You would be amazed at the wide range of every day foods that dogs can eat. These foods can confer beneficial benefits to your dog, helping to improve heart function, energy, coat condition and muscle function etc. In fact when dogs are having health problems they are commonly put on special diets which incorporate lots of stuff from our cupboards.
Many people are unaware that dogs can eat strawberries, actually, given in moderation strawberries can be good for your pet, boosting vitamins and can be used as a low calorie snack. Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium and contain vitamins B1, B6 and C. Strawberries also contain fibre, so excellent for your dog’s gastrointestinal system. Other berries that dogs can eat include blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Be aware that strawberries do contain lots of natural sugars, so small portions are definitely best It is important not to give your dog too big a portion as it could give him an upset stomach. Also when trying novel foods for the first time only give a tiny portion to make sure your dog has no reaction to it.
Cheese is another food that dogs are particularly fond of, small cubes of cheese are excellent to use as a training aid, providing your dog with plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Cheese is high in protein but also has a high fat content. Cubes of cheese can be an excellent way to get your dog to take medications, just push the pill into the cheese and your dog will scoff it down.
You can also give your dog cottage cheese, but stay away from flavoured varieties as onions and garlic is not good for your dog. When giving cottage cheese, although its lower in fat than hard cheese, make sure it does not exceed over 10% of your dog’s daily diet. Cottage cheese can be mixed in with the dog food to give it a nicer texture for your dog; you may also consider adding some mashed vegetables such as carrots.
Some dogs may be lactose intolerant which means they have difficulty digesting dairy products. Always try your dog out with a small sample portion first to make sure that they can digest it.
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