Many pet parents are tempted to slip their pets table scraps, but not everything we eat is actually healthy for our pets and some things can actually be extremely dangerous. If you’re looking to spoil your pet with something a little special or you really just want to share your meal, here are some common human foods at make great pet food too.
1. Cooked Chicken as a Pet Food
Often used as a main ingredient in pet foods, dogs and cats love chicken. However never feed them uncooked chicken. Chicken is high in protein and is a great replacement if you’re ever short on dog food. It’s also a helpful tool when training your dog to allow others near their food dish. Never give your dog chicken with bones in it as they splinter easy and can kill them. Be sure to remove any chicken bones before sharing.
Assuming your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, cheese makes excellent pet food. Cottage cheese or cheddar are excellent options. Mozzarella and other fresh cheeses are also a good choice. Cheese is also high in protein which dogs need plenty of. Go for the lower fat content to help fight against pet obesity.
Another good choice for pet food alternatives is yogurt if your dog loves dairy. Look for those that are unsweetened though. Do not get sugar-free yogurt as fake sure is usually dangerous to dogs and too much sugar can cause stomach ache in your pet. If you want to give your pet a frozen treat, freeze dots of yogurt and give them to your pet (and eat a few yourself).
Another treat often used in pet food is salon. Many stores actually sell fresh-salmon or wild-caught salmon treats. Make sure it’s cooked before feeding it to your pet and beware of any bones.
Whether it’s fall or not, considering slipping your dog some pumpkin with her pet food. It’s a great source of beta-carotene and vitamin A. It can also aid the digestive tract.
If you have extra scrambled eggs in the morning, consider slipping them to your dog with his pet food. Eggs are a great protein source, are easily digestible, and contain selenium.
These make additions to pet food as they clean residue from your dog’s teeth. Apples are also a great source of fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. Make sure to slice the apple up into small pieces to avoid choking hazards. Be sure to remove apple seeds as these are toxic to dogs.
8. Peanut Butter
A well-known pet treat is peanut butter. Often used when a dog won’t eat her food or medication, most pets go crazy for peanut butter. For an extra special treat, pair the peanut butter with the apple slices.
This a great source of fiber that most pet foods don’t include. It can be especially helpful for older dogs or pets having irregular bowel movements. However do not add any sugar or sugar alternatives. Mix with honey or peanut butter to add a little bit of sweetness that is also dog safe.
Now that you have the ingredients to make dog-safe pet food, check out some treat recipes you can use them on over here!