Herring. Cooked herring is a wonderful source of essential fatty acids (EFA). EFAs can be beneficial in skin and coat condition and they are thought to be beneficial for arthritic pets. Not only does herring contain a very high amount of these healthy fatty acids, they’re also a low calorie food that’s high in protein so your dog can have a guilt-free snack!
Make sure you’re always cooking fish before feeding it to your dog, since raw fish contains natural enzymes that can reduce your dog’s vitamin B intake.
Squash. Squash is a tasty vegetable that is very high in beta carotene, which is beneficial for eyesight. A fun version that’s commonly used is spaghetti squash, which is shredded as a replacement for rice or pasta (a great grain-free option). Dogs also might not like the taste of squash on its own so try mixing a small amount with their regular food for an extra little treat to boost vitamins and fiber.
When feeding your dog any type of squash keep in mind that cooked squash is easier for your dog to digest, and that the skin and seeds should all be removed beforehand
Chicken broth. Low-sodium, home-made chicken broth can be a great extra bonus to add to your dog’s regular meal, or can be mixed with kibble and frozen in a Kong to provide a long-lasting treat. Broth is nutritious, an excellent source of minerals that can help dogs feel better if they’re ill, and contains glycine which is great for detoxing the liver.
You can buy broth to feed your dog as well, but double check the ingredients are organic and without preservatives, seasonings or salt.
Cheese A favourite of most dogs, cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein. Since dog’s absolutely love cheese, it is one of the common go-tos when sneaking your dog their unwanted medicine, or an easy treat if you’re cutting up some slices for yourself. While cheese is beneficial in many ways, cheese is also very high in fat & sodium and too much can be detrimental to a dog’s weight, causing health problems such as pancreatitis.
A good rule of thumb for cheese is to treat them in moderation and when you do, use low fat and low sodium cheeses. If you’ve never fed your dog cheese before and are wanting to, give a very small portion to begin with in case your dog is lactose-intolerant and keep an eye out for any symptoms of stomach upset.