One look into those “soulful angels eyes” and you’re ready to hand over your entire dinner! At Angels’ Eyes, we get it! Our sweet furry bundles of love have a way of “coaxing” us to giving them a bit of “people food” and some like it so much, it “begs the question” – is it okay to give our pets human food?
Absolutely! There are plenty of people foods you can share with your dog as part of routine pet care, and one of the best is peanut-butter. Put a “dollop on your finger” and watch the “lick fest” begin OR lightly smear it inside a “kong-like” toy for loads of fun. Packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E, just make sure you buy an unsalted variety AND it does not contain Xylitol. This sugar substitute has recently popped up in some “diet” types of peanut butter and can be fatal to animals. Peanut butter that you grind at the grocery store from fresh unsalted peanuts is an excellent choice.
Carrots are a guilt-free snack that is high in fiber and vitamin A! Give your sweetie a whole carrot for a “bone-a-licous” chew that’s great for your canine’s “canines” or baby carrots if your pampered pal prefers smaller bites. If your little friend could stand to “lose a few” (most of us have been there) green beans are high in fiber, low in calories and a healthy treat alternative that satisfies but won’t add weight. Apples are a healthy and tasty treat full of phytonutrients, vitamin A, and vitamin C!
Looking for an entrée worthy food? Chicken is a “people food” (when lightly baked, broiled or boiled “au natural”) that is an ideal protein source. Throw away any cooked bones as they splinter easily and can be very dangerous. If your pup is not “prone to tooting” (lactose intolerant), cottage cheese is easy to digest and high in protein. The incredible edible egg, when served hard or soft boiled, is also a protein-packed powerhouse; and unseasoned cooked salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids for soft & shiny coats.
Does your fuzzy buddy have a rumbly tummy? Unsweetened and unflavored yogurt is full of protein, calcium and digestive cultures and can do “wonders” to improve your pup’s digestive health. Canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) or fresh, cooked pumpkin with no-added sugars or spices is also a great sensitive stomach soother and has been known to “firm up” less than ideal output! Sweet potatoes have a similar effect and are easily digestible when steamed or baked without any seasoning. Oatmeal is a great meal additive if your buddy seems “backed up,” as it is not only packed with vitamins & minerals but also an excellent source of dietary fiber. If your dog is really not feeling well, Web MD says boiled chicken mixed with a small amount of cooked white rice may help, but it’s always best to consult your vet.
Other “healthy human” foods that you can feed to dogs & cats include turkey, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, and bananas. Frozen blueberries on a hot SUMMER day are not only refreshing, they are high in anti-oxidants too. At Angels’ Eyes, we recommend you share some with your best friend. Blueberries are good for both of you!
Well there you have it, the healthiest people food for canine citizens and some for your feline friends. At Angels’ Eyes, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention human food that could hurt your pet. You may have heard of at least a few. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, overripe bleu cheese and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) should be avoided at all costs as they are known to be toxic to pets. Avocados and raw potatoes can cause vomiting and diarrhea, corn-on-the-cob & pitted fruits could pose choking hazards or cause an intestinal obstruction. Garlic or onions, ingested in large amounts, have been linked to anemia in pets. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks should be kept out of “lapping distance” of your curious cuties because they don’t have the liver capacity to process alcohol. Besides, they would much prefer a nice bowl of cold water!