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Super Foods for Dogs

dog-bowls.jpgWhen it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, Americans shell out over $11 billion dollars annually on wet and dry dog food for our beloved canines. But in light of the many recent headlines and lawsuits claiming a variety of poisons and toxins that are reportedly included in processed dog foods, animal owners are thinking twice about what they put in their feeding dishes. Even the type of dog bowls being used are starting to be called into question, as some veterinarians are beginning to recommend the use of raised or elevated feeding bowls to help eliminate gastritis and other intestinal issues.

As more Americans are eating healthier, consuming organic fruits and vegetables, cutting down on unhealthy additives, fats and sugars in their diets, we’re also starting to do the same for our pets. So troubled with the by-products and artificial ingredients found in the majority of processed pet foods, many animal lovers are turning to preparing meals for their beloved pets themselves. Similar to the popular “Eat This, Not That” dietary solution for better fitness and weight control, think about feeding your dog the same way.

FEED THIS: Boiled Chicken, Turkey and Poultry

Probably the most popular human-type food that dogs likely ate in the wild, poultry is packed with protein and low in calories compared to other red meats. But unlike cooking for people, there’s really no need to add salt, pepper and especially not garlic, when preparing this product since these spices can be harmful for animals.

NOT THAT: Processed or Deli Lunch Meats

Similar to the previous advice about the use of additional seasoning, processed meats, even fresh from the deli counter, often contain a great deal of added salt and other ingredients that are unhealthy for pets.

FEED THIS: Plain Yogurt

Emphasis on “plain,” avoid yogurts that contain sugar, artificial colors or flavors that aren’t good for dogs. Otherwise, yogurt is high in protein and calcium, a tasty treat for dogs who don’t have an issue digesting dairy.

NOT THAT: Milk

Again, digesting dairy can be difficult for some dogs and yogurt actually contains less lactose than milk. Yogurt can sometimes be helpful for pets with existing digestive issues.

FEED THIS: Greens and Vegetables

Just like people, eating more greens and vegetables have a variety of health benefits including lowering cholesterol, increasing bone strength, reducing the risk of cancer, giving our bodies more energy and better vision.

NOT THAT: Avocado

Many people don’t know that avocados contain a toxic called persin that can be dangerous or even deadly for many animals, including dogs. Although persin doesn’t pose a threat to humans, avocados land in the number one slot for “Foods That Are Hazardous To Dogs,” according to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

 

As always, you should check with your veterinarian before making changes to your dog’s diet, but adding healthier choices to your canine’s cuisine is just as beneficial for them as it is for their masters. Check out this infographic to see the many benefits that these seven superfoods offer that are great for both canines and their two-legged counterparts.