I know that most human food is not recommended for dogs, but I've also read from several people that healthy human food can be actually quite good for dogs who won't eat dog food. My puppy will not go near normal dog food. When I first got her, her breeder mentioned a puppy food that was given to her, however I can't get that same brand where I live (Australia). I've bought her 3 of the healthiest brands of kibble that I could find and she just puts her nose up at it, I've even tried wet food which she seems to dislike. She's gone 2 days without food until I finally started the human food. She loves this food and I've been giving her chicken, turkey, and rice lately which she absolutely loves. My question is, what other kind of human food can puppies/dogs have that are actually healthy? I sometimes give her peanut butter as treat on some whole wheat bread, she hates her dog treats. I'm trying to feed her a variety of food each day instead of the same thing. Any other suggestions I can feed her?
Here is a site that might give you some ideas. I wouldn't take to heart everything you read there-- they are pretty fanatic-- but it can give you some ideas of what to feed and even some things you can add to make sure your dog gets everything he needs. I used the site as kind of a loose guide when I fed one of my dogs a raw diet. http://www.pet-grub.com/
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Human food is good for dogs - well some aren't like chocolate and grapes and such but if you don't know the nutritional requirements of dogs then how can you make sure you are feeding your dog the right foods to provide him with the right nutrients in the correct proportions? Kibble is convenient and for the most part, it has the right nutrients but it is processed food. So if you want convenience and don't want to worry about getting the right nutrients, then stay with a high quality kibble. But in my opinion, the purest, freshest food is always the best, for humans and canines! That's why some people choose raw or homecooked.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I have a 4 lb. rescued teacup poodle that is almost toothless. He even works at slurping up water. He won't go near canned or commercial food--turns his head away. I think he can smell the chemicals. We serve him small pieces of cut up baked chicken or beef with some kind of gravy or sauce on it as that seems to stimulate his interest. Because he's toothless, I grind his dry dog food in a blender with doggie vitamins and granola. He bats it around with his paw and manages to lick it up with his tongue (which is hanging out). I even took the ground dry dog food (Royal Pons Senior) and mixed it with other ingredients to make "cookies." His favorite is homemade beef stew--also blended and hand served. He also loves spaghetti and chicken and rice--all homemade of course. Everything is hand fed to him which makes for a messy floor but that's OK. I make most things from scratch and, intelligent guy that he is, he watches me. When dinner time comes around, he can't wait to eat what we're eating. Of course there are times when we can't share with him (pizza, for example), so there is always a chicken in the frig just for him. He's a lucky little guy, and so are we to have him since he brings so much joy to our lives!
Oh my word my Dobermans eat everything I do with the exception of known poison foods, like grapes and large quantities of chocolate...they are healthy as horses..a bit spoiled, but healthy..and happy. When my son was about 10, he sampled some canned food...I asked him why and he said if it was good enough for his Pepper, he wanted to be SURE it was good....OK doggies, vice versa
Shinyblackpit - thanks for the link, much appreciated!
I did a google search and found the main foods that dogs cannot have, such as chocolate, grapes, coffee...etc lol, so basically any veggies are good and any meat.
I made this fantastic hamburger stew the other day and she absolutely loves it, it's made with peas, carrots, green beans, corn, hamburger and gravy. I'm surprised she ate all of the veggies..I think I'll do this more often.
If anyone has any other ideas it's definitely welcome. Thanks!
I feed my pugs homemade food they have been fed this for sometime as i either cook up barley with ground chicken or turkey and you can also use hamburger or lamb,you can add whatever veggie you like or you can do the same with brown rice.If your good with making your own treats that's great also there are a few good sites for making your own foods.
This is my one pug noah,my other rescue,he is blind and deaf but a love.
One of my brats eats anything that my husband eats, including fruit and veggies (no grapes).
If you have a local taxidermy that processes deer, ask them if they have ground meat (very lean) that people do not pick up. They usually sell it pretty cheap and it's great for cooking and mixing with rice and my dogs love that.
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