Food is not a luxury but an essential part of life.
Admit it guys, that we are always concerned about the diet of our hound. We try to provide best comfort to them but get into dilemma while feeding them. We buy fat and cholesterol laden so called “healthy dog foods” for them and feed them which just give a treat for their tongues not for their body. Do you how harmful those artificial flavored, “savory” and “nourishing”, can be, for your Labrador’s health.
But no now! What if we tell you that the secret of your lab’s health is hidden in your kitchen’s cabinet? Surprised? Here is the list of best natural snacks which you can feed your tyke.
- Water Melon
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One of most delicious fruits during summer, this water rich food is packed with Vitamin A, B6 and C. Beside this it has different antioxidants, amino acids and potassium which make it a contender for healthy snacks. But beware! Its seed can cause intestinal blockage so make sure that you remove all the seeds before giving it to your lab.
Cucumber is rich in fiber and essential vitamins like K, C and B1. One of the best parts about cucumber is that, it is nearly free from fat and oil. It is a sumptuous snack and your lab would definitely feel full after having it. Other perks of cucumber includes adequate potassium, copper, biotin which is necessary for tykes’ overall growth.
Bananas are also good choice for your lab if served in right proportion. They have natural sugar in them that is why it is advisable to have a check on its consumption. Nutrition wise bananas are unmatchable. It is a rich source of potassium, vitamins, fibers and copper. It becomes a good choice after knowing the fact that they are low in cholesterol and sodium. So next time when your pooch feels hungry, don’t forget to give bananas.
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Laden with antioxidant like beta-carotene and nutrients like fiber, the advantages of carrot can’t be hidden. Different studies have proved that carrot inhibits the occurrence of diseases. Regular munching of carrots can help your lab to remove plaque from their teeth (But never substitute carrots for brushing!). Some dogs prefer swallowing rather than chewing! So make sure that you cut it in appropriate size for proper digestion.
- Sweet potatoes
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Sweet potatoes are another savory dish which will be loved by your lab. It contains certain vitamins and minerals which promotes, healthy kidney function, fluid management in the body, digestion. If you are planning to enjoy some sweet potatoes in the summers then do not forget to include your lab in it.
Apples are great source of antioxidants. They help to counter any free radicals that can affect your body. An apple a day might not keep the doctor away but it might deter some diseases in your lab. Like cucumber apples can also help to remove any residue from your dog’s teeth. But remember one thing! Apple seed contains a form of cyanide so it is advisable to remove them before feeding it to your lab.
Broccoli is another super food which full of vitamins. It is said that vitamins can fight off cancerous cells so we couldn’t control ourselves from adding this snack. Its taste is not so palatable but given its benefit, it is a must go food. But don’t over feed it as it can upset your dog’s stomach.
- Peanut butter
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We all can recall our childhood after seeing this snack. A fresh slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly is every child’s favorite breakfast but this snack can also be given to your lab. It is a great source of protein and vitamins. Proteins help in overall growth and enhancing your pooch’s coat shine.
- Blueberries and Strawberries
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These both fruits are great source of fiber and vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to be an immunity booster. They contain a substance known as Malic acid which promotes whitening of teeth. Like banana they are also rich in sugar so portion control is advisable.
Eggs are a great source of protein and essential fats. Serving raw egg whites is not recommended as it contains a lot of pathogens. Scrambled version is more preferable and your god will also love it.
It is essential for movie-goer dogs! Just kidding, popcorn without any added salt and oil can promote your dog’s digestion and eye health. It can be a fun snack if you and your dog love to binge together!
These are some of the healthier snacks which definitely is a better alternative than your regular dog treat. Also, remember that diet control is extremely necessary for a healthy lifestyle so merely giving loads and loads of healthy snacks will not yield anything fruitful.