We often get asked about dogs eating human food, whether that’s good for them or is that dangerous to their health? As a responsible and informed dog parent, you probably know that too much “people food” can make your dog ill or overweight, but there are some human foods that can be safely added to your dog’s meals in moderation.
Here are 9 human foods that your dog can have without you feeling guilty.
1- Sugar-free peanut butter
Yup! Peanut butter is a favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Make sure it’s sugar free!
2- Cooked chicken and meat
Which dog’s nose wouldn’t go on alert when there’s meat around? Chicken, turkey, and lean ground beef are animal-based proteins, which help dogs grow up strong.
A few rules to apply:
- Better to cook or boil the meat. Although some dog parents would go for a raw food diet for their pooches, we would recommend that you take caution when doing this, due to risk of salmonella or other bacteria. We can never guarantee how well raw meat has been stored or preserved. Better safe than sorry!
- Avoid fatty cuts.
- Cut meat into easy-to-chew chunks. Ground meat is fine, too.
- Don’t add salt, spices, onions or chicken stock cubes. These are all dangerous. Read more about foods you should avoid giving your dog.
- Take out any thin or sharp bones. This may cause tearing in the intestines/stomach especially for puppies.
Vegetables give your pup vitamins, fiber, and some canine crunch. Try these raw veggies grated or finely chopped: carrot, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. You can also boil and mash potatoes, sweets potatoes, zucchini and carrots. They just love them!
Don’t give any vegetable or other human food that can cause stomach trouble such as avocado, mushrooms and onions.
Most fruits are OK for your pup, try apples, bananas, or seed-free watermelon. Whichever option you will go with from those options, make sure the fruit you give your dog is completely free from any seeds or pits. And be careful, never give them raisins or grapes!
5- Rice and pasta
Dogs may enjoy plain white rice or pasta after it’s cooked. Brown rice is a healthy whole grain your dog may gobble up. Mix some into her regular dog food to liven up their meal.
Scrambling up an egg or boiling it for your pup is a great way to give their diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.
A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies.
8- Flax seed
Is also a cheaper source of omega 3 fatty acids that is good for the dog’s skin and coat.
A good source of soluble fiber. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat.