Foods You and Your Dog Can Both Enjoy for a Healthy Life

 Owning a dog is a great responsibility as you have to make sure it lives a long, healthy, and happy life with you and the rest of the family. However, between medical checkups, grooming products, toys, accessories, and regular visits to the vet, looking after a dog could prove expensive. 

 


 If you want to reduce some of the expenses without diminishing the quality of life or endangering your pet’s health, you can work on its diet. Although kibbles and canned food are more convenient to feed because they don’t require you to cook them, sharing some of your meals with your pooch can have a positive impact on your budget in the long term. 

Here are some safe foods you and your pawed friend will both enjoy that will also boost your immune system, make you stronger, and help you live a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Carbs

Served in a moderate amount, carbs will boost your energy levels and help your dog be more active. You are already familiar with Disney’s story, Lady and the Tramp, where the pooches fell in love with each other while eating a bowl of pasta and meatballs. 

Pasta is a delicious and healthy dish for you and your pawed friend, as long as it is cooked properly. Avoid adding too much salt or spices to the mix and leave them plain. You can add tomato sauce or a piece of cooked meat to also meet the daily protein requirements. 

Brown cooked rice with vegetables is another type of human food you can safely serve to your dog to give it enough energy for the entire day. However, carbs and these “soul foods” shouldn’t exceed 5-10% of your pup’s daily diet if you want it to maintain a healthy weight. 

If you want to serve home-cooked food to your pet, replace the regular brand of kibbles with organic ones that provide more vitamins and nutrients, without the empty calories and too many carbs. A professional review of the best dog food brands will help you find the most suitable kibbles, according to your pet’s requirements and medical conditions. 

Eggs 

Scrambled or boiled eggs are a great source of proteins and easily digestible selenium, which makes them a healthy snack or breakfast. If you serve eggs to your dog on a regular basis, make sure to replace other sources of animal proteins with their vegetal alternatives, such as broccoli, and beans. 

Oatmeal 

Oatmeal is an important source of soluble fiber, which is beneficial for senior dogs that deal with bowel irregularity problems. It also makes a healthy and safe alternative for pets allergic to wheat and it is a great snack. However, make sure to cook it properly and not add flavors or sugar in it. 

Salmon

Smoked, grilled or baked, salmon is a healthy dish for both humans and dogs. It is rich in proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids, protecting your pup’s bones, teeth, and boosting its immune system. A diet rich in fish oils will also make your dog’s fur shiny and healthy, so you should feed it once-twice a week. 

There are hundreds of delicious ways in which you can cook salmon but we suggest the classic grilled one as it remains juicy yet low in fats. As you probably have guessed, you shouldn’t be too generous with the seasoning either. Some freshly ground pepper or lemon juice will be enough for your furry friend. 

Peanut butter

Who doesn’t love the classic PB&J breakfast? Peanut butter is a favorite treat of many canines but it shouldn’t be offered more than a few times a month. It represents a good source of proteins and healthy fats, as well as niacin, and vitamins B, and E.

Make sure you opt for organic, raw, and unsalted peanut butter that doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners that are dangerous to your dog’s health.
 
 
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