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Healthy and Natural Treats for Your Dog

December 13th, 2011 Pets

It's important that your dog doesn't eat too much table food - doing so can lead to an overweight and sick pooch before you know it. However, you don't have to completely limit his intake of people food. In fact, according to Modern Dog Magazine, there are a few human delights that can be quite beneficial for your furry friend. If you can't resist those begging eyes, here are some treats you can safely give to your dog (in moderation).

1. Salmon. Although we might usually think of cats as the household pets who love fish, some studies indicate that dogs can enjoy the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids that naturally occur in the meat. Just make sure the salmon is cooked before you serve it to your pooch - raw meat could make him sick.

2. Eggs. Eggs are a great way to give your dog a quick boost of protein. They also contain riboflavin and selenium, which are vital nutrients for both humans and their fuzzy companions. Use small bits of scrambled eggs as a way of rewarding your dog for being good the next time you're training.

3. Apples. First of all, watching a dog eat anything crunchy can be pretty funny, but beyond your own entertainment, apples are also a delightful treat that are chock full of vitamins A and C. If you want to feed your dog some apples, make sure you slice them and keep him away from the core - apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide, and though a few aren't going to be a big deal, if your pooch ends up eating a lot, it may accumulate and cause problems down the line.