Fall is here, and with the holidays fast approaching houses are filled with warm smells coming from toasty ovens. Your pets notice and the little noses that used to point outdoors instead sneak around corners close to the kitchen. Don't your pets look cute when they're hoping for a handout? Tails wagging, ears perked, it can be hard to say no to a "people treat" after a day of being good.
While not all human food is ideal for the well-being of your pet, here are three favorite foods you may already have in your kitchen that are beneficial to Pet Health:
No longer needed for Jack-o-lanterns, this colorful squash is moved to the kitchen and baked into fantastic pies, scones and muffins. Renowned for its health benefits for humans, the healthy soluble fiber and beta-carotene present in the flesh of the pumpkin can improve your pet's health as well! Small amounts of pumpkin added to the diet of a pet can help keep them regular and improve stool quality, so it's a great choice for pets who may be feeling under the weather after a holiday over-indulgence. Plus, the beta-carotene in the flesh is a great source of vitamin A, which is essential for your pet's health.
Recently these tiny, power-packed seeds have found their way into many kitchens due to their massive amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for improving skin and hair health. They've been sprinkled on almost every human food imaginable, and a pinch of the fresh-ground seeds in your pet's dinner or treat can help keep their skin and coat just as glossy and healthy as yours.
Eating your greens in the winter can keep you from putting on excess pounds when it's too cold to go out and exercise, and it can do the same for your furry friends too! Replacing a higher-calorie treat with a treat of cooked, unsalted green beans will give your pet a healthy dose of plant fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese without contributing to a winter waddle. This is a great option for pets who are prone to always begging for "people food" and tend to put on weight because of it.
Eating right is just as important for healthy pets as it is for healthy people. No matter how beneficial or indulgent occasional treats are, what matters most are a balanced diet and a positive lifestyle. That's why we at Pet Nibbles want to help you keep your pet happy and healthy, and by making good treat choices, you can too!