Some things on this list might surprise you, especially because they're the kinds of foods you might find in your own plate, not your dog's! Until now, that is. Here are some foods that are (sometimes) surprisingly good for your little fur ball. 1) Meat
This one isn't too surprising for many, for good reason. The abundant protein camping out within the vestibules of chicken, beef and lamb respectively stand to benefit not only you. Other approved meats to give your fur kids include turkey, bison and venison. *BONUS* Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids if you're looking at feeding some fish to your pup. Said acids will keep your dog's coat healthy and shiny in addition to boosting his immune system. A helpful hint though will be to make sure the salmon is cooked (no sashimi here). Alternatively, a pinch of fish oil or even fish skin in his food bowl will do. 2) Pumpkin, Peanut Butter
If you're the proud owner of our very first October PerroBox, you would have noticed that the box included a Halloween-themed recipe of pumpkin-and-peanut-butter cookies. For those of you who are skeptical, don't be, because we've done our research. Turns out, these 2 foods are actually super beneficial for your furry friend!
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron. This means that it boosts digestive health and urinary health. In addition, it could potentially aid in weight loss for your dog by making them feel full faster, with all the good flavor! Talk about awesome.
Peanut butter is not only delicious, but also an excellent source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B and E, and niacin. It's best to stick with raw and unsalted versions if you can. A word of caution though, feeding them peanut butter will be a risk if you aren't familiar with any peanut allergies they might have. However unlikely, it's still possible. 3) Bananas
This should be another no-brainer since most fruit (except for grapes) have tons of benefits that are good enough for FIdo. Bananas are a superfood in that respect; being high in potassium, fiber and magnesium. It also contains vitamin C, an antioxidant, and vitamin B6, which helps metabolize proteins and regulate blood cell functions. A simple way to incorporate bananas into their diet would be to mash one and mix it into their food. 4) Yogurt
Active cultures (probiotics) help keep bad bacteria away in humans and dogs alike, and promote digestive health. It also contains protein, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc and iodine. Just like for humans, you could feed your pooch a dollop of it (ideally free of artificial sweeteners or added sugars) together with the peanut butter perhaps, or bananas or any other kind of fruit, as a refreshing afternoon or after-walk snack. Watch them lap it up and beg for more! 5) Oatmeal
We'll bet you would have never thought of this one (we didn't!). Essentially fiber, a simple bowl of oats can be extremely beneficial for senior dogs with bowel irregularity. They also have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties, and aid in strengthening the heart, immune system, bones, spleen and pancreas. In addition to that they are also quick-cooking and contain more protein per calorie than any other common grain. Take heed though, the oatmeal should be cooked and ideally free from sugar or any other flavor additives. - Melanie (Feature image: Seattle Dog Training)