As with humans, a dog needs vitamins and minerals to help their teeth and bones grow strong, keep their coats shiny and healthy, and also keep their immune system in tip top shape. The fiber found in fruits and vegetables helps to keep a dog lean and their digestive system in order.
A few strawberries for dogsare a big thumbs up. Strawberries provide vitamins and minerals, fiber, folic acid and omega 3’s. Someof the othergood fruits for dogs are pumpkin for the fiber and vitamins, cantaloupe that contains beta carotene which is known to reduce the risk of cancer, apples which are full of antioxidants, blueberries which contain resveratrol known to fight heart disease, and tannins which fight off urinary tract infections. Brussels sprouts are a great source of vitamins, although they can sometime cause gas so be warned.Green beans are full of omega-3 fatty acids as well as many vitamins and minerals. The benefits of adding fruit and vegetables to your dogs diet are tremendous, much the same as adding fruits and vegetables to the human diet.
What about other types of foods for dogs? How about oatmeal for dogs? Oatmeal is actually a tasty treat for your pooch, and is another food that is full of fiber. Bones are another popular dog treat, but needs a word of caution. Poultry bones should never be given to a dog because of the way they shatter and can choke a dog.
Nuts of any kind should carry a warning label for dogs. Some nuts are actually poisonous to a dog and some may just cause an upset stomach, so it is best to just avoid them altogether. Yogurt is good for a dog because it contains protein and calcium, although be sure to find a sugar free version. Needless to say added sugars are not good for any dogs’ diet, or any humans’ diet for that matter.
There are many “people food” type items that are actually good for a dog to eat, but as with anything it is best to proceed with caution. Some dogs are lactose intolerant so yogurt may not be such a good idea for them. As with people, some dogs have sensitive stomachs, allergies, and food sensitivities. If a new food is given to the family pooch and they start acting funny, panting, or vomiting consult a veterinarian immediately.