If you look at quality dog food (like Blue Buffalo) you will notice that the some of ingredients are what humans eat. That’s because there is a new direction that dog food manufacturers are taking. The trend is going back to the old days of natural, holistic, human food, and real nutrition instead of chemically flavored and artificially colored corn meal kibbles.
A high quality dog food is found only in pet shops and many specialty dog shops are also stocking raw dog food…I admit, I have not had success with it, but have friends that have had good results…so I may be willing to try it again.
In dog rescue, many health issues are cured by simply changing the diet, so here is a simple list of healthy alternatives that can make your dog look and feel better.
YES…Healthy additives and snacks
- Cottage Cheese, plain yogurt
- Organic Eggs (hard boiled)
- Sardines and Salmon(packed in water only)
- Liver, Duck and Chicken (cooked)
- Buffalo or Rabbit (cooked, stay away beef)
- Vegetables (fresh or frozen, but cooked)
- Leafy greens, barley grass, brown rice
- Apples, Bananas, berries, fresh fruit (not from a can)
- Sweet Potato (cooked and not white potatoes)
- Raisins or Grapes (toxic)
- Avocados, apricots, cherries, plums
- Onions, cabbage (will upset stomach)
- Chocolate (toxic)
- Nuts and seeds (do not digest well)
- Junk or Fast food (double “no”)
- Salty food (unhealthy)
- No chicken, beef or duck strips from China….(recent warning from the vets who are seeing problems).
Introduce new food slowly.If adding to dogs food, try a limited amount at first to see how they tolerate it; Watch the stool for signs of an upset stomach.
Start reading all labels…the ingredients are sorted in order by what is most in the item. First ingredient is always the most used, second ingredient is the second most used, third is next, etc. Keep the ingredient list short and the food simple. If the list is a long paragraph, with words you don’t understand, skip the product.
- Avoid corn, wheat products, or soy (allergy causing)
- No pig ears, ham bones, smoked or colored (will make the dog sick)
- Nothing with food color, additives, or chemicals (toxins)
- No rawhide to eat (impacts the intestines)
If you start with a high quality of kibbles and skip the junk, you will reduce the vet visits. The food you feed your dog today will predict their health in the future…so try adding a little human food.
Copyright @ Buyers Broker of Florida 2012 “Human Food for Dogs”