Thursday, July 17, 2008

"People Food" is Good For Pets

When I talk about "people food", I'm not talking about Twinkies, french fries or junk food, I'm talking about real food. The food that God put on this earth.
Dogs especially like vegetables, which are valuable for adding vitamins, minerals and roughage to the diet. Some vegetables must be cooked to help them digest them properly, but others may be fed raw. Why do you think your dog loves to eat grass in your backyard?
These vegetables can be fed raw to dogs: Chopped parsley, alfalfa sprouts, finely grated carrots, finely grated zucchini or other soft squash, lettuce and mixed greens, green or red peppers. These vegetables should be cooked before being fed to dogs or cats: Peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Cats generally do not like vegetables. They have to be pulverized and well mixed with their food. Some cats love cucumbers and watermelon. I had a cat the loved cantaloupe rinds.
Fruits can also be fed to dogs: berries, melons, bananas, apples, mangos, blueberries. Don't give grapes or raisins to dogs, there have been reports that these can make them sick.
Don't give the dog the pits or seeds of the fruit.
Fruits and vegetables are filled with nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. Mix some fruits and vegetables with a healthy brand of organic canned or dry food for extra nutrition. For more information on feeding your pet a raw or homemade diet you can refer to one of the recommended books.

My dog, Buddy, loves sweet potatoes, green beans and steamed zucchini.