Meal Ideas for You and Your Furry Friend

Feeding your furry friend in the right way

When it comes to your pet, it can be difficult, but important that its health is taken care of. There are a number of different aspects of your furry companion’s health that needs to be taken into consideration. For example, animals need a certain amount of exercise to stay healthy. Additionally, their human companions need to watch for any diseases that might affect the animals’ health. What might be the most important and difficult to ensure is taken care of is your furry companion’s nutrition. Luckily, there are meals that can ensure your furry friend is well looked after and you as well.

Beneficial for Dog Nutrition

Caring for your dog requires a great deal of care due to a number of human foods ranging from being poisonous to being beneficial. One of the first aspects of nutrition for your dog that you will need to work on is supplements. In order to have all of their needs met, dogs need a great deal of specific ingredients. Luckily, many brands of dog food, dog treats, and “human” foods contain these ingredients. When trying to help your dog with digestive health, probiotic supplements can be of great use to the owners. When your dog is suffering from diarrhea, you can use probiotics to help with this. Additionally, there are a few home remedies that can help, like giving clean water or providing meals containing either white rice or canned pumpkin. Meals with rice or pumpkin can help get their stools back to normal. Additionally, boiled chicken would also help with this provided the skin has been removed prior to giving it to the dog.

Despite how some yogurts might advertise probiotic help, these products actually only help people and can actually harm your dog. Turmeric, a spice in many types of Indian cuisine, is another good source of nutrition for your dog as well as yourself. Once it has been ingested, it can help both humans and dogs with its anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it can help by providing antioxidants, which helps to protect cells from some of the effects of oxidation. Eggs are another source of nutrition for both you and your canine companion. Besides offering a source of protein, eggs offer both your furry friend and you a number of benefits like a source of iron, vitamins A and B12, and selenium. Eggs can also help your dog when he has an upset stomach as it can help to settle their stomach, provided they are not overfed.

Okay for Dogs

There are some human foods that your furry friend can eat without danger, but some of these either provide no benefits on top of satisfying their hunger or should be limited to prevent potential health concerns. One human food that is okay for dogs to eat, but doesn’t offer much in the way of benefits is bread. Dogs can eat bread without you having to worry about them, but even plain bread can add many calories to a diet if it isn’t consumed in moderation. Additionally, food containing almonds and cashews can be shared with your dog, but should be limited as they can be high in fat and lead to weight gain. Cottage cheese in small amounts can be shared with your dog, specifically one or two small spoonfuls per day or less, but more can lead to digestive issues like nausea and diarrhea.

Adverse to Dogs’ Health

Fatty “human” foods should be offered to dogs rarely. This is due to it affecting dogs in similar fashion to humans, namely that long term ingestion will cause the one eating it to become unhealthy. However, in dogs, you need to be especially careful when feeding your furry friend fatty human foods as it can lead to a number of conditions and diseases. For example, pancreatitis is believed to be caused by dogs ingesting large amounts of fatty human foods.

Another food that all dog owners should avoid sharing with their beloved canines is chocolate. This is the most infamous human food known to dog owners and any recipes containing chocolate should be kept far from their dogs. Chocolate contains substances that are extremely toxic to dogs and can potentially be fatal in large enough amounts. Recipes containing cinnamon is another one that should be avoided by dog owners. While it isn’t toxic, cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of dogs’ mouths and make them sick. Garlic recipes are another danger to a dog’s health and nutrition. It is extremely toxic for dogs and, while it may not be as toxic as chocolate, it can potentially be very dangerous. Garlic can cause anemia in dogs, which can lead to side effects like elevated heart rate, pale gums, and collapse.

When sharing food with man’s best friend, it is important to take a number of things into consideration. For instance, whether or not the food is actually harmful for your furry friend is the biggest consideration before offering them a bite. Additionally, the nutritional aspects of the food should be considered as it is crucial to help your pet live a long and healthy life. Luckily, there are a number of human foods that can be shared with your pet provided you do research into them before you allow them to have it.

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