Hi Spunky Friends! Have you ever wondered why your dog likes to hang around your chair while you are eating your dinner? Is it because they love you so very much and just want to be close to you? Of course that is true, but there is one other reason. Your pet is hoping you will drop something and he can gobble up the crumbs as quick as a flash.
Dogs love people-food as much as you do. Most people just think about meats like chicken or beef for dogs. But dogs also love many fruits and vegetables. And the same fruits and vegetables that are good for you are really good for them too. They make a great healthy snack for your pet!
Here are some of the Fruits that are good for dogs. Always remember to remove any pits or seeds first to protect your pet from choking.
- Apples (no seeds or core)
- Apricots (no seeds or core)
- Bananas (peel first)
- Cantaloupe (no skin)
- Mango (no skin)
- Oranges (no seeds or skin)
- Pear (no seeds or core)
- Pineapple (no skin)
But never give your pet grapes, raisins, lemons, limes or grapefruit. They are not good for doggy tummies.
Here are some vegetables that will make your pet big and strong.
- Green Beans
- Pumpkin (make sure it is 100% pure, not pie mix)
The vegetables that are bad for dogs are onions, garlic, corn, tomato and avocados.
A dog does not need the extra butter and salt that we usually add to our food, so you can just give your pet these healthy fruits and vegetables nice and fresh without any seasonings.
Pumpkin is especially good for dogs to keep their digestive system, that’s their tummy, in good shape. Your grown-up can buy the canned pure,100% pumpkin in the grocery store and simply add a spoonful to each dish of regular dog food. Most dogs will gobble it up right before your eyes!
So now you know why your puppy always stares at you while you eat your food. The next time you do not want to eat your broccoli, just remember that it is good for you and it is healthy for your puppy. But don’t drop any of yours on the floor, let your dog eat his own in his dog food dish! Promise?
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in San Jose, Calif., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.