Homemade Additions to Dog Food

by Ledan Seja
Not everything you have on your plate is safe for your pooch.

Not everything you have on your plate is safe for your pooch.

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A lot of people enjoy cooking for their pups or even just giving them a healthy treat off their plate at dinnertime. Many homemade goodies can supplement your pup's diet without causing problems, but erring on the side of caution can prevent you from accidentally giving him something poisonous.

Fruits and Veggies

Many fruits and vegetables aren't only good for dogs, they're irresistible! Many pooches thoroughly enjoy either raw or cooked veggies including sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, peas and pumpkin, among others. When feeding these raw, make sure your pup can handle the size of the pieces and they'll be easily chewed up to prevent choking. Raw carrots, for example, may be too much for a small dog to handle unless they're shredded or cut into tiny pieces. Veggies to avoid include onions and too much corn. Fruits to avoid include the seeds or pits of anything, avocados, grapes and raisins.

The Meat of It

Cooked meats void of any seasonings are ideal to give to your pet in addition to his daily diet. Most pups aren't going to care whether you boil, bake or grill that chicken breast or steak. As long as it's cooked, it's OK. Be careful with anything containing bones, since your pooch could easily choke on them, break their teeth or chew them to the point of splintering. Avoid fatty pieces as well, as fat is just as dangerous to your pup as it is to you and his food already contains fat.

Grains

In general, your pooch doesn't need too many carbohydrates as he gets his energy from the proteins he eats. That doesn't mean you should bypass grains altogether, though, because your pooch will readily devour and be grateful for some healthy carbs. Cooked, plain pasta is a great filler to add to homemade dishes, as well as plain breads that don't have too much sugar.

Putting It All Together

You can either feed these ingredients separately in addition to your pooch's kibble, or you can make a meal of them. Placing all these items in a crockpot is an easy way to assemble a good-for-him treat or special dinner, plus it takes a lot of the pressure off of you.

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About the Author

Ledan Seja has been writing since 2009, specializing in natural ecosystems, gardening and landscape design, the environment, wildlife, insects, pet rescue and childcare. Her work has appeared in various online publications.

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