Just like humans, dogs need to have a healthy diet. A good, versatile diet can really have a surprising impact on not just your health, but your behavior and mood as well – the same thing exists in dogs. Dogs that get enough food, but not too much – and eat healthily – are noticeably more active, happier, and enjoyable to be around than dogs who don’t do any of that. Too many dog owners just get lazy when it comes to monitor their pup’s diets, and they let them eat whatever they want. Table scraps might be on the menu far more often then they should be. This can lead to an obese dog, or worse yet, death. Here are some things to keep in mind when developing a diet for your dog.
Obviously dog food and the regular kebble bowl is pretty much required. With that said, you and your dog might get sick of it. Dog food can be expensive and sometimes you run out and just can’t get to the store in time to get some more. This is when having a creative knowledge of what a dog can eat is helpful. Giving your dog a dessert is perfectly fine too. My personal favorite dessert for my dog is yogurt. A lot of dog owners don’t realize that your dog can actually eat yogurt! Not every dog though, you must take some very serious precautionary measures before you feed your dog yogurt. First of all, you need to make sure that your pup is not lactose intolerant. If you aren’t sure, then go online and search to see what some signs are for your dog. Some of these signs vary depending on the size of your dog though, so things might be different for a medium-sized dog breed compared to another.
I would definitely recommend favoring low-fat yogurt over yogurt with more fat in it. Your dog might enjoy the fattier yogurt more, but you won’t when he or she gets diarrhea from it. Low-fat yogurt is much easier on the digestive system and is generally healthier for your dog. Giving your dog too much fatty foods could lead to pancreatitis! I also like chopping up some fruits and putting them in the yogurt as well. Again, there are some fruits that you need to avoid. Grapes for instance are like poison to dogs, and should be avoided at all costs. However, a banana is a good, healthy, delicious choice!