If you’ve never googled something like “Can my dog eat grapes” or some food or another, you’re lying.
Truth be told, there’s an ocean of things in the world that Quinn, my 7-year old Shih-Tzu probably could never eat. He’s got a gazillion allergies, including certain nuts, chicken, peas, overcooked beef and even bread on occasion (due to the yeast).
He’s a pain in the butt, but I love him. So I do my due research like any responsible and loving owner should. There might’ve been that one time that I accidentally gave him a chunk of Kit Kat, but that’s another story right there.
Apples, Pears, Pumpkin, Salmon, Chicken cartilage, beef jerky and hummus are some of the many table scraps that I occasionally feed to Quinn. Granted, they’re not all the healthiest of options. But I have a list of things that are certifiably ‘doggie diet-approved’.
Speaking of diets, I’m sure Quinn has gotten fat. That low-hanging belly ain’t about to go away on its own, you know. Sigh, that means more walking for me too.
A great source of calcium, protein and a natural laxitive, choose plain yoghurts with live active bacteria with no additives, artificial sweeteers (I’m looking at you, Marigold!) or ‘fresh fruit’ in the mix. Trust me, that ain’t no fresh fruit, but rather dried up figs. A cheap alternative to freeze drying fresh fruit, these yoghurts will do more harm than good. Psst: Why not freeze that cuppa yogurt for your pup? I’m sure some fro-yo would do very nicely in this scorching Singaporean weather
A terribly fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these acids not only support both dogs and people’s immune systems, but are incredibly beneficial for both hair, fur and coat health. There have even been studies that salmon does a dog with allergies wonders! Psst: Watch out for the raw salmon, you wouldn’t want no parasites leeching their way into your dog’s belly, now would you?
If your pup ain’t such a fan of carrots, try the fleshier and jucier pumpkins instead. A wonderful source of fibre, it contains one of the main sources of Vitamin A: Beta Carotene. Not only do dogs crave fibre in their diets (as we all should know, given their daily poop walks, or as Quinn would call them: The walk of smelling other dogs’ poop). Keep that intestinal tract moving along with loads of fibre and water!
Finding out about eggs being beneficial to Quinn’s health was really an accident. See, I’m particularly allergic to the yolks of eggs, and growing up in a family who berates their children atrociously when it comes to food wastage – You sort of come up with Plan Bs when whipping up a daily lunch. I’d cook the whites, and scoop out the cooked yolks for Quinn. He LOVES them. Not only that, eggs are great sources of digestible protein, and gives your pup a great protein boost – Especially for those who are often prone to a little too much farting.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Quinn’s not really a fan of sweet potatoes, something about the smell of them turns him off, I believe. What a pity, for they’re an excellent source of dietary fibre, and contain a multitutde of Vitamins such as B6, C, Beta Carotene (like the ones in pumpkin) and even the manganese mineral – All essential for a dog’s health and contributes to that shiny coat. In addition, sweet potatoes are cheap and easily accesible at any Cold Storage or nearby fairprice. Heck, even the mama shop around the corner offers me some of Singapore’s finest imported sweet potatoes. Oh Quinn.
So what are your tips and tricks to getting your dog to chow down these delicious goodies? Personally, I mush Quinn’s food up with his treats, and leave a sneaky trail of treats leading him to his bowl of mushed up contents. That always does the trick, and Quinn falls for it everytime.
What can I say? I picked the one with the cutest eyes and the least brains!
Updated: April 28, 2017.