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Healthy Human Foods For Dogs

healthy foods for dogsDo 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

peanut butterPeanut 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

chicken cookedChicken 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

carrotsCarrots 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

bananasBananas 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

salmonSalmon 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

pumpkinsPumpkin 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

eggsEggs 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

green beansGreen 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

appleApple 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

oatmealOatmeal 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

popcornPopcorn 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

coconutCoconut 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.

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16 Comments

  1. I did not know that all of these foods were okay for dogs to eat. I’m sure they would much prefer it over processed dog food. But as you said, it’s very important to keep the snacking to a minimum so that your dog stays at their maximum health! Thanks for this list!

    • Alice

      June 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      You are welcome! I find that it’s a great way to share a healthy snack with your dog. Moderation is the key.

  2. Hi there! I have always wondered what kind of human food I can share with my dog… I never knew that artificial sweeteners can hurt my dog, it’s a great info to have!
    I do share veggies like carrots and spinach with my dog.
    About the eggs: why they have to be cooked? I don’t know why but I always thought that people added raw eggs to their dog’s diet for healthier fur… ?

    • Alice

      June 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Hi ! Some people do feed their dogs raw eggs. Most dogs will be fine with a raw egg sometimes. I recommend cooking the eggs for a couple of reasons. First, when you cook an egg very little nutritional value is lost. Second, if you have an older dog or a sick dog whose immune system may be compromised, your dog could be at risk for salmonella poisoning. If you cook the egg first, there is nothing to worry about. Eggs are good for your dog’s skin and coat. Thanks for your question.

  3. Some of the portions of these foods that can be offered to dogs look really small like 2 tsps of cooked/can pumpkin per day, 1″ of a banana a spoonful of nonfat yoghurt. Will it be detrimental to their health if we offered them more than that?

    • Alice

      June 27, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Hi! That’s a great question. Giving your dog too much fruit or vegetables can lead to serious problems. For example, bananas are high in potassium. Too much potassium in your dog’s diet can lead to heart problems. Dogs need a meat based diet, high in protein for optimal health. The foods listed are safe, but just for a snack or treat.

  4. I always wanted to know these things. Any dog I’ve ever had would kind of just eat whatever scraps were around. My baby girl loves her peanut butter so I’m that’s a healthy choice. I put it in her Kong and she goes to town on it.
    My dog once ate a carrot and then threw it up so I’m not sure why that is. What do you think?

    • Alice

      July 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Peanut butter is a favorite among dogs. Most dogs love carrots and don’t have any problems with them. I would consider a food allergy or a sensitive stomach. Not every dog is going to react the same to a food, for instance some humans can’t tolerate carrots. If you are concerned, you should call your veterinarian and discuss it for peace of mind. Thank you for your comment.

  5. This is almost the same list we have at our house. Ice cubes and blueberries could be added here (ha ha). Peanut butter is a must for any dog. I didn’t know about coconut, however. How about coconut oil? Always good to add to the list – posted on our refrigerator. Thanks,

    • Alice

      August 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Yes, coconut oil is good for your dog! As always in moderation. It is good for their skin and coat, improves digestion, helps prevent infection, increases energy, and it helps reduce allergies. You can also apply it topically to help heal wounds and dry skin.

      When giving your dog coconut oil, it is essential to start slowly, allowing your dog’s body the time it needs to adjust to having the coconut oil. Small dogs should start with 1/4 teaspoon working your way up to 1 teaspoon over time. Large dogs can start with 1 teaspoon working up to 1 tablespoon.

      I love that you have your list on the refrigerator too!

  6. It’s nice to find an article that tells you what you can feed a dog as opposed to what you can’t feed them. It is also nice that you mentioned what shouldn’t be in the food you give them, like additional salt or artificial sweeteners. I would have never thought of pumpkin or eggs to give a dog. I remember when I was a kid that I shouldn’t give our dog chicken bones. Maybe because they were brittle compared to other bones?

    • Alice

      August 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you for your comment. These are foods that you can share with your dog as a snack. They are healthy for both of you. When I was a kid we were also told not to give our dog chicken bones. Cooked chicken bones can splinter causing damage to your dog’s stomach or intestines. It’s best to stay away from cooked bones in general as most will splinter.

  7. Those are some great suggestions! My dogs love their carrots 🙂 When I first got my furry babies, I’d give my dogs grapes. My female dog kept on getting sick and I just couldn’t figure out why. I finally looked it up and realized that grapes are not good for dogs and that’s why my pup was getting sick. I learned my lesson! Just goes to show how important it is to know what you’re giving your dogs.

    • Alice

      March 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Dogs love many of the same foods that we eat, but we need to make sure that the food is healthy for our dogs. I’m glad you discovered that grapes were making your dog sick. Now you can share a healthy snack with your dog that will be good for them. Thank you for your comment.

  8. If my dog had his way, I’d share all of my food with him! Much to his disgust, I am the adult in this family and I say no to him quite a lot. I didn’t realise there were so many human foods that were actually good for dogs, I’m definitely going to be bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for the tips!

    • Alice

      May 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I completely understand, I want to share with my dog too. Just remember that sharing healthy human foods as a “snack” can be good for you dog and you. Thank you for your comment.

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