Having a dog is one of life’s great delights. It’s almost like taking care of a child-one that never grows up! It comes with great responsibility, but with equally great benefits, and a burst of love and affection in one’s life. For all the dog-owners out there, pampering their special furry buddies is a privilege like no other. Which is why, they’re always looking for varied delicacies to give their dog, to reward them for being such “good boys/girls”! For those dog lovers who just want to see their special pooches wag their tails in happiness, here’s a list of 10 foods that your dog will absolutely love to eat; and bark in appreciation for-
10. GREEN BEANS
We may not always appreciate Green Beans, but our dogs certainly do. In fact, they gobble them up, because they’re so filling and crunchy! Taste factor aside, Green Beans are good for your pooch for many reasons. Green Beans are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of a number of nutrients like Calcium, Copper, Fiber, Folic Acid, Iron, Niacin, Manganese, Potassium, Riboflavin and Thiamin, as well as Beta Carotene. Not only that, they’re low in calories; so they make for a fit, healthy and happy dog! Remember to serve your dog only unsalted green beans.
Apples could quite possibly be your dog’s favorite treat. If you fill their bowl up with Apples, they’ll lick it clean for sure. They’re sweet, juicy and healthy-a perfect dessert! Apples are loaded with anti-oxidants and Vitamin-C. Moreover, they are fiber-rich, and this fiber helps to clean the residue off your dog’s teeth, which leads to fresher breath. Be sure to take out the core and seeds before you give your dog an apple, and if they find the skin uncomfortable to swallow, peel that off as well!
Pumpkins are a nice, moist treat for your dog. They is not only enjoyable taste-wise, but they keep your dog’s gastro-intestinal tract clean, helps in digestion, and alleviates Diarrhea and Constipation; relieving them of some painful tummy issues. Pumpkins are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants and Vitamin-A, which means they help the cardio-vascular system as well. All, in, all, pumpkins are a great dish for your pooch. Serve them cooked or steamed!
You may as well start calling your dog “Bugs Bunny”, because he will adore nibbling on those carrots! They’re juicy and crunchy enough to be a fun exercise for your dog’s jaw muscles. Unsurprisingly, they are great for dogs’ dental health. They are very high in Fiber, Vitamin-A and Beta Carotene; and very low in calories. And a bonus feature of carrots is that they strengthen vision, and can even improve your dog’s night vision. Chop a carrot into small pieces so it’s not a choking hazard!
Creamy, light and frothy- Yoghurt is a dreamy, dairy treat for your dog; especially since milk and most dairy products cause digestive issues for your pet, because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk). It is very high in Calcium and Protein, and is great for digestion. It is best to buy unflavored yoghurt, which is free of preservatives, for your dog. Ideally, it should be unsweetened as well, but a pinch and drizzle of sugar is not harmful, and only enhances the taste. Remember never to serve your dog Yoghurt that has gone too sour. If it’s too sour for you, it’s too sour for your pooch!
Whether you scramble, boil or poach them; eggs are great snack for your dog. They are a very good source of protein, and should be made a part of your dog’s daily diet. Eggs are also rich in Riboflavin and Selenium, which make them a wholesome meal for your dog indeed, adding to the delicious pleasure they provide. But be sure to cook the eggs well before you present it to your pooch. Raw eggs can cause all kinds of trouble for their fur, and can even cause a Biotin deficiency problem.
If you thought you were the only one obsessed with cheesy treats, you’re mistaken; because your furry friend isn’t far behind! As mentioned earlier, whole milk and dogs aren’t a great combination. Which is why, cheese-a dairy derivative, is the perfect solution, to your needs. Your dog loves to snack on cheese for obvious reasons- it is creamy, rich, warm and smooth. It definitely provides them with a feel-good factor. Moreover it is high on protein, and essential fats. The only downside to Cheese is, that it can be quite high in fat content, which means only a little can be given at a time. A healthier, low fat alternative to this would be Cottage Cheese, which possesses much of the same characteristics.
It is one of the world’s most popular breakfast foods for a reason-it’s popularity even transcends species! Oatmeal is great warm meal for your pet. It’s a fabulous alternative to grain for dogs allergic to wheat, and helps the senior dogs with their irritable bowels. Oatmeal is a soluble fiber, which means that dogs find it very easy to eat and swallow. Keep in mind that cooking the oatmeal is a must, without adding any sugar or additives.
Watermelons are a perfect summer treat for your pooch. Dogs love to play and run around, and the scorching summer sun could very easily dehydrate them. Here’s where watermelons (which are 91% water by weight), help out a great deal, because they keep them hydrated. They’re juicy, sweet and refreshing-meaning, your dog will definitely crave a slice of Watermelon every now and then. The health benefits are also numerous. Watermelons are low calorie, and high on Lycopene and Thiamin, as well as minerals and fibers.They are also rich in Vitamin A, B6 and C. But when it comes to feeding your dog watermelons, remember that it can sometimes cause digestive issues, and therefore must strictly be provided in moderation, to your pet. It may also be slightly taxing, because you will have to de-seed and do away with the rind, so it’s safe and comfortable for your dog to eat. A little complicated, but hey, anything for man’s best friend, right?
1.MEAT AND FISH
Dogs are meat lovers by their DNA. No dog can resist the smell and taste of meat and fish. Here are some of the common meats dogs love to eat-
Some of the most common meats included in dog diets are:Beef, Chicken, Liver, Turkey, Venison and Duck. Real meat is a perfect source of organic protein. Meat is also a good source of vitamins A, E, the entire B complex and B12.
They are also a good in terms of carbohydrates and fats, and are an absolutely essential part of your dog’s diet. Most dog foods or kibble, contain dried up meat powders. In addition, dogs love chewing on meat bones. It’s quite a fun playing exercise for them.
You must remember to control the oil and spice content in the meat you give to your dog, too much spice is not good for your dog’s stomach.
Fish, though a more popular choice of food for cats, works pretty well with dogs also. Especially Salmon, which is a light and tasty fish, rich in Omega 3-Fatty Acids-which keeps your dog’s coat shiny and soft, and their immune system healthy. You must cook the salmon before giving it to your dog, or add a few drops of fish oil to their meal, which will not only add taste but take care of your pup’s nutritional needs.