Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found more time to bond with their loved ones—including their favorite pets. Many have more time to prepare food at home and even cook healthier meals for beloved furbabies.
However, because our pets’ bodies are different from ours, what we can eat might not be good for them to consume—just like chocolate, which can be harmful to dogs. And aside from this, dogs can’t also have anything with seeds like grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic, among others. (Read: Dogs in Finland Are Now Being Trained to Detect the Coronavirus)
Admittedly, there is a lot of human food that dogs and other animals can’t consume because it can cause them illnesses and sometimes even death. But there is still human food like the below-listed fruits and vegetables that these four-legged creatures can eat—which are also a lot healthier for them.
Healthy Treats for Dogs: Apples
Just like us humans, dogs can also eat apples as a snack. It contains a good amount of vitamins A and C which is beneficial to dogs as well. And because it is low in protein and fat, it can be a great snack for senior dogs. (Read: 3 Online Stores That Sell Fresh Meals for Dogs)
Just remember to remove all the seeds and the apple core as the seeds contain a certain amount of cyanide which is released when chewed or broken down. The cyanide can have harmful effects when ingested in high amounts.
Healthy Treats for Dogs: Bananas
Humans for sure enjoy a serving or two of bananas, or any dessert that contains it—halo-halo, bananacue, or turon. But did you know that dogs can also enjoy this delicious fruit? (Read: These Online Shops Make the Cutest ‘Barkday’ Cakes for Your Dogs) Bananas are full of potassium, vitamins, and fiber that can help with their digestion. Just remember to feed it to them in moderation.
Healthy Treats for Dogs: Carrots
Carrot is a versatile vegetable—it can be added to a dish, be used as a side dish, or even eaten on its own. It contains beta-carotene which produces vitamin A and also has fiber just like bananas. Carrots are also low calorie which tells you that it really is one healthy snack that you can eat and even share with your dogs. (Checklist: 5 Things Responsible Pet Owners Focus On)
And aside from the health benefits, the crunchy carrot also helps with strengthening dogs’ teeth. Just make sure to peel it first!
Healthy Treats for Dogs: Pumpkins
Pumpkin contains a load of vitamins and minerals—vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium! This means that it could be a good snack or treat for your pets at home, plus the sweet taste of the pumpkin can encourage dogs to eat more and finish the bowl of food. You can just boil it until it’s soft and served it on top of your pet’s usual food.