So, as much as I try to only feed my pups good, quality dog food – dry kibble in the morning, and wet food for dinner – we all know that when they look up at you with those big, sweet eyes that you’re going to cave and share some of your human food with them. It’s just human nature. Yes, it’s common knowledge that feeding your dog too much human food can lead to health problems like obesity – a problem that is especially dangerous to our little Chi’s. But there are some foods that are okay to share with your pups. Foods that are healthy and they’ll enjoy as a treat once in a while.
The healthy food choices:
- Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, carrots, and pumpkin. Pumpkin is great for your pups as a good source of fiber and vitamin A. It can also help if your pup is having digestive issues.
- Lean meats like chicken and salmon. These choices will provide extra protein, and the fish will provide omega 3 fatty acids to help with a shinier coat.
- Cheeses – cottage cheese can be a good source of calcium and protein. Not a good choice if you’ve noticed that your dog has issues with dairy products. Other cheeses like cheddar and Colby are okay in small quantities. However, start slow to make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant.
- Eggs are another great source of protein. You can scramble up an egg for a nice healthy snack. I know on the weekends when my husband and I cook a nice breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs, I always share my eggs with my pups. They love them! Again though, keep an eye on quantity. Chihuahuas have very small stomachs!
- Peanut butter – but try to get organic or at least make sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener and is toxic to dogs. Read more about Xylitol and dogs here.
- Yogurt is another great source of protein and calcium. Plain yogurt is best and can even help with digestive issues. No added sugars or sweeteners, though!
There are many foods that dogs should never, never have. Most of us responsible pet owners are aware of what these foods are, but as a reminder, here is a list:
- Chocolate – big NO-NO. I think everyone is aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs. If you have chocolate in the house, make sure to keep it out of reach of your dogs. It contains stimulants that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat and seizures and can even lead to death.
- Onions – these can damage your pup’s red blood cells. I have to be careful with these because we cook with onions quite a bit – if my dogs get small bites of my dinner, I’m very careful to ensure there are no onions in their bites.
- Avocado contains a toxin called persin that can cause your pup’s stomach to get upset and also have difficulty breathing.
- Coffee contains caffeine and causes many of the same problems that chocolate does.
- Macadamia nuts – these can cause muscle tremors and paralysis. Nuts in general are not a good idea, but especially not macadamias.
- Tomatoes can also cause irregular heartbeat.
I hope this list has helped you discern what is good for your dog with regards to sharing your human food. I recommend putting a list on your refrigerator door of all the foods that your dog can and can’t have as a reminder. Use good judgement with regards to portion sizes, and you should be able to share some healthy treats with your pups.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about what healthy treats you feed your dogs! Please leave me a comment below!
Love your pets!