The dog food you’re buying at the store can be just as bad for dogs as feeding them fast food at the drive-through. Dog’s, just like humans, were not meant to eat such highly saturated fats and high salt content, among other harmful things you can find in many dog food brands if you’re not careful. Sometimes there isn’t a better option, many dogs are like humans in that they find a food that they like and that is all that they’ll eat.
As a dog owner, especially if your dog is an Emotional Support Dog, you want to make sure that your animal lives a long and prosperous life. It is important to know which of your human foods are okay for your dog to eat. In some cases, you’ll have to check the specific ingredients of your brands to make sure it is still low in saturated fats and salt content, although for the most part many of these products are ok for dogs and in some cases, are good for dogs!
1. Peanut butter
Because of it’s naturally packed vitamins, proteins, good fats, niacin, vitamin B, and vitamin E, dogs can benefit from many of the things in peanut butter can contain important vitamins for your emotional support dog. Make sure that your peanut butter doesn’t contain sugar substitutes like Xylitol, because this one ingredient that can sometimes be added to peanut butter can be deadly to dogs, in certain large amounts.
Chicken is best served in any of the variety of ways you can buy chicken, in some cases raw chicken and raw chicken bones are edible for dogs, as the uncooked chicken bone can be easily chewed and swallowed by your dog’s teeth. In the case of cooked or baked chicken, make sure to remove the cooked bones as these will splinter and create sharp edges in which case can be deadly and dangerous for dogs to eat.
Carrots are a great treat for dogs because they’re high in fiber and vitamin A nutrients. Because they are also low in calories, they’re a great healthy snack for your Emotional Support Dog. If you’ve got an overweight dog, carrots can be a great low fat treat, their sweetness and crunchy texture is perfect for cleaning and satisfying your pup.
Yogurt is a great treat for an Emotional Support Dog because of it’s soft texture and no chew requirements for eating. Make sure the yogurt you choose has live active cultures and is non-fat with no sweetening and flavoring. These added extra ingredients that are often put in for human consumption can cause irritation in dogs, but a pure yogurt without any addititves can provide dogs with a tasty and cool treat, especially on a hot day!
Emotional Support Animals that may need to take antibiotics or a regular antihistamine daily, can find that the pills will upset their stomachs. If your dog tends to eat grass when you take them on walks, this often means they have an upset stomach. Adding pumpkin canned or fresh, or baking a pumpkin without adding sugar or spices, can provide a great tasty treat for dogs, that also provides them with an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber!
Both raw and cooked Eggs are a great source of nutrients for your Emotional Support Dog. Providing your dog with the raw egg and shell can give them a higher amount of protient, biotin, riboflavin and selenium, although you can crack it before hand. Cooking an egg for your emotional support dog should be prepare without salt, pepper, or any other seasoning. Make sure that you let it cool before serving!
7. Green Beans
Green Beans are a great treat for your Emotional Support Dog, and come highly recommended by veterinarians for dogs who may struggle with weight. Because of their high fiber and low calories, green beans are a great treat for any dog. Great beans can be steamed, boiled, baked, just as long as there aren’t any seasonings added to the recipe. You can even try canned green beans, and often this is easier because they are already in a soft and chewing texture, perfect for adding to your dogs food!
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids Salmon makes a great snack or meal for your Emotional Support Dog. Typically you want the fish that you feed to your pets to have healthy oils, and Salmon has a high amount of them. You want to make sure you cook the Salmon, because they should not digest uncooked Salmon. This Omega 3 oil will help with their skin, hair and overall health as they age. You can even give them omega 3 pills, although you’ll want to open them and put them in their food before consumption.
9. Sweet Potatoes
Another safe and sweet treat for your Emotional Support Dog is the Sweet Potato, similar to the canned or cooked pumpkin, it can be a good source of Vitamin A and Fiber, also helping with digestion. This should be either canned, steamed or baked and served cooled not hot, and plain without seasoning.
Sliced apples can be a healthy and tasty treat for Emotional support dogs. Because apples are packed with vitamin A and vitamin c, they can help your dog with skin, and hair, and overall health. Watch out for seeds, they contain cyanide, which a large amount of can be poisonous for both humans and dogs!
There are many vitamins and minerals in oatmeal, although it’s main source of nutrients is it’s dietary fiber. This can be ideal for many dogs although make sure before feeding that your dong is not sensitive to grains! This is often an additive in dog food to stretch the meat, although if your animal is not enjoying their dry foods, try just plain, cooled, unseasoned oatmeal to see if it’s the oatmeal that they don’t like. If they do like it, keep this regiment on the menu!