We always crave what we can’t have
So, many of you pups out there have asked me how I manage to keep such a great figure. Well my friends, it all comes down to diet. You see, my hoomans are pretty strict on what they give me and what they DON’T!
I am pretty sure I am not a good judge of what food they can give me, because I really will eat just about anything and there are times when I have and, well, you guessed, I was running to the backyard several times a day. So, if you want to keep yourself tom having accidents where you shouldn’t, check out this list of food you really should be begging for:
Good old raw fruit, except for grapes and raisins, is great for most pups. Slices of raw banana can be fun to eat and will get a good chuckle from your owner. Apple, blueberries, strawberries, orange sections (no peels please), and chunks of cantaloupe or watermelon. Fun fact, apples are full of phytonutrients, vitamin A and vitamin C and can be given with the skin on, but please NO SEEDS – they contain cyanide.
Love me my veggies! So, let’s see: carrots, pumpkin, green beans, and sweet potato are all great to eat and really good for you. Carrots are low in calories, but high in fiber and vitamin A. A side benefit is they are also good for teeth cleaning. Just don’t have too many, because they do contain a lot of sugar, which is not always great for pups. Speaking of low cal options, how about green beans? They’re very high in fiber but low in calories. Got a sensitive stomach? Try canned or fresh, cooked pumpkin with no added sugars and spices. Sweet potatoes also can do the trick. You can steam or bake them and serve unseasoned, Both, are an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.
Here is a little treat I love – homemade sweet potato jerky:
- Scrub and skin sweet potatoes
- Slice them into 1/2-inch strips.
- Put the strips on parchment-lined cookie sheet
- Bake at 225 F for 3 to 4 hours
Whenever I have an upset tummy, or the runs, this is a “go to” for me. Yogurt is full of digestive cultures, protein, and calcium, so it fixes me up right as rain. My mom loves it, because it makes it easier to pick up my poops. Look for yogurt that has live active cultures, non-fat, and has no sweetener or flavor. No taste buds, so who cares.
Did you know that oatmeal is found in a lot of dog food? Ya, a main ingredient, so if you are not sensitive to grains, it’s a great and healthy additive, because it’s full of vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of fiber.
(5) Peanut Butter
Ok, this was a bit of a no-brainer. What pup doesn’t like peanut butter and which hooman doesn’t get a laugh out of us trying to eat it. Peanut Butter is one of the best treats to give to dogs because it lasts them so long, plus, it’s full of protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Go for unsalted, because just like hoomans, too much salt isn’t good for pups either. CAUTION: Make sure the peanut butter DOES NOT contain sugar substitutes like Xylitol, which can be deadly for dogs.
(6) Bread and Pretzels
So, what goes well with peanut butter…how about bread. Bite-sized bits of whole wheat bread are good for a dog’s gut health. That said, don’t give us raw dough, because it can cause serious stomach problems. Unsalted pretzel are also a good option as a little treat.
Cooked, raw and dehydrated chicken are great for us pups. Cooked chicken meat is great as a snack or meal additive. Raw chicken is also an excellent meal, but you sould look up some raw diet info to make sure we are getting everything we need with that chicken. Dehydrated chicken is the BEST in my opinion. What about them bones you say. Well, everyone should know that cooked bones should never be fed to dogs. They can splinter and really cause problems. On the other hand, both raw chicken bones and some dehydrated bones (necks and feet) are healthy for dogs to eat.
Meat? Meat? Did someone say meat? Yup, that’s the puppy radar going off. Whom amongst us doesn’t have a puppy radar? Raw is always best, but you can cook it as well. Just avoid burnt meat and fatty bits. They can cause stomach issues. Nobody likes the sound of a heaving dog at 3am because they had a bit too much fat. You can choose lean ground beef, steak or even roast. Are friends at B.A.R.F Bento even deliver right to your door
(9) Pasta and Rice
Stomach feeling a bit bad? Maybe you are recovering from an illness? Brown rice will do the trick. Even white rice, but brown is better. Just make sure it’s plain and cooked. Rice and cooked pasta can also be added into regular food to liven things up a bit.
This is a super food for pups because they have great health benefits. They can be served raw or cooked. Going raw? Well, make sure to add in the shell to make sure your pup gets the full amount of biotin, protein, riboflavin and selenium. If you’re not into the raw thing, then cooked eggs are fine, but should be served plain with no salt, pepper or other seasoning.
Bonus Super Snack – Cooked Salmon & Salmon Skin
I go crazy for this stuff. Want me to sit attention, or do tricks? Just start cooking up some salmon. Is it good for me? You bet. Salmon is super high in health omega-3 fatty acids and is typically the fish used to make fish oils that are great for our coats. CAUTION: Do not give your dog uncooked salmon for any reason.
(Although I play a vet on TV, you should always check with YOUR vet before making any dietary changes and practice moderation if changing your diet.)