It happens when you least expect it, a cold tickle on your knee, a touch from a paw on your thigh, the adorable and endearing glare of his big brown eyes, you just can’t help it. The morsel of food drops from your fingertips into his mouth and you give him a pat on the head. We can all agree, sometimes it is too difficult to turn down our furry friends and we succumb to feeding them table scraps. Luckily for both parties there are foods that are safer and more nutritious for pet parents to sneak into the mouths of their deserving dogs.
- Cooked chicken- good source of added protein
- Cooked salmon- source of omega 3 fatty acids, support your dogs immune system
- Eggs- great protein boost, easily digestible riboflavin and selenium
- Baby carrots – good for the teeth, contains fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin A
- Fresh Green beans- low in calories and nutritiously filling
- Pumpkin- good source of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and can sooth digestive issues
- Apple slices- helpful teeth cleaner, good source of fiber, vitamin A and C
- Cooked oatmeal- good source of soluble fiber, regulates bowel irregularity, replacement for dogs allergic to wheat
- Peanut butter- good source of protein, healthy heart fats, vitamin B and E
- Plain Yogurt- high in calcium and protein
Remember! Each dog may react to or digest these foods differently. Try them in small amounts and if your dog experiences any sort of discomfort or negative reaction contact a vet immediately. But these 10 nutritious foods should leave your dog happy and healthy.
Looking for a “during the meal activity” for your dog that does not include begging for table scraps? Giving them an antler or bone to chew can keep your dog calm and occupied. Also, filling a Kong toy with peanut butter can keep him distracted for hours, (or at least until dessert). Check out Northshorepetchef.com for dog and cat friendly chews and treats.
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“…When it snows, ain’t it thrilling, though your nose gets a chilling we’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, walking in a winter wonderland.”
As the cold weather approaches and we anticipate the thrills and frills of the upcoming holidays, we must not forget to take the proper precautions to keep our pets safe during the change of seasons. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your pets out of trouble this winter.
- Always keep your dog on a leash outside, especially on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become lost.
- Make sure your dog or cat has an updated ID tag that he wears at all times.
- Wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes inside out of the snow, ice, or sleet. He can potentially ingest dangerous chemicals, salt, or antifreeze while licking his paws, which is harmful and potentially deadly for dogs.
- The longer your dog’s coat the warmer he will be. Ferminating, regular brushing, and trimming are safe alternatives to a shave down in the winter months. When you bathe your dog make sure he is completely dry before he goes outside.
- For short hair breeds consider purchasing a fitted dog coat or sweater for extra warmth.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car in the cold weather. The car can insulate the cold turning the environment into a doggy freezer.
- If your dog is used to outdoor activities and needs to cutback during the colder days, increase his intake of proteins and omegas to keep his heart, fur, and brain in healthy shape.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep away from any drafty areas. Layering blankets on the floor or dog bed will keep your friend extra cozy.
- Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Make sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle. You can also consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. If you suspect your pet had ingested these chemicals immediately seek medical attention, this can be deadly!
- Beware of spoiling your pet with people treats this holiday season. Bones, chocolate, alcohol, berries, plants, and candles can be very dangerous to dogs and cats, and potentially deadly if ingested.
- Avoid extreme cold conditions for your pet by shoveling snow, staying close by when your pet is outdoors, and drying their coat when he is ready to come inside.
- Keep your outdoor cat inside or provide a warm, insulated, and dry shelter. Outdoor cats can be frostbitten on their paws and ears in the cold weather.
- Be extra vigilant of both your cat and dog this winter and in turn they will keep you warmer and safer this season.
- Visit www.northshorepetchef.com to keep your pet entertained with all natural and healthy treats and chews. They make great holiday gifts!
Company: Northshore Pet Chef
Born: June 2011
Location: Highland Park, IL
Passion: Nurturing the health and happiness of your dogs and cats
Mission: To provide excellent service within the North Shore of Chicagoland and to ensure the freshness and quality your best friend deserves.
Northshore Pet Chef grew out of a need and a passion. Rob Freeman, head pet chef and company founder, saw a gap in the accessibility of nutritious and wholesome food and treats for dogs and cats. Along with filling this gap Rob was determined to give back to the community by providing fresh and nutritious products bundled with exceptional service at a strong value to the pet and the pet parent. Northshore Pet Chef strives to be the source and provider of all natural and fresh pet products in the North Shore Chicagoland area. Making pet nutrition accessible to pet parents and providing pet families with the knowledge and resources to fill the bellies and souls of our dogs and cats with all natural and healthy food, treats, chews, and love.