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In one of my previous posts I presented the most dangerous foods for dogs. Since there are many foods that could harm your dog, you’re probably wondering: What should I feed my dog? What are the good foods for dogs?
This post presents some of the good foods that your dog or puppy can eat without any kind of problems.
Lean cuts of meat. Most dogs enjoy this food and it’s quite healthy, especially if you remove the fats and avoid excessive seasoning. Also, make sure that the meat is well cooked and that there no bones left in it before feeding your dog.
Salmon. Although a fat fish, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, an important ingredient for a healthy coat. Always try to buy fresh fish and cook it before feeding your dog. Raw salmon can poison your dog, the symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting. So, it’s very important to cook the fish before giving it to your dog.
Cooked rice and pasta. Dogs enjoy rice and pasta and both pasta and rice go well with some boiled meat.
Fresh vegetables: a wide range of vegetables are good for your dog, including carrot sticks, cucumbers, green beans, flax seeds, pumpkin, zucchini slices and sweet potatoes. Just carefully wash the vegetables before giving them to your dog. Steamed vegetables are also good, but avoid overcooking them because most of the nutrients are lost through the cooking process.
Green beans contain vitamin C and K and they are a regular way to maintain a dog’s weight because of their low number of calories. If your dog starts putting on weight, replace some of his foods with green beans.
Pumpkins are good sources of fiber, potassium and beta-carotene. They can be a wonderful, raw, healthy treat. They can serve as a way to help your overweight dog lose some pounds. Just replace some of your dog’s food with canned pumpkin (or raw). Make sure that it’s pure pumpkin, not mixes and that it doesn’t contain sugar or preservatives.
Fresh Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges and watermelon are good foods for dogs. Avoid peaches, plums, persimmons because their seeds can cause intestinal obstruction. Avocado is toxic in all its forms and grapes and raisins are another bad choice because they can cause kidney failure.
Apples are one of the best treats you can give to your dog. They contain vitamins A and C and are an excellent source of fiber. Avoid feeding your dog the core of the apple, as the seeds might contain cyanide, a harmful chemical compound.
So, to draw a conclusion, all the presented fruits and vegetables are good foods for dogs but in small amounts. Moderation is the key. They can offer variety to your dog’s diet!
That’s about it! Stay posted!Photos by courtesy of WebMD and RandomEsq
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