Top 10 Best Foods For Your Dog’s Health

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Do you very often wonder if you can give this or that food to your dog? This question is perfectly legitimate because dogs have a different food diet than ours and they cannot properly digest everything we eat. Some foods can be toxic, others cause slight digestive discomfort and still others can simply be bad for their health because they are too fatty, too sweet or too salty!

A veterinarian offers you here a list of 10 foods that are good for your health of your dog. This is by no means an exhaustive list! Moreover, these foods are not intended to be the main base of your dog’s diet: they can be given occasionally as treatsas a cure or be part of the ingredients used in the preparation of household ration.

Finally, we will not include vegetables in this list because an article has already dealt with this subject. If you are wondering about the good or bad vegetables to give to your dog, we invite you to read the article: Can you give vegetables to your dog?

Eggs

The eggs represent a alternative source of animal protein, good for your dog’s health. They are also rich in fatty acids, vitamins (A, B2, B5, D, B12, etc.), essential amino acids (those that the body cannot manufacture on its own), minerals such as iron and phosphorus, as well as in carotenoids (antioxidant like lutein).

These components are all good for strengthening the quality and coat shinethe healthy skin and claws. Certain components, such as lutein, contribute to the good health of the vision.

Eggs remain energy-rich foods (rich in protein and fat). It should therefore not be abused. If your dog has never eaten an egg before, start by offering a small amount to help his digestive tract get used to it.

However, depending on how you offer your dog an egg, he won’t get the same health benefits from it.

  • The cooked eggs are no problem and are good for your dog’s health: you can give them in omelettes, scrambled .. or give them a hard-boiled egg!
  • the raw egg yolk is good and safe for your dog’s health: it is this in particular that contains the substances responsible for the good health of your companion’s skin and hair.
  • The problem comes from raw egg white :

    • It containsavidin, a protein that will break down vitamin B8 (biotin). A vitamin B8 deficiency will lead to poor skin and hair quality with hair loss, skin problems… and in extreme cases neuromuscular disorders.
    • Additionally, there is a risk of salmonellosis (dangerous bacteria)

The egg is therefore very good for the health of your companion, but be careful how you feed it.

Fish

Fish, in general, is good for both human and animal health. They have many beneficial properties:

  • It’s a goodsource of protein animal.
  • It is rich in so-called essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega 3, which have many health benefits.
  • It has the advantage of being less allergenic than the meats usually consumed by our animals.

Although overall very good for the health of your dogs, some fish are to avoid or give sparingly.

  • In fact, the fish preserves (like tuna, herring…) are often very salty which is not very good for your health.
  • Some fish are contaminated in excessive quantities by heavy metals including mercury.

The preferred fish are therefore mackerel, salmon, herring, hake, pollock…

Avoid if possible to give raw fish to your dog for several reasons: on the one hand the presence of bones can be dangerous if they are swallowed, on the other hand the risk of parasitic contamination exists (freezing at -20°c allows the parasites to be destroyed). In addition, there is an enzyme in the flesh of raw fish called thiaminase which destroys vitamin B1 (this enzyme is destroyed by cooking).

fish oil

Fish oil is a dietary supplement which allows you to benefit from all the advantages linked to Omega 3 contained in fish flesh. It is to be placed on your dog’s food ration in the form of a cure, whether it is in good health or in a particular situation such as in full growth or suffering from a chronic pathology.

To learn more, we invite you to read our article Benefits of fish oil in dogs and cats.

Meat

We know that our dogs have a good carnivorous diet basis (more or less omnivorous): meat therefore plays an essential role in their diet and is therefore necessarily good for their health.

However, it should not be abused. If your dog usually eats kibble or mash, you shouldn’t give too much meat, otherwise you’ll add a calorie surplus that could cause it to gain weight. In the case of a household ration, it is important to remember that the ration should not consist only of meat! The meat will provide the proteins and part of the fat in the ration, but it alone will lead to deficiencies in fibre, minerals, vitamins, fat, etc.

Alternate between red and white meats is a good idea. Red meats are richer in iron, an essential element for health, but richer in fat!

Avoid at all costs to give bone to your dog. There is a high risk of them breaking off pieces and swallowing them: there is then a possibility of occlusion and digestive perforation, the prognosis of which is particularly bad in dogs.

Avoid also to give raw meat to your dog. There is a high risk of bacterial contamination of meat (especially the risk of salmonellosis), due to poor hand hygiene and poor storage conditions (poor management of the cold chain, contact with other animals before consumption …).

Rice

It is nice to say that the dog is a carnivore (or almost) it still has carbohydrate needs to fill every day. Carbohydrates can be provided by cereals in the daily ration and/or with fruits and vegetables.

Rice is very high in carbohydrates, so it should be given with moderation. Excessive consumption could lead to overweight and promote the onset of diabetes. In perfectly reasonable quantities, rice is a good source of energy easily used by your dog.

The rice must be well done to be digested properly. Indeed, this is how starch is made digestible for the digestive tract of our dogs.

You should avoid giving brown rice which contains a molecule (rice bran) that is particularly irritating to the dog’s digestive tract. Prefer white rice! White rice is also often recommended in case of diarrhea in dogs (as in humans) because it contains very little fiber and therefore tends to slow transit.

Beer yeast

Brewer’s yeast is a mushroom microscopic, usually used by bakers and brewers to ferment bread dough or beer. It is also used as dietary supplement in humans and dogs for its health benefits. Indeed, brewer’s yeast is rich:

  • In group B vitamins. These are the ones that allow you to have a healthy skin, strong claws and a shiny coat.
  • In trace elements and antioxidants
  • In prebiotics which stimulate the production of good bacteria in the intestine and therefore have a good digestive transit.

Brewer’s yeast can also increase appetite of the ration on which it is sprinkled, which can be useful in dogs with a finicky appetite.

The watermelon

The advantage of watermelon is that it is made up of 90% water and that it is very low in calories. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. It can therefore be the perfect treat for the dog in times of big heat to rehydrate it.

However, care must be taken to remove the pips and not to give skin because these elements are not digestible in dogs and will promote the appearance of digestive disorders if ingested in too large quantities.

Apple

The apple is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C (stimulates the immune system), vitamin A (ideal for good vision), fiber (for a healthy digestive tract) and water. It is not too caloric but, like all fruits that contain sugar, it should not be abused at the risk of making your dog gain weight. The apple is ideal as treat during hot weather due to its high water content.

Care must be taken to remove the stem, the leaves, the central part as well as glitches which contain cyanide and are therefore toxic. The skin contains a large amount of vitamins, but be sure to wash your apple in such a way as to eliminate as much of the pesticides stuck on it as possible. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to buy organic!

Cut the apple into small enough pieces to prevent your dog from suddenly swallowing and choking.

The strawberries

Strawberries are rich in water and fiber. They contain vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium as well as substances with antioxidant properties.

Although low in calories, they are still high in sugars and, like all fruits, should not be abused.

Take care to cut to adapt the pieces to eat to the size of your dog and to remove the tail to avoid the risk of choking.

Outside the strawberry production period, avoid giving strawberries in syrup, which are far too rich in sugar: your treat will then no longer be “good for your health”.

The banana

The banana tends to be a popular treat dogs because of its sweet taste and texture. It is rich in fiber and probiotics, which makes it a very good food for the health of the dog’s digestive tract.

It should be given with parsimony because it is high in sugar and can therefore promote weight gain. Given in too large quantities, it also has tendency to constipation your dog, so be careful with small breeds.

Also be careful not to feed the skin to your dog, it is not at all digestible!



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