I’m a little bit of a hard-ass when it comes to my dogs. They don’t get any table scraps or human foods from us. Usually.
The main reason for this is that I cannot stand begging at the table. I feed my dogs plenty of high quality, nutritious food every day. There is no need to beg for some of my food too. Thank you very much.
That being said there are a few luxuries that I do afford my dogs from time to time.
Carrots, Broccoli, and Sweet Potatoes
These types of vegetables provide are human foods that are an amazing source of fiber for dogs. Fiber is something that is lacking in a lot of doggy diets which causes poor digestion and loose stools. Adding fibrous vegetables like these help to ‘keep things moving’ and the digestive track healthy!
Yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium for dogs. Its important to only give yogurt to your dogs that is free of artificial sweeteners. Also, probiotic yogurt is also just as good for your dogs as it is for you!
Having a can of pureed pumpkin on hand at all times is a must for any dog household. Similar to the vegetables mentioned above, pumpkin is really a cure-all of the digestive system. It will settle an upset stomach, stop (or lessen) diarrhea, and in some cases stop vomiting. Simply place a few spoonfuls over the dry kibble to ensure digestive health. This is especially helpful when switching dog food types.
Boiled Brown Rice or Oatmeal
Another great fiber source, brown rice and oatmeal have a settling effect on the digestive system. When dogs are feeling under the weather or having trouble keeping food down, feeding a diet of boiled rice or oatmeal can ‘reset’ their system, allowing them to get something in their stomach without worrying about upsetting it.
Oatmeal also makes a great treat additive to treats. Check out my previous posts about homemade pumpkin and oatmeal dog treats!
These are one of my favorite additives. Every winter the pups would start to itch, dig and scratch at their sides and paws due to the dry air. So now each fall we start them on a salmon oil regimen. Not only does this add great omegas to their diet, it makes their skin and coat amazingly hydrated, shiny and healthy.
** It is important to only try new foods with your dogs in small quantities and monitor them afterwards to be sure that they don’t have a reaction. If you’re worried about a reaction with your dogs, seek the advice of your veterinarian.