Part 2 – Christmas foods you can feed your dog
Now, we’ve covered what you shouldn’t feed your dog but, “what can I feed my dog?” I hear you ask! Below is a list of common foods which your dog can share in this festive season.
Foods which are okay for your dog…
- Boneless and skinless meats – turkey, chicken, pork, beef and lamb.
- Stuffing – from the roast turkey, so long as raisins and nuts have been removed
- Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries.
- Melon – watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew melon and papaya.
- Other fruit – apple and pear (cores removed), bananas, kiwi fruit, pineapple, stone fruit & mangoes (seeds/pips removed), oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit (skins removed – though some dogs may not enjoy the sour taste of some of these citrus fruits).
- Vegetables (Cooked) – brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, potato and sweet potato, squash and pumpkin.
- Vegetables (Raw or Cooked) – carrot, broccoli, green beans, lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, capsicum, spinach and celery.
- Other foods – eggs, cooked rice, cooked salmon, yoghurt (not artificially sweetened), and plain cooked oatmeal.
- In moderation – peanut butter, cheddar cheese or cottage cheese, pasta and bread.
Fruits and vegetables are highly nutritious for your dog, as they are with humans. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and lots of other good things which can benefit you dog. Dogs needing to lose few extra kilos can also benefit from added fruits and vegetables in their diet as they are also low in calories. Supplementing their regular snacks for a piece of fruit or a carrot, or adding vegetables to their kibble is a great way to reduce their overall calorie intake. Just remember when introducing any new foods, to do so in moderation. Making gradual increases in new foods will help your dogs’ gut adjust accordingly and can prevent tummy upsets.
Important things to remember at the dinner table this Christmas…
- Don’t stray too far from your dogs’ usual diet and don’t over-feed them! Too much of any good thing will be bad!
- Place leftovers and food wrappers in the bin promptly.
- Be sure to remove all seeds and pips from any fruits and veggies which contain them.
- Keep an eye out for low-fat or sugar free foods which may contain artificial sweeteners.
- Be aware of potential hidden “bad foods” contained in pre-packaged and processed foods, flavourings and sauces.
- If ever in doubt, skip it! Save those foods for yourself!
Always watch your dog around the dinner table. Ask family & friends not to feed them and keep them out of the kitchen if possible. Don’t let your Christmas dinner turn into an emergency visit to the vet! If there is ever any question of poisoning, or that your dog has eaten something that it shouldn’t have, be sure to contact your vet immediately for further advice.
About the author:
- Sammy Long is a WA Registered Veterinary Nurse and has experience in vet clinics in Cairns, Darwin and Perth. Feel free to call the Animal Happiness Manning Vet on 6355 5177 to ask her more questions on diet do’s and don’ts, or post those questions in the form below!