Human Foods Safe for Dogs

Sometimes it’s hard to resist your dog’s sweet stare as he begs you to share some of your meals. Here are some foods that are OK to share with your dogs. Check with your veterinarian first if your dog has any food allergies or specific dietary requirements before feeding anything out of ordinary for your dogs.

Popcorn – an easy treat you can share with your dog in front of the television or out on the go. Popcorn that has been air popped with no butter or salt is a great low calorie treat for your dog.

Squash – can be served cooked or raw. It is great for the anal glands and preventing constipation and is beneficial for eyesight.

Green Beans – are a great way to substitute a little low calorie filler to your pet’s usual food. They can be served thawed or frozen.

Pasta – cooked pasta is a great treat. Next time you are making pasta cook some extras and freeze it. Your dog will love these frozen treats.

Melons – watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are all healthy options for your dog. Stay away from the more exotic melons.

Apples – is packed with vitamins and fiber and the skin is rich in phytonutrients that can prevent disease. Be sure to cut away the seeds and core.

Rice – is good to feed when your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. While both types of rice are a fine source of energy for your pet, white rice is easier to digest and brown rice contains more protein and less starch.

Lean meat – chicken, beef, or pork is a good-quality extra protein to your dog’s diet. Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Healthy dogs can handle cooking oils and seasonings. Just be sure to avoid adding onion or too much garlic.

Salmon – can be served cooked. Salmon helps your pet build a strong immune system and can help keep their fur and skin healthy. Cooked Herring and Tuna are also good.

Sweet Potatoes – make your own dog treats by cutting these into small pieces and dehydrating them. Give your dog a delicious snack that is packed with vitamins.

Cottage Cheese – is high in protein and calcium and it’s fairly bland, so it can be a good way to add some extra protein to your dog’s diet. Cottage cheese is a dairy product and some dogs don’t do well with dairy, so make sure you start with just a small amount.

Peanut Butter – is a healthy, high-protein treat for dogs, it doesn’t appear to cause allergies in dogs like they do in people. Try applying a little your dog’s toys or letting him lick out the container when it’s almost finished.

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