Does an Apple a day keep the Vet away…?

We are on a spring time health kick here at Mishy Moo Pets, so instead of indulging our sweet tooth with a traditional dessert we have been munching on gorgeous red apples.  You can imagine our surprise when we decided to share a little with Misha the GSD the other night and she loved it... in fact she was even begging for more!


So this lead us to ponder, what other tasty Human Foods are OK for dogs?

You may wonder why bother feeding perfectly good human food to dogs?  Well, there are a number of benefits to adding some of these foods to your dogs diet, but like most things these should be in moderation and you should consult with your vet for clarification before indulging your pooch in new foods.

Why Apples?

Apart from being a super crunchy treat they are a great source of Vitamin A and C, and some even believe the skin has cancer prevention properties for humans.  The thing to keep in mind here is to NOT let your dog eat the apple core or the seeds.  The seeds contain cyanide which if allowed to build up in your dogs system can have serious effects.  Try tempting your pooch with a slice or grate over their meal for an easy introduction to one of our favourite new treats.

How about Eggs?

Eggs are an easy to digest protein packed with Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Iron, Selenium and Fatty Acids.  Things to watch for are the egg whites which contain a Biotin inhibitor.  Biotin is on of the B vitamins and is important for cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and good skin and coat condition.  Although biotin deficiencies are said to be rare, and it would take a large amount of egg consumption to create a deficiency, if you are concerned, you should cook your eggs before giving them to your dog.  The flip side is the egg yolks are very high in biotin, so if you feed them the entire egg there are less worries.

What about Pumpkin?  

There is a lot of text out there promoting low stool volume diets - which we can all agree has it's upsides!  But it is important to remember keeping the gastrointestinal tract moving helps to keep your dogs tummy healthy and this is where adding a little pumpkin can come in handy.  Pumpkin is full of fiber and beta-carotene (good in small doses) and when cooked can add a little kicker to their meal.  Try a teaspoon for puppies and a tablespoon for adult dogs and see how you go.

Happy feeding!

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