Packing up for a road trip can be tricky— especially if you need to consider a mouth to feed. If that mouth happens to be full of sharp, rigged teeth and is attached to a furry dog friend it can be even more challenging. Sure, you can bring plenty of dog food, but if you plan to spend a lot of time adventuring in the outdoors you may want to treat your alpha dog to some invigorating snacks that will promote more energy and ensures they stay full for a long time. You can put together some healthy recipes specific to dogs, or you can carry snacks for two when you know what a dog can and cannot eat.
What is safe to pack?
It is always a daunting task to figure out what is harmful and what is not for a dog. Luckily, plenty of organizations like the Humane Society or your local veterinarian’s office, offers plenty of tips on what is good and what is harmful to a dog’s system. What are the safe and filling products? Carrots, peanut butter, blueberries, eggs, green beans, sweet potatoes, lean meats, apples, unsalted popcorn, and rice. All of these items can be found in the most well received dog foods and can do wonders as a stand-alone snack item. Since these items are good for both you and your pup, varying up snack bags with some or all of these items can be an easier task.
What is unsafe to pack?
A dog’s anatomy is very different than it’s human companion, and because of that there are many items that can be harmful, or even deadly to a dog’s diet. Some of those items are grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate, avocado, meat scraps that contain cooked bones, peaches, alcohol, and items that contain caffeine. Many of these can inflame your dog’s stomach—or worse—kill them.
If you are packing up snacks and are worried about ingredients and if they are safe, you can always do a little bit of research or speak with your vet to verify if that item is safe. Many times an item or ingredient is okay for consumption, but it is always wise to double check. Other factors like a dog’s own allergies or medical needs may also factor in what you can and cannot feed him. Making sure your dog is up to date with checkups can help alleviate any stress in diet planning, so be sure to keep track of your alpha dog’s medical records. After all, an alpha dog is not only your companion but also part of your family.