While it’s pretty much common sense that you shouldn’t be feeding your dog table scraps, sometimes those sweet puppy-dog eyes get to us and it’s almost impossible to resist sneaking them a little something special from time to time. However, something you must understand is that just because a particular food is healthy and nutritious for us does not necessarily mean it’s safe for consumption by animals- especially dogs. Following, you will find some information on human foods that are acceptable for consumption by dogs as well as a few that you should avoid sharing with your dog. Still, you should keep in mind that all dogs are different- which means these foods should be tried in small amounts and if your dog happens to have a reaction to them, take them to the vet as soon as you are able.
Human Foods Approved for Dog Consumption
Following, you will find 12 foods that have been identified as safe for consumption by animals.
Every now and then, offering your dog a spoon full of unsalted peanut butter is something both of you will be able to enjoy. However, make sure that you take the time to look over the ingredient list and avoid anything that contains xylitol. Unsalted peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and protein for dogs- and as a bonus, provides you with a great opportunity for some fun photos.
Yogurt is an excellent snack for dogs because it’s very high in both calcium and protein- especially if your dog has sensitive tummy issues. However, be sure that it’s plain yogurt that doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or added sugars.
Oatmeal is an excellent source of fiber, which makes it perfect for those dogs that have bowel irregularities. In addition, it’s excellent for dogs that have allergies to wheat. However, before you serve it, make sure that you cook it properly and you don’t add any sugar to it.
If your vet has told you that your dog needs some extra protein in his diet, consider adding some unseasoned chicken to his regular food. This is a great way to add some extra protein without adding extra, unwanted fat. In addition, it is an excellent meal replacement if you discover that you’re out of dog food. However- make sure that you cook it- never give it to him raw, as it could cause salmonella poisoning.
In addition to chicken, dogs can reap great benefits from eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon. Therefore, you can slip some cooked (again, don’t give them raw fish) salmon into their bowl for an extra yummy treat- and to give them a coat that is shinier and healthier.
If you give them an overload of broccoli- that is, more than 10 percent of what you give them with their regular food, it can cause gastrointestinal irritation. However, this veggie is rich in vitamin and minerals, which offers a great nutritional boost every now and then for your dog.
Pumpkin- either fresh/raw or from a can- is a great treat to serve your dog. This food gives him a boost of vitamin A and fiber. Keep in mind that if your dog is suffering from problems with digestion, this can be a great addition to their diet to help regulate them.
Green beans are a yummy veggie that is both full of nutritional value and is very low in calories, making them a great choice. They load your dog down with plenty of vitamins and minerals, including iron. However, make sure that you choose fresh beans if at all possible. If you must, canned beans are fine- but make sure they have not added salt. One thing you should keep in mind is that this veggie contains a protein known as lechtins- which has been known to cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting if they are not cooked properly. On the other hand, they typically only contain 10 percent or less the amount that is often found in kidney beans- and most of the time you can eat green beans raw. If you’re still worried about it, you may want to make sure to thoroughly cook your green beans before serving them- whether to your family or your furry friend.
While this food is quite bland, it is also full of protein and calcium. Therefore, it can be an excellent addition to your dog’s diet. However, if your dog has trouble digesting dairy products, you may want to avoid this one.
Cheese, as long as provided in small amounts, are a perfectly wonderful treat for dogs- as long as your dog is not lactose intolerant. While it’s true that this is very rare in dogs, it is something that is quite possible. Make sure that you select the cheeses that are lower in fat, such as mozzarella.
This wonderful veggie is very low in calories, but contains high amounts of vitamins and fiber. In addition, crunching on carrots can be good for the dental health of your dog.
If you find that your dog needs a little bit of extra protein, take some time to scramble an egg for him every now and then for a flavorful and healthy snack. Keep in mind though, that while it’s true that they are high in protein, eggs are also very high in fat. Therefore, you want to avoid giving him too many. In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association says that you need to avoid giving him eggs that are raw or undercooked, as there is a risk of contracting salmonella poisoning, which can make your dog very sick.
Human Foods You Should Not Give Your Dog
While it’s true that there are plenty of foods (as seen above) that are perfectly safe- and even healthy- for your dog, there are also a few that you should avoid giving him. Here are five of them.
Chances are, you’ve been told- or at least heard, that you’re not supposed to give chocolate to a dog. There’s a very valid reason behind this. While this is yummy for humans, it contains a stimulant that is known as methylxanthines. If it is ingested in large amounts, it can result in conditions such as irregular heartbeat, diarrhea, seizures, vomiting- and even death.
Grapes & Raisins
This fruit is full of nutritional value for humans, but can be toxic to dogs. This fruit can cause a dog’s kidneys to fail.
Onions are likely to make you cry- but can cause your dog to become very sick. Onions damage a dog’s red blood cells.
The bark, fruit, leaves, and seeds of avocados have a toxin in them that is known as persin. This toxin can cause your dog’s stomach to become upset and have difficulty breathing.
Even a very small amount of alcohol can result in your dog becoming intoxicated. This can lead to seizures, vomiting, and death.
As you can see, there are a variety of human foods that can be very beneficial- and even healthy- for your dog. However, there are also foods that people commonly give their dogs that can actually do some serious damage- including death.