Food Types, Treats & Supplements
There are a number of pet food options readily available to pet parents including fresh, kibble and raw. What are these different types and which ones are right for your pet's health and your life.
As the name alludes, a raw food diet contains raw or uncooked ingredients. As opposed to a fresh diet, where ingredients are lightly cooked, or a dry-food kibble diet, where ingredients are processed and extruded into pellets. Raw diets are trendy and controversial. Advocates often claim them as being more natural and having clear health benefits. Critics argue raw diets risk contamination and can be nutritionally inadequate and unbalanced.
Next time your movie night snack gets spilled all over the couch, is it okay if your dog manages to get a few pieces before you can clean it up (as if you could really stop him)? The short answer is yes — but you should avoid feeding your dog popcorn in large quantities, especially if it’s flavored with butter, salt or sugar. With minerals like magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, plus dietary fiber and relatively few calories, plain, unbuttered popcorn certainly isn’t the worst thing your dog can get his paws on.
Luckily, watermelon is a perfectly safe (and delicious) treat for your dog, as long as you take a few precautions first. But, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to feeding your dog watermelon.
Tangy and sweet, smooth and silky, persimmons are packed with essential vitamins to support dog health. But while the fruit of a persimmon is safe for your dog to eat, the seeds and pit of a persimmon can cause intestinal blockages, so you should make sure they’ve been carefully removed before feeding a persimmon to your dog.
If you’re wondering if your dog can enjoy a tasty cucumber at your next summer barbeque, the short answer is: yes — as long as it’s in moderation and part of a well-balanced diet.
We have potatoes to thank for tons of our favorite foods, from mashed potatoes to french fries to roasted potatoes with a pinch of garlic and rosemary. But are potatoes okay for your dog to eat? The short answer is: yes, in moderation, as long as the potatoes are cooked.
While you shouldn’t feed your dog anything in excess, cooked rice is about as harmless as it gets — and in some cases, quite helpful. It’s why some of our recipes even start with it. Cooked rice mixed with a protein can even be a good option for settling your dog’s tummy if he has an upset stomach.
When it comes to bone broth for dogs, the benefits are much the same. From joint health to organ function to digestive benefits, bone broth can do your dog quite a bit of good. Plus, most dogs seem to have a natural appetite for it. Win-win.
Yes. Scrambled eggs prepared properly are perfectly safe for your dogs to eat.
Whatever they’re appetite is for them, tomatoes are typically safe for dogs as an occasional treat. Just be sure to feed them the fruit, as the leafy green tomato plant’s vines contain two potentially harmful chemicals.
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