Giving your pup some human-grade treats is something most every pooch owner loves to do on occasion, but it's not always healthy for your beloved Barkley. Certain foods can be toxic, while others are merely unhealthy for him. Cooked meats, such as steak, are among the safest human foods you can give your dog, given you follow a few rules before feeding them to him. Home-cooked meals can also provide more nutrients and vitamins for your pup, and a protein source is the main ingredient.
Remove any excess fat from the piece of steak prior to cooking. You can do this after cooking, although it's sometimes easier to trim it away while the meat is raw. Your pup doesn't need the extra fat anymore than you do; it can also be hard to chew and digest.
Trim away bones in the steak. Bones are a controversial topic when it comes to veterinarians and other experts in the field. Some vets and experts recommend bones if they're raw, others if they're cooked. Still some recommend only specific types of bones. If you would like to give your pooch bones, speak with your vet first before doing so. Some bones can splinter, chip teeth or get lodged within the throat or digestive tract.
Cook the steak all the way through -- or at least to medium-well -- using any method you prefer, such as grilling, boiling or baking. Don't add seasonings or excess oils; your pooch will savor a plain steak.
Allow the steak to cool so your dog doesn't get burned. Your pooch will be very excited to eat a piece of steak and won't hesitate because of a hot temperature.
Cut the steak into manageable, bite-sized pieces for your dog. Many steaks tend to be chewy, which could pose a problem for your pooch if it's whole. Shred it, if possible, to make it easier for your pup to handle.
- Choose a leaner steak for your dogs, who should be getting enough fats from her kibble. While using raw meats might seem better for a natural diet, many meats these days carry high risk of dangerous bacteria and parasites.
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