Admit it, we love our dogs so much that we want to share what we eat with them especially when they give you their most powerful move – “the puppy eyes look.”
But do you really know what you can give them or what is healthy for them?
Check out below 10 healthiest human food that dogs can eat and FYI, the ranking is not in any order.
Note: It is always best to check with your vet before if your dog has any dietary requirements or restrictions before implementing any new diet.
#1 – Salmon
Similar to humans, salmon is an excellent source of protein and contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids. (Recommended at most twice a week is enough)
Salmon promotes joint and brain health and helps to boost up their immunity system, reduce inflammation and keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Due to the low-fat but high protein content of salmon, it is a very suitable source of protein for dieting fur babies. It is also a good substitute protein for dogs who may be allergic to other meats, such as chicken.
However, it is important to ensure to only feed your dog fully cooked salmon (and unseasoned) as undercooked or raw salmon may contains parasites which could make them sick or even extreme cases, death.
Alternatives: If salmon proves to be too pricey or hard to come by, other cold-water fish such as tuna or herring are both acceptable, as well as small amount of fish oil.
#2 – Yogurt
Plain, non-fat yogurt with no sweetener is one of the healthy treats as it contains digestive cultures, protein and calcium which helps to strengthen your dog’s digestive health.
Besides aiding in digestion of food, it also helps fight off infections and are essential in vitamin and mineral production and utilization.
People and dogs lacking in probiotics have more tendency to fall sick than most and are likely to suffer from recurring periods of diarrhea. Yogurt is loaded with probiotics and a natural treatment for such groups of people and pooches.
Small dogs can be given 1 – 2 teaspoons, while medium dogs can have 1 – 2 tablespoons and big dogs up to 4 tablespoons. This can be given to your dog directly or can even be stirred into their normal food.
Be sure to feed your dog plain yogurt without any artificial sweeteners and any other added flavors. As with cheese, lactose intolerant dogs should stay away from this dairy-based snack.
#3 – Cheese
It is important to ensure that your dog is not lactose intolerant prior to feeding them this high protein, high calcium treat.
Do go for low-fat cheese such as cottage or mozzarella cheese as they are bland and easy to digest. However, any dairy products should be given in small or moderate amount.
#4 – Coconut
Both coconut and coconut milk are healthy for dogs as coconut contains Lauric acid (an easily digestible fatty acid that is found in large quantities in coconut meat itself).
Due to the whole molecule being easily absorbed and does not need to be broken down, it is a very efficient source of energy.
Lauric acid can also boost dogs’ immunity system to fight infections and viruses such as influenza, Giardia, and ringworms, just to name a few.
Lastly, this acid is an anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it can help speed up the healing process and can even relieve some of the discomforts of dogs who suffer from arthritis.
Anti-oxidants that are found in the coconut’s meat and oil will boost your dog’s immune system.
Oils that exist in coconuts can either be ingested or rubbed onto your dog’s skin (will give similar results). Coconut oil will improve the overall health of your dog’s skin and will improve the texture and quality of his fur coat.
Coconut meat or oils can be added to dogs’ food or be served as a separate treat.
Besides improving their health, the water will also aid in hydration, as it has high levels of electrolytes. For every 10 pounds that your dog weighs, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil daily can be allowed for consumption.
However, a quick note that the furry surface of the coconut shell should be avoided as they may obstruct their breathing if accidentally consumed.