10 Healthy Foods for Dogs

Though giving your furry friend “people food” remains a highly debatable topic, you and your pet share several common delectable items that are nutritious and can help fight disease, boost the animal’s energy, and maintain his overall health.

1. Pasta

Pasta is made from flour, water, and sometimes eggs which are safe for your dog. You can try any kind of pasta but the whole grain variety should be on top of your list next time you go to the supermarket. Whole grains play an important role [1] in lowering the risk of diabetes and cancer as well as in gastrointestinal health.

2. Sweet Potatoes

This root crop is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are very affordable and can be fried or steamed as a chewy treat for your dog. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and B6. Studies have shown that orange and purple sweet potatoes can fight cancer [2] and diabetes. [3]

3. Chicken

Unseasoned, cooked chicken is a good meal replacement if you are out of dog food. Packed with protein and several B vitamins, chicken is a good source of energy for your pet. The lean meat is also rich in antioxidants which help fight infection. Do not feed your dogs with raw chicken [4] which increases the risk for Salmonella infection. And be sure to avoid giving them cooked chicken bones.

4. Carrots

Most dogs like the mild sweet taste of this orange-colored vegetable. High in fiber and low in calories, carrots is another human food that is safe for your pet. Carrots offer several nutritional benefits including supporting eye health and boosting the immune system. A 1993 study [5] showed the value of carrots in dog nutrition.

5. Eggs

Eggs support skin and nail health for they contain a good amount of protein, biotin, and riboflavin. We all know that protein is good for building muscle and repairing tissue. Raw or uncooked eggs are not good for dogs to avoid the risk of salmonella contamination. A study [6] showed the value of egg protein to dogs with anemia.

6. Blueberries

This fruit is a great summer snack for your dogs. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals. A diet rich in antioxidants can reduce the risk of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in dogs, according to a study [7] published in Neurobiology of Aging.

7. Broccoli

A great source of fiber and vitamin C, this vegetable may help fight type-2 diabetes, certain cancers, and asthma, says a 2016 study. [8] A compound called phenol is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Phenol plays a part in reducing inflammation in the cells and reducing oxidative stress.

8. Peanut Butter

Unsalted and low-sugar peanut butter is ideal for your dogs. Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy fats and contains vitamins B, E, and niacin. You should avoid peanut butter with xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic [9] to dogs.

9. Pumpkin

This vegetable is good for dogs with diarrhea. It is a nutrition powerhouse that has many health benefits not only for dogs but also for cats. An Egyptian study [10]confirmed the effectiveness of pumpkin seed extracts against puppies infected with a gastrointestinal disease known as heterophyiasis.

10. Oatmeal

According to the website petmd.com, oats are high in protein, soluble fiber, and iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins. Oats also contain the anti-tumor compound b-sitosterol. They also act as a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract. [11]

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