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Some human foods are good for your pets

Living with my grandparents in Nkawkaw at an early stage in my life, I realized that in Ghana our dogs eat after us most of the time, yes we often feed them our leftovers.

But when I grew up I noticed that there was more to keeping a pet, first by what I saw on TV and in movies.  I noticed that dogs need Healthy Chews formulated specially for their dietary requirements.

Pet owners are often cautioned to never feed their furry friends ‘human foods’. Veterinarians say that chocolate, grapes, and raisins can be poison to dogs and cats and that onions can cause a life-threatening form of anemia.

However there are human foods that, when used as a supplement to a dog or cat’s diet, can be quite beneficial to their health. I remember my auntie frantically looking for moving companies San Diego to carry her favorite brand of dog food for her impressive collection of French Bulldogs, when she was moving out of the area. If only she knew that human foods such as meats, fish, cheeses, and other animal products can be used regularly in a healthy pet’s diet.

Barbara Royal, the author of ‘ The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets’ and the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey recommends these 5 human foods for pets

Unsweetened Canned Pumpkin

For a Superman-strength stool regulator, give your dog or cat a bit of pumpkin. It regulates moisture and provides a gentle fiber, making it a terrific tool to combat constipation or diarrhea. Dosage is 1 tablespoon once or twice daily for a 30-pound dog or a 1/2 teaspoon for an average cat, in food or as a treat.

Put the pumpkin or pumpkin mixes (with yogurt, meat baby foods or other meat-based treats) into ice cube trays or in rubber toys, or in spoonfuls on wax paper and freeze to use later as treats. This also solves the problem of open cans of pumpkin from going bad in your fridge.

Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil aren’t just good for humans, they can improve your pet’s coat and him recover from inflammatory conditions, arthritis, and skin problems. Omegas encourage free radical scavenging, which can decrease inflammation. But take note: Carnivores do not efficiently convert plant sources of omegas, like flaxseed or hemp, so stick with fish oils.

Fish oil may not be recommended for an animal that is overly hot, and has oily/hot skin or loose stools.

Psyllium Fiber

Many foods, including many raw foods, may not include enough fiber. Typically a scavenger or carnivore would eat a good deal of fiber – including roughage like hair, feathers, and nails. And those are not typical ingredients in pet foods. Derived from the husks of seeds in the Plantago family, Psyllium fiber contains a high level of soluble dietary fiber. It can be found in most supplement sections of your local drugstore or supermarket or this website here.

White Rice

Cooked white rice can relieve signs of diarrhea. But how you prepare it can really make a difference. Cook the white rice with extra water and overcook until it is gloopy. Your pet’s system can absorb it better when it’s overcooked and sticky-wet.

Chicken or Beef Broth

Warm, low sodium chicken or beef broth or even plain warm water can be added to pet food to increase palatability. The meat broth itself can enhance the flavor of foods, and foods smell more appetizing when they are warmed. In addition, if you’re concerned about hydration, pets will drink more fluids if the fluids taste good.

 

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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