We’re all a little guilty of giving our canine friends some of our own food. However, sometimes we may not know if those tidbits we’re giving are actually good for our dogs or not.
What Are Some Common ‘People’ Foods That Dogs Can Eat?
While not everything from your dinner plate is going to be suitable for your dog to eat, there are some foods that are good for your dog.
Flax seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids for dogs. These fatty acids are great for improving coat and skin health. The best way to give them to your dog is to feed them directly after grinding them, as they can go off quite quickly. However, flax oil is also a good way to feed flax to your canine friend. The oil is a concentrated source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Whichever flax you feed your dog, make sure it’s stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
Yogurt is known as a great source of calcium, but it has protein as well. If you’re giving your dog yogurt, make sure you choose one that has live bacteria in it, which is good for the gut and can act as a probiotic. You should also make sure that the yogurt is free from artificial sugars, and sweeteners. You may also want to choose a fat-free option, but if you do, make sure it has no fat substitutes such as Olestra or Simplesse. Yogurt can be given to your dog as it is, or you can offer it as a frozen treat in warm weather.
Apples are a fantastic source of many different nutrients. The skin, for example, may be able to help protect your dog against some cancers. They’re also a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber. As the apple seeds contain cyanide, you’ll need to be sure that your dog doesn’t get any of the core. While one or two seeds may not do much damage to his health, cyanide can accumulate in his system which can cause long term health issues. You can give diced apple as a treat.
Brewer’s yeast is the product that is left after making alcohol, and dogs really seem to love it. Importantly though, it isn’t just enjoyable for them, it can be good for them too. It has lots of B vitamins, which are important for coat and skin health but are also good for the metabolism. It can also encourage appetite, so sprinkling a little over the food can help your dog’s appetite pick up. Brewer’s yeast is available from most health food shops, but you should take care that it is brewer’s yeast and not baker’s yeast that you buy. Baker’s yeast is something different and can make your dog sick.
Green beans are a tasty way to get lots of nutrients into your dog’s diet. They have a high fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and manganese content, but they’re also low calorie. They can be very useful if your dog is a little heavier than he maybe should be. They can also be given frozen as a cooling treat in hot weather.
Pumpkin is a source of soluble fibers and beta carotene, which are very good for dogs. It also contains many other important vitamins and minerals. Canned pumpkin can even be given to help your dog ease stomach upsets, diarrhea, and constipation.
But Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
The short answer is yes, they can eat eggs. Eggs are a nutrient powerhouse for both people and for dogs. They’re a form of easily digestible protein, and they contain a lot of riboflavin and selenium. Riboflavin is a B vitamin, and it is needed to help keep your dog in a healthy condition. Selenium is a trace element, and some studies have shown that it can prevent some cancers.
The egg itself is good for dogs, but many owners aren’t so sure what to do about the shell.
Are Eggshells Harmful For Dogs?
Dogs actually can, and should eat the eggshells, as well as the inside of the egg. The shell is full of calcium and proteins, so they’re perfect for your fur-baby. Some people like to peel the shell from the egg and grind them up using a coffee grinder, or a plastic ziplock bag and a rolling bin. The ground shells can be added to your dog’s diet as a supplement.
What’s The Best Way To Serve Eggs To A Dog?
There are actually a few ways that you can serve eggs to your dog.
Scrambled eggs can be a good way to give eggs to your dog. Crack an egg into a bowl, and mix it vigorously. Scramble in a non-stick pan with a little water to avoid it sticking. Mix it continuously to avoid burning the egg or the pan. Don’t add any seasonings, oil or butter.
You can also give your dog a fried egg. Again, don’t add any seasonings, butter or oil. Fry the egg in a nonstick pan.
Hard-boiled eggs with the shell on are the best way to serve eggs to your dog. Boil the egg in a saucepan with enough water to cover them by an inch. Bring to the boil and boil for about 7 minutes. Leave the egg to cool before giving it to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Eggs?
For years, many people believed that dogs should eat a raw egg every day, although this is now a controversial topic. Most research suggests that feeding raw egg isn’t actually a good idea. Raw eggs can actually cause a biotin deficiency, which can cause diarrhea, hair loss, and dermatitis, among other symptoms.
The other issue with raw egg is the risk of salmonella and food poisoning. There are some things you can do to limit the risk of harmful bacteria, such as making sure that you buy free-range eggs produced by happy, healthy hens. However, the best way to eliminate the risk is to feed your dog cooked eggs.
How Often To Feed Your Dog Eggs?
Your dog shouldn’t have more than one egg per day. Most experts recommend only feeding eggs three times per week.
While there are many people foods that you shouldn’t give your dog, eggs aren’t one of them. However, you should always make sure that your dog is getting a diet that is complete with all the nutrients he needs to be healthy and happy.
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