Many people wonder what type of human food they should feed their Golden Retriever or if it’s okay to give them any. Even though many prefer to stick with dog food and only dog food, there are certain types of human food that Golden Retrievers love – and can be beneficial. Golden’s crave attention, as we all know – and when they watch you eat, it never hurts to give them a bite – as long as you know what they should and shouldn’t consume with their diets.
For your Golden’s health, feeding them foods such as chicken, raw vegetables, turkey, brown rice, fruits, and oatmeal are always an excellent choice. Even though we think of these types of foods as human food, they are beneficial for many animals. All dogs have taste buds and noses, meaning that they get very excited when they see you with food.
If your Golden Retriever runs to the refrigerator when you open it up, they’re trying to tell you that it smells something good. Even though they run to the refrigerator, that doesn’t mean they’re begging for food as many think; they are just hoping to get some real food. Once your Golden starts to do this, you should give him some of what he wants.
Although the majority of real food is healthy for Goldens, some aren’t quite so good.
If you feed your Golden a large amount of egg white in his diet, he will get a deficiency in biotin, which is a B vitamin, due to the amount of avidin, which is a very destructive substance. For example, if you are feeding your Golden Retriever egg yolks, you shouldn’t worry, as the effects of avidin offset the high biotin levels found in egg yolks. You can feed your Golden eggshells as well, as they contain a large amount of protein. If you want the best for your Golden – try feeding him raw eggs – with the shell intact.
We all know, never feed chocolate to animals. Chocolate contains bromine, which is very toxic to both dogs and cats. Unsweet chocolate is by far the worst food to give to your Golden since it contains an increased amount of bromine. Bromine is a very harmful chemical; if consumed by your pet, it generally leads to severe illness.
There are other foods out there that can be good or harmful to your Golden. If you have any questions, you should always ask your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to recommend real food that is beneficial to your Golden, as well as foods you should avoid. You can experiment with human food if you like – although you should never allow your Golden Retriever to consume any chocolate.
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