The Dos And Don'ts Of Feeding Your Dog Human Food

by - December 27, 2018

More and more people are choosing to feed their pets food they have cooked themselves so they know exactly what they are consuming - especially after scandals concerning pet foods and things in them that could be extremely harmful to your dog. It’s important to be aware of what’s good for dogs, and the foods that can be extremely toxic to them. Below we have some lists you can use to help you when you do your next food shop, as well as some tips to get started feeding your dog more human foods. Enjoy:

Foods That Are Safe For Dogs
Below we have a list of foods that are totally safe for your dog:

  • Salmon
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Cottage cheese
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oatmeal
  • Peas
  • Bananas
  • Cheese, especially hard cheeses like Gouda, Cheddar, and Swiss
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberries
  • Apples

Although you might want to feed your dog a healthy diet made completely from human foods, it might be more time and money efficient to also find a healthy source of dog food. You can start by reading Freshpet reviews to get an idea of what a good dog food should contain. A healthy diet mixed with both ready made dog food and foods you’ve cooked yourself is going to give your dog everything they could need.

Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog
Below we have a list of foods you should never, ever give your dog as they are extremely toxic. It could be a good idea to print out the list and put it somewhere everybody can see it:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Soft drinks
  • Avocados
  • Foods containing Xylitol
  • Chewing gum
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Yeast dough
  • High sodium foods like bacon

Foods like chocolate and coffee are toxic to all dogs, although different amounts will require different forms of treatment. A smaller dog is going to be affected much more severely from a small amount of chocolate than a larger dog - although you still shouldn’t take the chance of feeding it to your large dog.

Tips For Feeding Your Dog More Human Food
Below are a few tips you can use to feed your dog more human food:

Don’t Make Big Changes Too Fast
You shouldn’t go from feeding your dog a diet based purely on ready made dog food to nothing but human food. Their stomachs don’t agree with this and they might end up getting sick. Make the change gradual and you’ll both have a much better time.

Diversify Their Diets
You should still diversify your dog’s diet. Grains, vegetables, and some meats (it’s up to you to decide whether meat is something your dog really needs or not) can all be given to your dog for a balanced diet.

Don’t Go OTT With The Fats
Make sure you keep fats under control. Things like fatty meats, chicken skin, butter, and other high-fat foods should be kept to a minimum.

What are you going to give your dog for their next meal?

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