Re-thinking the Food Pyramid, for Puppy

While pet-owners know that feeding your dog “human food” too often can lead to serious problems, there are actually quite a few foods that are safe and healthy for your dog to eat.

  • Cooked eggs are a great source of protein for your dog. You can use bits of hard-boiled eggs (with the shells off, of course) as training treats.
  • Green beans are a great diet addition for dogs that have packed on a little too much weight. Replace some of your dog’s regular food with green beans to help them cut calories. And although you probably don’t like it this way: most dogs enjoy their green beans frozen.
  • Apples are great treats for humans and dogs alike. No need to peel the apple – many of the nutrients are found in the skin. Apple seeds, however, can be dangerous to dogs if eaten frequently. So be sure to core the apple before giving it to your pup. Cutting the apple into bite-size pieces is also a good idea if your dog “wolfs down” food too quickly.
  • Salmon is possibly the best way to spoil your dog. The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids we hear so much about for humans extend to your dog as well. Salmon is also a great source of protein. Be sure to cook the salmon before serving, because raw salmon can be dangerous for your dog.

These additions to your dog’s diet can be made by simply adding them to the food bowl, or feeding them separately. In either case, the calories from the new food should not be more than a quarter of your dog’s weekly diet.
Source: Modern Dog magazine

So, do you have any of your own healthy additions to the food pyramid? Please share your suggestions with us in the comments below.

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