Dogs are perhaps the most popular pets in the world. They have evolved alongside humans, if you’d like to learn more about that you can check out this article: Brief Dog And Human History. And because they have evolved alongside us, we tend to have great relationships with them and we often live in a symbiotic manner. Our canine friends -they take care of us, we take care of them. Speaking of taking care of dogs, one of the questions that many people ask is what food should they give to their dogs? Food needs to be healthy, nutritious and tasty – to make sure that dogs love that food, eat it and stay healthy. Well, read the 5 Best Human Foods For Dogs To Eat article to know just that.
First things first – dogs are omnivores, meaning that they can eat animal and plant products. However, they shouldn’t eat all animal and plant products. I’m going to discuss the foods that dogs can eat and that are very beneficial to them.
Also, it’s important to note that dogs are individuals – they are all different in certain ways and different dogs have different nutritional needs and different tolerance levels for different foods. So, the list below is essentially a generalization. And another thing is that these foods are listed in no particular order of importance. Let’s delve into the first of the 5 Best Human Foods For Dogs To Eat.
Dogs are omnivores – meaning, that they can eat animal and plant products. But they almost always prefer meat over plants. Meat, or animal muscle tissue, can make some of the most nutritious foods for dogs and many other animals.
Also, organ meat is another great food souce that can be incredibly nutritious and have great bioavailability for dogs. They include liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, pancreas, brain, heart and stomach.
Both, muscle and organ meats contain large amounts of various nutrients ranging from macronutrients like high quality protein and fats, to micronutwrients and vitamins like vitamin A, B, B12, C, iron, folate, zinc, omega-3’s, selenium and ribonucleic acid, to name a few.
Exceptionally nutritious food source. Eggs contain proteins that have incredible amino acid profiles and their bioavailability is almost a 100% – which is simply phenomenal. To summarize, eggs contain:
- High quality protein with great amino acid profile.
- Vitamins A, D, E complex B vitamins.
- Calcium, selenium, zinc.
Giving eggs to your dog can be a great way to preserve his or her health and strength.
Whether you personally like fish or not, you can’t deny it’s nutritional value. And like it is nutritious to us – humans, it’s also great for dogs. Now, there are many different types of fishes and they have different nutrients and vitamins in them and some actually shouldn’t be eaten by dogs. That being said, salmon, shrimp and tuna are safe and very beneficial to dogs, as long as they aren’t contaminated with heavy metals or diseases.
Fish are full of omega 3’s, vitamin B, great protein and fats. Tremendous food for us and dogs.
Cats are known to love milk, but the same applies to dogs, too. They tend to like milk and milk tends to be a very healthy and nutritious food for them. Some dogs are lactose intolerant, so they should avoid milk. For others, milk can be a phenomenal food.
Milk contains a lot of very high quality proteins, like casein and whey. Whey is widely considered to be the best protein there is, by the way. Milk also contains fats. In fact, fat found in milk is one of the most complex natural fats which contains about 400 different types of fatty acids.
Milk also contains vitamin B12, calcium, riboflavin, phosphorus.
Something plant-based for a change. Not all vegetables are good for dogs, but carrots certainly are.
Chewing carrots can help to maintain or improve dental health for dogs because it helps to remove plaques.
Carrots also have carbohydrates that have low glycemic index and provide a steady source of energy for dogs. They also contain quite a bit of Vitamin A which can improve your dog’s immune system, skin and fur. Too much vitamin A can be toxic and potentially lethal, by the way, so feeding your dog too many carrots or only carrots is a bad idea.
Humans and dogs aren’t all that different in terms of nutritional needs. There are quite a few foods that are very beneficial to both of our species. That being said, there’s also foods that humans eat, that dogs should stay away from and vice versa. So, the purpose of this article is to outline a few different foods that humans often eat that are also, generally speaking, great for dogs. Hopefully you’ve learned something new and your dog will be better off because of it. And that concludes the 5 Best Human Foods For Dogs To Eat article.
Also, here’s an in depth article that answers the same questions: Can My Dog Eat This? A List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat