Most people know the benefits of eating wholesome healthy food and the awesome benefits it offers but did you know you could add them to your dog’s diet? Dogs can benefit from many of the same healthy foods that we ourselves enjoy. Next time you want to give you dog something a little extra consider one or more of these options.
Apples with the skin on are full of phytonutrients that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C. However, apple seeds contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core.
Carrots contain beta carotene that nourishes the optic nerve and promotes good visual health. Carrots also act as an antioxidant to natural cell damage done to the body and helps slow down the aging of cells.
Broccoli is nutrient rich and contains cancer fighting properties. Broccoli also helps boost their immune systems.
Yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein even in dogs just make sure to buy a sugar free and fat free if your dog is a little over weight. Frozen yogurt is also an awesome summer treat for dogs.
Celery helps to promote heart health by lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and helping muscles around the heart relax. Celery juice is also great for dogs with arthritis or joint pain.
Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can buy them prepackaged at various pet stores.
Green Beans improves blood fat levels and protects against oxygen damage. They also contain heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, adding to the cardiovascular benefits of this vegetable as well as are a good source of plant fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and magnesium.
Pumpkin improves intestinal health especially in dogs who suffer from digestion problems. The fiber content in pumpkin is so abundant that it also helps absorb water, thus alleviating diarrhea. This keeps the GI tract moving which in turn helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.
Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats can be beneficial for skin and coat health. Dogs who have allergies can sometimes benefit by eating salmon or salmon oil. Of course be sure to cook the salmon first though!
Eggs are a great source of protein, riboflavin, and selenium. Eating cooked eggs can also be great for dogs who get upset tummies easily as well since eggs can give them a little protein boost.