We've all done it before - your resolve breaks from being stared down by those sad eyes and you sneak the dog a scrap from the table. Behavior issues aside, it's important to know what is good for your dog, and what isn't.
Last week we posted the top toxic foods for dogs - this week, we're bringing you a list of the best foods for your pup. So, if you do end up sneaking a little bit of chicken to your pooch, don't feel too guilty - it's great for their health.
1. Apples - Dogs love apples because of the crunch, which is also stellar for cleaning any gunk and residue off their teeth. Rich in vitamins A and C, apple slices are a great source of fiber and freshens your pup's breath. Just make sure to remove the seeds before feeding them to your dog - apple seeds contain traces of cyanide and are poisonous to dogs (and humans).
2. Carrots - Carrots are also great for cleaning your dog's teeth and in addition to being full of vitamin A, they're also low calorie as well as rich in fiber and beta carotene (which strengthens dogs' immune systems).
3. Chicken - Dogs love chicken. A lot. Cooked chicken is an inexpensive and tasty way to get your dogs all the extra protein they need, and is an excellent source of amino acids and B vitamins, helping to regulate your dog's metabolism throughout the day.
4. Eggs - While you're adding some chicken to Fido's meal, you might as well throw in a little scrambled egg. Cooked eggs are great for dogs with sensitive digestive systems, as well as an incredible source of protein, easily digestible riboflavin and selenium.
5. Green Beans - If your pup is putting on weight, green beans are an excellent low calorie food that will fill up your dog and give them all the fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese they need. Mix some green beans and cooked chicken together to give your dog a healthy, hearty meal while trying to maintain their weight.
6. Liver - Small pieces of liver are possibly the best training treat available. Liver is rich in B vitamins as well as vitamin A, vitamin K and iron. Fresh liver can be cut into small pieces and boiled or baked to make great training treats, or added in small amounts to spice up your pup's food. Too much of a good thing is toxic to dogs, though - be sure not to feed more than 1 gram of liver per 2 lbs. of body weight a day.
7. Oatmeal - Oatmeal is wonderful for older dogs with bowel irregularity and is also a great source of grain for dogs with wheat allergies. Be sure to cook the oatmeal before serving it to your dog, and never add sugar or dairy to the oatmeal.
8. Peanut Butter - What do dogs love more than chicken? Peanut butter (covered chicken). Peanut butter is a great source of protein and contains an abundance of heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. One of my Lemon's favorite treats is an unsalted peanut butter stuffed Kong, frozen overnight - good for hours of entertainment.
9. Yogurt - While many dairy products are harmful to your dog, yogurt is actually very beneficial for pooches. Yogurt is rich in probiotics and is a great source of calcium and protein for your pup. For a delicious treat, mix some peanut butter and yogurt and freeze it as a drool-worthy pupsicle on a hot day.
Next time you feed your pooch from the table, think first about whether the food you're giving them is beneficial or harmful (don't hesitate to double-check these lists)! For more helpful dog advice, check out the 'Tips N' Tricks' pack in the Finding Rover app.