Strange as it may sound, the same things that are good for a person are the things that are good for a dog too. If a person doesn’t get out of doors they may have a vitamin D deficiency which can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma, and cognitive impairment.
If a dog does not get their vitamin D it can lead to deformed bones and problems with their nerve and muscle development. If a person does not eat their fruits and vegetables they may become sick from lack of vitamins and minerals, much the same as a dog with an insufficient diet.
Some of the healthy foods for dogs are the same healthy foods for people. Many of the same fruits and vegetables that are good for humans are good for their canine companions as well. Green beans for dogs? You bet! Green beans give a dog the much needed vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
Carrots are another source of vitamins that can be cooked and mashed up into dog food. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber and dogs love their slightly sweet taste. Some things considered “people food” can be good for your dog as well. We all know how funny it is to watch a dog eat peanut butter, but is it healthy for them? If you feed them the raw, unsalted version it can be very healthy because it provides protein, healthy fats and vitamins.
Unfortunately there will be some instances where your family pooch may not be feeling well. Surprisingly enough there are some medications that humans take which can be taken by a dog as well. Pepto-Bismol is a solution for an upset tummy, and Imodiumcan be used for cases of diarrhea. If a dog is experiencing inflammation or pain, giving them baby aspirin may help to alleviate the discomfort. Giving Benadryl to dogsfor allergic reactions is OK, but it is best to contact a veterinarian first for proper dosages.
The bottom line is, while some of the foods and other things humans use may be OK for a dog to consume, it is best to do some research first. Many foods are just fine for your pooch but others can actually cause an upset stomach or even death. Similar to humans some dogs have allergies and sensitive stomachs, so it is best to know a dog well before feeding it unfamiliar foods. No one, including the dog wants to visit the veterinarian.