Feeding Your Dog Table Scraps

 

Feeding your dog table scraps is a good thing! The key is knowing what foods are safe for them to consume. Keep in mind is that for human consumption, we tend to add salt, sugar, and other ingredients that are not beneficial for dogs so serve it up plain.

Here's a quick reference list to help you identify the foods you can share with your furry friends along with the health benefits.

Dairy:
Cheese (low-fat) - protein, calcium
Eggs (including the shell) - protein, vitamins, minerals

Fruits:Dog eating apple Apples (must remove core & seeds) - fiber, vitamin A & C
Bananas - vitamins B6 & C, amino acids, electrolytes, potassium, fiber, manganese
Blackberries - vitamins, fiber, antioxidants
Blueberries - antioxidants, fiber
Cantaloupe - vitamins B6 & C, fiber, niacin, potassium
Cranberries - vitamins A, B1, B2 & C
Orange (must remove peel & seeds) - vitamin C
Pears (must remove core & seeds) - vitamins C & K, copper, fiber
Strawberries - vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber
Watermelon - vitamins A & C, potassium, magnesium

Meat:
Beef (baked or broiled without fat) - vitamin B, animo acids, protein
Turkey (remove fat, skin, bones) - lean protein

Nut Products:
Peanut Butter (all-natural) - protein, vitamins
Sunflower seed kernels (unsalted) - vitamin E, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, heart-healthy

Pasta:
Whole Grain (plain, boiled) - fiber, complex carbs, low fat & calories

Seafood:
Salmon (cooked well, minimize oil) - omega 3 fatty acids
Tuna - protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids

Vegetables:
Beets - vitamins A, B & C, beta-carotene, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium
Carrots - vitamin A, beta-carotene, antioxidants
Cucumber - vitamin B, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, fiber
Green Beans (raw or boiled) - fiber,
Potato - vitamin B-6, flavonoids
Pumpkin (including seeds) - fiber, fatty acids, antioxidants
Spinach - iron, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamins
Sweet Potato - vitamins C & D, fiber,  beta carotene, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium
Zucchini - vitamins, potassium, folate

When feeding your dog new foods, do it very slowly as you want to make sure there isn't an allergic reaction. Feed only one new food at a time in moderation and monitor your dog. Some of the signs to look for are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.

 

 

sources: paw nation, cesar milan, animal planet, all pet news

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