Do you like to share a snack with your dog? I do, but you have to be careful. Here are some healthy human foods for dogs that are safe to feed your dog as a snack or treat and always use in moderation because it’s just a snack. Buy foods with no salt added and stay away from added sugars and artificial sweeteners, especially Xylitol as it can be deadly for your dog.
Peanut Butter is a favorite treat for most dogs. It’s a good source of protein and also contains healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E, and niacin. Give your dog smooth raw, unsalted peanut butter and stay away from sugar-free or lite peanut butter which contains artificial sweeteners that can be toxic to dogs.
Chicken provides protein for your dog. Cook the chicken, unseasoned, and remove the bones before giving it to your dog. If your dog needs extra protein, add it to their regular food or small pieces of chicken can be used as a treat during training.
Carrots contain vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6, along with being low in calories. They are good for general well being and a strong immune system. You can offer raw carrots which are good for your dog’s teeth and a good snack for overweight dogs. Consult your veterinarian if your dog is diabetic.
Bananas are high in potassium and vitamin C. They also contain antioxidants that are good for a healthy skin and coat. You can give your dog about 1” of a banana or a couple of banana chips with no added sugar as a treat.
Salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids that will support your dog’s immune system, and give them a healthy shiny coat. It can be helpful for arthritis and joint inflammation but be sure to remove all of the bones. Cook the salmon thoroughly before offering it to your dog.
Pumpkin is a source of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and antioxidants. It can help with digestive concerns, support the urinary tract, the skin and coat. Offer no more than 2 teaspoons of cooked or can pumpkin(no spices added) per day.
Eggs will give a protein boost to your dog’s diet, along with vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, and vitamin E. They are easily digestible for dogs. Be sure to cook the eggs first and don’t add any seasonings.
Green Beans are low calories and high in fiber. They contain vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber. They are filling, yet low in calories and good for overweight dogs. It can be added to their food or given as a snack.
Apple slices are a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C and they help clean your dog’s teeth and freshens breath. Only offer apple slices with the seeds and core removed, but you can leave the skin on.
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which is especially helpful to senior dogs who have irregular bowel movements. It also contains some protein, vitamin B5, folic acid, zinc, iron, and manganese. Cook the oatmeal(plain) and don’t add sugar or flavors although you can add a spoonful of nonfat yogurt to add probiotics.
Popcorn without salt and butter contains riboflavin and thiamine, small amount of iron and protein. Then, make sure to remove all of the kernels that did not pop, which could be a choking hazard.
Coconut contains lauric which is good for the immune system. It is also good for bad breath and skin conditions, such as hot spots and itchy skin but you must make sure your dog doesn’t get any of the outside shell which could be a choking hazard. Coconut milk is also good for your dog.
Offer healthy human foods for dogs in small amounts. If you are unsure if a food is safe for your dog, call your veterinarian or research the food before giving it to your dog. If your dog has a reaction to any food, call your veterinarian immediately.
What foods do you and your dog share? Leave a comment below or share your story. This information is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.