We all love to spoil our pets and give them the best nutrition and love. We know that there are certain foods we should NEVER give to dogs like, chocolate and grapes, but do you know which foods you should be giving your pup for optimal health benefits?
A favorite treat for many canines. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats and protein. Put some in a kong to keep your dog entertained for hours or freeze some in an ice tray for a cool treat on a warm day. Make sure you are giving your pup raw, unsalted peanut butter. Do not give them the "light" kinds as it contains toxic artificial sweeteners.
Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber which you will love, your dog will the love taste and crunch. Since carrots are hard, they also help with removing plaque when your dog chews them.
Some dog food brands have salmon already, which promotes a healthy coat and immune system. The omega 3's in salmon are both healthy for our furry friends, as well as us. Feed them cooked salmon, add salmon oil to their hard food, or add some skin scraps.
Eggs are a great source of protein to add to your dogs meal or as a mid day snack. You can scramble some up or add raw yolk to their food bowl to promote a shiny coat. Whenever we crack an egg our dogs come running.
Pumpkin is great for when your dog has an upset stomach. The fiber and beta-carotene keeps the GI track moving and aids in digestive problems. Feed your dog only whole raw pumpkin or you can find a can at pet stores. Do not feed them pumpkin pie mix.
Chicken is a staple item in the dog food aisle. If you run out of dog food or prefer to cook your dogs food, chicken is a great affordable choice. Cook the chicken plain and add it to their food bowl for extra protein or give to them as a full meal with other plain cooked veggies.
These are just some foods you should be feeding your dog regularly for optimal health. Try watermelon on a hot day, plain yogurt to give them extra probiotics, apples, and cooked oatmeal. Always give your dog a small amount when trying out a new food to see how they react. If you're not sure about a food, make sure to check with your vet for a quick answer. As always, add Flea Away to their daily routine to keep them free of fleas and ticks.