Freshly cooked liver contains B vitamins, Vitamin A, and K which are beneficial for the dog.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is another good food source. Coconut contains lauric acid which in turn produces monoglyceride when consumed by the dogs. Monoglyceride is responsible for fighting and destroying pathogenic bacteria. It is even useful in maintaining normal thyroid levels.

7. Oatmeal

Another good and healthy food option is oatmeal. It is a rich source of fiber. Feed cooked oatmeal without adding sugar.

8.Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese is a rich source of protein and calcium. Just be sure that your dog does not have issues with dairy products. Give it a small quantity and observe if they show any symptoms of discomfort.

9. Eggs

Eggs are an excellent source of protein and can enrich the health of your pet whether eaten in raw form or cooked. You can give your pet raw eggs or cooked eggs (scrambled).

10.Green Beans

Green beans are a good food choice to give your dogs. They are loaded with iron and vitamins and low on calories. Make sure that you only give fresh beans to your dog.

11. Carrots

This is another good choice for dogs. Carrots are high in vitamins and fiber and will surely benefit your dog.

11. Broccoli

Broccoli is a veggie that is rich in vitamins. Be careful with the Broccoli and make sure it does not constitute more than 10% of the dog’s food as it can lead to gastrointestinal irritation.

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12. Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a good source of vitamin A and also a healthy food choice. Feed raw pumpkins to the dog especially if it is facing any digestion issues.

13. Sweet Potatoes

Another good food option for your dogs is Sweet Potatoes. They are a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. It can be used as a training treat as well.

14. Fruit Salad

Yes, fruit salads can be fed to dogs as well. Choose the freshest of berries, apples, watermelons, and bananas and give the dog an exquisite dish.

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15. Seaweed Nori

Seaweed Nori is the edible seaweed that is enriched with protein, fiber, Vitamin C, E, and B vitamins. It is very effective in normalizing the metabolism of your dog.

16. Blueberries

A healthy food option for your dog, blueberries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals that are great for your dogs. Fresh or frozen, your dog will like both.

17. Flax Seed

Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that keep the coat shiny and healthy. It is recommended to ground the flax seeds right before feeding

18. Pears

Pears are a good option to feed your dogs. Make sure to leave out the cores and the seeds as they can cause harm to the dogs.

19. Parsley

This amazing herb can clear out the “stink breath”. So you can always add some extra tablespoon of chopped parsley to your dog’s daily diet.

Foods That Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog

Alcohol

Don’t try and give your dog alcohol, it may bring on Coma or even death due to intoxication

Onions and Garlic

Too many onions and garlic can lead to damage to the blood cells and vessels

Grapes

Grapes are not the food recommended for dogs. Eating grapes can lead to kidney disorders and even kidney failure

Avocado

Consuming Avocados can lead to diarrhea and vomiting

Caffeine

Caffeine products can lead to Diarrhea and vomiting. It is also harmful to the heart and the nervous system.

Make sure that when you decide to get a pet you should consult the vet to know thoroughly about the foods that you can feed to the dogs and the ones that you can’t. Remember that all foods consumed by humans cannot be given to dogs. For a long and healthy life of your pet canine, undertake extreme precaution, and provide it with a nutritious and healthy diet.

Via Healthy Food House | Mamabee | Mamabee

About the author 

Gabriela

A mom of two with a background in journalism, I took health into my own hands and started researching to find answers to my own health struggles. My research turned into a blog that turned into an amazing community (starring you!).When I'm not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, you can find me somewhere outside in the sun or undertaking some DIY remodeling project that inevitably takes twice as long as it was supposed to.

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