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Human foods you can feed your dog:

If you’re a dog lover, it is obvious that you share everything with your dog, from your home to your family and every now and then your food as well. However, not all foods that you eat are necessarily healthy or for that matter even safe for your canine. Some food items can also prove to be toxic. Here is a list of some “human” foods that you can feed your dog:

Chicken: Cooked chicken is both safe and healthy for the dogs to eat. Chicken can help in meeting the required protein and vitamin needs. However, one should avoid feeding raw chicken to dogs in order to prevent Salmonella. Another important thing to keep in mind is to remove the cooked chicken bones as they pose a choking threat.

Yogurt: Though dogs and dairy aren’t the best combination, plain yogurt makes for a great option to feed your dog. It is easy on the stomach as it is lighter to digest than other dairy products. Moreover, yogurt not only aids in digestion but is also a great source of zinc, calcium and protein. Make sure to pick a yogurt which is low on bacteria, and is sugar and fat free.

Carrots: Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and fiber which help in curing dog constipation. The low calorie content makes it a great choice for a snack. Carrots are also a natural teeth cleanser; their rough texture helps in reducing unwanted plague buildup in teeth. Beta- Carotene, an antioxidant present in carrots, helps in improving the coat color and reduces the possibility of weak eye sight in dogs. Word of advice: as the cellulose wall is not very easily digested by dogs, cook the carrots before feeding them to your dog. This will ensure that your dog gets the maximum nutritional benefits out of the carrots.

Eggs: An egg contains sufficient nutrients to give birth to a new chicken. These make eggs an important source of nutrients for not only us humans but also for our pooches. From Vitamin A to Vitamin B12 to iron and other fatty acids, eggs have it all. Eggs, if fed along with the egg shells, can be a complete food source for dogs, especially those who have problem eating bones. It is often argued that eggs should not be fed to dogs due to various risks such as Salmonella, Biotin deficiency and high cholesterol. However, feeding organic, well stored and fully cooked eggs can keep all these problems at bay.

Apples: An apple a day keeps the vet away! Apples are a great source of Vitamin A, C and fiber. All these contribute towards a happy and healthy tummy. Just like carrots, apples are also a low calorie food, making them an excellent treat option for overweight dogs. The antioxidants in apples also help in keeping the dogs’ teeth healthy and shiny, and also helps ensure fresher breath. Additionally, apples make a great source of low protein food for older dogs prone to certain illnesses. Just make sure to remove the seeds and the core as they contain cyanide which can become hazardous for your dog’s health over a period of time.

Oatmeal: For dogs with bowel trouble, oatmeal is a great source of necessary soluble fiber. It is also a substitute of grain for dogs who are allergic to wheat. It is packed with various minerals and vitamins. Make sure to serve cooked and plain oatmeal. Flavored oats might contain certain added ingredients which might prove to be unhealthy.

Rice: It is a well-known fact that rice makes for a great meal for dogs suffering from diarrhea. However, it can also be made a part of a dog’s regular diet. Being high in carbohydrates, rice provides an energy boost to dogs. Rice also ensures normal brain function. Dogs suffering from high blood pressure should be fed rice as it does not contain any sodium. Any kind of rice is good for a dog as long as it is cooked and given in small amounts.

Broccoli: This super food for humans is also a very healthy food option for dogs. Broccoli is said to have anti-cancer ingredients which makes it as important and effective for dogs as humans. Broccoli contains a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin C, fiber and calcium. So, the next time you eat broccoli, make sure you throw some for your dog as well. Remember, it is absolutely imperative that you cook the broccoli before feeding it to your dog.

These are a few “people” food that can be fed to dogs. However, since each dog is different, it is important that you check with your vet before including these in your dog’s diet. It is also important to feed these items in small quantities and after regular intervals. Upsetting the nutrient balance is the last thing you want to do, when all you want is a happy and healthy pooch!

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