Dogs are carnivorous, meaning the primary component of their diet should be meat. But they aren’t obligate carnivores—or only meat-eating. In the wild, dogs survive mainly off of prey animals and some seasonal vegetables. Wild dogs will also occasionally eat fruits. When you’re deciding on your dog’s diet, it should primarily revolve around these food items.

A well-balanced diet should take into consideration your dog’s age, size and activity level. All dogs need protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and essential vitamins and minerals in their diet. Store-bought foods are prepared with these nutritional requirements in mind. However, if you are making your dog food at home, it’s wise to consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog is getting the specific nutrients they need.

Most commercial dog foods provide a balanced diet with all the nutrients a dog needs. As long as your dog’s essential needs are met through an easily digested quality dog food, he shouldn’t need anything more. But you can feed your dog some other foods as healthy, low-calorie snacks.

What Corgis Can Eat

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, making it great for dogs with bowel irregularity issues, and also safe for dogs with wheat allergies. Before serving oatmeal to your pup, check the label. Only offer whole grain oats with no added sugar or flavoring. An appropriate serving size for a 20-pound dog is about one tablespoon. You don’t want to offer too much oatmeal as it can lead to gastrointestinal and weight issues.

Cook the oatmeal in water (not milk, which can upset dogs’ tummies) and allow to cool a bit before serving. Oatmeal can be added as a food topping or served on its own.

Cottage Cheese

This bland food is high in calcium and protein, so it can be a good addition to dog food. However, avoid cottage cheese if your dog has issues digesting dairy.

Add a small amount of cottage cheese — just one or two teaspoons — as a treat. Or, mix with cooked rice and serve a little to your dog to soothe an upset stomach.

Carrots

This vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for dogs’ teeth.

Serve carrots raw or cooked, but make sure to cut the vegetable into bite-sized pieces to avoid choking. In order to maintain a balanced diet, don’t feed your dog more than one medium carrot per day as a treat.

Green Beans

Nutritious and low in calories, green beans are a healthy vegetable that will load dogs up with iron and vitamins. Make sure to feed your dog only fresh cooked green beans or canned green beans with no added salt.

Most types of beans contain lectins, a type of protein that, depending on the amount, can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if not destroyed by cooking. This problem is most significant in raw kidney beans, which have more lectin than green beans. The safest method is to make sure to cook green beans thoroughly before you serve them to your dog.

Yogurt

High in protein and calcium, plain yogurt is an ideal treat for dogs, especially if your pooch suffers from digestion problems. Make sure you opt for yogurts that don’t contain fruit, added sugar, or artificial sweeteners, including xylitol which can be deadly.

To avoid added fat, which can cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs, opt for Greek or regular, low- or non-fat plain yogurt. If your dog is lactose intolerant, skip the yogurt altogether.

Chicken

If your dog requires extra protein in its diet, cooked, unseasoned chicken is an easy addition to its regular food. A serving no larger than one half ounce of baked, boneless chicken is appropriate. Make sure you only serve your dog chicken that has been thoroughly cooked. According to the AVMA, raw or undercooked meat, including chicken, can cause the same pathogens humans’ contract by eating undercooked meat, including Salmonella, E.coli, and Listeria.

It’s also important to make sure that your pup isn’t allergic to chicken. Protein — including chicken — is a common allergen that causes an adverse reaction in some dogs.

Salmon

Dogs can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids too, so slip some cooked salmon into the food bowl for a healthier, shinier coat.  You should only serve your dog salmon that has been cooked — poached, grilled, baked, or steamed — with no seasonings or added oil. Never serve raw or undercooked salmon to your dog.Salmon can become infected with a parasite that causes poisoning in dogs.

Check any fish prior to serving for bones, as even small bones can cause choking or damage to a dog’s internal organs.

Broccoli

This vitamin-rich vegetable can be a great occasional nutrition boost for dogs. However, it should only be offered in small quantities as broccoli can cause gastrointestinal irritation.

Small pieces of broccoli can be served raw or cooked, with no added seasoning or oil. Broccoli stalks can be a choking hazard, so make sure to cut up the stems before giving them to your dog.

Eggs

If your pooch needs a protein boost, scramble or hard cook an occasional egg for a healthy snack. Eggs are high in protein, but they’re also high in fat, so don’t feed them to your pet too often. Due to the risk of illness due to Salmonella contamination, never feed raw or undercooked eggs to your dog.

Bananas

High in potassium and vitamins B6 and C, bananas are a healthy treat to share with your pup. You can offer your dog small slices of banana, or you can mash it up and mix it with your dog’s regular food. Banana peels are hard to digest, and should not be given to dogs.

Bananas are also a gentle food that can be a soothing treat for a dog with an upset stomach.

Apples

A few chopped up pieces of apple is a great snack for dogs. Remove the core and seeds before offering the fruit to your pup. While cyanide poisoning from the consumption of apple seeds is rare, it is best to avoid the risk by removing all seeds.

Apples add fiber and vitamins to your dog’s diet, and are a sweet, satisfying, low calorie treat. An added benefit is that crunching on apples helps keep your dog’s teeth healthy.

Strawberries

Another delicious vitamin-rich fruit treat for your canine companion is strawberries. Remove stems, wash, and cut up fresh strawberries before serving them to your pup. Do not use frozen or canned strawberries that contain added sugar and artificial ingredients.

For a refreshing snack, you can also freeze strawberries before offering them to your dog. As with any treat, make sure that strawberries do not constitute more than 10 percent of your dog’s diet.

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